“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 

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.


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.

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

SR-1A OA ReliefCorps 2020

On August 27, 2020, Southwest Louisiana was struck by Hurricane Laura, a fierce storm with 150 mph winds and a 17-foot storm surge, the 4th strongest storm to hit the US in 150 years. The storm spread destruction from the Gulf coast to Arkansas andRead More...Powered...

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2020 Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional,...

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National Awards 2019

Annually the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow awards three awards, the National Service Award, The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award, and the Innovation Award. Read on to learn more about these awards and which lodges earned them within the Southern Region....

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Leading Through COVID-19 Resources

Arrowmen, Recently, we held the first Region Roundup of the year, it focused on leading your lodge through COVID-19. If you were not able to join us or would like to re-visit portions of the webinar, please feel free to view the recent Region RoundupRead...

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2020 Service Grant Awarded

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants. In 2020, four lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $10,900 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant...

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We Support Camping Award…Another Record Year

The Southern Region’s annual We Support Camping Award celebrated the completion of its sixth consecutive year of council camping support, again doing so in record fashion. Created in 2012 for the 2013 program year, the award’s purpose is to encourage lodges to sharpen...

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2018 We Support Camping Lodge

Congratulations to the 34 lodges that completed the ranks to be a We Support Camping Lodge! Read more about the We Support Camping Award here. Quelqueshoe Lodge SR-1A Ashwanchi Kinta Lodge SR-1B Ti’ak Lodge SR-1B Yustaga Lodge SR-1B Mikanakawa Lodge SR-2 Netopalis...

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A Day at Dixie

I had the pleasure of spending my weekend at SR-5’s conclave called the Dixie Fellowship. The 2019 Dixie took place the last weekend of April at the stunning Camp Bud Schiele in Rutherfordton, NC. Dixie has been around for decades, always serving the arrowmen...

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The South Wins Again

Annually the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow awards three awards annually, the National Service Award, The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award, and the Innovation Award. Six Southern Region lodges earned these awards in 2018.  Read on to learn more about these...

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