Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or Brothers, number
more than 180,000 youth and adults. They are organized into local
youth-led lodges that harbor fellowship, promote camping, and render
service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Members wear
identifying insignia on their uniforms, most notably the OA sash, and
are eligible for special OA awards. The OA program sponsors several
events, awards, and training functions.
Jack Davies along with nine other Camp Josepho staff "charter members" are credited with founding the local Order of the Arrow group in Crescent Bay Council. The Lodge was named Tamet, meaning "Sun"in the language of the Lenni Lanapi Deleware Indians. Crescent Bay was the 225th Boy Scout Council to be Chartered by the National Lodge of the Order.
At the time of its founding, Camp Josepho was in the midst of its second season as a summer camp. The camp staff was a highly spirited group of exceptional scouts whose enthusiasm about Camp Josepho (already known as the "West Point of Scouting"), seemed to be a perfect fit with the principles and ideals of an honor camping society like the Order of the Arrow. Davies was originally from Chicago and had moved to Los Angeles in 1939 along with his parents. Apparently he had familiarity with the Order of the Arrow through his scouting experience at Camp Owasippi in the Chicago Council although it is unknown if he had been elected in to the OA while in Chicago.
The OA was an immediate success at Camp Josepho and added a new dimension to the camping experience through the presentation of dramatic night-time Indian ceremonies held in front of a roaring campfire. In an era prior to television, the entertainment impact of these colorful productions on teenage boys can not be over estimated. The Order also served as a "special club" that campers aspired to join through their leadership qualities while in camp.
By 1944, almost all of the Camp Josepho staff were members of Tamet Lodge and the Order of the Arrow was firmly entrenched as the organization of "top Scouts" in Crescent Bay Council. Military service during World War II depleted original Josepho staff members who were quickly replaced by the best of the new Arrowmen elected and inducted into Tamet Lodge during 1942-45. Through the generosity of Anatol Josepho, a large and impressive lodge building was constructed at Camp Josepho in 1941, complete with a full stage for ceremonial and theatrical productions. Above the stage was painted "Tamet Lodge" and soon the building and the Order of the Arrow were considered one and the same.