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Formal announcements from the Order of the Arrow.

Virtual Unit Elections and Induction Date Extension

<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>The National OA Director has approved lodges to hold virtual unit elections until further notice. Due to the cancellation of many induction events, candidates that were elected after February 1, 2019 will have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal. This change is in effect until otherwise notified that we will go back to 12 months. There are no changes to the <a href="/about/membership">membership requirements</a> with the exception of the <a href="/coronavirus/temporary-camping-night-policy-due-covid-19">temporary virtual camping policy</a>. The following resources have been put together so that lodges may effectively implement virtual elections.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://docs.oa-bsa.org/display/OATECH/Zoom+For+Unit+Elections">Conducting Unit Elections via Zoom</a></li> </ul> <p>The following guidelines should be followed in order to conduct virtual unit elections.</p> <ol> <li>The Lodge and Council leadership must approve their lodge conducting virtual unit elections.</li> <li>The unit leader must agree to a virtual election.</li> <li>The Lodge Unit election team and the appropriate forms/videos must be able to be presented to unit members.&nbsp; (This assumes the use of some type of online meeting technology.)</li> <li>The unit leader should continue to validate those eligible for elections.</li> <li>A means to confidentially collect votes for eligible unit members must be available and used.&nbsp; NO OPEN VOTE COUNTING IS TO BE ALLOWED.</li> <li>Conduct your election in accordance with the Election to Ordeal process outlined on page 23 of the Guide for Officers and Advisers which can be found <a href="/uploads/publications/GOA-201905.pdf">here</a>.</li> </ol> <p>If you have any questions, please reach out to <a href="mailto:membership@oa-bsa.org">membership@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p>

Mar 25, 2020   Announcements
Chiefly Speaking: From the National Chief Regarding COVID-19

<p>Brothers,</p> <p>Our world has experienced a lot of change in recent days, and I want to take a moment to address the current situation. While the change caused by the spread of COVID-19 may seem disconcerting, we cannot lose sight of the bigger picture and our overall mission. The values that Scouting and the Order of the Arrow bring&nbsp;to communities are needed now more than ever before, and as we go through the uncertain days ahead, I implore you to always keep those principles at the forefront of your mind.</p> <p>To any Arrowman who has a family member or friend affected by the virus, my thoughts are with you.</p> <p>Earlier this week,&nbsp;<strong>we announced the suspension of all in-person national, region, and section events until May 2.</strong>&nbsp;We encourage you to work with your local council regarding lodge and chapter events. You can find our updates related to COVID-19 at&nbsp;<a href="https://bsa-oaalllistsconsolidation.createsend1.com/t/y-l-uihjijk-l-d/"><em><strong>oa-bsa.org/coronavirus</strong></em></a>. With the spread of the virus postponing many Scouting and OA events in the coming weeks, I know that many of you feel disheartened. I’m disappointed too, but I am not discouraged.</p> <p>To every Arrowman who planned to attend a Scouting event that has been affected by the virus—I am sorry. I cannot wait to see the exciting programs that still lie ahead, even if they may be delayed.</p> <p>To every unit elections chair, ordealmaster, conclave coordinator, and Arrowman involved in planning an event that has been postponed or cancelled—I am sorry. I appreciate all that you have done to deliver our Order’s program to our members, and your talent is still needed as we move forward.</p> <p>To every Arrowman who feels discouraged right now—I want you to reflect for a moment on how you feel. If the pause until your next Scouting event is saddening, I challenge you: channel these emotions into something positive. When we return to normal, whenever that may be, Scouting and the Order of the Arrow will need your help. Let’s work together as one united brotherhood to deliver this program to every Arrowman and the future generations of Scouts who will come after us.</p> <p>While some of our lives and Scouting plans may&nbsp;temporarily change, our core values of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service remain unaltered. These principles that bind us together are far stronger than any change or setback we encounter and will persist through the uncertain days ahead.</p> <p>Maintain our bonds of brotherhood. Keep planning engaging and innovative events that will help the future of our Order. Above all, never lose sight of the values we cherish.</p> <p><strong>“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin</strong></p> <p>If I can ever be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out. Stay healthy, and I’ll see you along the Scouting trail soon.</p> <p>In brotherhood,<br /> Zach Schonfeld<br /> 2020 National Chief<br /> <a href="mailto:2020chief@oa-bsa.org">2020chief@oa-bsa.org</a></p>

Mar 18, 2020   Announcements, Chiefly Thoughts
Order of the Arrow’s Response to COVID-19

<div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>August 21&nbsp;Update:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/article/guidelines-conducting-virtual-lodge-officer-elections">New guidelines </a> have been released for conducting virtual lodge officer elections when local restrictions preclude in-person gatherings.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>August 5 Update:</strong> At the National Council of Chiefs during Momentum Launch, new updates were announced regarding <a href="https://oa-bsa.org/article/induction-guidance-lodges-under-covid-19-restrictions-virtual-inductions">in-person and virtual induction procedures</a>.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>July 17 Update:</strong> It is with deep disappointment we announce the cancellation of the in-person Momentum event scheduled for next month at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Please <a href="/article/in-person-momentum-event-update">view the full announcement</a> for more details and FAQs. Momentum Launch, a fully virtual event, will still occur as planned.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>June 30 Update:</strong> The Order of the Arrow has released a plan for supporting our Lodges while emerging from Shelter in Place. The full plan can be found <a href="/resources/reemerging">here</a>. That page will updated continuously as new resources become available.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>June 9 Update:</strong> The <a href="/coronavirus/temporary-camping-night-policy-due-covid-19">virtual long-term camping authorization</a> policy has been updated.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>June 4 Update:</strong>&nbsp;Philmont Scout Ranch announced the cancellation of all remaining programs for the 2020 summer season. All affected OAHA participants have received communication about their treks and what options they may have.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>June 3 Updates:</strong> <ul> <li>The <a href="/coronavirus/temporary-camping-night-policy-due-covid-19">temporary camping night policy</a> has been updated.</li> <li>The <a href="/coronavirus/virtual-unit-elections-and-induction-date-extension">virtual unit election policy</a> has been updated.</li> </ul> </div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>May 1 Updates:</strong> <ul> <li>Information about the cancellation of NOAC can be found <a href="/article/noac-2020-update">here</a>.</li> <li>OAHA Programs have been delayed. More information can be found <a href="/coronavirus/oa-high-adventure-covid-19-update">here</a>.</li> <li>All national and regional events through June 15, 2020 have been postponed.</li> </ul> </div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>April 29 Update: </strong>The temporary camping night policy can be found <a href="/coronavirus/temporary-camping-night-policy-due-covid-19">here</a>.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>March 25 Update: </strong>Information about virtual unit elections and an induction date extension can be found <a href="/coronavirus/virtual-unit-elections-and-induction-date-extension">here</a>.</div> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert"><strong>March 18 Update: </strong>Read the update from the 2020 National Chief Zach Schonfeld <a href="/article/chiefly-speaking-national-chief-regarding-covid-19">here</a>.</div> <p>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. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both nationally and locally with the BSA Health and Safety Department, Michigan State University and through the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)</a>.</p> <p>The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.</p> <h3 id="noac">Status of NOAC</h3> <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. Please see <a href="/article/noac-2020-update">this article</a> for details, FAQs, and refund information. A virtual event will be held during the NOAC timeframe; more information about this event will be released in the coming weeks.</p> <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. <a href="/momentum">Go here for more information about this event.</a></p> <h3 id="status-lodge-section-region">Status of Lodge, Section, and&nbsp;Region Events</h3> <p>We encourage all lodges to work with and follow guidance from your local BSA council and county/state health departments to address any concerns about upcoming events in your area.</p> <p>All national and&nbsp;regional&nbsp;events through June 15, 2020 <strong>have been postponed</strong>. Please check with your section for the status of section conclaves.</p> <p>Region and Section leadership will provide updates to changes in event status based on guidance from the relevant health authorities in the event area.</p> <p>Regions are assessing all options including rescheduling NLS and DYLC to a date in September, October or November. Sections are doing the same regarding conclaves.</p> <h3 id="oaha">Status of OA High Adventure Programs</h3> <p>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>. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is&nbsp;planning to open on July 1<sup>st</sup>.</p> <p>On June 4, Philmont Scout Ranch announced the cancellation of all remaining programs for the 2020 summer season. All affected OAHA participants have received communication about their treks and what options they may have.</p> <p>More information&nbsp;can be found <a href="/coronavirus/oa-high-adventure-covid-19-update">here</a>.</p> <h3 id="bsa-policies">BSA Policies to Prevent the Spread of Illness</h3> <p>The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at a large Scouting event. These include the <a href="https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/">Annual Health and Medical Record</a> and the <a href="https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-102_PreEventChklist.pdf">Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist</a>.</p> <h3>Everyday Preventive Measures</h3> <p>Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Stay home when you feel sick. </strong></li> <li>Avoid close contact with people who are sick.</li> <li>Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.</li> <li><strong>Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.</strong></li> <li>Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.</li> <li>Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.</li> <li>Avoid shaking hands.</li> <li><strong>Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. </strong>If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.</strong></p> </div>

Mar 12, 2020   Announcements
Feb 24, 2020   Announcements, NOAC 2020
OA Ceremonial Update

<p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Effective January 1, 2020, changes will be enacted pertaining to the attire worn by ceremonialists during the official Order of the Arrow ceremonies.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>While American Indian attire has been the historic tradition used in OA ceremonies, circumstances may dictate that lodges use either the Scout Field Uniform or the Alternative Ceremonial Clothing. For example, Alternative Ceremonial Clothing should be used in situations where a lodge does not have a relationship with a local tribe, a local tribe has expressed concern with the use American Indian ceremonial attire for this purpose, or limited resources preclude a lodge from developing historically correct and acceptable American Indian ceremonial attire.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Beginning in 2020 one of the following three options should be selected for OA Ordeal, Brotherhood or Vigil ceremonies:&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>American Indian attire</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Scout Field Uniform</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>The </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><span>Alternative Ceremonial Clothing </span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>​consisting of black shirt with black pants</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Alternative Ceremonial Clothing consists of a plain black shirt and pants, as well as the Order of the Arrow sash and ceremonial neck medallion. Ceremonialists should all wear shirts and pants of the same style to ensure uniformity.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ceremonial medallions are available through the national office and should be worn by ceremonial principals that use either the Scout Field Uniform or the Alternative Ceremonial Clothing option. They are not to be worn with American Indian clothing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If lodges use American Indian attire, all efforts should be made by the lodge to depict the American Indian tribes that are native to the area. It is recommended that a lodge engage and work with the American Indian community to determine what attire would be appropriate and accurate.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>If a lodge cannot feasibly fulfill the requirements to conduct ceremonies in traditional attire, the Scout Field Uniform will suffice. If this method is done, all pieces of the uniform, including the Order of the Arrow sash and ceremonial neck medallion are to be worn. Extraneous patches and additional headwear are prohibited.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ceremony scripts and the core messages they possess are remaining the same. Uniformity in both attire and content will be maintained.&nbsp; This will ensure the same meaningful experiences for candidates in these ceremonies.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Order of the Arrow is proving more vital than ever, and the standards being set are to ensure the importance of the program and its values of forging a purpose of lifelong service for the future.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For questions related to this ceremony update, please email <a href="mailto:ICE@oa-bsa.org">ICE@oa-bsa.org</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

Feb 10, 2020   Announcements, Lodge Ledger
The Language of the OA to Serve as Primary Resource for OA Terminology

<p><span><span><span><span><em><span>The Language of the OA</span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> encompasses style, usage and grammar norms observed by both the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow. The OA has developed this resource so that communications at every level of the organization are more consistent. Through periodic updates of terminology, it will become a more comprehensive primary resource to ensure chapters, lodges, sections and regions are aware of the terms and style specific to the OA.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>An idea which began before the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference to provide Arrowmen with tools to effectively communicate, </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><span>The Language of the OA </span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>has been a long-awaited project. We are excited to share this resource as a facet of the national communications committee’s initiative to provide tools to assist the development and execution of effective communication at the local level.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Designed to complement </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.scouting.org/resources/los/"><span><span><span><span><em><u><span><span>The Language of Scouting</span></span></u></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span> and </span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><u><span><span>BSA Style Manual</span></span></u></em></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>,</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><span>The Language of the OA</span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> includes terminology unique to the Order of the Arrow such as conference vice chief (CVC) and publications such as the </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://oa-bsa.org/resources/publications/guide-to-inductions"><span><span><span><span><em><u><span><span>Guide to Inductions</span></span></u></em></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. Be sure to refer to this tool while writing and editing publications and program materials. To make this resource more thorough, we will add more terms throughout 2020 and onward.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information on broader Scouting terms not commonly used in day-to-day OA operations, please visit </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.scouting.org/resources/los/"><span><span><span><span><em><u><span><span>The Language of Scouting</span></span></u></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span> and the </span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><u><span><span>BSA Style</span></span></u></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span> </span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><u><span><span>Manual</span></span></u></em></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. To suggest an update and/or edit of </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><span>The Language of the OA</span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>, please email </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="mailto:LOOA@oa-bsa.org"><span><span><span><span><span><span>LOOA@oa-bsa.org</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This tool can be found <a href="/resources/looa">here</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Feb 10, 2020   Announcements, Lodge Ledger
DSA and Red Arrow Award Deadline Reminder

<p>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. It is given primarily for dedicated service to the Order and Scouting over a period of years. The award is presented every two to three years during the National Order of the Arrow Conference.&nbsp;Youth members under 21 and adults (volunteer and professional) are eligible for nomination.&nbsp;Nominations will not be accepted or considered for posthumous awards.&nbsp;All DSA nominations must be received by the OA National Director no later than 5 pm (CST) on January 31, 2020.</p> <p>The Red Arrow Award, for distinguished service to the Order, is presented by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the OA.&nbsp;This service may take many forms and should involve a significant period of time, as opposed to a single event.&nbsp;Only a limited number of awards will be presented; therefore, only those nominees whose accomplishments are of the highest order will be recognized.&nbsp; Nominations will not be accepted or considered for posthumous awards.&nbsp;Red Arrow Award nominations must be received by the OA National Director no later than 5 pm (CST) on January 31, 2020.</p> <p>Recommendations for the DSA and the Red Arrow Award must be submitted using the appropriate nomination form, which can be found at <a href="https://oa-bsa.org/program/awards">https://oa-bsa.org/program/awards</a>.</p> <p>Thank you in advance for submitting nominees for the Distinguished Service Award and the Red Arrow Award.</p>

Jan 17, 2020   Announcements
20/20 CHALLENGE - Callout #6

  1. What does NOAC 2020 offer to first time attendees? Excellent training is offered every day on a wide variety of topics and interest areas by many outstanding trainers who are experts in their fields.

Oct 07, 2019   Announcements, NOAC 2020
Thrive: A National Webinar, A Local Commitment

<p dir="ltr">From 2018 to 2019, the Order of the Arrow suffered its most significant membership loss to date of <u><strong>12,030 people</strong></u>. 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. <strong>In 2019, we’re going to bring that decline to a <u>halt</u>.</strong> And it all starts on <strong>October 19th (from 1-5pm EDT)</strong> with our first ever national webinar entitled Thrive: A National Webinar, A Local Commitment.</p> <p dir="ltr">We’re about to attempt the most significant course-correction in the history of our organization and it will require <em>every single</em> national, regional, section, lodge, and chapter leader — without exception — on board and aligned to do <strong>whatever it takes</strong> to make it happen. If we fail to intervene in the decline, if we don’t take significant action, the Order of the Arrow will cease to exist. And if we continue doing what we’re doing right now, that is exactly what will happen.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>But</em>, if we <strong>choose</strong> to live in an alternative future where the Order of the Arrow is not only existing, but Thriving — that is something we can all be proud of and that will ensure the Order of the Arrow exists for years to come. Here’s how we’re going to do it:</p> <p dir="ltr">On the webinar, the following topics will be discussed:</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We will address the redefined role of the section, and explain how important each of you are to ensuring the success of our 269 lodges in the organization. It must be understood that our section leadership are the boots on the ground task force that exist to support, guide, and enable the lodges within their respective sections.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We will also deliver new concepts focusing on the 3 key performance indicators: Unit Election Rate, Induction Rate, &amp; Activation Rate.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We will also assign and lay out a 3 year plan to ensure each lodge reaches the status of “high performing”, meaning they have a 90% Unit Election Rate, 90% Induction Rate, and 50% Activation Rate.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We will issue an organization wide call-to-action, including a commitment and a declaration to elevate all 269 lodges to high performing status.</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">In order for the lodge to receive a unified message, we are expecting that the entire Lodge Executive Committee be present to view the webinar. A call to action will be issued, and that call must be understood by the entire team.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">If you are unsure if your&nbsp;lodge has registered, please check with your lodge leadership. If they have not, please encourage them to do so asap. Only one member of the lodge key 3 needs to register for the national webinar.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">When building hype around the event, think of it as a product launch. At this moment in time, <strong>it truly is one of the most important things our organization has ever done.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>“Those who chose you need you.”</strong> As leaders of Scouting’s National Honor Society, you serve among the top youth in our organization, and it is time to put that mindset into action. It is our responsibility to ensure that your respective lodges are registered, confident, and inspired to be the catalyst of change at the local level this year, and for years to come.</p> <p dir="ltr">With your leadership, we can assure you that the Order of the Arrow will not only exist for generations to come, but will <strong>Thrive</strong>.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information, visit <a>oa-bsa.org/thrive</a>.</p>

Jul 05, 2019   Announcements
National Committee: Immediate Policy Changes

<p>Brothers,</p> <p>In recent years, youth membership in the Order of the Arrow has declined significantly — down 18 percent since 2015. These changes have impacted lodges, and their ability to support councils and deliver program.</p> <p>The Order must grow, alongside the Scouting movement, to achieve its purpose. The best way to do this is through supporting a “High Performing Lodge” in each council. To help achieve this aim, the national OA committee approved several, significant policy changes at today’s meeting:</p> <ul> <li>Brotherhood Requirements: Effective immediately, the waiting period between induction and eligibility for Brotherhood membership has been reduced to six (6) months. All other requirements are unchanged.</li> <li>Journey to Excellence (JTE): The lodge program is being discontinued and immediately replaced with the new <a href="/resources/ucl-support/performance-measurement-program">Performance Measurement Program</a>. There are a small number of requirements and clear benchmarks for lodge achievement. The requirements are consistent with the former JTE to align with your lodge planning.</li> <li>Purpose of the Section: Effectively immediately, the role of the Section has been expanded beyond hosting an annual Conclave. Sections share in the responsibility of empowering, supporting, and helping lodges become high performing.</li> </ul> <p><span><span>The Lodge Ledger will have more detailed information on these changes and other new programs and policies approved at the meeting. They will also be covered extensively during Thrive, the national OA webinar, on October 19.</p> <p>If there are questions on these changes, or feedback on how to better support your lodge, please contact either Vice Chairman of Unit, Lodge, and Chapter Support Dan McCarthy or myself at <a href="mailto:membership@oa-bsa.org">membership@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p> <p>Thank you for all you do to make our Brotherhood stronger each day.</p> <p>WWW,<br /> Ed Lynes<br /> Vice Chairman of Strategic Performance<br /> National Order of the Arrow Committee<br /> <a href="mailto:membership@oa-bsa.org">membership@oa-bsa.org</a></p>

Jun 07, 2019   Announcements
2018 OA Innovation Award Recipients

<p>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 following recipients are being recognized for their 2018 accomplishments.</p> <h3>Central Region</h3> <p>Bigfoot Lodge<br /> Glacier’s Edge Council #620<br /> Madison, Wisconsin</p> <p>Nischa Chuppecat Lodge<br /> Hoosier Trails Council #145<br /> Bloomington, Indiana</p> <h3>Northeast Region</h3> <p>Tulpe Lodge<br /> Narragansett Council #546<br /> East Providence, Rhode Island</p> <p>Woapalanne Lodge<br /> Patriots’ Path Council #358<br /> Cedar Knolls, New Jersey</p> <h3>Southern Region</h3> <p>Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge<br /> Longhorn Council #662<br /> Fort Worth, Texas</p> <p>Santee Lodge<br /> Pee Dee Area Council #552<br /> Florence, South Carolina</p> <h3>Western Region</h3> <p>Cahuilla Lodge<br /> California Inland Empire Council #45<br /> Redlands, California</p>

Apr 23, 2019   Announcements
2018 E. Urner Goodman Camping Award Recipients

<p>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. Up to two awards in each region are presented annually. In its fifty year history, the Order’s oldest national lodge award has been presented to 225 different lodges. The following lodges are being recognized for their 2018 accomplishments.</p> <h3>Central Region</h3> <p>Black Hawk Lodge<br /> Mississippi Valley Council #141<br /> Quincy, Illinois</p> <p>Nischa Chuppecat Lodge<br /> Hoosier Trails Council #145<br /> Bloomington, Indiana</p> <h3>Northeast Region</h3> <p>Octoraro Lodge<br /> Chester County Council #539<br /> West Chester, Pennsylvania</p> <p>Witauchsoman Lodge<br /> Minsi Trails Council #502<br /> Allentown, Pennsylvania</p> <h3>Southern Region</h3> <p>Unali'Yi Lodge<br /> Coastal Carolina Council #550<br /> Charleston, South Carolina</p> <p>Wewanoma Lodge<br /> Rio Grande Council #775<br /> Harlingen, Texas</p> <h3>Western Region</h3> <p>Cahuilla Lodge<br /> California Inland Empire Council #45<br /> Redlands, California</p> <p>Wiatava Lodge<br /> Orange County Council #39<br /> Santa Ana, California</p>

Apr 23, 2019   Announcements