Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge
Order of the Arrow

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

Welcome to the Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge Official Web Site!

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.

2018 Vigil Honor

"The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following: their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting or their Scout camp. Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation." (For a complete explanation of the meaning and selection criteria, refer to “Vigil Honor” in the Order of the Arrow Handbook.)

You may either print and fill out the 2018 Vigil Honor Nomination then mail it to the address on the nomination, or type the information into the nomination and email it to

Each section of the nomination is required and must be completed fully. Those submitting the nomination should feel free to request information from the Lodge officers, Advisors, along with Chapter, Unit & District leadership to complete the nomination as needed.

Nominations must be emailed to or mailed to the Atlanta Area Council Volunteer Service Center no later than July 21, 2018.

Questions? Contact Vigil Honor Committee Chairman: David Pipes,

Woodruff Scout Camp, Day Of Service
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:00 AM
Woodruff Scout Camp, 31 Woodruff Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512,

Our council is hosting a Woodruff Workers Weekend May 11-13, 2018 at Woodruff Scout Camp. There is a planned day of service for that Saturday intended to provide repair and maintenance to help get the camp ready for summer camp.

This event is open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and adult volunteers. Participants may come for the day on Saturday or camp for the weekend. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

Pre-registration is required at;

In keeping with our Order’s purpose Egwa Tawa Dee will support this endeavor as a Lodge Day of Service. Lodge members participating in this event will earn service hours, Egwa Totem Service beads, and the 2018 Lodge Day of Service patch (some restrictions apply). These service hours will count towards the “Service to Scouting” requirement of the 2018 Egwa Service Hawk Award.

As usual for our lodge service projects, bring work gloves, water bottle, rain gear, wear work clothes with an Egwa t-shirt and bring your BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, parts A and B.

  • WHAT: Woodruff Day of Service (Woodruff Workers Weekend)
  • WHERE: Woodruff Scout Camp, 31 Woodruff Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512,
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM
  • WHY: To do repair and maintenance to help prepare facilities for summer camp
  • WHO: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and adult volunteers
  • INFORMATION: WSC Workers Weekend Flier
  • CONTACT:, 770-956-2898

This event is free but will also mark the launch of the Woodruff Service Corps. This volunteer group will work throughout the year to support the ongoing operations at Woodruff Scout Camp. Bring $5 to this event to pay for your first year’s membership if you would like to join and you’ll receive a special limited edition Founding Member patch.

And yes, we realize this is Mother’s Day weekend and is also bookended by the Lodge Induction Weekends, not to mention graduations, and all other potential conflicts, but this is the date chosen by our council so it is the date we support. It is understandable that many of our Brothers will have personal conflicts and obligations that will prevent them from participating in this event, however for those who are able and willing we will see you there.

Fish Habitat Service Project


One of the service projects we will be undertaking at Bert Adams Camp during the Induction Weekend, May 18-20, will be the assembling of Spider Block Fish Habitats to be placed in Lake Campbell at a later date. These fish habitats are designed to provide shelter for fish while minimizing the snagging of fishing tackle/lures (see photo). We plan to assemble 8 to 10 of these habitats to be used as a test case to determine if more should be built at a later date. To assemble these habitats, we need to acquire the following materials;

  • 1000 feet of ¾ inch polyethylene tubing-prefer up to 60 PSI, but no more than 120 PSI
  • 10 to 12 each of 8X8X8 cinder blocks or something similar
  • 4 to 5 each of mortar mix-80 lbs. bags

If you have access to any of these materials or can be of assistance in acquiring them for this project, please contact Mac McKinley at or 404-375-1077.

Wanted – Dedicated & Spirited Summer Camp Staff

Learn More!

The Atlanta Area Council Campmaster Corps is a group of experienced Scouters who support weekend camp activities at the Atlanta Area Council camp properties, Bert Adams, Woodruff and Allatoona Aquatics Base. Members of the Campmaster Corps have a working knowledge of the BSA Outdoor Programs, the Patrol method, Troop and Unit operations and general knowledge of the aims and objectives of the Scouting Outdoor Program.

Campmasters spend the weekend at the Atlanta Area Camp Properties in a comfortable cabin with simple amenities (kitchen, cooking utensils, private bathrooms, and beds) while providing service to Units camping at the property during the weekend. Typically, weekend duties begin when the Campmaster arrives on Friday and end on Sunday around noon (after the units have left the camp or when the Ranger says it is okay to leave). Campmasters can request their weekend and amount of service and some Campmasters serve as husband and wife teams for the weekend.

During the weekend, Campmasters are a visible presence at the camp property, visiting the Units at campsites and program facilities to provide assistance, ensuring the safety and security of the Units and camp property by inspecting facilities and campsites at various times.

During a typical weekend, Campmasters will:

  • Check units into camp and collect rosters.
  • Interact with the Unit Leaders to provide Commissioner-type service and other assistance as requested.
  • Assist the Camp Rangers with special projects when requested.
  • Help ensure camp policies are being followed by visiting units, campsites and camp facilities.
  • Provide unit leaders with outdoor program and facility assistance to enhance the unit’s camping experience.
  • Assist Rangers and Units during emergency situations.
  • Check units out of at the end of their stay.

Here's a Campmaster Corps flier. Questions? Contact Warren or Sherry Wright,

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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May 12 , 2018
WSC Day Of Service
Woodruff Scout Camp

May 18 - 20, 2018
BASC Induction Weekend
Bert Adams Scout Camp

May 20, 2018
Bert Adams Scout Camp

July 21, 2018
Vigil Honor Nominations Due

July 30 - August 4, 2018
National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)
Indiana University

August 5, 2018
Volunteer Service Center

July 30 - August 4, 2018
Indiana University

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