Pennacook Lodge is the Order of the Arrow lodge chartered to the Spirit of Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America. Established January 1, 2016, it was formed as a result of the merger between its two predecessor lodges: Moswetuset Lodge (Boston Minuteman Council) and Nanepashemet Lodge (Yankee Clipper Council).
The leadership structure of Pennacook Lodge follows The Pennacook Plan. This plan breaks the lodge into various blocks (similar to departments in a retail store) and committees. The purpose of this plan is twofold: to divide the lodge into several parts to maximize our capabilities as a program, and to maximize opportunities for both youth and adults to get involved in the lodge.
As prescribed by the National Order of the Arrow Committee, all youth members are under the age of 21. Adults are 21+. Those who are 18-20 years of age are considered youth members for the purpose of voting in lodge business only. Otherwise, they are considered adults in the BSA program and must adhere to all BSA policies and standards just like any other adult in the program.
The mission of this Order of the Arrow Lodge is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America and the Spirit of Adventure Council through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose 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.