Dear Lodge Chiefs and Lodge Advisers,
The arrow - launched into the evening sky during our Ordeal weekend - moves ever onward and upward. Its motion encourages members to preserve a cheerful spirit regardless of the circumstance and to be unselfish in their daily interactions with others. Since its inception over 105 years ago, the Order of the Arrow has actualized this meaning by playing a formative role in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Scouts and Scouters.
The first merger of lodges took place in 1924, when Unami Lodge 1 and Unalachtigo Lodge 8, both of the then-Philadelphia Council, merged together. Since then, there have been hundreds of mergers between lodges, with all but only a handful being between two lodges.
With all of the changes and challenges that the Order of the Arrow faces, our senior leaders are always looking for ways to support and empower local lodge leadership. Of the many resources that have been created and distributed, one of the most useful is the Polestar: Induction Leadership Training.
Year after year, up-and-coming Arrowmen from around our nation have been gathering to continue to grow as leaders. In just a single weekend, their entire perspective on leadership evolves and they return home with the willingness, character, spirit, and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation. This major growth in their leadership talents, of course, comes with their participation at the National Leadership Seminar (NLS).
One of the most daunting challenges that a lodge faces is developing their future leaders, especially with a struggle to hold in-person events. Whether it comes from a Lodge Leadership Development event, from sending a contingent to the National Leadership Seminar or attending sessions at a section conclave or the National Order of the Arrow Conference, training sessions are one of the best ways to ensure amazing leadership for years to come!