Order of the Arrow


“The Order of the Arrow is a thing of the outdoors rather than the indoors… It needs the sun and rain, the woods and the plains, the waters and the starlit sky.”
E. Urner Goodman

Order of the Arrow National  web site


  • 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 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, as directed by the camping committee of the council.
  • To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others….from the  Order of the Arrow Handbook .


Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge #111 

Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge #111

Lodge Web Site

Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge, the 111th lodge to be founded, was established at the old Camp Boxwell, located on the Narrows of the Harpeth, on May 20, 1938. The lodge is based out of  Camp Boxwell , in the  Middle Tennessee Council . The name Wa-hi-nasa means “Home of the Eagles” in Cherokee.


Trail of Tears Chapter

The Wdee Chapter members live in Rutherford and Cannon Counties.

OA sash

The OA’s Role in District Units’ Crossover Ceremonies

  • The District Committe’s Policy:  The committee supports the local Chapter’s many service commitments by estabilsihing a single district-wide crossover ceremony. This is necessary because of the limited supply of youth members to staff the ceremony team. Individual units should not make additional requests for crossover support.
    • The national BSA  web site  does mention the “possibility” of having the OA perform a crossover ceremony, but in our area we simply have more packs than youth performers. Those same national site pages note that conducting a crossover ceremony at the Blue and Gold banquet is the pack’s responsibility in conjuction with the troops the Webelos will be joining.
    • Even if Webelos have gone through a pack’s ceremony prior to the Spring District event, they can come back and participate in the formal ceremony.
    • Please remember that the OA youth are also students whose school year testing falls in the crossover season.

 Jump Start

Here’s a web site designed specifically for you – a new member of the Order of the Arrow. We’d like you to get off to a good start, so we’ve gathered the information you’ll need to be successful and put it online – where it’s easy for you to access.

Southern Region Order of the Arrow News

2018 OA Service Grant Recipients Announced

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants.  For 2018, 27 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant...

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Spirit of Excellence – Preparing the Submission

With another year nearly finished, we can look back fondly on the trail we’ve blazed. We hope the inaugural Spirit of Excellence issues have helped orient your lodge for its 2017 JTE goals. Throughout the year, you have been equipped with the tools to succeed.Read...

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With the approach of Hurricane Irma and out of concern for the safety of affected Arrowmen, the decision has been made to cancel this weekend’s (Sept 8-10) National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) scheduled for the Life...

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Spirit of Excellence – Are We There Yet

In this fourth edition of the Spirit of Excellence, we will take a look at strategies for success at summer camp. With a busy summer ahead, now is the best time to refresh your data in LodgeMaster and get on track for JTE Gold! ReadRead More...Powered by...

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Congratulations to our Awards Recipients!

Congratulations to the following lodges in the Southern Region on their achievements!   E. Urner Goodman Camping Award Unalai’Yi Lodge Coastal Garolina Council #550 Charleston, SC   Wewanoma Lodge Rio Grande Council #775 Harlingen, TX   National Service Award...

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We Support Camping Award Celebrates Record Year

The Southern Region’s annual We Support Camping Award was created in 2012 for the 2013 program year.  The award’s purpose is to encourage and incentivize lodges to sharpen their focus on camping support within their council.  The award is designed to be challenging,...

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Why Wachipi?

Arrowmen across the country are asking about Wachipi, the American Indian Seminar held on June 6th-10th, 2017 at the Philmont Training Center. Many are aware of the rich history that American Indian Activities (AIA) has in our Order but what’s so special about this...

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March Chiefly Speaking

In the past few years, I have gained an appreciation for just how large the Order of the Arrow really is.  With over 170,000 members across over 250 lodges around the world, it is no surprise that our organization is able to provide several opportunitiesRead...

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National Leadership Seminar Testimonial

  By Matthew Bobzien Anthony Peluso is from Virginia Beach, VA and a member of Blue Heron Lodge in Section SR-7A. He currently serves as Section Chief and has previously served as Lodge Chief. In April 2015, he attended the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) andRead...

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Day in the Life: Region Communications Coordinator

By Brendan Switts   Our region communications committee is lead by Coordinator Reed Powell from SR-5, but what does he even do? Let’s take a look at what a normal Friday before a section conclave means for him.   5:00 AM – Reed starts hisRead More...Powered by...

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