With the recent announcement of the closure of Philmont Scout Ranch for the 2018 season, summer plans for a large number of Scouts and specifically Arrowmen have been impacted.
Due to this unprecedented and unfortunate event, the National Order of the Arrow Conference Committee would like to help ensure that Arrowmen can still participate in a great Scouting experience this summer.
In the third article in the Striking Gold: Series on Journey to Excellence, we will discover in greater depth the program objectives. Together, these requirements help measure how well lodge program is supporting its membership. Objectives being discussed in this article include lodge event participation, Brotherhood completion, service projects, and section and national event attendance.
Last summer, Operation Arrow played a vital role in the execution of the 2017 National Jamboree and our services are needed again. The reputation of the Arrowmen in ‘zesty blue’ has spread around the world and we are once again being called upon to provide cheerful service at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, this time to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the summer of 2019.
The Goodman Edson Observatory (GEO), the conference museum, has a history of providing high-caliber program for NOAC guests. The GEO will be located in the Willkie Building, and will contain over 12,000 square feet of exhibits. The opening day will be Monday, July 30, 2018, at 1pm, and the GEO will close on Thursday night, August 2, 2018. The GEO will be closed all day Friday, so plan to come early.
Do you have two hours to provide cheerful service during the conference? The 2018 NOAC GEO (Goodman Edson Observatory – OA Museum) is looking for volunteer docents to assist in the GEO. Docents will receive a brief training before assisting GEO staff with security and guest relations. Docents will receive a special 2018 NOAC GEO Docent armband for their service. If you are interested in serving as a Docent please register on NOAERS beginning July 1, 2018.