Welcome to Shenandoah Lodge 258! We are excited for you to take your next step in Scouting, the induction into the Order of the Arrow. The Ordeal is a series of tasks designed to test your dedication to the ways of Scouting. Make sure to bring your normal camping supplies as well as a groundcloth. We look forward to seeing you at the next Fellowship!
If you or your parents have any questions about the Ordeal, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Advisor.
The Lodge’s Mission
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 the guidance of selected capable adults.
The OA is…
An organization of honor-campers. A member is elected by his unit, and is chosen not so much for what he has done, but rather, what he is expected to do. The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service, as the OA is otherwise known, is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America.
An Arrowman’s first obligation is “your duty to your unit,” utilizing his skills and talents in the development of his fellow Scouts. Activities in the OA focus on service to Scouting, and particularly the Scout Camp. We, like all OA lodges, utilize the aspect of Indian Lore and mystery to enhance the program’s appeal.
Shenandoah Lodge 258 is your local OA lodge serving the Virginia Headwaters Council. The lodge exists to support and enrich the Scouting program in this area, and works to benefit the local program through leadership, camping, and an abundance of cheerful service.
Every Arrowman is reminded of his primary obligation to his unit, as he seeks to “catch the higher vision of a life of cheerful service.”
Mission of the BSA
“…to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.”
Purpose of the Order:
- 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 a manor 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 program, as directed by the camping committee of the council.
- To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpsose of leadership, in cheerful service to others.