Purpose and Principles

The purpose of the Order of the arrow:

“In a great and honored Order, into which can be admitted only those who unselfishly desire to serve others, there must be lofty purpose. You were selected for membership in the Order because your fellow Scouts saw your sincerity and acceptance of the high ideals of the Scout Oath and Law”. - Meteu

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


To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.

To promote Scout camping, which relates its greatest effectiveness as part

of the unit’s camping program, and to help strengthen the district and council

camping program both year-round and in summer camp, as directed by the

Council’s Camping Committee.

To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership

in cheerful service to others.

The three principles of the Order of the Arrow are:

Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service