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.

July 30 - August 4, 2018 (plus travel days)
Indiana University, Bloomington IN

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is Scouting’s second largest national program event. Much like the National Jamboree, but for Arrowmen only, and held at a university with dormitories, student dining halls, and plenty of opportunities for fun and activities.

Please read the very important information below about NOAC attendance.

Cost - The contingent fee includes NOAC registration, lodging and meals, travel costs and contingent “goodies”. Because many of the contingent expenses have not been determined it is too early to lock in a guaranteed contingent fee. But for family budgetary purposes this fee should probably not exceed $750.

Attendance - Due to expected interest and capacity constraints at Indiana University the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow has informed our lodge leadership that they are implementing a membership-driven delegate allocation per lodge and instituting a 3:1 youth to adult ratio.

What this means is at this time Egwa Tawa Dee lodge has been allocated 30 delegates for the 2018 NOAC, 23 youth and 7 adults. While we hope to be allocated additional delegates at a later date we have to proceed with our current allocation. Under these imposed restrictions it is not in the best interest of the lodge or fair to our members to adopt a “first to deposit, first to attend” policy. For these reasons the lodge leadership is implementing the following course of action for registering your interest in attending NOAC as a part of our contingent.

All Brothers, both youth and adult, interested in attending NOAC with our lodge contingent should complete the 2018 NOAC Contingent Interest Form as soon as possible. The national registration site opens October 2nd, 2017 for delegate registration (the $100 deposit per delegate due at this time) The lodge will request additional delegates during this initial registration based on the number of submitted Contingent Interest Forms.

Reviewing the 2018 NOAC Contingent Interest Forms the Lodge Executive Board (LEB) will select contingent participants based on their level of current and future involvement with the lodge. Our goal in selecting participants will be that attending NOAC serve to inspire and train our future lodge leadership. Once notified of selection for the contingent the $100 deposit will be due to reserve the contingent slot.

ADULTS - Staff registration is scheduled to open on October 2nd, 2017. Interested adults are encouraged to apply for a staff position. Check for the latest information/updates concerning staff registration.

If you have any questions or concerns contact the Lodge Adviser, Mac McKinley, at

Visit the NOAC Page for more details about the event.

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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January 15, 2018
Late Registration
Fee Begins
Section SR-9 Indian Winter

January 26, 2018
Registration Deadline
Section SR-9 Indian Winter

January 31, 2018
Early Bird
Registration Ends
Heartland Gathering

February 2 - 4, 2018
Section SR-9 Indian Winter
Black Creek Scout Reservation

February 11, 2018
Volunteer Service Center

February 26, 2018
Registration Deadline
Spring Gathering

February 28, 2018
Trading Post Closes
Heartland Gathering

Date TBA
Lodge Day Of Service
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

March 9 - 11, 2018
Spring Gathering
Bert Adams Scout Camp

July 30 - August 4, 2018
Indiana University

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