The Western Region consists of 14 sections throughout the Western United States, Hawaii Alaska, and Japan. Each section typically consists of between 2 and 8 lodges and is led by a Section Chief, who is advised by a Section Adviser and Section Staff Adviser. The Key 3 leadership for the region consists of the youth leader, the Region Chief, who is advised by the Region Chairman and the Region Staff Adviser. The Region Chief is a national officer in the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America and is elected by the Section Chiefs of the region at the National OA Planning Meeting every December.

The Region is responsible for several things, and its most notable events are the National Leadership Seminars and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminars. For more information on events in the Western Region, check out the Region Calendar.

Purpose of the Order of the Arrow

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.

Mission of the Order of the Arrow

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.

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