The second Indian Summer was held at the Ridgecrest Conference Center, near Asheville, North Carolina August 1–6, 2011. Like the 2003 Indian Summer, the program was designed to help strengthen Arrowmen’s understanding of American Indian culture and the relationship it has to OA ceremonies.
922 Arrowmen (685 “guests” and 237 staff) from lodges representing every region of the country and abroad were divided into four nations (Northern Woodlands, Southern Woodlands, Plains, and Plateau). Each nation had their own specific tribes which met together nightly. Tribes were further subdivided into Clans of same-age members that reflected upon the concept of servant-leadership. Clans also gave guests the opportunity to network and gain knowledge from a diverse group of Arrowmen.
Three program tracks were offered at Indian Summer: American Indian Culture, OA Inductions and Ceremonies, and an Independent Study program. American Indian Activities (AIA) offered training opportunities including learning to dance, making outfits and crafts, singing, and American Indian culture. Inductions and Ceremonial Events (ICE) provided Arrowmen opportunities to learn about the OA Inductions process and ceremonies. Workshops included acting and technique sessions for ceremonialists taught by theater professionals. Individuals, as well as lodge teams received one-on-one coaching and received a DVD of their performance and evaluation to take back home.
The Activities and Recreation Committee (ARC) presented keynote addresses by National Chief Jonathan Hillis and National Vice Chief Dan Dick, and a visit by National OA Committee Chairman Ray Capp. ARC sponsored Powwows; numerous conservation projects such as the 1.4-mile ‘Rhododendron Trail Restoration’; promotion of the National OA Committee’s ‘Get the Kids to Camp’ partnership; and recreation and fellowship. Guests also could earn the ‘Indian Summer Participation Award’ (pin) by attending eleven classes. $2,500 in donations was raised for the Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund.