For over 105 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 Order of the Arrow has three distinct organizational levels: lodges, sections, and regions. Lodges carry out the Order of the Arrow program at the local level and are closely tied with BSA councils. Sections consist of several lodges within a geographic region and regions in turn consist of sections within a geographic region of the United States. Lodges, sections, and regions each have a distinct set of responsibilities which ensure that the OA program runs smoothly.
E3 has nine lodges across Kentucky, Tennessee, half of Mississippi, and part of Virginia (along with a few counties from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri). The section hosts an annual conclave in April, rotating the conclave location between the council camps of member lodges. The section is led by a youth section chief, a youth vice chief, and a youth secretary, and is supported by an adult section adviser and two associate advisers. Section decisions are largely made by the Council of Chiefs, composed of the section officers and member lodge chiefs as voting members, and the section advisers and member lodge advisers as nonvoting members.
The past history of Section E3 can be found on our History page.