The mission of the Tejas Lodge, Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the East Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.


Bead System

Bead Awarded for Requirement
Red Years of Service One per year for dues paid membership
Royal Blue Lodge Officer Serving as a Lodge Officer
Black Service Project For a lodge approved service project
Gold Ordeal Administration Serving on Ordeal Administration Team
Trans. Amber Chapter Officer Year of service as a Chapter Officer
Med. Blue Lodge Adviser Year of service as a Lodge Adviser, Associate Adviser, or Staff Adviser
Trans. Green Chapter Adviser Year of service as a Chapter Adviser, Associate Adviser
Orange Lodge Event Attending a Lodge Event as a dues paid member
Blue/White Stripe 50th Anniversary Attending the 50th Anniversary encampment (1984)
Light Blue Nimat Serving as a Nimat on a Brotherhood hike
Hot/Neon Pink Elangomat Serving as an Elangomat
Red Hairpipe Chapter of the Year Being a member of the Chapter of the Year during the year of the award
Trans. Purple Tap-Out Ceremony Performing a speaking part in the tap-out ceremony
Yellow Pre-Ordeal Cermeony Performing a speaking part in the Pre-Ordeal ceremony
White Ordeal Ceremony Performing a speaking part in the Ordeal ceremony
Green Brotherhood Ceremony Performing a speaking part in the Brotherhood ceremony
Tan Vigil Ceremony Performing a speaking part in the Vigil Ceremony
Pink Non-Speaking Cermeony Role Performing a non-speaking role in a ceremony, or attending a ceremony in costume, or assisting in the set-up and break-down of the ceremony site
Lavender Unit Elections Conduct three (3) unit elections per bead
Brown Chapter Events Attending a chapter overnight fellowship, not part of a lodge event
Silver Costume or Civic Event Wearing a costume at a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Civic event for the promotion of the Order of the Arrow of Scouting
Clear Drum Team One per year for serving on an active drum team
Cheyenne Pink American Indian Events Drum/Dance Competition Participate as a drummer or dancer at Lodge, Section, or National events
Turquoise Section/Region Event Attend a Section conclave or Section/Region meeting
Brass National Event Attend a National OA event
Trans. Ruby LEC Attend three (3) LEC meetings as an LEC member, maximum two (2) beads per year

Claw System

Ordeal Member – One Claw

Brotherhood Member – Two Claws

Vigil Member – Two Claws with painted red tips

Chapter Colors

Caddo Orange
Cherokee Trace White
Naconiche Purple
Okee Tuklo Yellow
Tall Timbers Light Green
Three Rivers Blue

Level Markings

Level markings consist of a band of 1/8 inch metallic tape to be worn by current office holders.

Lodge Officers/Advisers – Silver

Chapter Officers/Advisers – Gold