"He alone is worthy to wear the Arrow who will continue to faithfully serve his fellow man." -Allowat Sakima
That is an interesting thought that Allowat Sakima provides us during the Ordeal ceremony. Hearken to what Allowat tells us about the arrow. It is straight, unwavering in its dedication to its direction, and travels onward and upward.
The arrow is a symbol of our devotion to the ideals of Scouting. is "Helpful." In the Scout Oath, we pledge "to help other people at all times." The Scout Slogan is "Do a good turn daily."
This begs the question that we must always ask ourselves: "How am I serving my fellow man?" As members of the Order of the Arrow, our sash identifies us, but even without the sash, we should be identifiable as ones who live out the ideals of a Brotherhood of Cheerful Service. After all, when we were elected into the Order of the Arrow, we did not have a sash; our fellow Scouts were still able to discern these qualities about us. They could tell we had seen the arrow, even if we were unable to know we had seen it ourselves. It is why we wear the arrow on our sash.
Ajapeu Lodge is facing numerous opportunities to serve. The question that is placed before you is simple, but challenging: "How will you serve?"
The choice is yours.
Yours in Brotherhood,