WALAMOOTKIN LODGE #336
WALAMOOTKIN LODGE #336
For over 75 years the Order of the Arrow’s Walamootkin Lodge has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition encourages others to live these ideals as well.
Arrowmen are expected to maintain camping traditions and Scout spirit, promote year-round and long term resident camping, and provide cheerful service to their Unit, Council and community.
OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality high adventure and leadership development programs that extend the Scouting program for older or more experienced Scouts.
The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:
Unit elections are permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units. The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:
While there are three levels of membership (called “honors”) in the Order of the Arrow, all members—regardless of honor—are considered equal.
The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values. All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal.
After 6 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order.
After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.
The most direct way to schedule an election is to respond to the email sent to Unit Leaders by our Lodgemaster system. If you have not received an email, or are having trouble with the scheduling form, you can always email us directly at email@example.com.
The former Moskwa Lodge (now Tataliya Lodge ) performed a service to the brotherhood in 1946. The service was the induction of four Blue Mountain Scouts into the Order of the Arrow and the birth of the Wa-La-Moot-Kin Lodge. The four Scouts inducted and a Scout Executive adopted the name Wa-La-Moot-Kin from a Lower Nez Perce band of Indians who lived in Oregon’s Wallowa Valley.
Research shows that Old Chief Joseph (father of the Chief Joseph famous for his resistance to leaving the Wallowa Valley) was known as Wallamotkin. In fact, several alternative spellings are known to exist.
The ram’s head was selected as the lodge totem because mountain sheep once roamed the Eagle Cap area of the Wallowa mountains near the upper Wallowa Valley. The ram’s head has been a trademark for the Blue Mountain Council since it’s beginning in 1929.
A complete history of Wa-La-Moot-Kin Lodge is available in the book Council Fires, by L. Holland St. John and Mark Hendricks.
To learn more visit our historical page.
Welcome to the annual BMC Forest Service Work Party Weekend! We have again coordinated with the Forest Service and local OA Lodge to offer a group