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The Order of the Arrow, founded in 1915 as a camping honor society, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America organization in 1948. In 1998 the Order of the Arrow was expanded to recognize broader service to scouting and the community.
     In Nebraska, a scout honor society called the Order of the Golden Sun of the Tribes of Quivira was founded about 1923 with unique rituals connected to Native American culture. The Order of the Golden Sun later spread to nearby states, including Iowa and Missouri. In 1953 the Order of the Golden Sun merged with the Order of the Arrow to become Golden Sun Lodge 492 of the OA.

This helmet is believed to have been associated with Order of the Golden Sun ceremonies held at Camp Quivira near Louisville, Nebraska.
Source: Loaned by Russ Votava, Lincoln




Members of the Order of the Golden Sun wore this neckerchief before the merger with the Order of the Arrow.
Source: 9579-27, Robert W. Cherny, San Francisco, California



This neckerchief represents Beatrice Explorer Scout Robert W. Cherny's membership in Golden Sun Lodge 492, Order of the Arrow. The "www" stands for Wimachtendienk, Wingoluachsik, Witahemui, Delaware(Lenape) words that translate as "brotherhood," "cheerfulness," and "service."
Source: 9579-26, Robert W. Cherny, San Francisco, California





The first Order of the Arrow Handbook, 1948
Source: Loaned by Russ Votava, Lincoln



Beatrice Explorer Scout Robert W. Cherny of Post 221 wore this shirt about 1960-61. The white sash with a red arrow set off by two red bars signifies that Cherny was a "brotherhood" member of the Order of the Arrow. It is worn with the arrow pointing over the right shoulder. He secured the signatures of the two founders, E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson, while attending the order's national conference. The patch of Golden Sun Lodge 482, Order of the Arrow, is on the right breast pocket.
Source: 9579-28, 24, Robert W. Cherny, San Francisco, California

"To qualify [for the Order of the Arrow] one must have completed certain merit badges . . . and be recommended . . . .  Initiates were called out (or tapped out) during summer camp in which all the campers and members of the OA were dressed in Indian costume. This was followed by an initial ceremony called the Four Fires, at which the initiates spent some time, two by two, discussing the importance of Mother, God, Country, and Others. After the summer camping season and before school started, there was a three-day initiation ceremony at Camp Minis Kuya just outside Lincoln."   -Robert W. Cherny, 2008

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