What Are Some Facts About the Order of the Arrow in the Boys Scouts?


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The Order of the Arrow is the official honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. It was founded when Urner Goodman and Carroll Edson, the camp director and assistant camp director of Treasure Island Camp, decided to implement a program that recognized those Scouts who best exemplified the Scout's Oath and the Scout Law. The program was successful, and the Boy Scouts of America began piloting the Order of the Arrow in 1922 and officially accepted it in 1934.

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The Order of the Arrow is open to both Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts. To be eligible, a Boy Scout must be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, hold at least the First Class rank and have at least 15 days and nights of camping experience prior to his consideration. A prospective Order member must also be recommended by his unit leader.

If a Scout has fulfilled these requirements and been accepted into the Order of the Arrow, he must complete a 10-month induction process known as the Ordeal. After successful completion of the 10-month Ordeal and related requirements, prospective members are accepted into the Brotherhood and are full members of the Order of the Arrow.

As of 2015, the Order of the Arrow has over 180,000 members.

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