Order of the Arrow: Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah Chapter

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The goal was to establish these as lifelong guidelines, and to encourage continued participation in Scouting and camping. Influenced in part by camp traditions, and Indian folklore, the OA uses "safeguarded" symbols, handshakes, and ceremonies to impart a sense of community.

Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or Brothers, number more than 180,000 youth and adults. They are organized into local youth-led lodges that harbor fellowship, promote camping, and render service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Members wear identifying insignia on their uniforms, most notably the OA sash, and are eligible for special OA awards. The OA program sponsors several events, awards, and training functions.

For information on the Wah-Sha-She Lodge #42 click here .
For information on the
National Order of the Arrow click here .

For information on the Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah (Maker of Men) Chapter see below:

Chapter Chief-John St. Pierre

Chapter Advisor- Alan Purcell

The Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah Chapter of Wha-Sha-She Lodge 42 of the Order of the Arrow meets once a month during District Roundtable (see District Calendar for dates and location). These meetings are for Fellowship and Planning. They are youth led by our Chapter Chief.  

Our chapter participates in many fun and enriching events plus numerous service activities each year. These include an annual Spring Break trip, activities in support of the Mo-Kan/Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah Mountain Man Rendezvous camporee and Spring and Fall Encampments and Fellowships with the Lodge, and work sessions in support of both Camp Properties.

The chapter elections teams are available to hold unit OA elections and summer camp promotions; to schedule an election, contact the chapter advisor who will coordinate with the youth elections chairman. Click Here for a letter from our Chapter Leadership on scheduling elections.

The chapter ceremonies teams are available for Webelos Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies; to schedule a ceremony, contact the chapter advisor who will coordinate with the youth ceremonies chairman.