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Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow

Wihinipa Hinsa Lodge #113

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. 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.

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.

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Officers

Supreme Chief of the Fire, Charlie Tinsley

Staff Advisor, Warren Reed

Lodge Advisor, Ricky Torres

Associate Lodge Advisor, Jerry Dunigan

Lodge Chief, Tyler Ray

First Vice Chief, Sean Keeping

Second Vice Chief, Caleb Kelley

Treasurer, Drew Snell

Secretary, Jordan Tucker

 

Chapters

Coastal District - Do Pah Ke Sto Wa-we-ski Chapter
Chapter Chief - Alan Jones
Chapter Adviser - Hank Howard

Meetings - 7-8:30 p.m., 1st Thursday
Aldersgate Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764 Road, Santa Fe

Cradle of Texas District - Tendeuchen Langoma Chapter
Chapter Chief - TBA
Chapter Adviser - Anthony Lusk
Meetings - 7-8:30 p.m., 1st Thursday
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 502 Southern Oaks Drive, Lake Jackson

Northern Star District - Woapossum Chapter
Chapter Chief - Trevor Smith

Chapter Adviser - Joel Guiterrez
Meetings - 7:30-8:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday
Fellowship Bible Church, 1720 E Broadway St, Pearland

Thunderbird District - Mehokquiman Chapter
Chapter Chief - Kevin Keeping

Chapter Adviser - Roger Hernandez
Meetings - 7-8:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday
Redeemer Church, 18218 Hwy 6,Manvel

 

Membership

The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold:

  1. To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives
  2. To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
  3. To promote Scout camping
  4. To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others

ELIGIBILITY
To become a member, a youth must be a registered member of a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team and hold First Class rank. The youth must have experienced 15 days and nights of camping during the two years before his election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps. Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow troop or Varsity team members, following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity Scout Coach.

Unit Election Form / Unit Ballot Form

MEMBERSHIP DUES
Membership is good for one full year from January 1 to December 31 and is $12.

Induction
The Ordeal induction ceremony is often conducted at Scout camp and is the first step toward full membership. During the experience, candidates maintain complete silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and are required to sleep alone, apart from other campers, which teaches significant values.

Arrowman
If you have been selected as a new Arrowmen, make sure you visit the National Order of the Arrow
Jumpstart site. It will help you to understand more about the OA.

Brotherhood
After 10 months of service and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order.  Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the OA.

Vigil
After two years of service as a Brotherhood member and with the approval of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for outstanding service to Scouting, his lodge, and the community. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.

 

Ceremonies

The ceremonies in the Order of the Arrow play an important and meaningful part in bringing new members up to speed on our order, giving Brotherhood candidates greater insight into our purpose and honoring those chosen for the Vigil Honor. No matter which level of membership the ceremony is for, a well rehearsed and carried out ceremony makes all of the difference to those the ceremony is meant for.

Callout Ceremony Script (download)

Pre-Ordeal Ceremony Script (Password is the Admonition) (download)

Ordeal Ceremony Script (Password is the Admonition) download

Brotherhood Ceremony Script (Password is the answer to Have you seen the Arrow?) download

Vigil Honor Ceremony Script (Password is the Vigil Watchwords) download

Ceremonial Handbook (Password is the Admonition) download

Spirit of the Arrow Booklets (Password is the Admonition) download

Lenape Dictionary download

Lodge Orientation Guide (Password is the Admonition) download

Guide to Inductions Part 1 (Password is the Admonition) download

Guide to Inductions Part 2 (Password is the answer to Have you seen the Arrow?) download

 

 

History

Our Lodge was founded in 1938 and is affiliated with Bay Area Council #574. The English translation of Wihinipa Hinsa is a phrase derived from the language of the Dakota Nation.  It means "Bay Sunrise" which appropriately symbolizes the dawning of a new day,  brighter opportunities, a higher vision, and the cheerful spirit forever burning in the hearts and wills of true arrowman.

Our Lodge totem is the Sun Rising from the purifying water of the bay.

In 1955, Camp Karankawa was opened, offering a well-located camp consisting of 450 acres of heavily forested land, ideally suited to the needs of Scouting.

The next few years saw the physical development of the camp's facilities. In 1955, it was decided to build an Ordeal Ring to meet the requirements of the Order's ceremonies. A site was selected on the banks of the San Bernard River. It was reached by following a trail from the chapel area, winding along the banks of the San Bernard, crossing a temporary bridge and finally climbing a hill to enter the ceremonial area.

The altar was constructed of stones and a plaque was laid. This ceremonial area served the Lodge for the next 40 years. The temporary bridge ultimately required relocation. Over the years the Brazos River underwent several floods. Each flood required extensive work in removing sand and debris from the Ordeal Ring. The site was lost completely for about a three year period in the mid 1980's, after a very severe flood of the San Bernard River. In the late 1980's it was decided that something needed to be done about the temporary bridge. Each flood had continued to erode the banks to a point of becoming hazardous.

A plan was put forth by the Lodge to construct a new suspension bridge. Different ideas were discussed in raising the necessary capital to complete the project. One of which was to sell each of the planks on the bridge and have the names of the donor inscribed on them. Finally the Council Executive Board was approached and money was set aside for its construction. Work  began on the new bridge, but a problem immediately arose, it was impossible to get the needed heavy equipment to the site to complete the project.

These efforts were finally abandoned. It became increasingly necessary to make a decision on the future of the ring. In late 1994, a site was chosen for construction of a new Ceremonial Ring. Ideas were discussed and a decision was made to move forward with its construction. Through the efforts of several people, and donations of materials, the need for raising capital became unnecessary. During the summer of 1995 several work days were held, and the new ring was constructed. It was made of cement planks that had been donated to the Lodge. These planks were then covered with native stone. Finally the plaque from the old altar was moved to the new site and installed. During the construction phase of the new altar, the permanent smug pots, which had been installed years ago at the old altar were moved and relocated.

During the Fall Fellowship in September of 1995, dedication ceremonies were held at the new Ordeal Ceremonial Ring. All ex-Lodge Chiefs and Advisors were invited to attend.

 

Awards

Would you like to honor an Arrowmen for their outstanding service to the lodge? Award nomination forms can be found here.

OA Triple Crown Award

The OA Triple Crown has always recognized outstanding outdoorsmen who take the initiative to attend not one, but three high adventure bases through the Order of the Arrow’s programs. Members seeking to achieve the new OA Triple Crown Award can complete any three of the five OAHA programs as long as they do so at three separate bases. These Arrowmen are also expected to give a presentation about their experiences at a lodge or section event encouraging others to participate. Afterwards, they should submit an OA Triple Crown Application which will be made available later this year. After verifying attendance, the Arrowmen will receive a patch set and a certificate signed by the national officers recognizing this accomplishment. The patch set will consist of a universal center patch surrounded by three "rockers" to signify the three programs completed. For more information, please click here.

Founder's Award

The Founder's Award was created by the National Order of the Arrow to honor and recognize Lodge Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to the lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates to fellow Arrowmen that he or she memorializes in his or her everyday life the spirit achievement as described by founder E. Urner Goodman. The award is a handsome bronze medallion bearing the likeness of E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson, with wooden base and brass plate suitable for engraving. The award is suitable for display at home, or the office. Also available is the Founder's Award arrow ribbon, similar to the universal arrow ribbon, except that it has a gold colored arrow suspended from the red ribbon. Lodges may petition the National Order of the Arrow Committee to present up to two awards annually, based on Lodge membership. If the Lodge presents more than one award, one must be to a youth under the age of 21.

Chief's Award

The Chief's Award was created to recognize Arrowmen throughout the year for their hard work and service to the Lodge through their dedication to a specific task. At the close of each year, the Chief may select individuals whose work extended above and beyond the call of duty, and who truly live up to the high ideals set for all members of the Order. The main recipients as chosen at the end of the year are awarded a plaque to recognize both their outstanding service and their accomplishments. Because the award is independently selected, awarded, and funded by the chief, he may present as many as he feels appropriate, within reason. No Arrowmen may receive the award more than once from the same Chief, and no awards need to be presented should the Chief not see fit to do so.

Cliff Alexander Chapter Service Award

Charles Chipman Service Award

 

Links

National Order of the Arrow

Southern Region Order of the Arrow

Southern Region Facebook

Southern Region Twitter

JumpStart for New Arrowmen

OA High Adventure

OA Trading Post

Lodge Leadership Development

Training

OA LodgeMaster

OA Digital Archive

OA History

National OA Endowment

National Boy Scouts of America web site

Order of the Arrow Section on the National BSA web site

Order of the Arrow dues

 

 
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Upcoming Events 2019

 Annual Package

 Lonestar Fellowship

 Spring Ordeal

 Spring Shoot

 Winter Ordeal

 

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Vigil Members

After two years of service as a Brotherhood member and with the approval of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, a Scout may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for outstanding service to Scouting, his lodge, and the community. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.

 

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Chipman Sr., Charles, Spear Walker, 1979
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Christian, James R., Agreeable One, 1970
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Clements, David, Dancer Who Crows Aloud, 1988
Cobble, Larry P., He Who Rests, 1972
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Faires, Archie, Fast Dancer, 1975
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Fehrle, Leonard, Beaver Who Does Good Work, 1984
Ford, David, Shepherd, 1970
Freas, Alexander
Freas, Rob, Seafaring Eagle, 2004
Fridye, Mark J., Night Traveler, 1980
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Hammond, Dale, Hard Worker, 1966
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Harris, John, Excited Fisherman, 1993
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Jacklitsch, Eric, Quiet Teacher To Many, 1996
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Johnson, Steve, Well Behaved, 1970
Johnson, Todd, Tall Helpful One Who Fishes w/Hook & Line, 1994
Kees, Roger A., Reliable One, 1970
Kees, Roger L., Happy Helpful One, 1971
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Klyng, Jr, Donald, Jester Who Cooks, 1995
Klyng, Sr, Donald, Honorable Bearded Buffalo, 1988
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