This page contains a list of links, advice, downloadables and others resources for the following groups.
Like most things, what you get out of your OA membership depends on what you put into it. With the understanding that we put our families and school/job first, great satisfaction can come from investing some time into OA service.
For starters, learn about the legend of the Lenni Lenape tribe. This was explained during your Ordeal, and can be found in your OA Handbook. Understand how our guiding principles are distilled from that story, and how those filter into the ceremonies we perform.
Next, attend all your Chapter meetings, where the OA program really happens. These are the foundation of your involvement. Attend Lodge events as well! We are a tight-knit group and are eager to welcome newcomers. Get a few of your troop or team members to attend with you. These experiences are best when shared!
Ask questions at Chapter and Lodge events. You will soon be able to start pouring yourself into the youth and adults around you and you will continue to grow in brotherhood, fellowship and friendship.
Welcome to the Order of the Arrow and to Tonkawa Lodge! Our aim is to be the premiere lodge in the nation, and we’re glad to have you along for the journey. A great place to get started is our Welcome to Tonkawa guide. Beyond that, visit JumpStart, a guide for new members published by the National OA Committee. Our first and best advice is to start attending your Chapter meetings and don’t be shy about plugging in!
Scouting is a youth-led program, and that includes the Order of the Arrow. An adult’s primary role in OA is to facilitate the program for the youth. That could mean offering guidance on ceremonies, helping sew ceremony regalia, arranging service opportunities, and yes…it almost always includes chauffeuring youth to OA events. Here are some ideas to get you started.
IN SCOUTING UNITS
- Adults can help the OA Troop or Team Representative (a youth position) stay on top of their duties
- Adults can help get youth to monthly chapter meetings.
IN YOUR CHAPTER
- Start attending chapter meetings regularly so you can become aware of the needs of your youth
- Meet other adults and find out how you can combine your skill sets to help the chapter
- If you’re unsure of where to start, check out the OA Performance Measurement Program (formally Journey to Excellence goals) and start working toward those
- Offer to assist your Chapter Adviser; they will surely have a task that needs some attention
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you’re asking the youth
IN OUR LODGE
- Attend as many Lodge events as possible and let youth in your units know that you’re available to give them a ride (being mindful of Youth Protection policies). We hold Ordeal weekends twice a year, Lodge Executive Committee meetings on the 2nd Sunday of each month, and various other meet-ups throughout the year
- If interested in serving in a leadership role, there are plenty of official and unofficial roles into which you can invest your time and talent. Start by looking over the list of Adviser positions and see if you’d like to start helping as an assistant in one of them.
Been out for a while? Are you new to central Texas and want to transfer your membership to Tonkawa? No problem! Head over to our Dues page to learn how to get your membership back in good standing or transferred.