OA Obligation Timeline

Ever wonder how today’s Order of the Arrow Obligation has changed over the years? Or how many times it has changed? The National Order of the Arrow website answers these question.

It is not known when the first WWW Obligation was used. Because it is part of the First Degree/Honor ritual it is believed that it likely was used in some form as early as 1916. The first known version of the Obligation dates to 1921.

OA Obligation
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According to the timeline, there have been 8 versions of the Obligation, you can see the changes here.

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