Boy Scouts of AmericaTroop 181 Bradenton, Florida

                            ORDER OF THE ARROW


                              OSCEOLA LODGE 564

    Oscen Tustenugee Chapter - Manatee District

Meeting Place - 3412 53rd Ave. E., Church of Christ, Bradenton,Fl     

       Meeting Date/Time: First Thursday of the month, @ 7:30 PM 


 Troop Brotherhood Members:    David Benhke,   Chandler S.,   John O.,  

Troop Ordeal Members:    Allan F. Baily,      Allan D. Baily "AJ",     David Benhke,   Rick Cleland,    Kyle Cleland,    Kimberly O'Dowd,    Wyatt Lewis,   Michael  O.,    Douglas Shepard,                       

Troop Scout Ordeal Members:   Justin C.,   Troy C.     Lane L.,   John O.,   Rony P.   Chandler S.  Andy T.  

Troop Ordeal Selectees:  

OA Osceola Lodge 564                                                                  Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow


The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society.
Purpose of the Order of the Arrow
The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is four-fold:

To recognize those campers--S


The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society.
Purpose of the Order of the Arrow
The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is four-fold:

To recognize those campers--Scouts and Scouters--who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as to warrant recognition.

To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.

To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of the unit's camping program, both year-round and in the summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the council.

To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

How do I become a member of the Order of the Arrow?
To be eligible for the Order of the Arrow, a Scout must meet the following requirements:

Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.

Hold the rank of First Class Scout as a minimum.

After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of camping during the 2-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include 6 consecutive days and night of resident camping at an official Boy Scout camp, approved under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

The unit leader must certify the nominee's Scouting Spirit, his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law, his participation in unit activities, and his completion of all specified requirements at the time of the annual election.

All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered "youth" members and are subject to the above requirements for election. Note the discrepancy between the minimum age of an adult in a Scout troop (18) and the minimum age of an adult in the Order (21). Before an Order of the Arrow unit election can take place, at least 50% of the unit's active membership must be present.

Upon holding a troop or team election, the unit committee may recommend to the Lodge Executive Committee 1 adult per 50 registered youth in the unit. A unit may only recommend adult nominees if at least 1 youth nominee is elected to the Order in that year's unit election. This recommendation should be based on ability of the adult(s) to perform the necessary functions to help the Order of the Arrow and not as recognition for prior service or achievement. The above camping requirements (#3) also apply to adult nominees.

Levels of Membership
The following levels of membership should not be interpreted as ranks, but rather as degrees of involvement. Brotherhood members are not "better" than Ordeal members, or Vigil Honor recepients "better" than Brotherhood members. Each member has simply displayed a different level of commitment to the Order and the lodge.

Ordeal - This is the first membership level and the first step in the Order of the Arrow. Elected to the Order by the members of his or her unit, each candidate becomes an Ordeal member upon successful completion of the Ordeal ceremony.

Brotherhood - Upon completing the requirements for Brotherhood membership in the Order of the Arrow, an Ordeal member rededicates himself or herself to the Order and lodge by becoming a Brotherhood member. When an Ordeal member becomes a Brotherhood member, it is referred to as "sealing the ties of Brotherhood."

Vigil - When an Arrowman has actively served the Order as a Brotherhood member for two years, he or she is eligible to receive the Vigil Honor. Lodges are only permitted to present the award to one Arrowman for every fifty Arrowmen registered in the lodge. Recipients of this prestigious award have displayed continued exceptional service in the Order of the Arrow and maintain a cheerful spirit while providing leadership and unselfish service. When a brother receives the Vigil Honor, he is given a Native American name that reflects their characteristics. Osceola Lodge's Vigil Call-Out Ceremony is conducted the Friday night of the Busk/Banquet weekend. 

The mission of Osceola Lodge, and every other registered lodge in the Order of the Arrow, is based on the following:

The mission of the lodge is to achieve the purpose of the Order of the Arrow as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America in the council through positive youth leadership under guidance of selected capable adults.

History of the Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in the summer of 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. When they formulated their idea of the Order, Goodman was a 24-year-old Scoutmaster and had recently been appointed as Summer Camp Director of Treasure Island, and Edson, also 24, was appointed Assistant Director in charge of the Commissary.

In preparing for summer camp, Goodman and Edson learned of a society at another camp dedicated to preserving that camp's traditions from year to year. The pair hoped to create a similar organization at Treasure Island Camp. The organization would be founded on the principles of democracy, creating the unique principle that members would be elected by primarily non-members. Additionally, Goodman hoped to stress each Scout's embodiment of the Scout Oath and Law over mere proficiency in scoutcraft.

They found a basis for their organization in Native American lore. Horace "Shorty" Rolston and Horace Kern, Philadelphia Scouters, helped research the tribes and language of the Delaware Indians, who were once native to Treasure Island. The idea for Native American roots was strengthened when Edson, visiting home for a weekend, attended a meeting where BSA Chief Scout Ernest Thompson Seton recalled his success utilizing American Indian ceremonies in organizing the Woodcraft Indians, an earlier youth movement. Combining these values with characters from James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans, Goodman and Edson created dramatic inductions ceremonies.

Goodman and Harry Yoder of Troop 3 identified and prepared the site of the first induction ceremony. They chose a natural amphitheatre on the south tip of the island, away from the heavily used areas of camp.

On the evening of Friday, July 16, the first candidates for the Order of the Arrow, each the single elected candidate from a troop at Summer Camp, met at the flagpole on the parade grounds and followed Yoder in silence on a winding path through the woods to the ceremonial grounds. In this capacity, Yoder is remembered as the first guide and guardian of the Order. The scouts arrived at a triangle-shaped arena where the entire camp was assembled. Goodman and Edson stood in the center of the ring, wearing black robes. Edson, the Vice-Chief of the Fire, wore a turtle on the front of his robe, and Goodman, Chief of the Fire, wore a turtle superimposed on a triangle, the sign of leadership. A totem decorated with a tortoise also stood at the ceremonial grounds. The tortoise, adopted from Cooper's writing and the symbol of one of the three major Delaware Indian clans, became the totem of the first Order of the Arrow lodge: Unami Lodge.

The candidates were challenged with three tasks: first, to encircle a large tree, then to scale a steep bank, and finally to add kindling to the fire. Finding that none of them could individually encircle the tree, the group of candidates joined together and easily surrounded the tree, learning Brotherhood. Likewise, failing to independently scale the bank, the candidates worked together to climb the embankment, learning Service. Adding their sticks to the fire taught them Cheerfulness. The candidates spent the following day, in silence and without food, assisting the farmers on the mainland.
By the end of the first year, twenty-five members, including Goodman and Edson, wore the white arrow on a black background signifying membership in the Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui, a name suggested by Ralston.

During this year Dr. William Hinkle devised the ritual for the second degree, later known as Brotherhood in the 1930s. The third degree, known as the Vigil Honor, was first awarded to Goodman in August of 1915. Goodman held his Vigil at the Devil's Tea Table, a historic rock formation along the Delaware River in New Jersey. Upon his return, Goodman received the Vigil name "Nuwingi", meaning "willing", but no other symbol of the Vigil Honor existed at the time. Edson received the Vigil Honor the following winter.On November 23, 1915, the first membership meeting was held. George W. Chapman was elected the first Lodge Chief of Unami Lodge and chairman of the organization committee. Goodman and Edson served as advisors of this committee. The lodge also officially accepted the turtle and arrow as their symbols.

By 1917, lodges of the Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui had been established in New Jersey, Maryland, New York, and Illinois. Unami Lodge hosted the first Grand Lodge meeting on October 7, 1921. Four delegates from every lodge in the nation gathered in Philadelphia for the meeting and elected Goodman as the first Grand Chieftain. The group adopted a constitution and statement of policies, as well as created committees to spur the growth of the organization. Grand Lodge meetings were held annually until 1927, when they switched to two-year-intervals. In this same year, Goodman wrote the lyrics to the Order of the Arrow Song to the tune of the "Russian Czarist National Anthem" by Alexei Fyodorovich
After the 1922 Grand Lodge meeting in Reading, Pennsylvania, the Order of the Arrow became an official program experiment. The BSA, under the leadership of Chief Scout Executive James E. West, permitted local councils to create lodges on a trial basis.

At the 1933 Grand Lodge meeting at Owasippe Camps of the Chicago Council, the delegates ratified a proposal for the Order of the Arrow to become an official part of the Scouting program. On June 2, 1934, at the National Council Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY, the Order of the Arrow was officially recognized as a part of Scouting. This ended the program's experimental period of more than a decade.

In May 1948, the National Executive Board, upon recommendation of the Committee on Camping, officially integrated the Order of the Arrow into the Scouting movement. This dissolved the Grand Lodge and placed supervision of the Order under the BSA. The first National Order of the Arrow Conference was held August 27-30 the same year at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Dr. E. Urner Goodman passed away on March 13, 1980, at the age of 88. Only six months before his death, he attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Colorado State University. He was a teacher before he became a professional Scouter in 1915, and in 1951 he retired as National Program Director. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1951 from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, and was a member of the Freemasons. Goodman continued to attend Unami Lodge events and entertain Arrowmen at his home in Vermont until he died. The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award, established in 1969, and the E. Urner Goodman Scholarship Fund honor the visionary founder of the Order of the Arrow.

As the number of Vigil Honor members increased from year to year, lodge and national leaders petitioned the National Order of the Arrow Committee for another nationally-recognized award. These leaders saw many Vigil Honor members who continued their exemplary service and felt that adult Arrowmen warranted further recognition. In response, the National Committee created the Founder's Award in 1981 to memorialize Goodman and honor Edson. Recipients of the award are Arrowmen who best exemplify in their everyday life the true meaning of the Order of the Arrow given to us by the Founders: the basic ideals of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service. Founder's Award recipients receive a golden arrow pocket dangle, certificate, and a bronze medallion depicting Goodman and Edson.

In 1986, co-founder Colonel Carroll A. Edson passed away. Thus the 1980s witnessed the deaths of both Founders.

In 1998, the Order of the Arrow was declared as Scouting's National Honor Society by the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1915, more than One million Scouts have been inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and more than 180,000 youth and adult members are active today.