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

Spirit of Excellence – Pathways to Success

We are excited to present the second installment in our JTE messages of the Spirit of Excellence Program. It is our hope that each of you found the last issue helpful. This month’s edition is themed “Pathways to Success” and has been built to help presentRead...

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Spirit of Excellence Program

With a new year ahead, this is the prime time to take a look back at your lodge’s Journey To Excellence (JTE) data and plan ahead for the future. This year, we are proud to introduce the Southern Region Order of the Arrow’s Spirit ofRead More...Powered by...

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2017 Lodge Service Grant Recipients Announced

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants.  For 2017, 31 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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Southern Standard 2016

The Southern Region is proud to release the Southern Standard, a yearbook showcasing event photos and summaries from 2016. Relive all the best moments that took place at national, regional, section events and more! We’ve created three different versions (all contain...

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