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Boy Scout Troop 750
(Henrietta, New York)
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What is the Order or the Arrow?

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of Scouting. Many members of our Troop are also members of the Order of the Arrow.

As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
  • Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the 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.
  • Youth must be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach, be elected by the youth members of their troop or team.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who are registered in the BSA and meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the lodge adult selection committee. Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition of service, including current or prior positions. Selected adults must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and must provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge.


How and when do I wear the OA Sash?

The OA Sash is worn over the right shoulder.  It is NOT an "automatic part" of your Field Uniform (Class A).  Membership in the OA is shown by the pocket flap patch on your right hand pocket.  The OA sash is only worn at OA events or when you are rendering service directly on behalf of the OA. A Scout never wears both their Merit Badge Sash and the OA Sash at the same time, nor should either of the sashes ever be worn hanging from the belt.

The flap signifies a Scout or Scouter as a member of a lodge.  Members wear their sash at camp on Visitor's night for an OA call out ceremony.  Members of the Unit Election Team wear their sash when they visit units to run an election.  This is also an appropriate time for the members of the Troop to wear their sash.