This April, the Order of the Arrow remembers significant milestones in our 108-year history. This month includes important events highlighting our founders’ roles in the Scouts BSA program and their successful creation of Scouting’s National Honor Society. For instance, did you know that in 1911, at only twenty years old, E. Urner Goodman was asked to become Scoutmaster for Troop One in Philadelphia? Or that his time in Scouting would continue for four more decades until 1951? This April, we honor the accomplishments of the Arrowmen that came before us.
The OA Service Corps has a strong history of determined, selfless Arrowmen who provide the essential service national jamborees need to operate. 36 Arrowmen initially joined the OA Service Corps for the 1950 National Jamboree. The Service Corps has expanded as the jamboree has grown to fulfill the needs of the event. The 2023 National Jamboree is no different.
In December of 2022, Cortland Bolles took over as the National Director of the Order of the Arrow. In this interview, conducted by Arrowmen, Eli Hattersley, Bolles shares his experiences, advice, and goals as he takes on this new role.
Training presentations and programs like Lodge Leadership Development (LLD), the ACT conference, National Leadership Seminar (NLS), and the Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC), are the primary forms of youth and adult leadership development in the Order of the Arrow. These events are generally held over a weekend, ranging from personal development to large-picture topics, such as maintaining and improving lodge practices.
Event planning is a necessary skill every lodge officer will need throughout their leadership journeys in Order of the Arrow and Scouting because events are critical to an effective youth-led Scouting program. This skill is also transferable to leadership roles in other organizations, personal and business ventures, and even the workplace. All the pre-planning required for larger events allows for the acquisition of proper time management and planning skills.