BSA Order of the Arrow Elects Officers

Published: Wed Apr 20 2005

OGDEN, Utah – Over 500 boys and their leaders from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada met this past weekend at Ogden High School where they elected a new slate of officers to represent them throughout this next year.

The Order of the Arrow is the BSA national honor society made up of Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts who have been elected to participate in this service organization based on cheerful service.

Each year members gather to participate in this regional meeting, known as a "conclave," to learn skills that can better prepare them for a life of service to others. Order of the Arrow members learn from the teachings and traditions of Native Americans.

James Cook, 19, was elected by the boys, known as Arrowmen, as the Section W5D Chief. Cook is from Rexburg, Idaho. Cook is an Eagle Scout and graduated from Rexburg High School in 2003.

"The OA has helped me to become more service oriented, and has helped me to realize the value of work. I feel obligated to serve this section," said Cook after his election.

Cook’s duties will include travel to national meetings with the leaders from other areas of the country to plan events and activities for OA members.

Mario Capizzo, 17, from Clearfield, Utah was elected as vice chief. He is a student at Clearfield High School. He said service in the OA helps him to be a better leader. He plans to enter the Army after he graduates from high school.

Casey Bowen, 17, is a student at Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho and is an Eagle Scout. He was elected as secretary.

Members of the OA range in age from 12 to 20. Fewer boys are elected to the Order of the Arrow than achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Members of the OA are considered the cream of the crop in Scouting.

The Boy Scouts of America sponsor Order of the Arrow lodges in each council throughout the United States. The country is broken up into Sections of several lodges. Section W5D is made up of OA members from the Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake area), Utah National Parks Council (southern Utah), Trapper Trails Council (northern Utah and part of Wyoming), and Grand Teton Council (southern Idaho). There is a web site maintained by youth members at


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James Cook, 19, newly elected Order of the Arrow Section Chief.
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Marrio Capizzo, 17, newly elected Order of the Arrow Section Vice Chief.
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Casey Bowen, 17, newly elected Order of the Arrow Section Vice Chief.
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How to Localize this Story:
There is a local Order of the Arrow Chapter in your area. You may wish to contact the local chapter to interview boys who are involved in your community. Please call or e-mail with your request.

To arrange local interviews with any of the youth mentioned in this release, please call or send an e-mail to make arrangements. Protection policies of the BSA do not permit the contact information of youth members to be published.

Jeff Augason, 801-403-7038

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