Purpose of the Order
In 1915, E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson founded the Order of the Arrow to recognize those Scouts who best exemplify and live by the Scout Oath and Law. The purpose of the Order includes the following four objectives:
You, as an Arrowman, were selected from and by your peers because of your unselfish service to your unit and camping skills that were magnificent beyond doubt. You were selected to help make this "honored campers society" more than it is today.
When you completed your Ordeal, you became an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow and of this Lodge. Ordeal membership should be looked upon as a time of trial and learning. During this time, Ordeal members should test themselves on the spirit of the Order, as they learn fully of the customs and traditions of the Order of the Arrow. As an Ordeal member you are a full member of the OA, entitled to all rights and privileges of the Order, which obligates you to a life of cheerful service. When you feel you are ready to seal your obligation, then you are ready for Brotherhood membership.