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Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
SURGE Recognition Device

<p dir="ltr">A committee of Arrowmen primarily from Section W-2W has been working hard for the past two years to develop a program that assists sections, lodges, and chapters with conducting unit elections in those units chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). This initiative is called “SURGE”: “Supporting Units through Really Great Elections.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This initiative was started to boost the activity by units chartered by the LDS Church in the Order of the Arrow (OA). The key resource created for use by unit election teams is an LDS Unit Election Video which can be shown at a troop meeting. This video contains images and statements that are familiar to members of the LDS faith.</p> <p dir="ltr">SURGE was originally premiered as a main course in the curriculum presented at NEXT in 2016. The response and interest in this initiative was high and the team has since developed more resources to help increase the quality of unit elections.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to these great resources, a recognition device has been created to encourage and motivate Arrowmen to participate by using these resources, conducting Unit Elections, and mentoring those elected through their induction weekend. The SURGE Recognition Device can be earned by any Arrowman that completes the requirements.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are two ways to earn the SURGE recognition device:</p> <ol dir="ltr"> <li>The first way is to be elected by your LDS unit. You must complete the induction process and become an Ordeal member.</li> <li>The second way to earn this recognition device is for any Arrowman. As a youth member of an election team you must conduct one or more unit elections in LDS units and have five or more of those Scouts who were elected successfully inducted as Ordeal members.</li> </ol> <p dir="ltr"><br /> In units where at least one Scout is elected, the unit may nominate qualified adults, including the Scoutmaster. Adult Arrowmen who want to earn the SURGE recognition device must help conduct one or more unit elections in LDS units where Scouts are elected and adults are nominated. Three or more of those adults nominated must be successfully inducted as Ordeal members.<br /> <br /> Youth Arrowmen are expected to encourage and communicate with the youth that are elected and adult Arrowmen with the adults that are nominated until they have completed the induction process.</p> <p dir="ltr">More information regarding this SURGE Recognition Device along with materials such as an LLD training syllabus and Powerpoint presentation, how-to guide, sample letters, and scripts and the LDS Unit Election Video have been created and are available for use <a href="https://western.oa-bsa.org/surge/.">here</a>. The SURGE Team can be reached at <a href="mailto:SURGE@oa-bsa.org">SURGE@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
Order of the Arrow embraces environmental sustainability

<p dir="ltr">In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) commenced the integration of sustainability at every level of its organization, promoted through the <a href="https://www.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/220-062_flier.pdf">Sustainability Merit Badge</a> and at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (<a href="http://www.summitbsa.org/about-us/venues/scott-summit-center/sustainability-treehouse/">Sustainability Treehouse</a>). At the 2013 BSA Sustainability Summit, then-Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock presented sustainability as a timeless Scouting value practiced through a tradition of camping in the outdoors and shared a vision to move the BSA from <a href="http://www.greentodeepgreen.org">green to deep green</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Indeed, the OA’s experience promoting camping and environmental stewardship makes sustainability a natural value to highlight in our own activities and programs.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Focusing on sustainability in the OA is the natural progression in aligning the OA with the mission and values of the Boy Scouts of America. As part of the BSA, the OA must continue to look for ways to have a meaningful impact on balancing the priorities of effects on people, planet and prosperity. Our sustainability commitment demonstrates the OA’s resolve to place sustainability at the forefront of our programs and will allow us to show Arrowmen how this can be done in a very non-intrusive way,” says Chris Grove, Vice Chairman for Outdoor Adventures for the National Order of the Arrow Committee.</p> <p dir="ltr">During the BSA’s 2017 National Annual Meeting, the National OA Committee adopted the following commitment:</p> <h3>OA Sustainability Commitment</h3> <p dir="ltr">Building upon the Order of the Arrow’s legacy in outdoor adventure and conservation service, sustainability can be viewed as the practice of environmental stewardship highlighted in the second tenet of the OA’s purpose.</p> <p dir="ltr">A commitment to sustainability as a core Scouting value allows the OA to instill the spirit of servant leadership in its members by:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Creating a culture of environmental stewardship by considering the long-term impacts of today’s actions on the future.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Setting a positive, lasting example through the environmental, economic, and social aspects of its daily work, especially in the service to local Scouting councils and communities.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Upon the adoption of the OA sustainability commitment, 2017 National Chief Forrest Gertin remarked, “by saying that environmental sustainability means a lot to the OA, just as it does to a vast majority of the youth we serve, this commitment is an important step. Caring for the environment is part of our duty as Scouts and a focus on sustainability will energize youth members to be (and continue to be) a part of our program. Now, we can build upon our program with relevant activities that embrace sustainability as a timeless Scouting practice.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Since May, the OA has continued to integrate sustainability as part of its programs. First, a provision was added in the <a href="/resources/forms#sgrant">national OA service grant application</a> that encourages lodges to apply for and undertake projects that promotes environmental sustainability in the lodge and council program. The full list of 2018 recipients, including those focused on environmental sustainability, is available <a href="/article/2018-oa-service-grant-recipients">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition, <a href="/pages/content/noac-2018-information">NOAC 2018</a> will incorporate sustainability efforts throughout the conference, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the national event and promote sustainability in its programs. 2018 Central Region Chief Will Coots will provide youth leadership to sustainability efforts at the conference. “As we move forward into our next century, we must not only protect our organization’s sustainability but also our environment’s sustainability. NOAC is a unique opportunity to get up to speed and propel us into the future,” Coots said. “The OA can serve as a leader among organizations that value environmental sustainability and there is no better kickoff event than NOAC 2018.” More information on how NOAC 2018 will advance the sustainability commitment will be available in the upcoming months.</p> <h3 dir="ltr">Your feedback needed</h3> <p dir="ltr">In the meantime, to further inform how OA programs can best implement the sustainability commitment, the organization is seeking feedback from general membership on sustainability and environmental stewardship via a short <a href="https://scouting.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_donCKLQ4zJkh1Z3">online survey</a>. This survey can be accessed until Thursday, February 1, 2018.</p> <h3 dir="ltr">#OASustainability on social media</h3> <p dir="ltr">Use the hashtag #OASustainability on social media to share local stories, best practices, photos and video highlighting environmental sustainability in your council and lodge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
2018 National Order of the Arrow Officers elected

<p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Anthony Peluso" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="54c8b39e-9a9c-4dd0-af65-85cee6ae585f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018Chief.png" />Anthony Peluso – 2018 National Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“Ever since first getting involved in the Order of the Arrow in 2014, the OA has made the single biggest impact on my life of any organization I’ve ever been involved with. Now in 2018, I’ve been given the opportunity to help change the lives of Arrowmen throughout the country. I couldn’t be more excited for the year to come, and the incredible people I’ll get to share it with.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Anthony hails from Virginia Beach, VA. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Blue Heron Lodge. Previously, Anthony served as section chief for SR-7A, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Anthony is an economics major at Virginia Tech and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys intramural sports, singing and fantasy football. A fun fact about Anthony is that he once ate ten hamburgers in one sitting.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Michael Kipp" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e97dce6d-3c7d-483a-b0be-8894d139d5e7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018VC.png" />Michael Kipp - 2018 National Vice Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“Our organization has an amazing year ahead of it. The national conference this summer is going to be an incredible experience and I'm excited to help make it happen.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Michael hails from Valparaiso, IN. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Sakima Lodge. Previously, Michael served as section chief for C-6A, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Michael is a strategy and organizational management major at Purdue University and plans to pursue a career in human resources management. He enjoys hiking, working on summer camp staff, and getting involved on campus. A fun fact about Michael is that he is his lodge’s first national officer.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Will Coots" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="74e10741-1c24-4976-933d-82d467ea4ab8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_CR.png" />Will Coots - 2018&nbsp;Central Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“I am really excited to tackle pressing issues and help guide this amazing organization to a proactive, promising, and sustainable future.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Will hails from Oregon, IL. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Wulapeju Lodge. Will was presented with the Founder's Award in January 2018. Previously, Will served as section chief for C-7, and is a recipient of the Centurion Award. Will is an American studies and political science double major from the University of Notre Dame, and plans to pursue public service and research following his graduation. He enjoys watching The West Wing, listening to jazz music, playing football, and hiking. A fun fact about Will is that he is related to John Frederick Coots, the man who wrote and composed the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Justin St. Louis" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4097412b-26ac-42a7-bca1-8858b28b41d3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_NER.png" />Justin St. Louis - 2018 Northeast Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“This year is our opportunity to directly impact Arrowmen at home by strengthening our support of lodge programs - using the conference as our vehicle for delivery.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Justin hails from Lowell, MA. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Pennacook Lodge. Previously, Justin served two terms as section chief for NE-1, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Justin is a political science major at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys skiing, graphic design, using the Oxford comma, and keeping up with politics. A fun fact about Justin is that over the past four years, he has participated in a three mile swim across Northwood Lake in New Hampshire to fundraise for local Scouting programs.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Zach Callicutt" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8df89e05-faa8-4b13-bb5b-4b023598a746" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_SR_0.png" />Zach Callicutt - 2018 Southern Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“I think 2018 will be a great year for the Southern Region and the Order with NOAC at Indiana University. I’m looking forward to Defining our Destiny this next year.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Zach hails from Oxford, MS. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Chicksa Lodge. Previously, Zach served as section chief for SR-6, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award and James E. West Award. Zach is a public policy leadership major at the University of Mississippi, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys golf, sailing, and duck hunting. A fun fact about Zach is that he learned how to water ski when he was eight years old. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Jordan Jefferis" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="34b0b357-5a05-4df2-8a09-7d02ef6d219e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_WR.png" />Jordan Jefferis - 2018 Western Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“The Western Region has been doing some truly great things this past year and I am excited to continue this on. Furthermore, I am excited to see all the new connections that will be made in the Western Region and nationally at the 2018 NOAC.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Jordan hails from Portland, OR. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Wauna La Mon’tay Lodge. Previously, Jordan served as section chief for W-1S. Jordan is a homeland security major at Concordia University, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys watching The Good Wife, golfing, and traveling. A fun fact about Jordan is that he loves coffee, and wants to open a coffee shop when he retires.</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
What to expect at NOAC 2018

<p dir="ltr">With a return to Indiana University, new conference programs and the introduction of remote delegates, this NOAC has the potential to be one of the Order of the Arrow’s (OA) best national events.</p> <p dir="ltr">There will be several conference-wide changes this year:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Medical Form Submissions: Unlike 2015, there will not be a pre-submission system for medical forms. Instead, participants and staff will bring physical copies.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Region Gatherings: Replacing the Hodag, four region gatherings will be held Thursday night at the conference, the only night that does not have a show. The 2018 region chiefs will collaborate with the Activities &amp; Recreation Committee to provide vision, content and program ideas for the events.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Relaxed Uniform Policy: This year, field uniforms will be required only at the opening, recognition and theme shows.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Sustainability Committee: New this year, the sustainability committee will sit underneath Logistics with its respective region chief acting as its youth lead. The committee is aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the national event and promote sustainability in its programs.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Engagement: First implemented at NEXT: A New Century, the Engagement Committee is new to NOAC and will be responsible for all that impacts the delegate and staff experience. Under this committee, there will be an introduction of an online orientation completed via video and not during the check in process.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">The conference management team is made up of the conference chairman, the deputy conference chairmen, the national director, the associate national director, the national officers and the region chiefs. 2018 National Chief Anthony Peluso and National Vice Chief Michael Kipp will oversee scheduling and facilities, while the region chiefs have been assigned conference deputy positions. Northeast Region Chief Justin St. Louis will oversee messaging, Southern Region Chief Zach Callicutt will oversee program, Central Region Chief Will Coots will oversee logistics and and Western Region Chief Jorden Jefferis will oversee finance.</p> <p dir="ltr">Section chiefs were assigned to program and messaging committees. They include Activities &amp; Recreation (ARC), Adventure Central, American Indian Activities (AIA), Communications, Conference Festival, Engagement, Inductions &amp; Ceremonial Events (ICE), Shows, Special Events and Training. Each committee elected a conference vice chief (CVC) to lead their planning.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are additional committees for Administrative Services, Financial Services, Legacy Center, National OA Endowment, Medical, Security, Service Corps, Sustainability, Technology and Trading Post. None of these have youth assigned to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">All in all, with these exciting changes and more, NOAC 2018 is shaping up to be one of the best national programs ever implemented by the OA. 2018 National Chief Anthony Peluso is excited to see the conference come to fruition. “We could not have asked for a more productive planning meeting. As we move into 2018 and continue our preparations for NOAC, we will continue to be innovative in our approach as we strive to reimagine the conference, and the experience of each of our delegates. On behalf of the entire conference committee, we can’t wait to share the experience with each and every participant!”</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NOAC 2018, NPM 2017
2018 Disaster Relief Efforts

<p dir="ltr">In September 2017, the southeastern United States was struck by two category five hurricanes, Irma and Maria. With winds that reached 175 miles per hour, the storms caused significant damage through coastal flooding, mudslides, and flash floods. Many people in affected areas lost power for weeks, and suffered extreme property damage. Two notable properties that were impacted are the BSA Sea Base and the Puerto Rico Council’s camp, Guajataka.</p> <p dir="ltr">Although the main campus of Sea Base in Islamorada remained largely untouched, this was not the case for properties throughout the Florida Keys and BSA facilities operated by local councils. Camp Sawyer and Big Munson Island were both hit heavily, with camping facilities having been destroyed by the storm and felled trees.</p> <p dir="ltr">Camp Guajataka also suffered the onslaught of Hurricane María. Campsites were flooded with over three feet of water. Many trees have fallen, making transportation and recovery operations at the camp difficult. The camp has no electricity, save for power generators running on diesel (which is now an expensive commodity), and running water is hard to come by. All of the camp’s buildings were damaged by flooding.&nbsp;Camp has no electricity or water. It would appear that all of the equipment stored in the campsites such as bunks and mattresses were damaged.</p> <p dir="ltr">Arrowmen across the country have been exemplifying cheerful service in the months since the storm to assist the areas that have been most affected. Section NE-5 developed a patch fundraiser that raised over $50,000 for the repair of Camp Guajataka, and countless lodges raised funds as well. Work weekends at Sea Base have also helped to alleviate some of the damage there.</p> <p dir="ltr">In response to the storm, two major initiatives have been planned for the spring of 2018 which will let Arrowmen give service to Sea Base and Camp Guajataka. Hosted by the Southern Region, SeaBreak will be an opportunity to help repair parts of Sea Base, Camp Sawyer, and Big Munson Island. It will run from March 4-10, 2018. Section NE-5 will also be organizing the Puerto Rico Arrowcorps from March 11-17, 2018 where participants will work to rebuild Camp Guajataka.</p> <p dir="ltr">Due to the generosity of Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, the only fees associated with these events will be transportation to and from the sites. Registration is also open for both opportunities through the <a href="https://registration.oa-bsa.org/">National OA Event Registration System</a>. Please reach out to Harrison Fry (<a href="mailto:hfry@murraystate.edu">hfry@murraystate.edu</a>) for any questions about SeaBreak, and Jeremy Bedient (<a href="mailto:jeremybedient@gmail.com">jeremybedient@gmail.com</a>) for any questions about the Puerto Rico Arrowcorps.</p>

Jan 03, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
2018 OA Service Grant Recipients

<p>Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants. &nbsp;For 2018, 27 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.</p> <p><strong>The following grants were awarded within the Central Region:</strong></p> <p>Illinek Lodge of the Abraham Lincoln Council, headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, will receive $2,700 to construct four campsite pavilions at Camp Bunn.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jaccos Towne Lodge of the Crossroads of America Council, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, will receive $1,000 to replace the gateway at Belzer Scout Camp.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nischa Chuppecat Lodge of the Hoosier Trails Council, headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, will receive $1,000 for maintenance of its OA Circle at Maumee Scout Reservation.</p> <p>Mitigwa Lodge of the Mid-Iowa Council, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, will receive $1,800 for the construction of a fishing pier and waterfront area modification at Mitigwa Scout Reservation.*</p> <p>Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge of the Northeast Illinois Council, headquartered in Highland Park, Illinois, will receive $1,600 for construction of two shelters at the Camp Oakarro shooting sports area.&nbsp;</p> <p>Pa-Hin Lodge of the Northern Lights Council, headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, will receive $1,000 for the construction of two picnic shelters at Tom Brantner Memorial Camp.</p> <p>Totanhan Nakaha Lodge of the Northern Star Council, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will receive $1,000 for the remodel of an adirondack-style shelter at Phillippo Scout Reservation.*</p> <p>Kanwa tho Lodge of the Three Harbors Council, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will receive $1,000 for the construction of two model campsites at Indian Mound Scout Reservation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sac-N-Fox Lodge of the Winnebago Council, headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa, will receive $1,000 for the construction of a new disc golf course at Ingawanis Adventure Base.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The following grants were awarded within the Northeast Region:</strong></p> <p>Tschitani Lodge of the Connecticut Rivers Council, headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, will receive $1,900 for the construction of a new BMX bike program at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kintecoying Lodge of the Greater New York Council, headquartered in New York City, New York, will receive $2,300 for the construction of a new roof for the Pouch Scout Camp archery range and to build an additional archery range at Alpine Scout Camp.</p> <p>Paugassett Lodge of the Housatonic Council, headquartered in Derby, Connecticut, will receive $1,000 for renovations to the amphitheater at Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation.*</p> <p>Yokahu Lodge of the Puerto Rico Council, headquartered in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, will receive $5,000 to repair damage from Hurricane Maria to living quarters at Camp Guajataka.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tschipey Achtu Lodge of the Seneca Waterways Council, headquartered in Rochester, New York, will receive $1,400 for the construction of a stage at the Frog Pond Amphitheater at Camp Cutler.*</p> <p><strong>The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:</strong></p> <p>Aracoma Lodge of the Black Warrior Council, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will receive $2,000 to erect two pavilions at Camp Horne.&nbsp;</p> <p>Echeconnee Lodge of the Central Georgia Council, headquartered in Macon, Georgia, will receive $3,100 to construct four staff cabins at Camp Benjamin Hawkins.</p> <p>Ini-To Lodge of the Flint River Council, headquartered in Griffin, Georgia, will receive $1,000 for construction of an outdoor chess and checkers area at Longhorn Scout Camp.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yustaga Lodge of the Gulf Coast Council, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, will receive $1,000 for ventilation and sound system modifications of the Rainwater Lodge at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation. &nbsp;</p> <p>Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge of the Longhorn Council, headquartered in Hurst, Texas, will receive $2,200 for its water improvement project at Hills and Hollows Camp.&nbsp;</p> <p>Santee Lodge of the Pee Dee Area Council, headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, will receive $2,000 to remove and replace its main dock and floating dock at Camp Coker.*</p> <p>O-Shot-Caw Lodge of the South Florida Council, headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida, will receive $2,500 to complete the necessary construction to open Camp Sawyer again after damage from Hurricane Irma.</p> <p><strong>The following grants were awarded within the Western Region:</strong></p> <p>Es-Kaielgu Lodge of the Inland Northwest Council, headquartered in Spokane, Washington, will receive $3,000 to construct a crafts pavilion at Camp Easton.</p> <p>Chumash Lodge of the Los Padres Council, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, will receive $1,900 to rebuild a garden of native plants with labels after damage from the Whittier Fire.*</p> <p>Tannu Lodge of the Nevada Area Council, headquartered in Reno, Nevada, will receive $1,200 to construct a nature shed at Camp Fleischmann.</p> <p>Wiatava Lodge of the Orange County Council, headquartered in Santa Ana, California, will receive $1,000 to rebuild the Blue and Gold and Court of Honor Patio at Oso Lake Scout Camp.</p> <p>Ohlone Lodge of the Pacific Skyline Council, headquartered in Foster City, California, will receive $1,400 for improvements to the Troop Services Building at Cutter Scout Reservation.*</p> <p>Ha-Kin-Skay-A-Ki Lodge of the Pikes Peak Council, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will receive $4,000 to construct a new archery range at Camp Alexander.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><em>*Starting this year, the national OA service grant application includes a provision that encourages lodges to apply for and undertake projects that promotes environmental sustainability in the lodge and council program. These selected projects have sustainability related components (e.g., energy efficiency upgrades, recycling facilities and local food supply).</em></p>

Jan 03, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
2018 National Vice Chief elected

<p>The 2018 Order of the Arrow national vice chief was elected Wednesday evening at the 2017 National Planning Meeting. Congratulations to Michael Kipp!&nbsp;Michael is a Vigil Honor member from Sakima Lodge, La Salle Council #165,&nbsp;in South Bend, IN. He has served as the CR-6A section chief, and will serve as the 2018 national vice chief of the Order of the Arrow.</p>

Dec 28, 2017   Announcements, NPM 2017
2018 National Chief elected

<p>The 2018 Order of the Arrow national chief was elected Wednesday evening at the 2017 National Planning Meeting. Congratulations to Anthony Peluso!&nbsp;Anthony is a Vigil Honor member from Blue Heron Lodge, Tidewater Council #596 in Virginia Beach, VA. He has served as the SR-7A section chief, and will serve as the 2018 national chief of the Order of the Arrow.</p>

Dec 28, 2017   Announcements, NPM 2017
National Planning Meeting App Gives Attendees 21st Century Experience

<p dir="ltr">Just like any other year, sections chiefs will converge in Dallas this winter for the National Planning Meeting (NPM) and everything it entails. From electing national officers and conference vice chiefs to planning the program of emphasis, a lot of things remain constant. This year, however, there is a new part of the experience that will help NPM attendees be better prepared for the event.</p> <p dir="ltr">Section chiefs who have attended a NPM before are familiar with the binder that each participant receives on arrival. It contains their schedule, national officer candidacy petitions and everything else they need to navigate the planning meeting. This year, however, instead of having to lug around a binder, participants will have all the documents at their fingertips. The Order of the Arrow (OA) technology committee has developed a NPM app to replace the binder that participants usually receive. Not only is this more convenient to use, but it also helps “move us toward a paperless, more sustainable experience” at the meeting, according to National Chief Forrest Gertin. The change plays into the OA’s commitment as an outdoor organization to be more environmentally conscious.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another upside is that many of these documents will be made available to section chiefs before the planning meeting. The app is planning to launch early enough that section chiefs will be able to read the candidacy petitions for national office prior to arrival. Also, other documents related to the meeting should be available in advance to ensure that participants can hit the ground running once NPM starts.</p> <p dir="ltr">The development of this application is a major step forward for the National Planning Meeting. It will help participants come more prepared and simplify their experience all while helping the organization uphold its commitment to sustainability.</p>

Dec 23, 2017   NPM 2017, Section Sentinel
Your Role in the NOAC Planning Process

<p dir="ltr">With the 2017 National Planning Meeting (NPM) only a few weeks away, it is never too early to start thinking about your role as section leadership in the planning process for the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). With a return to Indiana University, new conference programs and the introduction of remote delegates, this NOAC has the potential to be one of the Order of the Arrow’s (OA) best national events.</p> <p dir="ltr">There will be several conference-wide changes this year:</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Medical Form Submissions: Unlike 2015, there will not be a pre-submission system for medical forms. Instead, participants and staff will bring physical copies.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Remote Delegates: Falling under Messaging, there will be an opportunity for Arrowmen to participate in the conference remotely.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Region Gatherings: Replacing the Hodag, four region gatherings will be held Thursday night at the conference, the only night that does not have a show. The 2018 region chiefs will collaborate with the Activities &amp; Recreation Committee to provide vision, content and program ideas for the events.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Relaxed Uniform Policy: This year, Class A will be required only at the opening, recognition and theme shows.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Sustainability Committee: New this year, the sustainability committee will sit underneath Logistics with its respective region chief acting as its youth lead.</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">The conference management team will be made up of the conference chairman, the deputy conference chairmen, the national director, the associate national director, the national officers and the region chiefs. Following the national and region officer elections at the NPM, region chiefs will be assigned conference deputy positions, which oversee Messaging, Program, Logistics and Finance. The national chief will work alongside the conference chairman and the national vice chief will oversee scheduling and facilities.</p> <p dir="ltr">Additionally, section chiefs will be assigned to committees. They include Activities &amp; Recreation (ARC), Adventure Central, American Indian Activities (AIA), Communications, Conference Festival, Engagement, Inductions &amp; Ceremonial Events (ICE), Shows, Special Events and Training. The specific duties for each committee will be discussed in detail at the NPM. Later in the day after assignments have been made, each committee will elect a conference vice chief (CVC).</p> <p dir="ltr">Additionally, there are committees for Administrative Services, Financial Services, Legacy Center, National OA Endowment, Medical, Security, Service Corps, Sustainability, Technology and Trading Post. None of these have youth assigned to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the conference-wide changes, there are numerous changes to specific committee operations.</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Engagement: First implemented at NEXT: A New Century, the Engagement Committee is new to NOAC and will be responsible for all that impacts the delegate and staff experience. Under this committee, there will be an introduction of an online orientation completed via video and not during the check in process.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">NESA@NOAC Committee: No longer a separate committee, any NESA engagement will be organized through Program with a specific conference committee.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Shows: The 2015 Centennial Show is being replaced by a “Heritage Show,” with its final name still under development.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Special Events: The 2015 Centennial Gala will be replaced with the Section Officer / Adviser Banquet.</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">In addition to all of these changes, make sure to take note of the new Staff Recognition and Memorabilia Policy, which will be released at the NPM.</p> <p>As you prepare to travel to Dallas later this month, take some time to think through your role in NOAC this year. This event will be successful only through the collaboration of hundreds of Arrowmen, how will you make your impact?</p>

Dec 23, 2017   NPM 2017, Section Sentinel
Letter from National Chief & Vice Chief

<p dir="ltr">Chiefs,</p> <p dir="ltr">It is hard to believe that only a few short weeks stand between this moment and the beginning of a new year. When we descend on Dallas for the National Planning Meeting (NPM), we will lay the groundwork for the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). Each of you will play a key role in planning and delivering the 2018 national program of emphasis, and we are excited for the unique skills and ideas that you will bring to NOAC 2018! A large majority of you have not attended a NPM before, and we would like to give you a brief overview of the meeting and a few key reminders.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect when you touchdown at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (remember, don’t go to Love Field!):</p> <p dir="ltr">When you land, grab your bags and head to Terminal C, baggage claim C-31, and check-in with the uniformed BSA representative who will assist with transportation to the hotel. Once you arrive at the Marriott, you may check into your room and participate in afternoon recreation. Find some time to get to know the other section chiefs, national committee members, and key NOAC staff as they arrive! We will also be holding the traditional national officers vs. national committee basketball game. Feel free to come on out and watch; you know which team you should be rooting for…</p> <p dir="ltr">On the night of December 27th, there will be a reception, dinner, and a presentation on the basics of NOAC and the unveiling of the conference theme. Following this general session, you will go straight into the national chief and national vice chief elections. The elections are notoriously known to end late at night, so make sure you are well rested when you get to the hotel. After the elections, you’ll want to head to bed because you will have to wake up in the morning on the 28th for breakfast and region chief elections. Each region will meet in a separate room and elect their region chief.</p> <p>Following the region chief elections, professional photos of each planning meeting guest will be taken, as well as a group photo of all the meeting’s attendees. In the afternoon, the new officers will be installed, your conference committee assignments issued and NOAC planning will commence! After going through some initial, big picture discussions on your committee’s vision and involvement at conference, you will elect a conference vice chief (CVC). The rest of the meeting will be spent compiling your plan to deliver on your respective committee’s responsibilities at NOAC next summer. Of course, the planning meeting is not strictly business. You will have the chance to enjoy fellowship with other planning meeting attendees, as well as see first-hand the exciting things happening in the Order of the Arrow.</p> <p>On December 30th, continental breakfast will be served and we will depart, ready to put on an event of a lifetime. Please be sure all of your paperwork has been taken care of, and you have reviewed all of the event information that was sent to you a few weeks ago. We are also pioneering a mobile application for the NPM, which will contain the schedule and other resources. Please be on the lookout for an announcement regarding the release of this app.</p> <p dir="ltr">We look forward to joining you soon, and if we may be of service, please do not hesitate to ask.</p> <p>Yours in Service,</p> <p dir="ltr">Forrest Gertin &amp; Talon Parker</p> <p dir="ltr">2017 National Chief &amp; Vice Chief</p>

Dec 23, 2017   NPM 2017, Section Sentinel