Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow is a recognized official program activity of the Boy Scouts of America, intended to recognize those scouts who best exemplify the Scout virtues of cheerful service, camping, and leadership.

Founded in 1915 by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, just seven years after British General Sir Robert Baden-Powell invented scouting in the United Kingdom, the Order of the Arrow is the uniquely American "honor society of scouting".


Ktemaque Lodge    

Ktemaque Lodge was born of an ideal. The ideal was exceptional leadership founded upon the principles found in the setting of Scouting. This ideal was fundamental in the Treasure Island Scout Camp, on the Delaware River where in 1915 Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson formed the first group of Scouts who exemplified the principles of honor campers into the first lodge of the Order of the Arrow. Like Scouting, the Order of the Arrow was quick to gain acceptance and so it spread from the original lodge to over 500 lodges today all throughout the country.

      Chappegat Lodge #15 was one of the oldest lodges in the country. It was formed just eight years (1923) after Dr. Goodman and Carroll Edson formed the Order of the Arrow. It received the number "15" since it was the fifteenth lodge to be officially chartered in the country. Chappegat was named after the council's camp. In Iroquois it translates to mean "deep water." The charter members of the lodge were inducted into the Order of the Arrow by members of another lodge. After the induction ceremony the original members were crossing Lake Kanuwahke to return to camp. While paddling their canoes the new Arrowmen saw a group of five beavers traveling in the same direction, and thus the beaver was chosen as their lodge totem. The Chappegat Lodge was chartered to the Siwanoy Council in New Rochelle, New York on August 22, 1923.

Ktemaque is a Delaware word meaning "from the land of the beaver." The lodge totem is the beaver.

Ktemaque Lodge celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.

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