Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge
Order of the Arrow

"For he who serves his fellows, is of all his fellows, greatest" - Dr. E. Urner Goodman

Welcome to the Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge Official Web Site!

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society. For more than 90 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 Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge helps the Atlanta Area Council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure. Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge is supported by twelve Chapters that include all Districts of the Atlanta Area Council.

Lodge Officer Elections

Brothers of the Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge,

Fall Fellowship is just around the corner! Join us September 16 - 18, 2016 at Woodruff Scout Reservation for a weekend of games, crafts, and competition! Please keep in mind that each year, the festivities of Fall Fellowship are joined by Lodge Officer Elections - the time where the members of the Lodge select the Lodge leadership for the next year.

There are five offices available: Lodge Chief, Executive Vice-Chief, Vice-Chief of Program, Vice-Chief of Inductions, Treasurer, and Secretary. If you are interested in running for office for the 2016 - 2017 calendar year, please contact me at and fill out the Lodge Officer Nomination Form with the appropriate information to be turned into the Lodge Adviser (Mac McKinley) at Fall Fellowship. Make sure to plan ahead accordingly in gathering the required signatures.

If you have any questions concerning the responsibilities of each office, please reference the Lodge Operating Procedures available on the website:

I am available at any time if you have any further questions.


Kevin Kamperman
Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge Chief

2016 Founder's Award

The Founder’s Award is the highest honor a lodge can bestow on a member. It is given to those members who display the dedication of the Order of the Arrow founders, Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Col. Carroll Edson. The lodge can give one award for every 500 members or fraction thereof. The following inscription on the award medallion describes the spirit of the award:

“For he who serves his fellows is, of all his fellows, greatest.”

Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder’s Award was created to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowmen who demonstrates to fellow Arrowmen that he or she memorializes in his or her everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by founder E. Urner Goodman and co-founder Carroll A. Edson.

Someone who exemplifies this quote from our founder, Dr. E. Urner Goodman may be a candidate for this award.

“There are those among us who feel that we are . . . to make every effort in the induction of a new member into our Order in the Ordeal Ceremony, so that that very experience in his life is one that he will never forget. I think we are beginning to make headway in that. But let us in the months immediately ahead emphasize the fact that the Order of the Arrow is a collection of individual Arrowmen, in-the-making, or old-timers; and that what we do must be of such quality as to grasp their imagination and make their life different because of that fact.”

There are 3 different ways to submit your Founder's Award Nominations:

Each section of the form is required and must be completed fully. Those submitting the nomination form should feel free to request information from the Lodge officers, Advisors, along with Chapter, Unit & District leadership to complete the form as needed.

Petitions must be emailed to or mailed to the AAC Volunteer Service Center, 1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 no later than August 1st 2016.

Please mark envelopes Attn: Bion Jones & Egwa Tawa Dee - Founder's.

Questions? Contact Founder's Award Committee Chairman, Daniel Croshaw,

2016 Vigil Nominations

The Vigil Process has changed again, but this time, it is being moved back an event, in the hopes the process will be as meaningful as last year, but will make it easier on those who are selected for Vigil.

This year, the nominations are due on August 1st and the committee will meet in mid-late August.

The biggest change is that, this year, instead of the Vigil being held on the same weekend as Fall Reunion, it will be held on the same weekend as OA Trailblazer Adventure Camp (September 30th - October 2nd), with a public call-out at the closing campfire of Fall Fellowship (September 16th - 18th).

This year, there will also be various options to submit the Vigil nomination form.

All three of the options will ask for the same information, so you may choose whichever option is most convenient for you.

As always, remember the guidelines for Vigil nomination:

"Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation. The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors. The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following:

  • Lodge
  • Order of the Arrow
  • Scouting community
  • Scout Camp

Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation. Any member of the Order of the Arrow registered in Scouting and in good standing in a regularly chartered lodge is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor provided that, at the time of the recommendation, the individual has been a Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years."

Electronic nomination forms must be received by the Vigil Chairman by Monday, August 1, 2016. The paper form must be received at the Atlanta Area Council office by Monday, August 1, 2016

Questions? Contact Vigil Chief Daniel Croshaw,, or Vigil Adviser Jim Fisher,

Celebrating 100 Years! Atlanta Area Council Centennial Lodge Flap

Atlanta Scout Memorabilia Show & Trade-O-Ree
Hosted by Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge & Atlanta Area Council
Friday, September 23, 2016, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm &
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Atlanta Area Council Volunteer Service Center


  • 4,000 Sq. Ft. with 80 Tables
  • Good Lighting
  • ADA Accessible
  • FREE to visit, buy, and trade, the only fee is if you want to rent a table, Click Here for table rental
  • Two Silent Auctions of great items donated to the Lodge & AAC, Friday 8:00 pm & Saturday 11:00am (all donations welcome)
  • Find those good items for your collection
  • Buy hard to find wonderful Scouting gifts from some of the nation’s top Scout memorabilia dealers
  • Free trading tables just outside the door that may be used by anyone (no selling from these tables)
  • Have your old Scouting items appraised for free by the nation’s top Scout memorabilia dealers
  • See great displays of Scout collections (old uniforms, coins, medals, patches, books, etc)
  • The Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge Trading Post will be set-up with new 2016 items
  • The nation’s largest Scout shop will be open just across the hall on Saturday
  • Have your Boy Scouts work on Collections Merit badge and meet requirement 3-C, and other requirements at this event
  • Concessitions

Celebrating 100 Years!  Atlanta Area Council Centennial CSPAll money raised goes to the AAC Camperships Fund to help Scouts!

Atlanta Scout Memorabilia Show & Trade-O-Ree Flier

Atlanta Scout Memorabilia Show & Trade-O-Ree Table Rental

If you have any questions or want to donate items for the auction, please contact: Bruce Lafitte, Show's Co-Chair, 404-697-8994 or email:

Join The Adventure! Canadian Odessey

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage: Canadian Odyssey program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience the wild beauty of the Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario, Canada.

Join The Adventure! Ocean Adventure

The Order of the Arrow, Ocean Adventure, in cooperation with the Florida Sea Base, offers you an opportunity to provide cheerful service while experiencing the adventure and fun of one of the greatest ecosystems on our planet - the Florida Keys and the waters which surround them.

Join The Adventure! Summit Experience

The Order of the Arrow Summit Experience program is an experience like no other. For 8 days, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Summit in West Virginia has to offer.

Join The Adventure! Trail Crew

The Order of the Arrow Trail Crew program is one of the best ways to experience Scouting's premier high adventure base, Philmont Scout Ranch. For two weeks, participants see and experience all that Philmont has to offer and much more.

Join The Adventure! Wilderness Voyage

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota has to offer.


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June & July
OA Days @ Summer Camp
Bert Adams Scout Reservation

Woodruff Scout Reservation

August 1, 2016
Founder's Award Nomination Forms Due

August 1, 2016
Vigil Nomination Forms Due

August 14, 2016
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
Volunteer Service Center

September 5, 2016
Registration Deadline
Fall Fellowship

September 16 - 18, 2016
Fall Fellowship
Woodruff Scout Reservation

September 18, 2016
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
Woodruff Scout Reservation

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