Welcome Letter


Your son has been elected as a candidate for the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor
Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Organized in 1915 to recognize honor campers, the
purpose of the Order of the Arrow 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 in a
way that warrants similar recognition; to promote camping, to develop leaders, and to crystallize
the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

Candidates for the Order of the Arrow are chosen not only for what they have done, but
also for what they are expected to do in serving the welfare of others. Because your son was
selected for candidacy by the unique method of being elected by his peers, we are sure that he is
well worthy of this honor.
The Lodge will be hosting three Induction Weekends this year. They are:

  • May 13-5, 2019 – Woodruff Scout Camp (WSC)
  • May 17-19, 2019 – Bert Adams Scout Camp (BASC)
  • November 1-3, 2019 – Bert Adams Scout Camp (BASC) registration deadline is Oct. 21st

Your son will become a member of our Order of the Arrow Lodge, Egwa Tawa Dee, during
one of these induction weekends. This weekend, which you choose for him to attend, will offer a
unique opportunity for him to reflect on his personal commitment to the principles and purposes of
the Order of the Arrow and Scouting. The weekend is undertaken by every candidate and is a
meaningful and inspiring experience that will not soon be forgotten.

Induction in the Order of the Arrow will open many new doors for your son. Our lodge
participates in many events every year. He will be entering the OA at a great time. In addition, the
Order of the Arrow provides some of the most valuable youth leadership training and opportunities
available. These opportunities will build upon the knowledge he already has received during his
scouting experience. This is truly an exciting time for you and your son. Your encouragement and
support will be appreciated.

Please feel free to contact me at lodgechief@aacegwa.org if you have any questions
concerning the Order of the Arrow. You may also contact the Ordeal Chairman, Scott Evritt,
ordealchairman@aacegwa.org with any questions. Thank you for your support of your son and of

Trey Patuka                                                Mac McKinley
2019 Lodge Chief                                      Lodge Advisor


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