Order of the Arrow Announcements
As various events, programs, activities, and awards are announced in the Order, they
will be added on this page. (Policy changes are announced separately
in the occasional Operations Updates, which are issued
2014 Lodge Charter Renewal and Journey To Excellence
The Lodge Charter Renewal and Journey to Excellence (JTE) Instructions and Workbook are now available.
This year the charter and JTE petitions have been combined into a single form for lodges to submit. Lodges have the option of submitting their petitions in 2013 through either OA LodgeMaster or via e-mail.
Click here for the instructions and guidelines for the charter renewal process and the Journery to Excellence.
Click here for the Charter Renewal and the Journery to Excellence workbook.
The signed charter renewal appliction must be received or post marked by December 31, 2013.
2013 Innovation Award
The National Order of the Arrow Innovation Award seeks to recognize chapters and lodges for their efforts in improving our program and provides a means to chronicle the best ideas, promoting and sharing them nationwide as "best practices." Petitions are due by December 31, 2013. The petition is available
here in the Forms Section.
National Public Lands Day
The Order of the Arrow has established a partnership with National Public Lands Day. This year's event
is Saturday, September 28th. More information about how you can participate in National Public Lands Day is
Service Grant Applications Due Oct. 31
If your OA lodge is planning a council camp or service center project during 2014, you can apply now for a 2014 OA Matching Service Grant. Applications are due by October 31, 2013. The application is available
here in the Forms Section.
Unit of Excellence Award Order Form Now Posted
The order form for the Unit of Excellence Award is now available in the Forms Section. Click Here
Help Shape the OA's 100th Anniversary: Identity Contest Open Now
Submissions are now being accepted for the Order of the Arrow's 100th Anniversary Identity Contest. With the thematic concept of "Centuries of Service" chosen for 2015, Arrowmen are invited to submit their ideas for the integrated identity.
Read the contest details here.
2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference
In two short years the 2015 National Order of the
Arrow Conference will be at Michigan State University during the week of
August 3 to 8. This NOAC will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
Order! Plans are already under way for
lodges to participate in this historic event.
Put NOAC 2015 on your calendar today (August 3-8, 2015)!
National Trails Day - Share Your Experience
Does your chapter or lodge have a great story to tell about National Trails day? Send your article to email@example.com and include pictures if you have them.
Special Edition Flaps
The Order of the Arrow Jamboree Service Group has created a special collection
of the flaps representing all four divisions of the 2013 National Jamboree OA
Service Corps. A limited number of these sets will be manufactured, with each
set receiving a unique serial number. Proceeds will help offset the costs
associated with the Service Corps, Indian Village, Trek Guides, and Day of
Click here to order today!
2013 Congratulatory Eagle Letters
The 2013 edition of the Eagle Congratulatory Letter is now available from the
National Officers. There is also a new edition available from the National
Chairman. These recognition letters are a great addition to any
Eagle Scout's court of honor.
Click here to view the instructions.
National Trails Day
The Order of the Arrow and the American Hiking Society are excited to announce
that National Trails Day will take place on June 1, 2013. Learn more about
this year's program
Field Operations Guide April 2013 Revision
The April 2013 revision of the Field Operations Guide is now available. The new FOG
contains several updates that are effective January 1, 2013:
- Appendix 5 Summary of Insurance Plans has been deleted and the remaining appendices have been renumbered accordingly. All references to these appendices have been updated.
- The discussions about accident & sickness and liability insurance in chapters 2 and 4 have been updated. National now calls liability insurance "the national activity surcharge". They have redefined it to be "per calendar day period" and increased the cost from $1.00 to $2.00 per calendar day. They have also increased the accident & sickness insurance cost from $0.15 to $0.20 per calendar day period.
- Corresponding changes have been made to the section conclave report and the sample conclave final financial statement.
- The rate changes are effective 1 Jan 2013
- The Lodge Assistance Program (previous chapter 3) has been removed along with it's forms and references.
- A policy statement prohibiting fire dancing has been added to the Section Conclave chapter.
- The Table of Contents and page numbers have been adjusted for these changes.
100th Anniversary Celebration in 2015
The Order of the Arrow is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015, and we
want you to join us as we commemorate this milestone! Information is already
being posted for the upcoming year-long celebration.
Read more about what will be coming in less than 2 years!
Unit of Excellence Award Information Updated
The Unit of Excellence Award information has been updated with a new
. The Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award seeks to identify those units,
and the leaders within them, who excel at incorporating the OA into their
annual planning. This award is intended to provide a tool for lodges to
recognize, incentivize, and operationalize unit-level participation in Order of
the Arrow programs.
Journey to Excellence Pin Order Form
2012 Journey to Excellence Pin Order Form has been posted to the forms section.
2013 Forms Posted
2013 Forms have been posted to the
Forms Section. Eleven forms were updated for
2013 and should be used by all sections, lodges, and Arrowmen.