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Saturday, April 04, 2020

About Totanhan Nakaha Lodge


Northern Star Council's National Honor Society. This Order of the Arrow Lodge serves Arrowmen and Scouts throughout Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin with a membership around 3,500.Through our numerous service projects and opportunities at council properties and in the communities, Totanhan Nakaha Lodge teaches Arrowmen the ideals of servant leadership.This new lodge was established in 2006 from the former Agaming and Tonkawampus Lodges.


Lodge Legend


Legend of the Moose -

Some time ago, there were two tribes of the Order of the Arrow that lived among these lands. Though all were of the same movement and took the same oath, they had long lived under different guides, and these two tribes served their fellow man in different ways. Over many years they had grown close together, and now the time had come for these two nations of cheerful servants to meet together, and better serve their fellow man by learning from each other. This great merging of brotherhood was a grand event, and from the two tribes of the past, the new had emerged, ready and eager to serve. However, not all was well, as the whispers on the winds were uneasy of the merging of the two guides that had once been; the Indian and the Bear.

The Indian told of the virtue of leadership for his brothers. The Bear showed the virtue of loyalty to the brotherhood. These different messages lingered among the new lodge, and as such the lodge asked three young braves that did not know the stories of the old guides to seek a new future. These braves were knowledgeable of the oath that was given to them when they joined the brotherhood, and knew that they must remember the roots of the movement to find a way to renew the lodge.

The young braves traveled long and far on their journey to seek out a new guide. As the first new moon of their journey passed, the cool fall breeze had given way to cold gusts from the north. The sudden shift in weather had surprised the young braves, as they were not prepared for this early snow. However, the great spirit willed them not to turn back, for their guide was close. The braves made shelter under the boughs of a great pine, but the snow lasted for days and the food they had carried was now gone. The braves were startled awake on the morning of the fourth day by a loud snort. They jumped out of the shelter and discovered Moose tracks. They decided that they must find the Moose in order to survive.

They set out quickly to stalk the Moose. They followed as they could, but the bull always seemed just out of sight. At last, near dusk, they drew near and saw that the bull had wandered out into a small field. As theyreadied their bows, the bull looked down upon them and grunted loudly! The Moose turned its head to look away, and in a gust of snow, it disappeared into the wind. The braves could not believe their eyes. Where the Moose had just stood, across the field was a camp of their brothers. They may have lost the Moose, but they had found shelter.

As evening fell, the braves gathered around a fire. They talked of their journey, and the significance of the Moose to their people. The Moose is wise and the great leader of all the deer clans, like the Indian chief that led before. Also, the Moose is brave and strong, like the familiar Bear of the past. Most importantly, the Moose is a provider who sacrifices to serve his fellow brother, mankind. This service to others was the core of their order.  The braves could see clearly that the Moose was the guide they sought out. And it was this guide who served those braves, his brothers, and brought them home.

About the Order of the Arrow


The Order of the Arrow
Scouting’s National Honor Society

For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized 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, 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 and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. 


The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.


As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to: 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.


The Order of the Arrow 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.  In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America.  In 1998, the Order of the Arrow became recognized as Scouting's National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include broader service to Scouting and the community.


The OA has more than 170,000 active members located in lodges affiliated with over 295 BSA local councils.


The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election.  The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America.  The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
  • Youth must be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach, be elected by the youth members of their troop or team.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who are registered in the BSA and meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the lodge adult selection committee.  Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition of service, including current or prior positions. Selected adults must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and must provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge.


The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.  All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal.

Brotherhood Membership

After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order.

Vigil Honor

After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.


An OA lodge helps the local Boy Scout council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure.  Every Boy Scout council is encouraged to have an Order of the Arrow lodge.  Each lodge operates under a charter granted by the National Council, BSA, and must apply annually for its renewal.  The Boy Scouts of America will grant a charter to only one lodge per council.


An Order of the Arrow section consists of lodges within a geographic area of the region. Once every year, representatives of lodges in the section come together for a conclave to share in fellowship, skills, and training.  In addition, the section creates a monitoring/mentoring relationship with its lodges, provides leadership development opportunities, fosters understanding and adherence to national OA policies and procedures, and coordinates OA administrative and program functions.  A section is lead by three elected youth officers, the section chief, section vice chief, and section secretary, who are advised by an adult section adviser and professional section staff adviser.

Each year the approximately fifty elected section chiefs are invited to a national planning meeting in Dallas, TX. The section chiefs form the conference committee for a national Order of the Arrow event, such as the national Order of the Arrow conference, which is held under the guidance of the national Order of the Arrow committee.

Region Leadership

The region chief is the youth leader elected annually by the section chiefs in his region. This election is held in conjunction with the annual national planning meeting.  The region Order of the Arrow chairman is an adult adviser appointed by the region director. The professional adviser for the region is assigned by the region director.

National Leadership

The national chief and vice chief are Arrowmen elected to one-year terms by the section chiefs during the annual national planning meeting. They serve as members of the national Order of the Arrow committee, providing the opinion of youth Arrowmen on national OA policy.  They also serve as the presiding officers for the national OA event.  They are advised in their responsibilities by the national OA committee chairman and the Order of the Arrow team leader.  The national OA committee chairman is appointed annually by the vice president/chairman of the national Outdoor Adventures Group. The professional adviser is the Order of the Arrow team leader, a national professional Scouter.


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