The 2015 May Ordeal was held at Pipsico Scout Reservation over the weekend of May 16. 98 new Arrowmen were inducted into the Order, 31 Arrowmen completed the Brotherhood Ceremony, and one Arrowman — Randy Daniel — became Blue Heron Lodge’s newest Vigil member, completing the Vigil class of 2014. Congratulations to all 130 of these brothers.
At the 2015 March Ordeal, twenty-five Arrowmen sealed their membership in the Order by earning the Brotherhood honor. Our lodge performed, for the first time, the new Brotherhood ceremony.
Thirty-five new brothers were welcomed into the Order of the Arrow Saturday night.
Congratulations to our new brothers and new Brotherhood members.
The Fall/Winter 2014 Drumbeat has been published. Check it out to see a recap of the Fall Fellowship, along with letters from outgoing and incoming officers.
And be sure to check out the Drumbeat page to see back issues. We have added a selection of Drumbeats from years past with more on the way.
The 2015 Dues and Event forms are now available.
Both of these forms may be completed electronically and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Please circulate these forms widely amongst the members of your chapters and troops, and encourage your Brothers to pay their Lodge dues early, and to register for Lodge events. Note that there will again be three Ordeals this year, in March, May, and August.
About Blue Heron Lodge
Blue Heron Lodge is the Order of the Arrow Lodge for Tidewater Council. Members of Blue Heron Lodge visit Camp Pipsico on a regular basis to perform service to camp. Several of the buildings you see at camp, including the OA Shelter, the pump house, and the Gregson Center were built by the OA. The OA assists with the preparation of Camp Lions for summer camp by erecting tents on the platforms, clearing debris from the sites, and performing other tasks.
What is the Order of the Arrow?
The Order of the Arrow is an organization within the Boy Scouts of America that provides service and leadership opportunities for older Scouts. It is the BSA’s honored camper society and is dedicated to cheerful service.
I went through my Ordeal. Now what?
If you are a member of the OA, the Lodge needs your help. The first thing to do is to start attending your chapter meeting. Important information about upcoming events is given out at chapter meetings and you need to be there to keep up to date with what is going on in the lodge.
Then, start coming to the lodge events. We have several service days up at camp each year (Ordeals) and a Fall Fellowship, where we have a weekend of fun and games. We also have an annual fellowship of the lodges in our section called the “Conclave“. This weekend is always exciting and is fun for all. In 2013, we hosted the Conclave and we will do so again in 2019.
Who can be in the Order of the Arrow?
The OA is often referred to as “Scouting’s Honor Society”. Membership in the OA is granted only to those who are elected by their own troop. Thus, members are selected primarily by non-members.
Election into the Order of the Arrow is fairly unique. The OA is one of few organizations where selection is made by primarily non-members. Each year, Boy Scout troops are permitted to hold an Order of the Arrow election. Traditionally, it is held in the spring, but it is permissible for it to be held at any time during the year. All youth members, as well as Scouters under the age of twenty-one, are permitted to vote in this election. Troops that elect at least one youth are eligible to nominate an adult for consideration. To request that an OA election team visit your troop, please contact your chapter.