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Pioneering at the 2014 Dixie Fellowship

Santee Lodge 116, Order of the Arrow hosted this year’s Dixie Fellowship at Camp Coker. With the input of the Dixie Design Team comprised of Pioneering Crews from Chicora, Iswa and Attakwa Chapters, Arrowmen erected a 24 foot six flag, banner gateway flying the American flag, the Order of the Arrow flag, the World Scout Crest flag, and the state flags of NC, SC, and GA. These six flags surrounded a 10’ banner welcoming everyone to the Dixie Fellowship! The OA Pioneering Crews also built a 12’ Swing Boat and 10’ Atomic Pile for intermittent fun during the Fellowship.

Building and Hoisting the Gateway / Flags Flying / Gateway During the Day and Illuminated at Night / Tomo Chi Chi Lodge Photo
Building and Hoisting the Gateway / Flags Flying / Gateway During the Day and Illuminated at Night / A Group Shot of Some Arrowmen from Tomo Chi Chi Lodge Under the Banner
The Swing Boat was situated near the Trading Post.
The Swing Boat was situated near the Trading Post.
The Atomic Pile challenged Scouts behind the Trading Post.
The Atomic Pile challenged Scouts behind the Trading Post.

 

Pioneering and the Order of the Arrow

Chicora Chapter Pioneering Crew, Santee Lodge 116, Order of the Arrow
Chicora Chapter Pioneering Crew, Santee Lodge 116, Order of the Arrow

This section is about Pioneering and the Order of the Arrow. The OA is unique to the BSA, but for those readers from other countries, its correlation with Pioneering can apply to all Scouting groups seeking to render cheerful service and promote camping.

It’s been seen time and again, Scouts are impressed by well-built, pioneering structures. Tall gateways, strong bridges, or clever camp gadgets are found to be especially exciting when experienced outdoors during a Scout gathering. The attraction is even more pronounced in those Scouts who would love to have the chance to get involved firsthand in the challenge and fun, but frequently don’t possess the various skills or have the opportunities to build more involved or larger pioneering structures.

A member of Santee Lodge, 116, Order of the Arrow, helps Webelos Scouts cross the monkey bridge his chapter built during a District "Webeloree."
An Arowman helps Webelos Scouts cross the monkey bridge his chapter built during a District “Webeloree.”

So, what’s all this have to do with the Order of the Arrow? First and foremost, Pioneering aside, Scouts who are members of the OA should be seen as exemplifying the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. But, as the BSA’s national honor society, a very favorable impact is created when a specially-trained chapter or lodge pioneering crew can demonstrate they know how to accomplish some “bigger” things. They can build them! Then, as a celebration of Scouting, they can help others to enjoy what they’ve built! It’s a worthwhile opportunity to cheerfully serve their fellow Scouts, promote camping, and also contribute to the overall value of a district or council event. The resulting impact definitely serves to impress their fellow Scouts who will naturally hold the Order of the Arrow in an even higher regard.