Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge
Order of the Arrow

"For he who serves his fellows, is of all his fellows, greatest"
- Dr. E. Urner Goodman

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The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society. 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.

The Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge helps the Atlanta Area Council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure. Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge is supported by twelve Chapters that include all Districts of the Atlanta Area Council.

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections, January 1st - March 31st

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouting’s National Honor Society. It recognizes those Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, through that recognition, cause other Scouts to conduct themselves in such a way that warrants similar recognition, to promote camping, to develop leaders, and to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

The annual opportunity for the youth members to vote for those deemed worthy in each troop or team to be candidates for membership in the OA is provided by the lodge through unit election teams.

The lodge determines the time of year for unit elections to be conducted and the length of the election cycle. Several factors are considered when deciding the dates of the unit election cycle, including the Induction Weekend dates, the council and lodge calendars, and holidays among others. Here in the Atlanta Area Council our OA lodge, Egwa Tawa Dee, has set the annual unit election cycle to start January 1st and end March 31st each year.

Be advised: Unit elections must be conducted within the dates of the election cycle as established by the lodge. A unit election can only be conducted once annually for a unit; supplemental elections are not approved.

Further information can be found in the The Unit Leader’s Guide to Order of the Arrow Unit Elections.

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2018 Disaster Relief Efforts
BSA Sea Base Florida Keys March 4-10, 2018
Puerto Rico Arrowcorps March 11-17, 2018

In September 2017, the southeastern United States was struck by two category five hurricanes, Irma and Maria. With winds that reached 175 miles per hour, the storms caused significant damage through coastal flooding, mudslides, and flash floods. Many people in affected areas lost power for weeks, and suffered extreme property damage. Two notable properties that were impacted are the BSA Sea Base and the Puerto Rico Council’s camp, Guajataka.

Although the main campus of Sea Base in Islamorada remained largely untouched, this was not the case for properties throughout the Florida Keys and BSA facilities operated by local councils. Camp Sawyer and Big Munson Island were both hit heavily, with camping facilities having been destroyed by the storm and felled trees.

Camp Guajataka also suffered the onslaught of Hurricane María. Campsites were flooded with over three feet of water. Many trees have fallen, making transportation and recovery operations at the camp difficult. The camp has no electricity, save for power generators running on diesel (which is now an expensive commodity), and running water is hard to come by. All of the camp’s buildings were damaged by flooding. Camp has no electricity or water. It would appear that all of the equipment stored in the campsites such as bunks and mattresses were damaged.

Arrowmen across the country have been exemplifying cheerful service in the months since the storm to assist the areas that have been most affected. Section NE-5 developed a patch fundraiser that raised over $50,000 for the repair of Camp Guajataka, and countless lodges raised funds as well. Work weekends at Sea Base have also helped to alleviate some of the damage there.

In response to the storm, two major initiatives have been planned for the spring of 2018 which will let Arrowmen give service to Sea Base and Camp Guajataka. Hosted by the Southern Region, SeaBreak will be an opportunity to help repair parts of Sea Base, Camp Sawyer, and Big Munson Island. It will run from March 4-10, 2018. Section NE-5 will also be organizing the Puerto Rico Arrowcorps from March 11-17, 2018 where participants will work to rebuild Camp Guajataka.

Due to the generosity of Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, the only fees associated with these events will be transportation to and from the sites. Registration is also open for both opportunities through the National OA Event Registration System. Please reach out to Harrison Fry ( for any questions about SeaBreak, and Jeremy Bedient ( for any questions about the Puerto Rico Arrowcorps.

The original article can be found at

If you are interested in attending see the Lodge Adviser, Mr. McKinley

Join The Adventure! Canadian Odessey

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage: Canadian Odyssey program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience the wild beauty of the Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario, Canada.

Join The Adventure! Ocean Adventure

The Order of the Arrow, Ocean Adventure, in cooperation with the Florida Sea Base, offers you an opportunity to provide cheerful service while experiencing the adventure and fun of one of the greatest ecosystems on our planet - the Florida Keys and the waters which surround them.

Join The Adventure! Summit Experience

The Order of the Arrow Summit Experience program is an experience like no other. For 8 days, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Summit in West Virginia has to offer.

Join The Adventure! Trail Crew

The Order of the Arrow Trail Crew program is one of the best ways to experience Scouting's premier high adventure base, Philmont Scout Ranch. For two weeks, participants see and experience all that Philmont has to offer and much more.

Join The Adventure! Wilderness Voyage

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota has to offer.


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