posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 06:03 PM
reply to post by senrak
It would be hard to compare the Order of the Arrow (BSA's National Honor Society) with the other so called "secret groups" because contrary to what
you might think, ANY (and I stress this word) concerned individual (defined as a parent, guardian, scoutmaster, ect) may request and after agreeing
to keep silent about what they witness, MUST be granted access to all OA activities, up to and including the so called super secret Ordeal. It is a
bylaw of the Order of the Arrow, and can not be violated.
BTW, there is a strict rule about hazing and degrading the candidates. IT IS NOT PERMITTED! There is a strict ceremony that all Lodges must follow,
so that one induction ceremony in say New York would be no different from another in Louisiana, or California. The only difference is the location,
and the type of clothing (Each Lodge takes it's cues in costumes from the local Indian tribes in its area).
Also, the OA does not select it's members. If a scout has reached the age of 13, achieved the First Class rank, and has 15 days of camp experience
(one camping trip must be six days and five nights) with his troop within the prior two years, then he may be elected by his fellow scouts to OA as a
candidate for membership. The only person who can disqualify the scout for membership is the scout himself.
And the first duty of every OA member is that of service to his troop, not the OA Lodge.
So in fact, the OA is not a "Secret Society". Go to it's website www.oa-bsa.org...
if you really want to know what the OA is all about.
OA Member since 1980