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Seven Haddam Scouts Participate in Order of the Arrow

By Kathy Brown.

During the weekend of June 16-18, 2017, seven scouts from Haddam Boy Scout Troop #44 traveled to Camp Mattatuck in Plymouth, CT to join the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts’ national honor society. Troop #44 has been participating in the Order of the Arrow for eight years. Only three scouts prior to this group were elected in those eight years.

The Order of the Arrow was founded in 1915 in Philadelphia by Dr. Urner Goodman. To be eligible, youth have to be under the age of 21, a registered Boy Scout of First Class rank or higher, have experienced 15 nights of camping while a boy scout, and be elected by the youth members of their troop. The purpose of the order (Order of the Arrow website) are to:

  • recognize scouts who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives
  • promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship
  • develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit, and ability to advance the activities of their units, and Scouting
  • crystalize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

The scouts have to go through  an “ordeal” to give them inspiration. Some components of the ordeal are silence, labor, and strength. Three million boy scouts have been inducted into the Order in the last 100 years. Unlike boy scouts, which ends at age 18, you can remain in the Order of the Arrow for life, and give back to scouting. The seven scouts from Haddam Troop #44 who were inducted were: Simon Brown, Griffin Izzo, Nick Pach, Andrew Santopietro, Evan Mainetti, Wally Sample, Matt Pray.

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