Order of the Arrow Update: Earn Brotherhood 6 months after you join


In recent years, youth membership in the Order of the Arrow has declined significantly — down 18 percent since 2015. These changes have impacted lodges, and their ability to support councils and deliver program.

The Order must grow, alongside the Scouting movement, to achieve its purpose. The best way to do this is through supporting a “High Performing Lodge” in each council. To help achieve this aim, the national OA committee approved several, significant policy changes at today’s meeting:

  • Brotherhood Requirements: Effective immediately, the waiting period between induction and eligibility for Brotherhood membership has been reduced to six (6) months. All other requirements are unchanged.

The Lodge Ledger will have more detailed information on these changes and other new programs and policies approved at the meeting. They will also be covered extensively during Thrive, the national OA webinar, on October 19.

More details are available at:



  1. John B Dewey on June 11, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    I have a desire to be of service. I am attempting to reactivate my OA membership and am running into a glitch because they need the dates of my Ordeal and Brotherhood.

    • Nick Pedersen on June 11, 2019 at 9:25 AM

      Hi John – you can email me directly at and I can assist you in getting activated.

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