Meet Chris Grove, the Order of the Arrow’s new National Chairman! Chris Grove was born and raised in Piqua, Ohio. He has been continuously registered in Scouting for 44 years starting in Cub Scouts through the Boy Scouts and beyond. At the age of 14, Chris earned his Eagle Scout from Troop 295 in Piqua. Chris was inducted as an Ordeal member of Miami Lodge in Dayton, Ohio in 1982, where he was eventually awarded the Vigil Honor in 1988.
In late December, section chiefs, members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, and key volunteers gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the site of the 2022 National Order of the Arrow Conference to begin the bulk of the planning for the OA’s largest event in four years. Members of the National Conference Committee were able to familiarize themselves with the facilities of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville through campus tours and meetings with university and local leadership.
In an effort to be inclusive to all Arrowmen, the Order of the Arrow is offering the opportunity for name changes on Vigil and Founder’s award certificates. Arrowmen may need to change their names for many different reasons including marriage, divorce or a change in gender identity. Transgender Arrowmen and those who do not associate with a gender face challenges in everyday life and this is one way that the Order of the Arrow can express its acceptance and support of these individuals.