- Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
- Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
- Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
- Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
If you take a look at the first three requirements, they do make sense. Being a member of the Boy Scouts of America is obvious. Since Boy Scouts as a group are dedicated towards camping and the outdoors, the camping nights requirement is important and shows a scout's dedication. Once a scout reaches the level of First Class, he has had experience with many scouting skills and should have a decent understanding of what it means to be part of the Order of the Arrow.
The Order of the Arrow and its subsequent membership is the only award or honor that is elected in scouting.