Mission, Purpose and Obligation

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the Boy Scouts of America's National Honor Society. Since is its beginnings in 1915, the OA has sought to recognize those Scouts and Scouters that best embody the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law.

Through this recognition, Arrowmen also stand as models to encourage others to live these ideals in their daily lives as well. Through their cheerful service, members of Pellissippi Lodge 230 serve as an important part of maintaining Camp Buck Toms and Camp Pellissippi as well as BSA's High Adventure Bases such as Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base.

Members are also known for promoting the Great Smoky Mountain Council's long term resident camping programs, year-round camping with-in troops. and generally maintaining the spirit and traditions of camping. The OA provides some of the very best programs for members to grow and reach their fullest potential through service, activities, high adventure and training.


The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.


As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
  • Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.


The Obligation is a promise, similar to the Scout Oath, that each Brother in the Order of the Arrow takes. It is our commitment to the Order of the Arrow, to each other and to to Scouting on how we, as Brothers, will conduct ourselves in furtherance of the ideals of Scouting. The obligation reads as follows:

I do hereby promise on my honor as a Scout, that I will always and faithfully observe and preserve the traditions of the Order of the Arrow, WIMACHTENDIENK, WINGOLAUCHSIK, WITAHEMUI.

I will always regard the ties of brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow, as lasting, and will seek to preserve a cheerful spirit even in the midst of irksome tasks and weighty responsibilities, and will endeavor, so far as in my power lies, to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others.