The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fellowship as follows,
- a community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience
- a company of equals or friends
- the quality or state of feeling of friendliness, goodwill, and familiarity among the people in a group
This definition perfectly defines the Order of the Arrow. The OA is a group of Scouts and Scouters who have been selected by their peers as those who best exemplify the three points of the Scout Oath and the twelve points of the Scout Law. We share a love of the outdoors and a dedication to service to others.
Fellowship takes on many forms in the Order of the Arrow, but members gather frequently, from the Chapter level all the way to the National level. Some of these events have specific purposes, such as training or service, but they all include fellowship.
At the Chapter (District) level, the Chapter Officers and members determine how of they meet and what activities will take place. Most Chapters have regular Chapter meetings where they discuss business and have activities. Often Chapters will have specific gatherings to trade patches, go hiking, perform service work, practice ceremonies or just get together and play ball or throw the frisbee.
The Lodge Officers and the LEC, Lodge Executive Council, make the plans for the Lodge as a whole, working a year or more out to plan the calendar. The Lodge has six standing events; Spring and Fall Induction, Spring and Fall Fellowship, Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) and the Winter Banquet.
Regional and National