Order of the Arrow national events calendar released
To allow lodges adequate time to build the Order of the Arrow's national events into council and lodge calendars and allow Arrowmen time to make preparations to attend, the national events calendar has been released through the year 2014.
In August 2012, the Order of the Arrow will return the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI for its National Order of the Arrow Conference. We are excited to take advantage of some new facilities at Michigan State that will allow us concentrate our program in a smaller area and closer to the housing facilities.
The Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree will move to The Summit - The Bechtel Family Scout Reserve near Beckley, WV in 2013. Along with transitioning to a new location, the Jamboree will re-invent itself with the addition of new and exciting program features. The Jamboree Trek is an all-day adventure in which each troop will take a four-mile hike to the top of Garden Ground Mountain, with interpretative points along the way. Troops will have lunch at the top, followed by an afternoon of games and demonstrations. The day ends with a barbecue and bonfire, followed by a bus trip back to camp. Another element of the Jamboree in which everyone will participate is a day of service, in the local community, in the National River and, perhaps, on the Summit site. The OA has accepted the Boy Scout's invitation to become an integral part of the implementation of these program features. The OA will provide approximately 650 staff members to assist with the execution of these exciting new programs and will continue to support the Jamboree program through the OA Service Corps and Indian Village.
On the eve of celebrating our 100th Anniversary, the Order of the Arrow will not host a national event in 2014. As is tradition, the Order will continue to elect national officers for the year 2014. They, along with the section chiefs, will be deployed, in teams, to develop tools to assist with lodge program. This group will also lay the foundation for our 100th Anniversary celebration.
During 2014, lodges are encouraged to focus on areas of growth they have identified through self-evaluation with their Scout executive. Hopefully, Arrowmen will save their dollars and vacation time in anticipation of participating in the 100th Anniversary celebration the coming year.
We anticipate announcing the date and location for the 2015 NOAC in the fall of 2012.
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- July 30 – August 4, 2012 :: National Order of the Arrow Conference, Michigan State University
- July 15 – July 24, 2013 :: National Jamboree, The Summit: Bechtel Family Scout Reserve