Publications

The Order of the Arrow has several publications available to help Arrowmen in carrying out the OA program. Some publications are only available through your local lodge or council. Contact your lodge adviser or staff adviser if you need a copy. Most publications are available online below. Most are revised regularly, so be sure to get the current edition.

Order of the Arrow Handbook  #34996, Revised 2012

This is the main handbook for OA members. It includes basic information all members should know, and reflects current policies.
Available from the BSA National Supply Division, must be ordered through your local council.

Ceremony for the Ordeal  #34993A, Revised 2000

This book provides the approved Pre-Ordeal and Ordeal ceremonies for lodges to use.
Available from the BSA National Supply Division, must be ordered through your local council.

Ceremony for the Brotherhood  #34994A, Revised 1999

The 1999 Revision currently in use is no longer available from the BSA National Supply Division, and will be obsolete after December 31, 2014.  For the new Brotherhood Ceremony, please click here.

Ceremony for the Vigil Honor  #34043A, Revised 1999

This book provides the approved Vigil ceremony for lodges to use.
Available from the BSA National Supply Division, must be ordered through your local council.

 

Chapter Operations Guide   2012 Revision

[Cover of the Chapter Operations Guide] Filled with helpful tools, resources, and much more the Chapter Operations Guide will help your Chapter reach its full potential and deliver a quality program to your members. All chapter officers and advisers should have a copy.
Available online. Download this book.    (1.3 Mbytes, PDF file)
 

Guide for Officers and Advisers  #24-413, Revised 2012

[Guide for Officers and Advisers 
cover] This book provides support for lodge and chapter leaders. It reflects the current policies concerning the organization and administration of the Order of the Arrow Lodge. Topics covered include Lodge Organization and Program, Communications, Camping Promotion, Service, Membership Requirements, Unit Elections, OA Structure, Awards, and more.
All lodge and chapter officers and advisers should have a copy.
Available online. Download this book.    (1.56 Mbytes, PDF file)
 


Field Operations Guide  2013 Revision

[Cover of the Field Operations Guide] This guide provides details on OA National and Regional Organization, Section Rules, Section Conclave Guidelines, and Section Training.
Avialable online. Download this book.    (431 Kbytes, PDF file)

Looking for the Fillable Forms referenced in the FOG?

Guide to Inductions   August 2012 Revision

[Cover of the Guide to Inductions] This guide brings together all aspects of the induction process and provides a suggested structure for the inductions committee to follow. It provides the current policies and is filled with information about the inductions process from the Unit Election, to Call-Out, through the Ordeal, and on to Brotherhood. The 2012 revision added a number of new items, and made numerous revisions and updates throughout the document.
Available online. Download this book.    (1.77 M bytes, PDF file)
 

New Ceremony for the Brotherhood  June 2014 Revision

[Cover of the Ceremony for the Brotherhood] This is the text and directions for conducting the new Brotherhood Ceremony. This new ceremony is optional through December 31, 2014, and becomes the only official Brotherhood Ceremony starting on January 1, 2015. For more information about the reasons for a new Brotherhood Ceremony, click here.
Available online. Download this book.    (465K bytes, PDF file)
NOTE: This document is protected using Brotherhood Member Safeguard standards. For password information, please see the Safeguarded Material page.

Journey to Excellence Guide   July 2012 Revision

[Journey to Excellence Guide cover] The Journey to Excellence guide will assist Lodges in understanding the Journey to Excellence program and how best to develop program plans to achieve the goals.
Available online. Download this book.    (2.81 M bytes, PDF file)
 

Lodge Adviser's Handbook   July 2012 Revision

[Lodge Adviser's Handbook cover] The Lodge Adviser's Handbook provides helpful tips and pointers for both new and experienced lodge advisers.
Available online. Download this book.    (2.81 M bytes, PDF file)
 

Lodge Finance Manual  March 2008 printing

[Lodge Finance Manual cover] The Lodge Finance Manual provides ideas and guidelines for budget building and control, the jobs of lodge members related to lodge finances, financial recordkeeping, inventory control, financial reports, and money-earning projects.
Available online. Download this book.    (156 K bytes, PDF file)
 

Lodge Orientation Guide

This document is now a part of "Appendix 12 - JumpStart" in the Guide to Inductions.
Link to Guide to Inductions
 

Lodge Leadership Development Planning Guide  June 2005 printing

[Lodge Leadership Development Planning 
Guide cover] This book provides information on planning and carrying out a good Lodge Leadership Development program, including the implementation of the Lodge Leadership Development committee.
Available online. Download this book.    (147 K bytes, PDF file)
 

Lodge Community Service Guide  July 2004 printing

[Lodge Community Service Guide
cover] This guide provides information on how your lodge can plan, moblize, and deliver a quality community service project.
Available online. Download this book.    (409 K bytes, PDF file)
 

Guide for Staff Advisers  August 2013 printing

[Guide for Staff Advisers cover] This guide provides information on the Order of the Arrow for professional Scouters.
Available online. Download this book.    (435 K bytes, PDF file)
 

Manual for Producing a "Where to Go Camping Guide"  May 2005 printing

[Manual for Producing a Where to 
Go Camping Guide cover] This guide provides information on how your lodge can prepare your own "Where to Go Camping Guide". This manual provides details on the purpose of a guide, typical contents, planning the guide, gathering information, organizing the guide, and much more.
Available online. Download this book.    (5.62 Mbytes, PDF file)
 

Conclave Best Practices

This guide provides details on the best practices for planning a conclave. This manual is the result of the Conclave Best Practices taskforce, and includes great details and ideas for sections.
Available Online. Download this book.


The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service: A History of the Order of the Arrow
  Third Edition.

[Cover of The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service] This book is an enlightening history of the Order of the Arrow. Since its initial printing, it has been nationally recognized as the authoritative source for Order of the Arrow historical facts. Written by Kenneth P. Davis Ph.D., a member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, this publication consists of twelve chapters that each focus on a specific phase of Order of the Arrow history, or an aspect of its operations.
Available from the OA Trading Post
 

A Thing of the Spirit, The Life of E. Urner Goodman 

[Cover of A Thing of the Spirit] E. Urner Goodman, the founder of the Order of the Arrow; was a trend setting Scouter in the the early days of the movement. This biography of the founder, written by Nelson R. Block, is an excellent source of information on the life of Dr. Goodman, and preserves oral history about Dr. Goodman that might have otherwise been lost.
Available from the OA Trading Post
 

OA Branding and Style Guide

OA Branding and Style Guide Document  September 2011 printing

[Branding and Style Guide cover] The OA Branding and Style Guide contains proper logo usage and spelling of common terms. This guide is a staple for every lodge to ensure a clear and consistent representation and message.
Available online. Download this book.    (923 K bytes, PDF file)
 

OA BSA Organization Theme   December 2011

[OA and BSA branded PowerPoint template] An OA and Boy Scouts of America branded PowerPoint template. This template is approved for use when with any presentation related to the Order of the Arrow.
Available online. Download this PowerPoint Template.    (185 K bytes, POTX file)
 

OA Legend Theme   December 2011

[OA branded PowerPoint template] An OA-branded PowerPoint template representing the Order's heritage. This template is approved for use when with any presentation related to the Order of the Arrow.
Available online. Download this PowerPoint Template.    (375 K bytes, POTX file)
 

Order of the Arrow Annual Reports

This report provides a summary of the OA's activities and programs at the National level for the year listed.

[2013 Annual Report cover]
2013 Annual Report

(5.31 Mbytes, PDF file, 5/2014)
   
[2012 Annual Report cover]
2012 Annual Report

(4.12 Mbytes, PDF file, 2/2014)
[2011 Annual Report cover]
2011 Annual Report

(5.30 Mbytes, PDF file, 6/2012)
[2010 Annual Report cover]
2010 Annual Report

(3.34 Mbytes, PDF file, 6/2011)
[2009 Annual Report cover]
2009 Annual Report

(2.36 Mbytes, PDF file, 9/2010)
[2008 Annual Report cover]
2008 Annual Report

(1.34 Mbytes, PDF file, 6/2009)
[2007 Annual Report cover]
2007 Annual Report

(1.03 Mbytes, PDF file, 6/2008)
[2006 Annual Report cover]
2006 Annual Report

(1.36 Mbytes, PDF file, 8/2007)
[2005 Annual Report cover]
2005 Annual Report

(1.67M bytes, PDF file, 6/2006)
[2004 Annual Report cover]
2004 Annual Report

3.09M bytes, PDF file, 5/2005)
[2003 Annual Report cover]
2003 Annual Report

(961K bytes, PDF file, 5/2004)
[2002 Annual Report cover]
2002 Annual Report

(503K bytes, PDF file, 5/2003)
[2001 Annual Report cover]
2001 Annual Report

(760K bytes, PDF file, 6/2002)

Online Version Format

The online Publications are in "Portable Document Format" (PDF).

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