Now in our second century of service, the Order of the Arrow (OA) recognizes 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 Scouting spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures and training for youth and adults model the quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth. The purpose of Scouting’s National Honor Society 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.
The Boy Scouts of America approved the Order of the Arrow as part of its program in 1934 and two years later the council in the Tampa Bay area accepted the O.A. too. The lodge was chartered in 1936 under the name Kiondashama Lodge 85, and the head of Osceola was chosen as the lodge totem. It was soon discovered that the Knight and Wall Paint Company of Tampa had trademarked the Osceola head. At that time, a Pine Tree became the lodge totem. In 1938 the name of the lodge was changed to Seminole Lodge 85, and the totem was changed to the White Ibis.
In 1951 Seminole Lodge lost its charter, but just one year later they were once again active. Seminole, the oldest lodge in the section, had a good name in the area and has won several competitions. One of our proudest moments was in 2003 when one of our members, Nick Digirolamo was elected National Chief.
Seminole and Timuquan Lodges were combined as part of the merger of Gulf Ridge Council and West Central Florida Council. During the Lodge Leadership Development sessions Aug. 13, 2016, the Lodge was named Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee, which means lightning, and the Lodge totem of a bull were chosen. Both images are incorporated into the Lodge flap which appears below.
More information on these and other events can be found on the Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge website.