The Order of the Arrow is an honor camping program whose purpose is:
- to recognize those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives,
- to develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit,
- to promote year-round and long-term Scout camping, and
- to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
A Scout is elected to be a candidate for Order of the Arrow by his fellow troop members in the spring. An induction ceremony called the Ordeal is conducted at summer camp and is the first step toward full membership. During the Ordeal, candidates maintain complete silence, receive only small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and are required to sleep apart from other campers. After ten months of subsequent 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 Order of the Arrow. Members participate in Lodge camping activities and service projects as well as those of their home troops.
Many Scouts from Troop 28 are currently a member of Makajawan Lodge #40, Order of the Arrow.
For more information about the Order of the Arrow, click here, then click through to Order of the Arrow and then to either Makajawan Lodge 40 or National Lodge.