"For he who serves his fellows, is, of all his fellows, greatest." - E. Urner Goodman The original official name of the Order of the Arrow is Wimachtendienk Wingolauchsik Witahemui, or simply 'The Wimachtendienk', which means Brotherhood of Those Who Serve Cheerfully. The OA has always been about Service to Others.
One of the common events held by local OA lodges are fellowship weekends, gatherings of brothers of the local lodge for activities and competitions. These weekends are often held in the fall, in celebration of a year’s dedicated service provided by the brothers of to the lodge, the Order, Scouting, and the Scout camp.
The Order of the Arrow has an outstanding training program with a wide variety of available options. All members can take advantage of the opportunities available to them through live events. Youth leaders can learn how to run a successful lodge or chapter, adult advisers can learn how to support and guide the youth, and all members can learn more about the rich history of the Order of the Arrow.
Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs. Maybe it's wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base. Or maybe hiking is your passion; if so, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch, where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience? Have you ever thought about what the Native Americans and early explorers did to be avid traders? Maybe the OA Voyage is your calling. Whatever your summer aspirations may be, these National High Adventure bases have put together a multitude of options for you.