The OA has only three goals: Recognize outstanding Scouts (Elections, pocket Flap and Sash) Promote BSA Camping (Camp Service Projects and Camping Guide) Provide Cheerful Service and Brotherhood. (Service Projects, Staff for Council and District events. Events with food, fun, patches and fellowship, NOAC, conclave, Lodge Fellowship and more)
A Scout is a youth in the OA till age 21, so it gives older scouts an opportunity to be involved in Scouting longer.
++++++++++++++ There are Membership levels: (not ranks) New Member info Elected candidate (not an OA member, but can become one, Elected candidate is after Troop OA Elections) Ordeal Member (1st level of membership) after Induction Weekend (in Spring or Fall) Brotherhood Member (2rd level of membership, eligible after 10 months of being a Ordeal Member ) after Brotherhood Ceremony
Vigil(3rd level of membership, eligible after 2 year of being a Brotherhood Member, but by nomination, not self earned )
Troop 373 is chartered through Sierra Madre Congregational Church and is an official Boy Scouts of America Troop.