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Formal announcements from the Order of the Arrow.

Guidelines for Conducting Virtual Lodge Officer Elections

<p>Many times, difficult situations lead to innovative solutions. COVID-19 has given lodges across the country the tough decision of whether to postpone Lodge Officer Elections or to hold them virtually. If local restrictions preclude in-person gatherings, the following guidelines are provided to enable a virtual lodge election to be conducted.</p> <h2>How to Get People There</h2> <p>It is beneficial to maintain the same date for the election that you otherwise would have had to minimize confusion. Plan some sort of draw in besides the elections (e.g., O-Shot-Caw lodge had a lodge rededication ceremony that lasted about 20 minutes). You may also have lodge trivia on Kahoot or another activity that can easily be performed via a videoconferencing service. An additional benefit of having a program before the election is that it gives the administration team time to check the dues status of each member on the call.</p> <h2>Determining Dues Status of Members</h2> <p>The first challenge you will encounter is how to determine who on the call is a dues-paid youth and who is an adult. To solve this, you may have everyone turn on their cameras and give instructions to include “youth” or “adult” in their name on the Zoom call. For example, a voting member would be “Johnny Arrowman – Youth,” whereas an adult would be “Johnny Arrowman – Adult.” This will help you gauge how many youth are on the call. As the election takes place, your Membership Team can check every youth’s name with Lodgemaster to ensure they are a dues paid youth in the lodge. This audit system will allow you to ensure that only youth are voting while protecting the privacy of their vote. If a youth has not paid dues, it is up to you if you would like to let them vote with the stipulation of paying within the week or simply not let them vote. In the experiences of lodges so far, the vast majority of people who had not initially paid dues who were allowed to vote, did pay their dues in a timely manner.</p> <h2>Conducting the Election</h2> <p>Conduct the election as you normally would: accepting nominations from the floor, accepting petitions electronically before the election, etc., then allowing them to speak for the standard amount of time in your lodge. You may also allow for runoffs with additional speeches if your lodge leadership elects to do so. Once all nominees finish speaking, the voting link and password (if applicable) should be sent in the Zoom (or other video conferencing software) chat. We recommend allowing 2-3 minutes for voting, and once the results are collected, a photo of the results can be sent to the Adult Lodge Adviser, for authentication purposes, who will then let the Lodge Chief know the result. This allows the specific results of the election to only be seen by adult advisers but gives the Lodge Chief the opportunity to announce the results. However, if your lodge utilizes chapter caucuses, you may choose to create breakout rooms to which you can assign specific members. Five to seven minutes should be adequate time for a chapter caucus. If your lodge typically verbally announces votes by chapter rather than by ballot, we encourage you to do that as well.</p> <h2>Vote Counting</h2> <p>We recommend utilizing your video conferencing service to hold the election itself but tally the votes via a polling platform. &nbsp;There are several polling platforms available that could accomplish this such as Google Surveys, Survey Monkey, and Zoom which has the ability to vote within the platform if you have a paid account. Research each of these platforms to find the best fit for your lodge.</p> <h2>Key Takeaway</h2> <p>The more changes that are introduced to the election procedure, the more confused your members are likely to become. &nbsp;Maintain as much of a sense of normalcy as possible while conducting your virtual elections.<br /> &nbsp;</p>

Aug 21, 2020   Announcements
Induction Guidance to Lodges Under COVID-19 Restrictions (Virtual Inductions)

<p>New guidelines have been issued to provide lodges in areas under COVID-19 restrictions to proceed with induction events. The objective is to build membership growth and maximize the number of completed inductions while under COVID-19 restrictions and particularly between now and December 31, 2020.</p> <p><a class="btn btn-default" href="/resources/inductions/covid-19/"><i class="fa fa-file-alt">&nbsp;</i> Read the Guidelines Here</a></p>

Aug 05, 2020   Announcements, Lodge Ledger
Reemerging from COVID-19 Resource Portal

<p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As our communities begin to emerge from sheltering in place and we adjust to our new “normal,” the Order of the Arrow will seek to help Lodges re-engage in their activities, support their local council, and provide cheerful service to their communities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Goals and Objectives of this plan:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Provide lodges with </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://oa-bsa.org/resources/reemerging/objectives"><span><span><span><span><span><span>suggestions and support</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span> to maintain an active, robust program that will attract membership participation</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maintain a priority for compliance with BSA and local health and safety guidelines</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Focus on meeting the needs of the youth membership by providing structured activities that appeal to their desire for fellowship and fun while remaining consistent with our core principles and purpose.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Continue our focus on enhancing membership.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maintain a sense of optimism as we develop a pathway that will ensure the future growth and relevance of the OA within Scouting and our nation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to the portal posted on our webpage, we’ve </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>launched a Facebook group for lodge-leaders to connect and share comments and suggestions</span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> regarding best-practices and resources developed by the national organization. </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/drivingmomentumtogether"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>You can view and join this group here</span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. Please note: The Order of the Arrow will share these ideas via posts, and you will have the ability to create conversation regarding them in the comments. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><span>Only group administrators are permitted to create new posts or conversation topics.&nbsp;</span></em></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information, visit </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://oa-bsa.org/resources/reemerging/objectives"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>oa-bsa.org/resources/reemerging</span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

Aug 05, 2020   Announcements, Lodge Ledger
Increasing Induction of Adult Unit Leaders

<p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’ve made some key changes to the process by which adults can be selected by the lodge adult selection committee.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For unit-level adult leaders, the requirement that states at least one youth must be elected in a unit for any adults to be chosen remains. However, instead of the usual one adult per three youth ratio, we are now permitting </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>two</span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> adults to be selected per three youth elected. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As an example, if a unit holds an election in which 10 youth are elected, they would be entitled to nominate 6.67 adults. Rounding up means they can nominate up to 7 adults.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As a reminder, an unlimited number of council and district-level adults can be nominated to join the Order. As always, nominees must serve to provide a positive example to the youth and benefit the OA program.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In terms of camping requirements, unit-level adults must have at least 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within two years prior to the unit election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved by the standards set by the BSA. For council and district-level adults, however, the camping nights requirement may be waived by the lodge adviser or scout executive.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We’d also like to remind your lodge adult selection committees to time your meetings to include late year nominees. If your lodge is experiencing unusual circumstances or has any questions regarding unit elections for youth or adults, please email </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="mailto:membership@oa-bsa.org"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>membership@oa-bsa.org</span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Aug 05, 2020   Announcements, Lodge Ledger
Digital Engagement Toolkit

<p><span><span><span><span><span><span>During the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be challenging to maintain the bonds of brotherhood that we share as Arrowmen as a result of widespread health restrictions for in-person programming. Many chapters, lodges and sections have adapted to the new situation by hosting virtual meetings and other activities. This newly-created guide provides best practices for virtual programming compiled from local chapters and lodges nationwide.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Together, we will inspire all existing members to become active Arrowmen through regular virtual and/or in-person events as one of three laser-focused objectives as we navigate this new normal.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Some of the programming listed in this guide includes communication between Arrowmen. All events should be held in accordance with Youth Protection guidelines and the </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>Guide to Safe Scouting</span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>To access the guide, visit </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://oa-bsa.org/resources/publications#online-engagement-toolkit"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>oa-bsa.org/resources/publications#online-engagement-toolkit</span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

Aug 05, 2020   Announcements, Lodge Ledger
Updated Unit Elections Video

<p>This video contains a brief summary of the Order of the Arrow and its programs as well as an explanation of the election procedures. We’ve recently re-filmed the video to accurately reflect the recent membership updates.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"></div> <p>For questions related to the video usage, please email <a href="mailto:ICE@oa-bsa.org"><u>ICE@oa-bsa.org</u></a>.</p>

Aug 05, 2020   Announcements, Lodge Ledger
In-Person Momentum Event Update

<p>Momentum Participants and Staff,</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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&nbsp;fee, including travel.</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>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 <a href="/momentum/launch">online</a>, including details about how to register for a premium event experience. After you have reviewed the <a href="#faqs">FAQ section of this message</a>, if you still have questions you may email them to <a href="mailto:concierge@oa-bsa.org">concierge@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>We look forward to joining you at Momentum Launch. Stay healthy, and stay true to our promise.</p> <p>In brotherhood,</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody width="100%"> <tr width="100%"> <td width="50%"> <p>Zach Schonfeld</p> <p>2020 National Chief</p> </td> <td width="50%"> <p>Noah Smith</p> <p>2020 National Vice Chief</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table width="100%"> <tbody width="100%"> <tr width="100%"> <td width="33.33%"> <p>Clint Takeshita</p> <p>Event Chairman</p> </td> <td width="33.33%"> <p>Michael Hoffman</p> <p>National Chairman</p> </td> <td width="33.33%"> <p>Matt Dukeman</p> <p>National Director</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr id="faqs" /> <p><strong>Q. My contingent is not planning on attending the Summit.&nbsp; How do we cancel our reservation?</strong></p> <p>A. Please email <a href="mailto:concierge@oa-bsa.org"><u>concierge@oa-bsa.org</u></a> to cancel your contingent registration. A member of our team will start the refund process.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a lodge contingent member; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a Momentum staff member; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered in the coming days.</p> <p><strong>Q. My contingent is not attending; can I come as an individual?</strong></p> <p>A. No.&nbsp; The Summit Experience program is for contingents only.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Are there any individual youth programs available this summer at any of the high adventure bases.</strong></p> <p>A. We have limited space in some of our OA High Adventure programs.&nbsp; To check availability and register visit <a href="https://registration.oa-bsa.org">registration.oa-bsa.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Q. Will Momentum be rescheduled?</strong></p> <p>A. No. The in-person Momentum event will not take place.</p> <p><strong>Q. Is the virtual event, Momentum Launch, also cancelled?</strong></p> <p>A. No. Momentum Launch will still occur as scheduled. More information can be found at oa-bsa.org/momentum/launch&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Why was Momentum cancelled if the Summit is still operational?</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Q. How do I transfer my contingent registration to the Summit Experience?</strong></p> <p>A.&nbsp; Please email <a href="mailto:Summit.Program@Scouting.org"><u>summit.program@scouting.org</u></a> and also copy <a href="mailto:Concierge@oa-bsa.org"><u>concierge@oa-bsa.org</u></a> 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.</p> <p><strong>Q. Will there be an additional cost if I transfer my contingent’s reservation to the Summit Experience.</strong></p> <p>A. No. The cost will remain $545, which is the same as the Momentum event fee.</p> <p><strong>Q. If I transfer my contingent’s reservation to the Summit Experience, what can I expect?</strong></p> <p>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.</p>

Jul 17, 2020   Announcements, Momentum 2020
National Update Zoom Conference Call

<p>Lodge and section&nbsp;leaders,</p> <p>Please join us on <strong>Monday, June 22nd at 8:00 PM EDT</strong> for a Zoom conference call with national leadership. During the call, the national chief, national chairman, and several others will provide critical updates related to the national organization’s response and commitment to supporting lodges during the COVID-19 pandemic and its after effects on the program.</p> <p>The call is planned to be one hour in duration, and all Lodge Key 3 members (lodge chief, lodge adviser, lodge staff adviser) and section leadership&nbsp;are invited to join. If you’re unable to attend, you’re can have someone join in your place. Please do not share this link externally, as there are a limited number of participants.</p> <p>There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting.</p> <p>If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:communications@oa-bsa.org">communications@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p> <h3 id="connect">Connection Information</h3> <p>The webinar has now concluded.</p> <h3 id="recording">Meeting Recording</h3> <p></p> <p>If you're having issues viewing the above, you can view it directly on <strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/432518728" target="_blank">Vimeo</a></strong>.</p>

Jun 15, 2020   Announcements
2020 OA Distinguished Service Award Selections

<p>The <a href="https://oa-bsa.org/program/awards/distinguished-service-award">Distinguished Service Award (DSA)</a> 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.&nbsp; Since 1940 only 1,072 persons, including the following 2020 Class of 53 recipients, have been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award:</p> <ol> <li>Sean M. Alewine&nbsp;</li> <li>Samuel J. Aronson</li> <li>Tracy P. Atherton&nbsp;</li> <li>James A. Barton&nbsp;</li> <li>Kenneth E. Barton, III&nbsp;</li> <li>Jeremy D. Bedient&nbsp;</li> <li>Chadd M. Blanchard&nbsp;</li> <li>Travis B. Broadhurst&nbsp;</li> <li>Shane M. Calendine&nbsp;</li> <li>Zachary W. Callicutt&nbsp;</li> <li>James G. Castanzo&nbsp;</li> <li>Carroll W. “Will” Coots&nbsp;</li> <li>Charles G. Coutteau&nbsp;</li> <li>Christopher M. Craig&nbsp;</li> <li>Connor R. Desmond&nbsp;</li> <li>Nina C. Dukes&nbsp;</li> <li>John A. Gasink&nbsp;</li> <li>Susan B. “Sue” Hampton&nbsp;</li> <li>Benjamin L. Harper&nbsp;</li> <li>Eric S. Harrison&nbsp;</li> <li>Mitchell J. Heisler&nbsp;</li> <li>Nicholas T. Hessler&nbsp;</li> <li>David P. James&nbsp;</li> <li>Jordan D. Jefferis&nbsp;</li> <li>Anthony D. Johnson&nbsp;</li> <li>Eric B. “Brandon” Kelly&nbsp;</li> <li>Robert G. Kennerly, Jr.&nbsp;</li> <li>Michael T. Kipp&nbsp;</li> <li>Shawn M. Knight&nbsp;</li> <li>Mitchell R. Leonard&nbsp;</li> <li>Tanner P. Maris&nbsp;</li> <li>Bryan A. Melonis&nbsp;</li> <li>Collin D. Metscher&nbsp;</li> <li>Michael K. Minnis&nbsp;</li> <li>Ethan A. Mooney&nbsp;</li> <li>Jeffrey J. Morley&nbsp;</li> <li>Trinidad Munoz&nbsp;</li> <li>Ryan D. Palmer&nbsp;</li> <li>Matthew L. Parsons&nbsp;</li> <li>Anthony T. Peluso&nbsp;</li> <li>Christopher C. Phillips&nbsp;</li> <li>Brett A. Randall&nbsp;</li> <li>Travis M. Rubelee&nbsp;</li> <li>Sidney J. Salazar&nbsp;</li> <li>Tracy M. Schultze&nbsp;</li> <li>Eric J. Silva&nbsp;</li> <li>Justin D. St. Louis&nbsp;</li> <li>Brandon R. Stahl&nbsp;</li> <li>Nathanael A. “Nate” Steele&nbsp;</li> <li>Bradley G. Taylor&nbsp;</li> <li>Richard A. Todd&nbsp;</li> <li>Richard A. Whitney&nbsp;</li> <li>Gary D. Williams</li> </ol>

May 21, 2020   Announcements
NOAC 2020 Update

<p>NOAC Delegates,</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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&nbsp;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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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:</p> <blockquote>"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."</blockquote> <p>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 <em>Momentum</em> 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. <em>Momentum</em> 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. <a href="/momentum">More information about <em>Momentum</em> can be found here.</a></p> <p>Lodges will be able to transfer fees already paid for NOAC to <em>Momentum</em> 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.</p> <p>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 <a href="#faq">FAQ section</a> of this message, if you still have questions you may email them to <a href="mailto:concierge@oa-bsa.org">concierge@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>In Brotherhood,</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Zach Schonfeld<br /> 2020 National Chief</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Noah Smith<br /> 2020 National Vice Chief</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Clint Takeshita<br /> Conference Chairman</td> <td>Michael Hoffman<br /> National Chairman</td> <td>Matt Dukeman<br /> National Director</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <hr /> <h3 id="faq">Frequently Asked Questions:</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a lodge contingent member; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a lodge contingent leader; how do we transition all or a portion of our lodge contingent fees to a Momentum contingent?</strong></p> <p>A. Instructions will be emailed to contingent leaders the week of May 5<sup>th</sup>, 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a NOAC staff member; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered with, beginning May 5<sup>th</sup>, 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a Remote Delegate; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered with, beginning May 5th, 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Will NOAC be rescheduled for 2021?</strong></p> <p>A. No. Our focus in 2021 will be on supporting the 2021 National Jamboree</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Where will the next NOAC be held?</strong></p> <p>A. We are working on finalizing the location of NOAC in 2022, and expect an announcement to be made in early 2021.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. If NOAC was cancelled due to health and safety concerns, why is an alternative event being offered?</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. How many people can attend Momentum?</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Who does the CDC consider higher risk?</strong></p> <p>A. The CDC’s risk assessment of individuals can be found at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html" target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Could the Momentum event be cancelled due to COVID-19?</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. If Momentum is cancelled, will I receive a full refund of my event fees?</strong></p> <p>A. Yes</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a NOAC staff member; can I switch my registration to the Momentum event at the Summit?</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Will there be an opportunity to participate in Momentum if I am not able to travel to the Summit?</strong></p> <p>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.</p>

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

<div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert">More information about the Order of the Arrow's response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found ​<strong><a href="/coronavirus">here</a></strong>.</div> <div class="alert alert-info" role="alert"><strong>June 4th Update:</strong>&nbsp;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.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>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 15<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve are planning to open on July 1<sup>st</sup>. 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. &nbsp;Additional information is available in the <a href="#faq">OA High Adventure COVID-19 FAQ</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>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.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Please refer to each High Adventure Bases’ website, listed below for updates on a bi-monthly basis.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Summit Bechtel Reserve -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.summitbsa.org/">https://www.summitbsa.org/</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Northern Tier –&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ntier.org/">https://www.ntier.org/</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Philmont Scout Ranch -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/">https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/</a></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Sea Base -&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bsaseabase.org/">https://www.bsaseabase.org/</a></span></span></p> <h3 id="faq">Frequently Asked Questions</h3> <p><strong>Q. Why did the Order of the Arrow wait till this date to cancel?</strong><br /> 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.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Q. If I move to a later session, could that session be canceled also?</strong><br /> 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.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Q. If later sessions are canceled would I be refunded?</strong><br /> A. Yes, if additional sessions are canceled the option for a refund or moving to 2021 will still be valid.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Q. If I can’t attend an open session can capacity be added to full sessions?</strong><br /> 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.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Q. How do I move my registration to a later date?</strong><br /> 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.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Q. How do I move my registration to 2021?</strong><br /> 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.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Q. How do I request a refund?</strong><br /> 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.</p>

May 01, 2020   Announcements
Temporary Camping Night Policy Due to COVID-19

<div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert">More information about the Order of the Arrow's response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found ​<strong><a href="/coronavirus">here</a></strong>.</div> <p>In light of the extended period of camping restrictions attributable to COVID-19, the following temporary modification is being made to the camping requirements for OA eligibility:</p> <p>Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if all the following stipulations are met:</p> <ul> <li>To be counted, all virtual camping nights should be a direct result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and be part of a BSA unit-organized unit camping event (i.e., multiple members of the unit are involved and camping simultaneously at remote locations).</li> <li>Some form of unit-organized communications should occur either during or immediately following the event.</li> <li>All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines should be followed.</li> <li>No more than three (3)&nbsp;nights of virtual camping are to be credited in any month in which government- or council-imposed COVID-19 restrictions are in place.</li> </ul> <p>This change is in effect until further notice</p> <p>Units which have already held an election between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are authorized to hold one additional election for any individuals who were ineligible at the time of the election due to the camping requirement, but would have been considered eligible at the time if this temporary policy had then been in effect. This second election must be completed no later than July 1, 2020. Those who were previously considered for election in the first election may not be reconsidered on this second ballot (i.e., no one can be considered for election more than once in a year).</p> <div class="alert alert-info" role="info">Given that virtually all councils have either cancelled or reduced their summer camp programs this year, creating a situation where a high proportion of Scouts will not have the opportunity to attend an in-camp summer camp in 2020, a temporary provision to allow for "virtual" long term camping credit for OA eligibility is necessary.</div> <h3>Virtual Long-Term Camping Authorization</h3> <p>Two situations have developed associated with the current pandemic that may prevent Scouts from having an opportunity to qualify for OA eligibility due to not having attended a long-term camp this summer.</p> <ul> <li>The local council camp is closed and not offering a traditional summer camp experience.</li> <li>Scout parents are unwilling to allow their child to attend traditional summer camp programs due to health concerns.</li> </ul> <p>In order to address these circumstances, virtual long-term camping of five (5) consecutive nights is authorized to be counted toward the long-term camping requirements for OA eligibility consistent with the above guidance and the following additional guidelines:</p> <ul> <li>A long-term camp plan must be developed and approved by the unit leader prior to the commencement of the long-term camp. This plan is to be individualized to each Scout’s capabilities and situation and should strive to include: <ul> <li>Progress toward advancement for each Scout</li> <li>Outdoor relevant experience consistent with local conditions and restrictions</li> </ul> </li> <li>Unit-organized communications should occur on a daily basis during the camping experience and include discussion of progress made on summer camp goals.</li> <li>An end-of-camp assessment must be conducted with the unit leader to report on progress made during the experience itself and discuss how future virtual long-term camping experiences can be enhanced. During this assessment the unit leader will make the determination if the Scout’s participation warrants granting credit for a completed virtual long-term camping experience in terms of OA eligibility.</li> </ul> <p>This virtual long-term camping authority is not meant to substitute for attendance at traditional council summer camp programs, but rather to provide an alternative for Scouts who fit in one of the two categories mentioned above.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please reach out to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:membership@oa-bsa.org">membership@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p>

Apr 29, 2020   Announcements