Throughout the year announcements are published on programs, events and other activities of the Order.
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.
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.
2014 Philmont Training Center Order of the Arrow Adviser Conference information posted.
National OA Chairman Ray Capp has been reading and answering your questions. This time he answered two questions. The first is on becoming part of a national committee. The second answers if a lodge chief needs to sign his own Vigil petition.
Last time he answerd two questions on the election requirement of days and nights camping for time spent at the Jamboree. Click here for the first camping question and answer and click here for the second.
The National Order of the Arrow is proud to present the Guide for Staff Advisers which provides information on the Order of the Arrow for professional Scouters, especially those who have recently taken on a role related to the OA.
On September 15, Matt Dukeman began his service as the Order of the Arrow's fifth OA Specialist. Dukeman is responsible for working with the following national subcommittees: Development, Region and Section Operations, Outdoor Adventures, and Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation. "I believe Matt is a great addition to the national staff. He has a great OA background that will help him in his new assignment," said Clyde Mayer, OA director.
The Fall 2013 National Bulletin is now available. This edition includes highlights and a photo spread of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, an Arrowman is recognized with the Boy Scouts of America's Honor Medal, the Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund, and local news from around the nation! Be sure to check out the last page with stats on the 466 Arrowmen that made the 2013 Jamboree a great success with over 31,000 hours of service!
New NOAC 2015 promotion videos are now available for download.
2013 marks the second year of Journey To Excellence measurement for section operations. See how your section measures up in the 2013 Section JTE Summary.
During the December 2011 National Planning Meeting, the national committee approved a resolution that set a new standard for Order of the Arrow social media use, overturning the restrictive social media policy announced in the 08-5 Operations Update. The new resolution has three points that must be met before a social media presence may be created.
In our history of nearly 100 years as the Order of the Arrow, few changes have been made to our ceremonies. Read more about the upcoming changes to the Brotherhood Ceremony.
The order form for the Unit of Excellence Award is now available in the Forms Section.
Updated Unit of Excellence forms and certificates are available.