Scouts and Scouters across the nation can rejoice because tomorrow, Thursday, July 16, 2015, is officially “Order of the Arrow Centennial Day” in the state of Maryland!
Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan signed a proclamation which details the importance of the Order of the Arrow’s 100th Anniversary and urges “all citizens to support this observance.”
Maryland’s Camp Linstead (open 1918 through 1944) played an important role in the early history of the Order of the Arrow, hosting the third annual meeting of the Grand Lodge, October 12 and 13, 1923.
Today there are six Order of the Arrow Lodges in the State of Maryland:
- Nentico Lodge 12 of the Baltimore Area Council
- Nentego Lodge 20 of the Del-Mar-Va Council
- Octoraro Lodge 22 of the Chester County Council
- Allohak Menewi Lodge 57 of the Laurel Highlands Council
- Guneukitschik Lodge 317 of the Mason Dixon Council
- Amangamek-Wipit Lodge 470 of the National Capital Area Council
Copies of the proclamation were delivered to the Scout Executive of each of these councils.
While the day will only be officially celebrated in Maryland, the spirit of the OA reaches from coast to coast so there’s no reason you can’t celebrate this special recognition across the country. After all, who doesn’t want a reason to commemorate Scouting’s national honor society?
Check out the official proclamation below!