As Arrowmen we each completed the same Ordeal, however each of us had our own unique experience. There is no question about the importance of conducting first-class Ordeals, however the more pressing question is how to make it happen. The first step to making a great Ordeal is easily stated, but is much harder to achieve. This first step is communication.
It is a proud moment when the Chief's Bonnet is passed to the new National Chief of the Order of the Arrow.
But how is a new chief actually elected? Who does the election, and what process do they go through to find the new youth leaders for our organization?
"In late December each year, the section chiefs from across the nation gather to participate in the planning of the national program for the next calendar year. As their first order of business, the chiefs elect a national chief and national vice chief."
--Field Operations Guide
Every year, Section Chiefs, members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, and some support staff gather in Dallas for the biggest OA planning event of the year. These top leaders from all over the country assemble for an intensive four-day session, known as the Order of the Arrow National Planning Meeting.