The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society. Founded in 1915, the OA has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives for over a century. Today, the service, activities, adventures, and training provided by the OA are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help extend Scouting to America’s youth.
There are three distinct organizational levels: lodges, sections, and regions. Lodges carry out the Order of the Arrow program locally and are closely tied with BSA councils. Sections consist of several lodges within a geographic area, 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 that ensure that the OA program runs smoothly.
Purpose of the Section
Each section is led by a chief, vice chief, and secretary, who play a crucial part in making the annual conclave a success. The section conducts training seminars, promotes national programs of emphasis, and provides resources to local lodges. The section chief presides over the Council of Chiefs, attended by delegates of each member lodge.
The section is dedicated to providing unique Scouting experiences to thousands of Arrowmen. The primary purpose is to support the lodges within the section with their programs and visions; the section provides resources, training, and advice wherever needed. Secondarily, the section is an opportunity for Arrowmen to build friendships and fellowship across a larger geographic area. Fellowship and fun are evident at any section event! Arrowmen are always excited to attend and meet with their fellow Arrowmen as they learn the skills needed to help make their local lodges, chapters, and units succeed.
Meet our section leadership team and learn about opportunities to get involved. Each section is led by a chief, vice chief, and secretary, who play a crucial part in making the annual conclave a success. The section leads training seminars, promotes national programs of emphasis, and provides resources to local lodges.
Get connected with the eight outstanding lodges in our section across the Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin areas!
Until the Magellan Project realignment in 2022, the section was known as Section C-7. Before this, it was known as two different sections, Section C-7A and Section C-7B. The two merged on May 2nd, 2010, to form the original Section C-7. On September 16th, 2012, the section grew to include the Southern Wisconsin lodges, formerly members of C-3A. Section G9 serves thousands of Arrowmen, making it one of the largest sections in the Gateway Region.