About Us

W-3S: Western Region, Area 3, South

Section W-3S serves the seven lodges in the Bay Area and Central Valley.  The section is led by a chief, vice-chief, and secretary; as well as an adviser, associate advisers, and a staff adviser.  The section chief is responsible for the annual section conclave, or gathering of the section.  A section promotes national events, provides assistance to lodges where necessary, and is committed to serving the Arrowmen within the section.  The section chief also presides over the Council of Chiefs, where the matters of the section are decided.  The Council of Chiefs is comprised of the lodge chiefs of the seven lodges within the section, as well as the section vice-chief and secretary.

The Mission and Purpose of the Order of the Arrow

For more than 90 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.  Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others.  OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.


The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.


As Scouting's National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

  • 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.