The Quality Lodge program recognizes a level of excellence in lodge program and operation. Every OA lodge has the opportunity to achieve the status of Quality Lodge.
Quality Lodge recognition is a mark of a successful lodge with good programs, active and trained members, and a strong record of supporting the council and other branches of Scouting.
Gyantwachia Lodge #255 has the distinction of being a "Quality Lodge" for the years 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, and 1994.
Quality Lodge Requirements
- The Lodge complies with all requirements in the current printings of the OA Handbook, Guide for Officers and Advisers, Field Operations Guide, Guide to Inductions, and ceremony books. The council has only one Order of the Arrow Lodge organization
- The Lodge experienced positive growth in its membership.
- The Lodge inducted a minimum of 30% of its eligible Ordeal members into the Brotherhood.
- The Lodge conducted one or more Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) Courses with Qualified instructors, and used the current LLD materials (available at www.oa-bsa.org) to train Lodge and Chapter Officers, Lodge and Chapter Committee Chairmen and their Advisers. Collectively, the LLD Courses were attended by a minimum of 75% of all members eligible to attend.
- The Lodge Completed service projects for the council camp or service center, and a council-approved community service project. A written report for each project was included in the Lodge Annual Report. During the year, Lodge members contributed an average of 3 hours of service per person.
- After contacting each troop and team in the council, the Lodge conducted elections in every unit desiring an election. The election teams were trained, and all members were in proper uniform during each unit election.
- Following a review of the Order of the Arrow 2007 - 2012 Strategic Plan, the Lodge Key 3 met with the Scout Executive and members of the Council Executive board to identify ways for the Lodge to be more effective in cooperating and coordinating with council programs and events. The Lodge calendar permits members to actively participate in unit, district, and council events.
- The Lodge leadership actively participated in the development and implementation of the Council’s plan for promotion of the council camping, high adventure, and other outdoor programs. Working closely with district and council leadership, the Lodge Camping Promotion Committee helped establish and conduct promotional contacts to a minimum of 75% of the troops and teams in the council as of June 30.
- The Lodge contributed cash, materials, or both, to the council in an amount equal to at least $2.00 per Lodge member.
- The Lodge submitted an annual report of accomplishments to the Council Executive Board.
- The lodge Key 3 and council Scout executive must jointly identify and approve five additional objectives to be accomplished during 2009.