About Our Lodge

Wahinkto Lodge #199

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of Scouting America. The Order of the Arrow (OA) recognizes 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, developing leaders, 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, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.

The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. 

Wahinkto Lodge is the Texas Southwest Council’s Order of the Arrow Lodge. Our Lodge name means “Arrowhead,” and our Lodge Totem is the running deer. 
The national Order of the Arrow program is organized into two geographical regions, the Eastern Region and the Gateway Region. Our Lodge is in the Gateway Region, and within the region, is located in Gateway Region 2 (G2).


Order of the Arrow members are able to participate in exclusive lodge, section, regional, and national events and special high adventure treks. The OA has something for everyone. For more information, contact the lodge. 


The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is to:

1) Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and through that recognition, cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.

2) Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.

3) Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.

4) Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.