Who or What is Woapalanne

Woapalanne is the name of  our Order of the Arrow Chapter , Boy Scout of America, Roadrunner District . Woapalanne is named after the Lenape chief, Woapalanne, meaning bald eagle. Chief Woapalanne lived in Pennsylvania for a brief period of time during the mid-18t h century.The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on 2015-03-14 20.59.47scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The goal was to establish these as lifelong guidelines, and to encourage continued participation in Scouting and camping. Influenced in part by camp traditions, and Indian folklore, the OA uses “safeguarded” symbols, handshakes, and ceremonies to impart a sense of community.


David Zeisberger (April 11, 1721 – November 17, 1808) was a Moravian clergyman and missionary among the Native Americans in the Thirteen Colonies. He established communities of Munsee (Lenape) converts to Christianity in the valley of the Muskingum River in Ohio; and for a time, near modern-day AmherstburgOntario.  He created translations of the Lenape language. In this dictionary from 1775 he writes that Woapalanne means “Bald Eagle” . Also he writes in Shawnee “Eagle” was Wapalaneathy.  


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