What is it?

For more than 90 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized 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, 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 and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.

Who is “Timucuan Chapter”?

Timucuan Chapter – Youth and Adult Arrowmen from Black Creek District who are members of the Echockotee Lodge 200. Echockotee Lodge 200 serves the North Florida Council. Our Chapter is known as the “Buffalos”.

How do I join the Order of the Arrow?

The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
  • Youth must be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach, be elected by the youth members of their troop or team.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who are registered in the BSA and meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the lodge adult selection committee. Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition of service, including current or prior positions. Selected adults must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and must provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge.

What’s happening in our Chapter, our Lodge, and more with the Order of the Arrow?

To start the calendar year with Winter Fellowship, our Chapter won the spirit competition called “Sonic”, won the Moon Pie eating contest and two of our own received Vigil Honor; Adult Bryon Barber and Youth Hunter Barber.

Recently we held 3 Webelos Crossover Ceremonies for Packs 223, 652 and 832. Most recently we went to Spring Fellowship where we had 1 new member go through their Ordeal, 4 members seal their membership through Brotherhood and had a blast regardless how cold the weekend was.

Up to come…. Our District’s Merit Badge Fair March 14-16 we will be running the Baden Powell “New Scout Program” and Campfire Saturday night where afterwards we hold our call out ceremony for the 2014 elected Scouts and Scouters that were chosen by their peers in their Troop to joining Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow.

OA Chapter Meetings
When: Every month on the second Thursday at 7PM.
Where: Crossroad Lutheran Church
5101 Lakeshore Drive West
Orange Park, Florida 32003-7738
* This is on Fleming Island less than 1 mile east of Whitey’s Fish Camp off of CR 220.

Upcoming Echockotee Lodge Events:
Spring Service Day – April 26 at St. John’s River Base at Camp Echockotee
Summer Fellowship – May 16-18 at Camp Shands – Theme is Movie Genre “Adventure” (as a Chapter we still need to decide what movie we will go with)

Upcoming Section Events:
Section Conference - April 11-13th … Our lodge is the HOST LODGE this year with the event being held at Camp Shands!!!
Here is what our Lodge website has on this event:
The 2014 Section Conference will be hosted by our very own Echockotee Lodge. Our theme is The Arrowman Effect and promises awesome shows by our lodge Shows committee. There will also be many fun inter-lodge activities such as "lodgeball", volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee competitions. The cost will be $45 and is no further a drive than a regular fellowship, all the reason to attend and make the Echockotee Lodge contingent the biggest anyone has ever seen! We hope to see you there.