The Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, is divided up into Regions, Areas, Sections, and Lodges. Section W-1S is in the Western Region and Area 1. It serves the lodges associated with the 3 councils in the Oregon, southern Washington and northern California area; Wauna La-Mon’tay lodge of the Cascade Pacific Council, Tsisqan Lodge of the Oregon Trail Council, and Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge of the Crater Lake Council.
Every September the Section holds its Section Conclave; an event that serves as a gathering for Arrowmen all around the section to come together for activities, training, and events to teach scout skills and leadership as well as create a fun environment for Arrowmen to meet others from around the Section. It is hosted by a different Lodge each year and is held at various locations within the area of the section.
Each year at the annual Conclave the youth members elect a Section Chief, Section Vice Chief, and Section Secretary for the next year. The Section officers are primarily responsible for planning and running the annual Conclave.
The purpose of the Section is more than just running a great conclave. The Section supports the lodges that it serves. Lodge leaders can come to the Section with ideas and questions related to their lodge program. Occasionally the Section provides scholarships for lodges to send youth to training seminars, national events or high adventure opportunities.
Purpose of the Order of the Arrow
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose 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 a way that warrants similar recognition.
- Promote Camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
- Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit, and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
- Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Mission of the Order of the Arrow
The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.