Order of the Arrow

For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others.


Upcoming Events

Spring Fellowship Weekend
May 3 – 5, 2024
Camp Buck Toms
373 Camp Buck Toms Rd
Rockwood, TN 37854
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Summer Bash
June 22, 2024
Camp Buck Toms
373 Camp Buck Toms Rd
Rockwood, TN 37854
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National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)
July 29 – August 3, 2024
Boulder, CO

Fall Induction Weekend
September 20-22, 2024
Camp Buck Toms
373 Camp Buck Toms Rd
Rockwood, TN 37854
Candidates Click HERE to register
Members Click HERE to register

Fall Fellowship Weekend
October 11 – 13, 2024
Camp Pellissippi
262 Boy Scout Camp Rd.
Andersonville, TN 37705
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Section COC at Camp Buck Toms
October 26, 2024 (tentative)

NLS/DYLC – Thompson Station (Nashville, TN)
November 1 – 3, 2024
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LLD Weekend
November 15 – 16, 2024
Roaring Fork Baptist Church
216 Church St.
Gatlinburg, TN
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Membership Requirements

As of February 1, 2019, unit elections are permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units. The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of Scout camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, and hold one of the following ranks corresponding to the type unit in which they are being considered for election: Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery rank, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

Membership Levels

While there are three levels of membership (called “honors”) in the Order of the Arrow, all members—regardless of honor—are considered equal.


The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values. All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal.

Brotherhood Membership

After 6 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order.

Vigil Honor

After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.

Lodge Bylaws

Pellissippi Lodge

Scouts of the Great Smoky Mountain Council who are inducted into the Order of the Arrow become members of Pellissippi Lodge #230. Visit our calendar for upcoming lodge events.