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First OA Pow Wow at National Jamboree

1964 National Jamboree OA Pow Wow

The highlight for Arrowmen at the 1964 National Jamboree was the first Jamboree Order of the Arrow Pow Wow. 15,000 Arrowmen gathered together at the Valley Forge arena to hear featured speakers Founder E. Urner Goodman and former National Chief and current Chief Scout Executive Joseph Brunton, Jr. The event was described at the time as the largest ever gathering of Arrowmen and likely remains the largest such assembly to this day.

Goodman spoke to the audience first. He discussed camping, brotherhood, leadership and service. Goodman stated that the Order was in its fiftieth year of service and that he had great confidence and great hope that the Order would be well served for the next fifty years in the hands of the attendees.

Chief Scout Executive Joe Brunton spoke next. He noted the presence of the very same Chief’s bonnet that he had been first to adorn as National OA Chief in 1938. He reminded each Arrowman that they were a significant part of the OA program and then challenged them to remain humbly committed to serving others.