Woa Cholena Lodge

Some of you may have Scouts BSA or Venturers in your families who are in the process of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow. Just when you thought you were getting a grasp on Scouting, they threw something new at you!

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), composed of Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives as elected by their peers. Members are dedicated to the ideal of “cheerful service”. They also encourage other Scouts to participate in camping events.

To be eligible, Scouts must be First Class rank or higher. Venturers must have earned the Discovery Award.  Scouts and Venturers must have 15 days and nights of camping in the past two years. That must include one long term camp (summer camp), but you cannot count more than one long term camp when counting up nights. Members are elected by the members of their Troop – including those who are not OA members.

OA members are dedicated to the ideal of “cheerful service”. They also encourage other Scouts to participate in camping events.

To be eligible, Scouts must be First Class rank or higher. Venturers must have earned the Discovery Award.  Scouts and Venturers must have 15 days and nights of camping in the past two years. That must include one long term camp (summer camp), but you cannot count more than one long term camp when counting up nights. Members are elected by the members of their Troop – including those who are not OA members.

As reported from the Order of the Arrow website:

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect the National Order of the Arrow Conference and other upcoming Order of the Arrow events. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both nationally and locally with the BSA Health and Safety Department, Michigan State University and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.

Status of NOAC

We will continue to monitor the situation with our partners and communicate any changes by email and at NOAC2020.org.

Status of Lodge, Section, and Region Events

We encourage all lodges to work with and follow guidance from your local BSA council and county/state health departments to address any concerns about upcoming events in your area.

Region and Section leadership will provide updates to changes in event status based on guidance from the relevant health authorities in the event area.

NLS/DYLC and Section Conclaves

All NLS/DYLC and conclaves that are scheduled to be held from now through May 2, 2020 have been postponed and will be rescheduled, if possible, for a later date. Regions are assessing all options including rescheduling NLS and DYLC to a date in September, October or November. Sections are doing the same regarding conclaves.

Status of OA High Adventure Programs

 For more information regarding how individual bases will respond to the crisis, please monitor the BSA Coronavirus response page or the base’s website.