Breaking news from the Order of the Arrow.
The National OA Director has approved lodges to hold virtual unit elections through July 1, 2020. Due to the cancellation of many induction events, candidates that were elected February 1, 2019 through July 1, 2020 will have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal.
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect the National Order of the Arrow Conference and other upcoming Order of the Arrow events.
Dear Arrowman, We’re writing to share more information with you regarding the National Order of the Arrow Conference, or NOAC, for short! NOAC is a week-long gathering of members of the Order of the Arrow, typically held every other year in early August on a college campus. In 2020, NOAC will be held August 3-8 at Michigan State University. More than 8,000 Arrowmen from all 50 states attend NOAC, making it the largest Scouting event in 2020. NOAC consists of both training and fellowship and is the pinnacle event in the Order of the Arrow!
The Language of the OA encompasses style, usage and grammar norms observed by both the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow.
The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was created in 1940 to honor those persons who render service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to those OA members who render distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, and/or national basis.
From 2018 to 2019, the Order of the Arrow suffered its most significant membership loss to date of 12,030 people. That’s 12,030 missed opportunities, 12,030 lives that we no longer have the opportunity to impact, and 12,030 fewer members of our brotherhood.
The Order of the Arrow Innovation Award was established in 2012 to recognize chapters and lodges for developing creative and innovative solutions to challenges faced during the implementation of their annual program plans. Up to two awards in each region are presented annually.
The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order's founder. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to improve their effectiveness in promoting and supporting Scout camping in their council.