The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The basic unit of the OA is the lodge, which is chartered to a local BSA council. There are more than 300 lodges in the BSA. We are the Wihinipa Hinsa Lodge #113, affliated with the Bay Area Council #574. The OA uses Native American style traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as those that best exemplify the ideals of Scouting. Arrowmen, as they are called, wear a sash over their right shoulder to signify membership in the Order of the Arrow.
Take some time to explore these pages then make sure you visit the National Order of the Arrow Jumpstart site for new Arrowmen. It will help you to understand more about the OA.
+2017 OA HIGH ADVENTURE WILDERNESS VOYAGE PROGRAM: The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage Program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota has to offer.
The first week of the program is spent giving back to the Boundary Waters through portage trail restoration work. Participants have the opportunity to leave their mark on the Boundary Waters that will enable millions of visitors each year to better enjoy their experience. Trail work involves restoring and protecting trails that have existed for centuries and are in dire need or repair.
The second part of the program is a trek planned by the crew. From the 8-1/2 mile "Grand Portage" leading to Lake Superior, to the Height of Land, even the pictographs on Fishdance Lake, crews have done and seen all in the Boundary Waters.
Like it's U.S. counterpart the first week of the program is spent giving back to the Quetico through portage trail restoration work. Participants have the opportunity to leave their mark on the Quetico that will enable millions of visitors each year to better enjoy their experience. Trail work involves restoring and protecting trails that have existed for centuries and are in dire need or repair.
The second part of the program is a trek through the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada designed to challenge and inspire. Due to the international travel involved with this program, it is required that all participants must have a valid passport as well as a clean criminal record or they will NOT be permitted to cross the international border and will be sent home.
Participants will have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, paddle board and swim. In addition to this, there is a major focus on reflection on this adventure and nightly discussions will be held with the crew discussion topics from stewardship to character traits to leadership. Come to the Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure to experience the best the wonderful Florida Keys has to offer.
Four days of the program will be focused on building or maintaining trail around the Summit, and the New River Gorge National River Area. The remainder of the experience will revolve around white water kayaking and rafting, along with mountain biking, climbing, and participation in other Summit activities. Participants will not only build trail, but also bonds of brotherhood as they start their High Adventure journey.
The program is designed to entice younger Arrowmen to participate in High Adventure. Lodges and Chapters are encourage to participate as a crew. Arrowmen ages 14 but not yet 18 will have the opportunity to explore all that the Summit has to offer in terms of adventure, brotherhood and cheerful service.
For the first week, participants have the chance to make a significant difference to Philmont by participating in trail building in the backcountry. Work will include clearing terrain for trail and constructing switchbacks, retention bars, and several other erosion controls. The impact of this service will be felt by scouts for decades.
The second week of the program is spent experiencing Philmont in its finest. Unlike regular treks, Trail Crews make their own itinerary, instead of selecting from pre-planned routes. You can do and see just about anything, from the Tooth of Time to Baldy Mountain, your crew decides!
+ #DARETODO: We dare you to complete one act of service each day. Post your good deed with the hashtag #daretodo. We're going to change the world, one small act of kindness at a time.
The Dare to Do Campaign was revealed at the National Order of the Arrow Conference on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Over the next 100 days, Arrowmen were challenged to make a difference in the lives of others by doing one act of service each day for 100 days.
This means not just for the 15,000 Arrowmen who attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference BUT all the current 165,000 Arrowmen. What was said at the conference by Alex Call was: “Each day, opportunities to demonstrate unselfish service present themselves, a classmate who sits alone on the school bus, hoping that someone will strike up a conversation. A co-worker who stays late every night, wishing they could make their daughter’s soccer game instead of an extra shift. A homeless teenager who stands at the street corner during your daily commute, looking for a warm meal – or even just a warm smile. With just a few words and a few minutes of our time, we can live out the admonition of the OA through everyday acts of service.”
What a great and simple thing to do and yet how challenging it is for us to do these things. Share your #DARETODO on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
+ Watch as some of our OA members perform at the OA theme song, "Firm Bound in Brotherhood" at the 2015 NOAC.
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Wihinipa Hinsa song
For more information about Wihinipa Hinsa Lodge #113, please see our Officers page.