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Momentum Launch Trainings For Delegates

Join fellow Arrowman from across the nation in training sessions at Momentum Launch! Within the virtual event, there will be plenty of opportunities to attend training sessions led by top-tier trainers from across the country that will give you insight on how to better your lodge’s structure and overall programs. The broadcasting schedule for Momentum Launch follows two simultaneous streams, channel 1 and channel 2, so you will have to strategize and choose which trainings to watch (or use the archive to watch them all!). The trainings being offered are: Activation Training [1] - plan meaningful and impactful activation events, such as a new member dinner; become familiar with the resources available to you to aid in activating Arrowmen Inductions Training [1] – keep candidates and parents informed through the induction process through physical and digital interaction; learn best practices to encourage candidates to take their Ordeal and seal their membership six months later Developing Lodge Leadership Training [1] - learn to successfully plan and execute events such as Lodge Leadership Developments and Lodge Officer Summits; acquire strategies to actively work with lodge leadership as a team in order to make your visions a reality Unit Elections Training [1] - learn how to actively engage with units and unit leaders leading up to the election; gain insight on how to work with candidates during and immediately following the election process leading up to their induction The Power of One Training [1] - learn about the impact you can have as an individual on any project or team you work on Momentum of Service Training [1 & 2] - develop and execute meaningful service projects for your lodge, troop, and community; work with the beneficiary to ensure the project is successful to both their standards as well as your own Practical Skills for the Future Training [2] – youth-focused; whether you are in middle school, high school, or are building your future career, learn about skills and techniques you can carry with you through all walks of life; topics covered include: working efficiently on a team, self-presentation, and critical thinking Opportunities for New Members Training [1] – youth-focused; special awards and opportunities designed specifically for newly inducted arrowmen, such as a First Year Arrowman Award; why you should attend events such as fellowships, Conclave, and even another ordeal Chapters Training [2] - plan meetings and events that can revitalize activity in already working chapters; learn what tools and resources are available on the lodge level to help build a strong chapter foundation Lodge Adviser Training [2] – adult-focused; learn how to effectively serve and guide the youth of your lodge in your role as lodge adviser; learn some best practices of being a lodge adviser from others who have been or are currently serving in the same position Analyzing Situations Training [2] – adult-focused; reframing and focusing information using simple, hand-drawn methods Communications Training [2] - learn how to keep arrowmen engaged through newsletters, social media, and other publications; gain an overview on how to effectively use platforms such as Slack, Trello, and Airtable to keep your entire team in the loop and moving forwards   Note, some of the trainings are designed specifically for youth or adult audiences.  As a registered delegate for this event, you receive some great perks, including access to an archive full of recordings of all training sessions. This feature is handy if you happen to miss a session you were eager to participate in.

Jul 20, 2020  
Perks of Being A Registered Delegate

“I’m a registered delegate, now what?” Now, as a registered delegate for Momentum Launch, you will have access to the full event experience! Registered delegates have numerous benefits to look forward to during the Momentum Launch event. First, and perhaps most importantly for the patch traders attending, registered delegates will receive an exclusive event patch in the mail. Be sure to check your mailbox for your patch as the event grows closer! For those Arrowmen who will be working during the day, or don’t want to get up early to watch training live, registered delegates will have access to an archive of the streamed program content. With this, you will be able to watch—and re-watch—streamed training, activities, competitions, and more whenever is most convenient for you. This archive will also be available to you months after the conclusion of the event. Registered delegates will also be able to participate in the event-wide game. With points for participating in training and competitions, as well as for tasks that can be completed at home, the event-wide game is designed with the virtual experience in mind. Eating ice cream after the closing show? There are points for that! Submitting a question during a training? There are points for that! Cooking a meal for your family? There are even points for that! Missing out on fellowship with other Arrowmen? As a registered delegate you will have exclusive access to our community platform where you can interact with Arrowmen from across the nation with additional opportunities for participating and engaging with the streamed content. With unique channels for each program element, as well as channels focused on specific topics of discussion, it will be easier than ever to interact with your fellow Arrowmen, trainers, and the national leadership of the OA! With all of these benefits, it’s clear to see that as a registered delegate you will enjoy the best experience of the Momentum Launch event! We can’t wait to see you there!

Jul 20, 2020  
Momentum Launch Activities for Delegates

Getting excited for Momentum Launch? We are, too! With more than 35 hours of original activities created specifically for Arrowmen to experience virtually, Momentum Launch is the largest OA event of the year.

Jul 20, 2020  
Momentum Launch: Two Ways to Attend

Looking to join in on all of the exciting opportunities at Momentum Launch? There are two different ways to participate in the event. Anyone can view the streamed content live and interact with the event via social media. However, registered delegates, for a fee of $30, will receive a full event experience. In addition to the live stream and social media interaction, registered delegates will receive the following additional benefits: An exclusive event patch.  After all, what’s an OA event without a cool patch? Access to an archive of streamed program content to view anytime. An event-wide game with leaderboard. Access to the event’s community platform to connect with Arrowmen from across the nation. Additional opportunities for engagement and interaction. In addition to the patch, remote delegates will also receive access to an archive of the streamed content. This a great way for those Arrowmen who can’t always watch the stream live to still participate in the largest OA event of the year. With this, registered delegates will be able to watch—and re-watch—streamed training, activities, competitions, and more, whenever is most convenient for them. This archive will also be available to registered delegates months after the conclusion of the event. Registered delegates will also be able to participate in the event-wide game. With points for participating in training and competitions, as well as for tasks that can be completed at home, the event-wide game is designed with the virtual experience in mind. Eating ice cream after the closing show? There are points for that! Submitting a question during a training? There are points for that! Cooking a meal for your family? There are even points for that! Fellowship with other Arrowmen can be one of the most important aspects of an OA event. Registered delegates will have exclusive access to our community platform where they can interact with Arrowmen from across the nation with additional opportunities for participating and engaging with the streamed content. With unique channels for each program element, as well as channels focused on specific topics of discussion, it will be easier than ever for registered delegates to interact with their fellow Arrowmen, trainers, and the national leadership of the OA! Don’t miss out on all of the excitement! Learn more and register today at https://oa-bsa.org/momentum.

Jul 20, 2020  
Activities At Momentum Launch

Join the OA’s largest event of the year without ever leaving the comfort of your home!  Momentum Launch will include more than 35 hours of original activities created specifically for the virtual experience. These 35 hours will be jam-packed with games, contests, Meet the Man sessions, training and many more exciting activities!  One of the biggest activities going on at Momentum Launch will be the Chef’d Cookoff! Watch as the national officers challenge each other’s culinary skills with the best recipes from their home region. There will also be many other programs that Arrowmen can watch from the comfort of their couch. Tune in to Meet the Man sessions, Kahoot competitions, Campfire Chats and the OA Gameshow. These aren’t just your average television programs; these will be interactive programs where registered delegates can use the community platform to ask questions, react to the program live and interact with other Arrowmen from across the nation. These additional opportunities for engagement and interaction are one of the many perks of attending as a registered delegate. One other benefit of attending as a registered delegate is the ability to access an archive containing all 35 hours of original content, available to watch at any time both during and after the event. Don’t miss out! Learn more and register today at https://oa-bsa.org/momentum.

Jul 20, 2020  
Trainings At Momentum Launch

Trainings are an essential part of our beloved organization, as they give Arrowmen the proper knowledge to not only be an effective leader but also to plan and execute successful events. Within the virtual Momentum Launch event, there will be plenty of opportunities to attend training sessions led by top-tier trainers from across the country that will give you insight on how to help improve your lodge’s structure, program, and operations. The broadcasting schedule for Momentum Launch follows two simultaneous streams, so participating Arrowmen will have two training to choose from at any time. The following summarizes all of the trainings being offered at the virtual event:   Activation Training - plan meaningful and impactful activation events, such as a new member dinner; become familiar with the resources available to you to aid in activating Arrowmen Inductions Training – keep candidates and parents informed through the induction process through physical and digital interaction; learn best practices to encourage candidates to take their Ordeal and seal their membership six months later Developing Lodge Leadership Training - learn to successfully plan and execute events such as Lodge Leadership Developments and Lodge Officer Summits; acquire strategies to actively work with lodge leadership as a team in order to make your visions a reality Unit Elections Training - learn how to actively engage with units and unit leaders leading up to the election; gain insight on how to work with candidates during and immediately following the election process leading up to their induction The Power of One Training - learn about the impact you can have as an individual on any project or team you work on Momentum of Service Training - develop and execute meaningful service projects for your lodge, troop, and community; work with the beneficiary to ensure the project is successful to both their standards as well as your own Practical Skills for the Future Training – youth-focused; whether you are in middle school, high school, or are building your future career, learn about skills and techniques you can carry with you through all walks of life; topics covered include: working efficiently on a team, self-presentation, and critical thinking Opportunities for New Members Training – youth-focused; special awards and opportunities designed specifically for newly inducted arrowmen, such as a First Year Arrowman Award; why you should attend events such as fellowships, Conclave, and even another ordeal Chapters Training - plan meetings and events that can revitalize activity in already working chapters; learn what tools and resources are available on the lodge level to help build a strong chapter foundation Lodge Adviser Training – adult-focused; learn how to effectively serve and guide the youth of your lodge in your role as lodge adviser; learn some best practices of being a lodge adviser from others who have been or are currently serving in the same position Analyzing Situations Training – adult-focused; reframing and focusing information using simple hand drawn methods Communications Training - learn how to keep arrowmen engaged through newsletters, social media, and other publications; gain an overview on how to effectively use platforms such as Slack, Trello, and Airtable to keep your entire team in the loop and moving forwards   Note, some of the trainings are designed specifically for youth or adult audiences. Also, by becoming a virtual registered delegate, you can access an archive of all training sessions and streamed broadcast for future use. This perk is exceptionally useful if you cannot attend a scheduled training due to time conflicts, or if you want to watch two simultaneous trainings.  Learn more and register today at https://oa-bsa.org/momentum.

Jul 20, 2020  
In-Person Momentum Event Update

Momentum Participants and Staff, It is with deep disappointment we announce the cancellation of the in-person Momentum event scheduled for next month at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. We remain committed to meeting or exceeding all federal, state, and local health guidelines. While the Summit’s high adventure offerings continue to be provided in a safe, effective manner, we strongly feel that evolving circumstances, including new gathering size limits imposed by West Virginia authorities, prevent us from delivering a quality Momentum program. We realize the timing of this announcement is not ideal. We appreciate your flexibility as we make decisions in the interest of all attendees based on the most updated information. Contingent members and staff will receive a full refund of all event fees paid to-date to the national Order of the Arrow office. Contingent refunds will be issued as credits to your local council. Contingent members should also check with their contingent leaders for information about refunds for funds collected by the lodge beyond the event fee, including travel. The Summit Bechtel Reserve continues to remain open for high adventure programs in accordance with guidance from the West Virginia governor’s office. We realize that some may still be interested in participating in these programs, and we encourage those contingents to transfer their event fees to the Summit Experience program for a week-long high adventure experience. For more details and to transfer your contingent's reservation please see the FAQ’s below.  We encourage all participants and staff to join us for our virtual event, Momentum Launch, on August 4-6 for fellowship, training, competitions, and panels from distinguished Arrowmen! More information can be found online, including details about how to register for a premium event experience. After you have reviewed the FAQ section of this message, if you still have questions you may email them to concierge@oa-bsa.org. 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. We truly hoped we could gather together at the Summit, but we are exceedingly inspired by each lodge and chapter across the country as we navigate this new normal together as a united organization. The coming weeks and months will continue to test each of us, and we are confident that our best days are still ahead.  We look forward to joining you at Momentum Launch. Stay healthy, and stay true to our promise. In brotherhood, Zach Schonfeld 2020 National Chief Noah Smith 2020 National Vice Chief Clint Takeshita Event Chairman Michael Hoffman National Chairman Matt Dukeman National Director Q. My contingent is not planning on attending the Summit.  How do we cancel our reservation? A. Please email concierge@oa-bsa.org to cancel your contingent registration. A member of our team will start the refund process.   Q. I am a lodge contingent member; how will I receive my refund? A. The Order of the Arrow department at the national service center will process the refund of fees and issue credit invoices back to the local council. Lodge contingent members should work directly with their local lodge to receive their refund, based on fees paid to their local lodge. Q. I am a Momentum staff member; how will I receive my refund? A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered in the coming days. Q. My contingent is not attending; can I come as an individual? A. No.  The Summit Experience program is for contingents only.   Q. Are there any individual youth programs available this summer at any of the high adventure bases. A. We have limited space in some of our OA High Adventure programs.  To check availability and register visit registration.oa-bsa.org. Q. Will Momentum be rescheduled? A. No. The in-person Momentum event will not take place. Q. Is the virtual event, Momentum Launch, also cancelled? A. No. Momentum Launch will still occur as scheduled. More information can be found at oa-bsa.org/momentum/launch  Q. Why was Momentum cancelled if the Summit is still operational? A. The West Virginia Governor this week signed an executive order limiting gathering sizes to 25 or fewer people, which prevented major programs planned for Momentum participants from being delivered effectively. The Summit’s high adventure programs are able to be delivered while meeting or exceeding all federal, state, and local health guidelines. Q. How do I transfer my contingent registration to the Summit Experience? A.  Please email summit.program@scouting.org and also copy concierge@oa-bsa.org so we can easily transfer your funds. Please note all participants must be at least 13 years old by Monday, August 3 to participate. There is limited space in this program, and transfers will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Q. Will there be an additional cost if I transfer my contingent’s reservation to the Summit Experience. A. No. The cost will remain $545, which is the same as the Momentum event fee. Q. If I transfer my contingent’s reservation to the Summit Experience, what can I expect? A. Contingent members will still arrive on Monday, August 3 and depart on Saturday, August 8. During the week, you will participate in six half-day high adventure offerings in addition to a day-long service project. You may also participate in an optional whitewater rafting trip during the event for an additional cost of $75 per person.

Jul 17, 2020   Announcements
ACT Conference Serves as a Valuable Resource for Lodges and Sections

It is important now more than ever that we provide support to the lodges. Like all of us, timelines have changed and we are being faced with unprecedented circumstances. This is a great time for you, our section leaders, to provide continued support for your lodges within your section. Working on developing your ACT Conference, could be a great way in doing so. Being able to provide your lodges with best practices, whether in person or virtually, will give them the tools to be able to thrive and will encourage critical thinking in the face of the challenges they face. For those of you who are not yet familiar with the resources at your disposal, the ACT Conference has a developed framework for you to use when planning your own conference. The Management Guidebook is a great tool that can be utilized to make sure that the appropriate steps are taken to host a successful conference! This is not to say that you can’t make the event your own, as a matter of fact, it is encouraged! There are also resources available at your disposal to help show your appreciation to anyone who assisted with the ACT Conference. The overall program of the ACT Conference helps introduce everyone to the purpose of the conference, the Performance Measurement Program and takes time to highlight the three different metrics that are being used as measurements throughout the program. This is a great opportunity to answer any questions that the lodges may have. Not only this, but the conference is designed for the lodges to self-evaluate, encourage critical thinking and develop a plan to have their lodge thrive! For further information regarding the ACT Conference and all up-to-date resources, please visit: https://oa-bsa.org/training/act-conference

Jun 22, 2020   Section Sentinel
Operation Arrow Opportunities

From July 21st - 30th, 2021, Scouts and Scouters from across the nation will attend the 2021 National Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve. Along with them will be hundreds of volunteers from the Order of Arrow helping out as part of Operation Arrow. In order to ensure that Operation Arrow is a success, our sections must spread the word to their lodges. Although the OA has had a role in supporting the national jamboree since the 1950’s, 2021 will be our biggest initiative to date. If we are to accomplish this goal, we must have a wide range of Arrowmen from across the nation volunteer. It is vital that the section officers do their part by encouraging their lodges to send participants for Operation Arrow. By participating in Operation Arrow, Arrowmen will be able to help make sure all who attend the national jamboree have an incredible time. All who participate in Operation Arrow will additionally be performing cheerful service with fellow Arrowmen, further strengthening the ties of brotherhood within the OA. Youth Arrowmen who participate in Operation Arrow will have three separate options for service they can choose from. The first option is to be a member of the Service Corps, which for the past 18 Jamborees has worked tirelessly to complete numerous projects. The Service Corps is divided into chapters to complete daily tasks while demonstrating cheerful service! The second option is to work on the Activation Team, which serves as a new area that will work on ways to invigorate all Arrowmen. The OA Activation Team will host live interactive experiences and community engagement in order to energize our future Arrowmen and spread the virtues of brotherhood and cheerful service. The third choice is to serve as part of the Conservation Team, which in partnership with the US Forest Service, the Conservation Team will lead units in conservation-based trailing building and repairing. This is a perfect fit for those who love to get their hands dirty and make a direct and positive impact on their surroundings. As you can see there are many fantastic ways that Arrowmen can help out through Operation Arrow. Each Arrowmen will be able to use their own unique skills to provide cheerful service and help make the national jamboree as successful as possible. As section officers, you have the critical role of informing our fellow Arrowmen that these opportunities exist. With your help, word of Operation Arrow will spread to every lodge in the nation.

Jun 07, 2020   Section Sentinel
2020 OA Distinguished Service Award Selections

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was created in 1940 to honor Order of the Arrow members, youth and adults, who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The award is typically presented at National Order of the Arrow Conferences.  Since 1940 only 1,072 persons, including the following 2020 Class of 53 recipients, have been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award: Sean M. Alewine  Samuel J. Aronson Tracy P. Atherton  James A. Barton  Kenneth E. Barton, III  Jeremy D. Bedient  Chadd M. Blanchard  Travis B. Broadhurst  Shane M. Calendine  Zachary W. Callicutt  James G. Castanzo  Carroll W. “Will” Coots  Charles G. Coutteau  Christopher M. Craig  Connor R. Desmond  Nina C. Dukes  John A. Gasink  Susan B. “Sue” Hampton  Benjamin L. Harper  Eric S. Harrison  Mitchell J. Heisler  Nicholas T. Hessler  David P. James  Jordan D. Jefferis  Anthony D. Johnson  Eric B. “Brandon” Kelly  Robert G. Kennerly, Jr.  Michael T. Kipp  Shawn M. Knight  Mitchell R. Leonard  Tanner P. Maris  Bryan A. Melonis  Collin D. Metscher  Michael K. Minnis  Ethan A. Mooney  Jeffrey J. Morley  Trinidad Munoz  Ryan D. Palmer  Matthew L. Parsons  Anthony T. Peluso  Christopher C. Phillips  Brett A. Randall  Travis M. Rubelee  Sidney J. Salazar  Tracy M. Schultze  Eric J. Silva  Justin D. St. Louis  Brandon R. Stahl  Nathanael A. “Nate” Steele  Bradley G. Taylor  Richard A. Todd  Richard A. Whitney  Gary D. Williams

May 21, 2020   Announcements
NOAC 2020 Update

NOAC Delegates, It is with deep sadness we inform you that the 2020 National Order of the Arrow Conference has been cancelled out of concern for the safety of all attending Arrowmen, as well as the Michigan State University and East Lansing communities. Many factors were considered in making this difficult decision. We worked closely with both the local health department and Michigan State University, and determined that it was impossible under current and anticipated conditions to hold a safe and exciting NOAC. We also took into account the economic toll COVID-19 has taken on Arrowmen and their families, and came to realize that we may not be able to offer a NOAC experience consistent with our high standards for national conferences. Like you, we are disappointed that we will not be gathering in person this summer, but we are not discouraged and fully believe this is the right decision. Contingent members and staff will receive a full refund of all conference fees paid to-date to the national Order of the Arrow office, including the non-refundable deposit. Contingent refunds will be issued as credits to your local council. Specific instructions on how to handle these refunds will be available in the next several days. Contingent members should also check with their contingent leaders for information about refunds for funds collected by the lodge beyond the conference fee, including travel. The spirit of our brotherhood remains true whether we meet in-person or not. We see it every time we witness a virtual lodge meeting, visit an online section conclave, and hear about a virtual unit election. With that in mind, we also will be hosting a virtual event during the first week of August. Top of mind for this virtual event is how Arrowmen and the Order of the Arrow can quickly adapt to society’s new reality while maintaining our core values and purpose. More information about this virtual event will be released in the coming weeks. We sincerely thank the 2020 National Conference Committee, our lodges’ contingent leadership teams, and our conference host Michigan State University, for all of the incredible work done in preparation for the conference. NOACs are always an exciting opportunity for our organization, but our programs and mission extend far beyond the reach of a college campus every few years. When we started our terms, we spent some time thinking about how we wanted this year to be remembered. Here is what we said: "This year will be remembered as more than just a moment. It’s not enough to say that NOAC will be the greatest thing we do this year. Will it be the most amazing conference we’ve ever held? Yes, but NOAC will not define 2020. This year, we are going to move our organization forward. We will personally hold ourselves accountable for ensuring every leader has the tools needed to support lodges, and our team will be there every step of the way. 2020 will be remembered for each day that we take the opportunity to advance our organization. That lasts 366 days, not just six." We know there are some Arrowmen who still would like to attend a national Order of the Arrow event this summer. To meet this need, we are offering a new event called Momentum that will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from August 3-8, 2020. This event will focus on the many programmatic opportunities that exist at the Summit. Momentum will have limited space and we are asking those who meet the CDC’s higher risk group to not attend. This event will be a contingent-only event, and the cost is $545 per participant. More information about Momentum can be found here. Lodges will be able to transfer fees already paid for NOAC to Momentum for as few or as many individuals that are interested in attending, as long as all youth protection requirements are fulfilled. In the coming days, contingent leaders will receive information on how to request a refund of their NOAC fees, or transfer their NOAC fees to Momentum. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can not guarantee that the Momentum event will not also be cancelled. However, due to the decreased size of this event and the physical layout of the Summit Bechtel Reserve compared to Michigan State University, we are hopeful Momentum can take place. We will make a final decision if this event will occur no later than June 17, 2020. The Order of the Arrow and Scouting remain as strong as ever. You have the power to make a positive impact on the Order of the Arrow when you "Step up and Step forward," no matter where you are. While we hoped NOAC would be a part of that vision, we know each of you will still take the conference’s message to heart and channel your energy into making a lasting impact on your lodge. After you have reviewed the FAQ section of this message, if you still have questions you may email them to concierge@oa-bsa.org. We all must preserve a cheerful spirit even in the midst of weighty responsibilities, because those who chose you need you, now more than ever. In Brotherhood, Zach Schonfeld 2020 National Chief   Noah Smith 2020 National Vice Chief Clint Takeshita Conference Chairman Michael Hoffman National Chairman Matt Dukeman National Director Frequently Asked Questions:   Q. I am a lodge contingent member; how will I receive my refund? A. The Order of the Arrow department at the national service center will process the refund of fees and will issue credit invoices back to the local council. Lodge contingent members should work directly with their local lodge to receive their refund, based on fees paid to their local lodge.   Q. I am a lodge contingent leader; how do we transition all or a portion of our lodge contingent fees to a Momentum contingent? A. Instructions will be emailed to contingent leaders the week of May 5th, 2020.   Q. I am a NOAC staff member; how will I receive my refund? A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered with, beginning May 5th, 2020.   Q. I am a Remote Delegate; how will I receive my refund? A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered with, beginning May 5th, 2020.   Q. Will NOAC be rescheduled for 2021? A. No. Our focus in 2021 will be on supporting the 2021 National Jamboree   Q. Where will the next NOAC be held? A. We are working on finalizing the location of NOAC in 2022, and expect an announcement to be made in early 2021.   Q. If NOAC was cancelled due to health and safety concerns, why is an alternative event being offered? A. The Order of the Arrow is committed to providing program opportunities for Arrowmen this summer. In addition, due to the decreased size of this event and the physical layout of the Summit Bechtel Reserve compared to Michigan State University, we are hopeful Momentum can take place. We are already working closely with the Summit and with West Virginia state health and government officials to ensure Momentum can meet the health and safety needs of all those who attend. We will make a final decision if this event will occur no later than June 17th, 2020.   Q. How many people can attend Momentum? A. We currently are working with local and state officials to determine the reasonable capacity of Momentum. For now, we are gauging interest, if any, so we can plan for the safety of those attending.   Q. Who does the CDC consider higher risk? A. The CDC’s risk assessment of individuals can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html   Q. Could the Momentum event be cancelled due to COVID-19? A. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an unprecedented, fluid situation. We are already working closely with the Summit and with West Virginia state health and government officials to ensure Momentum can meet the health and safety needs of all those who attend. If we cannot meet the required health and safety needs of the attendees the event may be modified or cancelled.   Q. If Momentum is cancelled, will I receive a full refund of my event fees? A. Yes   Q. I am a NOAC staff member; can I switch my registration to the Momentum event at the Summit? A. Unfortunately no. Momentum is a contingent-only event. The staff will be minimal, and positions have already been filled. If you wish to attend Momentum, please reach out to your lodge and see if they will be hosting a contingent.   Q. Will there be an opportunity to participate in Momentum if I am not able to travel to the Summit? A. Yes. We will offer a virtual event at no cost during the same timeframe as Momentum. If Momentum is cancelled the virtual event will still take place. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

May 01, 2020   Announcements
OA High Adventure COVID-19 Update

More information about the Order of the Arrow's response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found ​here. June 4th Update: Philmont Scout Ranch announced the cancellation of all remaining programs for the 2020 summer season. All affected participants have received communication about their treks and what options they may have.   The BSA High Adventure Bases have delayed the start for all summer programs, including OA High Adventure. Northern Tier and Sea Base are planning to open on June 15th.  Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve are planning to open on July 1st. All 2020 participants effected have received an email on how to move their registration to a later session, if space is available, or receive a full program refund. We look forward to providing life changing treks during safe conditions.  Additional information is available in the OA High Adventure COVID-19 FAQ. OA High Adventure programs will follow the lead and guidance of the respective High Adventure Bases and send future updates as the Bases update their status. Please refer to each High Adventure Bases’ website, listed below for updates on a bi-monthly basis. The Summit Bechtel Reserve - https://www.summitbsa.org/                                        Northern Tier – https://www.ntier.org/   Philmont Scout Ranch - https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/ Sea Base -  https://www.bsaseabase.org/ Frequently Asked Questions Q. Why did the Order of the Arrow wait till this date to cancel? A. We worked closely with each High Adventure Base as they have monitored the situation with local authorities. We must follow the direction each base has taken towards operating program. Q. If I move to a later session, could that session be canceled also? A. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an unprecedented, fluid situation. We are already working closely with high adventure base and their respective state health and government officials to ensure we can meet the health and safety needs of all those who attend. If we cannot meet the required health and safety needs of the attendees, the event may be modified or cancelled. Q. If later sessions are canceled would I be refunded? A. Yes, if additional sessions are canceled the option for a refund or moving to 2021 will still be valid. Q. If I can’t attend an open session can capacity be added to full sessions? A. Due to permitting requirements in wilderness areas and social distancing/ group gathering size recommendations additional capacity cannot be guaranteed. In addition, we are working with the High Adventure Bases to determine the feasibility of adding additional sessions after the last session date. If any changes are made, an update will be sent to you. Q. How do I move my registration to a later date? A. Please reply to this email with the sessions you can attend, and your registration will be moved. If possible, please list more than one session, in order of preference, so we can accommodate as many requests as possible. Once your session has been confirmed, we will notify you of the new date. Q. How do I move my registration to 2021? A. Contact us with a request and a no-fee registration link and list of session dates will be sent to you in the coming weeks. After you complete the registration, we will transfer any fees that have been currently paid. Q. How do I request a refund? A. Contact us with a request for a refund. In most cases, the refund will be issued to the original payment card within 7-10 business days. If additional details are required to process your refund, we will reach out to you.

May 01, 2020   Announcements