"Scouting's National Honor Society"
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best
exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This
recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as
well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and
spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing
leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service,
activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of
quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support,
and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.
Ktemaque Lodge #15 WWW is the Order of the Arrow lodge in the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The
Westchester-Putnam Council serves the Boy Scouts of America community
of Westchester and Putnam counties in southeastern New York state.
Ktemaque Lodge #15 pocket flap patch
Save these dates
entire calendar of upcoming events is on our Upcoming Events
page. This abbreviated list has been put here for your
convenience. Save these dates and join us! If you have questions about
upcoming events, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.
- Jan. 5, 2017 Lodge Banquet
- Jan. 22, 2017 COC & TENN Section Training
- Mar. 24–26, 2017 Fellowship weekend at Durland
- Apr. 29, 2017 Lodge Leadership Development
- Apr. 30, 2017 COC Meeting
- May 19–21, 2017 Spring Ordeal at Read
- June 9-11, 2017 Section Conclave @ TMR
- July 15-29, 2017 Operation Arrow 2017
- Sept.15-17, 2017 Fall Ordeal at Durland
Order of the Arrow High Adventure 2016
Order of the Arrow High Adventure programs
Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
June - July, 2016
-OA Trail Crew at Philmont Scout Ranch in NM
-OA Wilderness Voyage at Sommers Canoe Base in MN
-OA Canadian Odyssey in Canada
-OA Ocean Adventure at Florida Sea Base in FL
-OA Summit Experience at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve , WV
Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
September 16 - 18, 2016
Durland Scout Reservation
1 Clear Lake Road
Putnam Valley, NY
This weekend event will be held RAIN OR SHINE.
Information at Council website. Not much posted there.
More information to be posted here.
Until then, see innformation on last year's Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest for some idea of details.
In 2017, the Order of the Arrow will continue its tradition of
providing cheerful service to the National Scout Jamboree. Over 750
youth Arrowmen will answer the call to serve in Operation Arrow by
staffing one of the OA's unique program areas, including Service
Corps, Trek Guides, and Indian Village.
In addition to Jamboree staff requirements, prospective Arrowmen
- Be at least 16, but not yet 21
years of age by July 19, 2017
- Be able to commit to the full
length of the Jamboree (Staff Session 1)
- Be physically fit and meet the BSA
height & weight guidelines
- Obtain approval from their Lodge
The Service Corps will help support the Jamboree program by
providing manpower to service projects all across the Summit Bechtel
Reserve. The corps will be divided into several chapters that will
be assigned a diverse array of tasks each day. The corps'
versatility offers each Arrowman the unique opportunity to see the
entire jamboree while exemplifying the OA devotion to "service with
The OA Trek Guides will lead Jamboree participants on an all-day
adventure beginning at the unit campsite and ending at the highest
point at SBR, Garden Ground Mountain. Every unit will have the
opportunity to experience the Arrowmen-led Jamboree trek on one of
the five trek days. The Trek Guides will provide an incredible
program filled with discussion and reflection throughout the unit's
journey. Once on top of the mountain, Trek Guides will help provide
various activities for participants including buckskin &
carnival games, as well as field sports. At the conclusion of the
trek day, Trek Guides will lead units down the trail for a final
debrief of the day's activities and the journey they completed
The OA Indian Village will provide Jamboree participants an
opportunity to immerse themselves in American Indian history in fun
and interactive ways. The Indian Village staff will teach
participants about Indian craft-making, dance styles, and survival
methods of different tribes throughout the nation. In addition, the
staff will be working with the Lewis and Clark Trust to teach the
history of Lewis and Clark through storytelling and blacksmithing.
The Indian Village staff will construct a teepee village and
full-size dance arbor, which serve as home to daily dance
demonstrations. Participants will walk away from the Indian Village
with increased knowledge of American history, and self-made
souvenirs to remember their experience.
In addition to Operation Arrow's primary program areas, there
will also be select opportunities for youth Arrowmen as part of the
recreation, program, Summit Center exhibit, and shows staffs.
A limited number of adult roles will be available on the
Operation Arrow team as an adviser with one of our program areas.
Additionally, a 30 member adult-only team will support the Jamboree
medical organization by providing non-emergency medical
transportation. Interested adults should apply following the
instructions provided below. Given the limited space, a completed
application should not be considered a guarantee of placement.
When applying, please make sure to have your BSA member ID
accessible. Arrowmen should choose Session One (July 15th-29th,
2017) and select one of the following staff teams in order to be
If you have questions or want to sign up, contact our Lodge
Adviser Bob Behan at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org.
- 6211 - Program - OA Service Corps
- 6221 - Program - OA Jamboree Trek
- 6231 - Program - OA Indian Village
- 6213 - Program - OA Medical
Transport Corps (Adult-only)
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for
answers from the National Order of the Arrow web site to frequently
asked questions about Membership Issues, Policies and Guidelines, OA
Troop/Team Representative, Ordeal and Brotherhood Honors, Vigil Honor,
Awards and Recognition, Venturing, Contacting OA Leaders, National OA
Web Site, Events and Activities, and Miscellaneous. If you cannot
find the answer to your question, please contact one of the Ktemaque
Lodge officers or advisers listed on our Contact Us web page or on the officers list in our Beaver Tracks newsletter.
JumpStart for new Arrowmen
JumpStart is for new Arrowmen who have been inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Click here.
New members can catch a glimpse of the OA's rich history, discover more
about their Ordeal experience, and learn how to seal their membership
in the Order by taking the next step: Brotherhood Membership.
Lodge Executive Committee meetings
"Lodge Executive Committee Meetings are usually held the 4th Tuesday of every month (not July) at
the Council Service Center, Hawthorne, NY 7:30 p.m. We hope to
see many members attend and participate because at the meetings
everyone’s voice is heard." Clayton W., Past Lodge Chief.
Click here for the eligibility requirements for youths and adults.
The Ktemaque Lodge's election period is from January 1 through March 31.
Click on "Election Guide" on the left tool bar on this web page, then
read the eight-page Election Guide. The guide has information on
youth and adult membership requirements, the election ceremony, ballot
session, how to submit results, and the adult nomination form.
The election results should be sent to Ktemaque Lodge by April 1. The BSA ID number of those elected MUST be included in the election results. Results postmarked after April 1 will not allow adequate time for
Ktemaque Lodge to send needed information to those elected.
Anyone not receiving their invitation in the mail by May 1 to take
their Ordeal should contact the Vice Chief of Operations or the
The national Order of the Arrow committee has modified the requirements for the nomination of adult unit Scouters to become candidates for induction into the Order in 2013. Click here for details.
The changes will increase the number of currently-serving Scoutmasters
and Varsity Team Coaches and other unit Scouters who can be nominated
to be candidates. These modifications apply only to adult leaders
in Scout troops and Varsity teams who are 21 years of age or older. The DEADLINE is April 1 to postmark adult nomination forms.
If you have questions about unit elections or adult nominations, contact our Lodge Adviser or Membership Adviser.
Click "Newsletter" on the left menu to see the current issue of the lodge newsletter, "Beaver Tracks".
Order of the Arrow - Eagle Scout Letters of Congratulations from OA National Leaders
Letters of congratulations to new Eagle Scouts
from the Order of the Arrow's National Chief and National Vice Chief
(highest level youth leaders) and the Order of the Arrow's National
Chairman (highest level adult leader) is a resource for the Awards and
Recognition chairperson in a unit. The letters are meant for ALL Eagle Scouts (not just OA members) who become an Eagle Scout in the current year. The unit's Awards and Recognition chairperson may fill out and print these letters
and include them in the Eagle Scout's collection of letters of
congratulations that are presented to the Eagle Scout during his Eagle
Scout Court of Honor.
Also, Ktemaque Lodge provides a congratulatory letter and Council Eagle Scout patch to all new Eagle Scouts. Current dues-paid Order of the Arrow members will also receive a Ktemaque Eagle Scout flap patch.
If you have questions, contact our Lodge Adviser.
Order of the Arrow High Adventure Programs
OA Ocean Adventure, OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, and OA Summit Experience,
are very popular low-cost high-adventure programs. For less than
half the cost of a normal trek at any base, go with the OA and
experience this awesome adventure! Click on the
following links for more information about these great programs.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW for 2016 OA High Adventure programs on the OA High Adventure web site. These very popular programs fill fast. OA
High Adventure programs have filled to capacity almost every year since 2005. Don't miss your opportunity!
Participants at Summit Experience must be at
least 14 years of age by the day your program begins, but not yet 18 by
Participants for the other OA High Adventure programs
must be at least 16 years of age by the day your program starts, but not yet 21 by its conclusion.
Order of the Arrow Troop Representative and Adviser
Every troop should have an Order of the Arrow Troop Representative (youth position) and an Order of the Arrow Troop Adviser (adult position).
For more information about these positions, duties, and qualifications, click on the following links.
Scouts may use the Order of the Arrow Troop
Representative position to fulfill the leadership position requirements
for the Star, Life, and Eagle ranks.
Every troop must return to Ktemaque Lodge an OA Troop Representative registration form and an OA Troop Representative Adviser registration form by September 30 annually and whenever there is a change.
If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.
Details of some past events.
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Unit Election Handbook
Our Unit Election Handbook is available online.
Want to get more involved?
Want to get more involved? Come to our events. Volunteer to be an Elangomat or on the Ceremonial Team. Attend our Lodge Executive Committee Meetings.
Take on a lodge leadership position or help one of the
committees. There are a number of vacancies (look under the Contact Us
section). If you are interested in filling one of these
positions or if you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief.
"Join the circle of Brotherhood and serve your lodge with cheerful service." Bobby C., Past Lodge Chief.
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Where to Go Camping
The Directory of Council Camps and Outdoor Facilities - Northeast Region was prepared and is maintained by the Order of the Arrow
Northeast Region to assist Scouting leaders with their planning of a
varied, interesting, and educational year-round program of camping and
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