Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #13: Salting the Earth

You can always tell a member of the Order of the Arrow when he wears the Order’s distinctive white sash embroidered with a shiny red arrow pointing over his right shoulder. But members do not always wear the OA sash when in uniform. It is much more common to see OA members wearing colorful lodge […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog: How the OA Prepares Young Men to be Church Leaders

A hush settled over the Scouts and Scouters standing in the snow. The group and the flag were illuminated by two lanterns and a campfire. I watched as youth members of my Order of the Arrow chapter re-enacted a tradition that has endured for a handful of years, reverently lowering the flag at our annual […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #11: How the OA Prepares Young Men for Missionary Service

It surprised me when some of my teen peers in the Order of the Arrow suggested that I run for lodge chief. I had served as chapter chief for two years, but it had never occurred to me that I might have the right stuff to be lodge chief. Most lodges cover a BSA council, […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog#10: Once an Arrowman…

At a recent Eagle Scout court of honor, the ward’s bishop surveyed the boys and men sitting in the Eagles nest, a collection of Eagle Scouts. The well-seasoned men in that group gave testament to the fact that boys that earn the Eagle rank are always Eagle Scouts. The bishop said, “The most important thing […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #9: How the OA Prepares Young Men for Temple Worship

 In the months leading up to leaving on my mission I worked as a groundskeeper at the Ogden Temple. Although I had acted as proxy for baptisms for the dead a number of times, I had little understanding of other ceremonies performed in the temple. Still, I was preparing to receive temple ordinances, which is […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #8: How an Arrowman Serves His Unit

“I joined the Order of the Arrow as a boy,” the man said. “I went through the Ordeal but I never did anything else with the OA.” This fellow is just one of many that have said something similar to me at various Scouting functions over the years. The most common answer as to why […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #7: Helping Boys Learn to Love Leading in Service to Others

When doing service at a Scout camp in a remote location, improvisation often becomes necessary to accomplish the needed work. A few weeks ago I watched Arrowmen and camp staff members lacking adequate tools attempt to dismantle aged waterfront docks. Todd, an Arrowman with a can-do attitude, grabbed a hammer and started banging away at […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #6: A New Culture Beckons

Our attention was riveted on the four young men standing before us as the flickering firelight danced on their Native American dress. I later learned that the chief of this group not only looked the part, but was an actual Native American wearing authentic gear. Some of the words they spoke seemed mysterious. Other words […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #5: We, Who Love the Woods and Camping

At age 12, I spent a week with my large Scout troop at Camp Loll BSA in the remote wilderness between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It rained the first day. I ended up in a tent full of misfits. The next day we attended church in an outdoor chapel that has a divine […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #3: Why Cheerfulness in Service is Such a Big Deal

My gaze was naturally drawn to the mound of shaving cream that filled the pie tin that sat ominously on the table between me and the adult leader opposite of me. The two of us had been asked to participate in a friendly challenge, taking turns answering questions about the Order of the Arrow at […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #2: The Ties Of Brotherhood

My Ordeal, the overnight experience where I was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, tested and stretched my capabilities. Almost none of the others in attendance were familiar to me. I felt very alone. Little did I know how much that would change. While my first OA brothers were friends from my home troop, […]

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Scott’s Brotherhood Blog #1: The Order of the Arrow: WHY?

I couldn’t take my eyes off the sashes worn by the young men in seasoned Scout uniforms. Each wore a white sash emblazoned with a shiny embroidered red arrow pointing over his right shoulder. To my 12-year-old eyes, these 15- and 16-year-old boys seemed rugged and mature. Although I still didn’t know much about the […]

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