November 4, 2017 - February 24, 2018
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 Copperhead District Order of the Arrow chapter has assembled teams to conduct Arrow of Light ceremonies for fifth grade Webelos. 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.
The OA does not charge for ceremonies; however, any donations made to the chapter would be appreciated. The Copperhead Chapter OA purchases authentic Indian regalia for all our ceremony teams. The purchase and maintenance of this regalia is expensive. In the past, the chapter has been able to purchase and maintain this regalia by receiving donations from each pack in the amounts ranging from $25- $100 for these ceremonies. We thank you for your support both in the past and in the future!
- 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.
- The packs are responsible for setting up a reception and reserving the location if you choose to have one.
- Communications need to be clear between the designated ceremony coordinator and the OA chapter advisor.
- Arrow of Light ceremonies should be held at the OA fire ring between pavilions 7 and 8 at Bear Creek Park, weather permitting, unless other arrangements are made. AOL Ceremonies begin at dusk. Please inform the OA chapter advisor of the alternate indoor location just in case there is bad weather.
- The ceremony should be held on Saturday evenings.
- For ceremonies at Bear Creek Park, guests need to bring their own chairs.
- The packs are responsible for providing firewood, a ground cloth for Webelos, cross-over bridge (optional) and anything else you would like to add.
- The OA chapter advisor must approve additional lighting. Tiki torches make a great lighting source; however, water buckets, or fire extinguishers, must be provided within reach of each area illuminated.
- If a burn ban is in effect, please coordinate with the OA chapter advisor about an alternative fire.
- Packs are responsible for 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 crossover ceremony.
- The pack ceremony coordinator must arrive at least one hour before the event to provide the ceremony team with a list of names, and to set up the arrow order in preparation for the ceremony. Please attach the name of each Scout on each arrow. Print the names neatly and large enough so the names can be read in low light.
- Please inform all attendees that no flash photography is to be used during the Arrow of Light ceremony. Video cameras must set up without obstruction to the pathway of guest and our ceremony team. A special time after the ceremony will allow for recreation of the arrow photo, individual and den photos with the team.
Bear Creek Park – OA Arrow of Light fire ring between pavilions 7 and 8. If you want to do your crossover at one of the pavilions you will need to reserve one by going to www.pct3.com/parks/bear-creek-park or 281-496-2177
Danny Reeves Copperhead OA Chapter Adviser 281-450-5158 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request an Arrow of Light Ceremony