The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Colonneh Lodge is the Sam Houston Area Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge.
The Phoenix District Order of the Arrow chapter has assembled teams to conduct Arrow of Light ceremonies for fifth grade Webelos Scouts. We will do our best to honor your request. Arrow of Light ceremonies do not have to be conducted by the Order of the Arrow. Packs and troops can conduct their own ceremony.
Please remember that the Scouts providing this service do this on their own time and travel expense. Availability depends upon the busy schedules of the OA members (e.g., school, sports, work, Scouting activities) and their parents. Locations of ceremonies that are outside of the district's boundaries may be difficult for the ceremonialists to attend.
We have a limited number of teams available on a first come, first serve schedule. We will facilitate smaller packs working with larger packs, or several smaller packs working together if needed. This is very useful for packs that have not done a ceremony before. If there are multiple packs working together, one will be designated as the lead pack and be responsible for providing a ceremony coordinator.
Suggested Ceremony Locations
The National Order of the Arrow Committee after months of collaborative work with ceremonialists and lodge leadership representatives announces the following policy change. This policy change will apply to ALL Order of the Arrow lodges and chapters. We know that lodges and chapters are frequently asked to perform Arrow of Light and crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs, which is an appropriate service in support of our packs. That said, we have had many complaints surrounding these ceremonies from various American Indian tribes due to the manner in which they are conducted as well as the inconsistent nature in which they are performed. Beginning January 1, 2019 lodges and chapters that are asked to conduct Arrow of Light or crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs will only be permitted to conduct them using the new approved official ceremonies which can be found in the OA Inductions Portal. These ceremonies are to be conducted in a Scout uniform and are no longer permitted to be done in American Indian regalia. Source
- Complete the online form to request a ceremony. Please do your best to provide as much information as possible when requesting a ceremony. It is the responsibility of the pack leadership to secure the location and organize the event. The OA team is there to perform the ceremony only.
- Communication needs to be clear between the designated pack ceremony coordinator and the associate chapter advisor-inductions.
- All outdoor ceremonies should have an alternative indoor location. It’s amazing how many cold fronts we have on ceremony nights, so be prepared!
- The packs are responsible for providing firewood, cross-over bridge (optional) and anything else you would like to add.
- Additional lighting must be approved by ACA-Inductions. Tiki torches make a great lighting source; however water buckets, or fire extinguishers, must be provided within reach of each area illuminated. 6. If a burn ban is in effect please coordinate with the ACA-Inductions about an alternative fire.
- Packs are responsible for supplying a table for the arrows with appropriate cover blanket or cloth. Head lights, or low light lanterns, should be provided for those who are reading the names.
- For ceremonies at Spring Creek Park, guests need to bring their own chairs.
- Packs are responsible for contacting the troops for the crossover.
- The packs are responsible for setting up a reception and reseving the location of same if you choose to have one.
- The pack ceremony coordinator must arrive at least 1.5 hours before the event to provide the team with a list of names and to set up the arrow order in preparation for the ceremony. Please provide the names in large print on 3x5” cards, and provide phonetic spelling when necessary. Do not attach the cards to the arrows.
- Certain regalia is not used in the rain. Salem Lutheran has an indoor area; however, Spring Creek Park does not have an indoor area. Please reserve a pavilion.
- Inform all attendees that no flash photography is to be used during Arrow of Light ceremony. Video cameras must set up without obstruction to the pathway of guest and the ceremony team. A special time after the ceremony will allow for recreation of arrow photo, individual and den photos with the team.
- The pack is responsible for coordinating the date of the Arrow of Light ceremony with the troop(s) the Webelos are planning to join. The troops most likely will want to send a representative and may even want to have Scouts from their troop participate in the ceremony.
- Scouts and their parents must show respect for the United States flag by being in proper uniform and exemplifying the best of behavior during the ceremony.
a) The pack(s) will be responsible for the flag ceremony. If a Boy Scout troop is conducting a crossover, the coordinating pack could request the troop conduct the flag ceremony.
b) If the ceremony is taking place at dusk, the flags should be presented to the audience, like at a football game, then immediately retired. This avoids problems with the rule that US flag should not be flown after dark without illumination and also reduces the obstacles the youth have to work around during the ceremony.
For questions, contact Rhonda Bill at 832-384-3159.
Request an Arrow of Light Ceremony