Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Order of the Arrow
About the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Order of the Arrow
The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Order of the Arrow is for scouts and scouters of units in the Washington, D.C. District. D.C. All Order of the Arrow members are part of a chapter, and an OA lodge. The Amangamek-Wipit Lodge serves all OA members of the National Capital Area Council.
Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.
D.C. OA members are leaders and role-models for scouters throughout our nation’s capital, serving as exemplars of the Scout Oath and Scout Law through using their OA experiences to enhance the programs and operations of their units, coordinating and leading district-wide camping events (District Camporees) and community service projects that benefit D.C.
Order of the Arrow Membership
Becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow is a prestigious accomplishment that can be attained only after being recognized by his scouting peers as a leader of high-caliber character worthy of membership in the BSA’s national honor society and after demonstrating his knowledge of numerous camping skills, commitment to the value of camping in the great outdoors and commitment to altruistic service to help improve communities.
The Order of the Arrow has more than 160,000 active members located in lodges affiliated with over 270 BSA local councils. As of August 2018, there is now an OA lodge in every council across the United States
As of February 1, 2019, unit elections are permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units. The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:
- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
- At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, and hold one of the following ranks corresponding to the type unit in which they are being considered for election: Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Adviser or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
- Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.
Complete membership information is available on the Order of the Arrow website.