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Formal announcements from the Order of the Arrow.

2018 Cubs to Camps Grant Recipients

<p>The Cubs to Camp Grant initiative seeks to partner the National Order of the Arrow Committee with local lodges in an effort to promote getting Cub Scouts into the outdoors to experience the adventures Scouting has to offer.</p> <p>Lodges may apply for a grant to create a new event or program that gets Cub Scouts to visit council camps or participate in an outdoor program. Similarly, lodges can enhance an existing council or district Cub Scout event which occurs outdoors to encourage more participation and retention. The below lodges were the&nbsp;2018 Cubs to Camp award recipients.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Council</span></span></span></span></strong></span></td> <td><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Lodge</span></span></span></span></strong></span></td> <td><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Region</span></span></span></span></strong></span></td> <td><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Amount Awarded</span></span></span></span></strong></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Minsi Trails</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Witauchsoman</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>NE</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$2,000.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Central North Carolina</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Itibapishe Iti Hollo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>SR</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,900.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Northwest Texas</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wichita</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>SR</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,800.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Spirit of Adventure</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pennacook</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>NE</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,750.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Central Florida</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tipisa</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>SR</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,750.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chester County</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Octoraro</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>NE</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,600.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Twin Valley</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wahpekute</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>CR</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,550.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>New Birth of Freedom</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sasquesahanough</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>NE</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,500.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Old North State</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tsoiotsi Tsogalii</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>SR</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,500.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bay Lakes</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kon Wapos</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>CR</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,200.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pine Tree</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madockawanda</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>NE</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,150.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Suffolk County</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shinnecock</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>NE</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,150.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Oregon Trail</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tisisqan</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>WR</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> <td><span><span><span><span><span><span>$1,150.00 </span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

May 24, 2018   Announcements
2018 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 presented at National Order of the Arrow Conferences. 

May 23, 2018   Announcements
2018 Membership Update

For the most up to date information on the membership changes effective February 1, 2019, please visit the membership information page.

Earlier today, the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some ex

May 23, 2018   Announcements
2018 Congratulatory Eagle Scout Letters

<p>The 2018&nbsp;editions of the Eagle Scout congratulatory letters are now available from the national chief and vice chief. There is also a new edition available from the national chairman. These recognition letters are a great addition to any Eagle Scout's court of honor. Instructions to download, modify and print the letters are available <a href="/resources/ucl-support/eagle-scout-congratulatory-letter">here</a>.</p>

May 07, 2018   Announcements
2018 Josh Sain Memorial Youth Officer Scholarships

<p><span><span><span><span>The national committee of the Order of the Arrow is pleased to announce the selection of the recipients of the Josh Sain Memorial Youth Officer Scholarships. This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor the spirit and memory of Josh Sain, a former national vice chief of the Order of the Arrow. The scholarship is provided to immediate past national officers (chief, vice chief, or region chiefs), and immediate past section chiefs, based on exceptional service and scholarship achievement. The following will receive the scholarship.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Talon B. Parker is a member of the East Carolina Council and the Croatan Lodge. Talon is the former National Vice Chief. He is a Sophomore majoring in Nutrition at Wake Technical Community College. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Forrest J. Gertin is a member of the Seneca Waterways Council and the Tschipey Achtu Lodge. Forrest is a Sophomore majoring in International Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is the former National Chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Manu<span>é </span>E. Lopez is a member of the Orange County Council and the Wiatava Lodge. Manu<span>é </span>is the former Western Region Chief. He is a Junior majoring in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Harrison D. Fry is a member of the Lincoln Heritage Council and the Nguttitehen Lodge. Harrison is the former Southern Region Chief. He is a Senior majoring in Management at Murray State University. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Price M. Watson is a member of the Blue Ridge Council and the Atta Kulla Kulla Lodge. Matthew is the former SR-5 Section Chief. Matthew is a Junior majoring in Biology at North Greenville University. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Nicholas S. Dougherty is a member of the Mason-Dixon Council and the Guneukitschik Lodge. Nicholas is the former NE-6B Section Chief. He is a Senior majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Tanner P. Maris is a member of the Alamo Area Council and the Aina Topa Hutsi Lodge. Tanner is the former SR-3 Section Chief. He is a Junior majoring in Finance at Texas A &amp; M University.&nbsp; He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Matthew R. McMahan is a member of the Orange County Council and the Wiatava Lodge. He is the former W-4S Section Chief. He is a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Fullerton College. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Christian F. Wolpert Gaztambide is a member of the Puerto Rico Council and the Yokahu Lodge. He is the former NE-5 Section Chief. He is a Sophomore majoring in History at Yale University. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Gregory C. Yentz is a member of the Gulf Stream Council and the Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge. He is the former S-4 Section Chief. He is a Sophomore majoring in Computer Science at Florida State University. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Jeremy R. Linch is a member of the Cascade Pacific Council and the Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge. He is the former W-1S Section Chief. He is a Senior majoring in Accounting and Spanish at Portland State University. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Collin D. Metscher is a member of the Denver Area Council and the Tahosa Lodge. He is the former W-2S Section Chief. He is a Junior majoring in Business at Colorado State University. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Jorge A. Salazar is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council and the Tuku’ut Lodge. He is the former W-4N Section Chief. He is a Freshman majoring at Finance at Cal State Los Angeles. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Samuel B. McMurray is a member of the Great Salt Lake Council and the El-Ku-Ta Lodge. He is the former W-2W Section Chief. He is an undeclared Freshman at Brigham Young University. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Aaron D. Coffman is a member of the Westmoreland Fayette Council and the Wagion Lodge. He is the former NE-4B Section Chief. He is a Sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering at Penn State University. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.00.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Kyle A. McCaffery is a member of the Mount Baker Council and the Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge. He is the former W-1N Section Chief. He is a Junior majoring in Computer Science at Western Washington University. He will receive a scholarship of $500.00.</span></span></span></p>

Apr 26, 2018   Announcements
2017 E. Urner Goodman Camping Award Recipients

<p><span><span>The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order's founder.&nbsp; Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council.&nbsp; Awards are presented to two outstanding lodges in each region annually.&nbsp; The following lodges are being recognized for their 2017 accomplishments.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Central Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Agaming Maangogwan Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Water and Woods Council #782</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Flint, Michigan</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Illinek Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Abraham Lincoln Council #144</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Springfield, Illinois </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Northeast Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Octoraro Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Chester County Council #539</span></span></p> <p><span><span>West Chester, Pennsylvania</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Witauchsoman Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Minsi Trails Council #502</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Allentown, Pennsylvania</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Southern Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Unali'Yi Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Coastal Carolina Council #550</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Charleston, South Carolina</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Wewanoma Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Rio Grande Council #775</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Harlingen, Texas</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Western Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Cahuilla Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>California Inland Empire Council #45</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Redlands, California</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Wiatava Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Orange County Council #39</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Santa Ana, California</span></span></p>

Apr 07, 2018   Announcements
2017 National Service Award Recipients

<p><span><span>The Order of the Arrow is pleased to announce the selection of eight lodges for the National Service Award.&nbsp; Established in 1999, the National Service Award recognizes up to two lodges in each region that have performed outstanding qualitative and quantitative service for their council.&nbsp; The following lodges are being recognized for their 2017 accomplishments.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Central Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Black Hawk Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Mississippi Valley Council #141</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Quincy, Illinois</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Illinek Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Abraham Lincoln Council #144</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Springfield, Illinois</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Northeast Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Tulpe Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Narragansett Council #546</span></span></p> <p><span><span>East Providence, Rhode Island</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Witauchsoman Lodge </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Minsi Trails Council #502 </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Allentown, Pennsylvania</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Southern Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Mikanakawa Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Circle Ten Council #571</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Dallas, Texas</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>O-Shot-Caw Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>South Florida Council #84</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Miami Lakes, Florida</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Western Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Cahuilla Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>California Inland Empire Council #45</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Redlands, California</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Wiatava Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Orange County Council #39</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Santa Ana, California</span></span></p>

Apr 07, 2018   Announcements
2017 Innovation Award Recipients

<p><span><span>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.&nbsp; Two awards in each region are presented annually.&nbsp; The following recipients are being recognized for their 2017 accomplishments.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Central Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Agaming Maangogwan Lodge </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Water and Woods Council #782 </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Flint, Michigan </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Illinek Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Abraham Lincoln Council #144</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Springfield, Illinois</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Northeast Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Octoraro Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Chester County Council #539</span></span></p> <p><span><span>West Chester, Pennsylvania</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Witauchsoman Lodge </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Minsi Trails Council #502 </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Allentown, Pennsylvania</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Southern Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Nawakwa Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Heart of Virginia Council #602</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Richmond, Virginia</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Shenandoah Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Stonewall Jackson Area Council #763</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Waynesboro, Virginia</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><strong><u>Western Region</u></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Cahuilla Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>California Inland Empire Council #45</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Redlands, California</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>Wiatava Lodge</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Orange County Council #39</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Santa Ana, California</span></span></p>

Apr 07, 2018   Announcements
NOAC 2018 Airport Shuttle Information

<p>Traveling to NOAC 2018 by plane? Information about airport shuttle service is now available.</p> <p>The NOAC Transportation team has established shuttle service between the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and the Indiana University (IU) Bloomington campus for NOAC contingents and staff. Travel time between the airport and the university is approximately one hour. The shuttle fee is $20.00 one way or $40.00 round trip per person. Contingent and staff shuttle fees will be billed through the <a href="https://registration.oa-bsa.org/">National Order of the Arrow Event Registration System (NOAERS)</a> under the "Payment" tab.</p> <p><a href="/uploads/events/noac-2018/NOAC-2018-Airport-Shuttle-Information.pdf">View this document</a> for the full details on NOAC airport shuttle transportation.</p>

Mar 04, 2018   Announcements, NOAC 2018
2018 National Vice Chief elected

<p>The 2018 Order of the Arrow national vice chief was elected Wednesday evening at the 2017 National Planning Meeting. Congratulations to Michael Kipp!&nbsp;Michael is a Vigil Honor member from Sakima Lodge, La Salle Council #165,&nbsp;in South Bend, IN. He has served as the CR-6A section chief, and will serve as the 2018 national vice chief of the Order of the Arrow.</p>

Dec 28, 2017   Announcements, NPM 2017
2018 National Chief elected

<p>The 2018 Order of the Arrow national chief was elected Wednesday evening at the 2017 National Planning Meeting. Congratulations to Anthony Peluso!&nbsp;Anthony is a Vigil Honor member from Blue Heron Lodge, Tidewater Council #596 in Virginia Beach, VA. He has served as the SR-7A section chief, and will serve as the 2018 national chief of the Order of the Arrow.</p>

Dec 28, 2017   Announcements, NPM 2017
NOAC 2018 theme revealed

<p>For every member of the Order of the Arrow, their membership began with a decision: first the decision of their fellows to elect them as a candidate, then their own decision to step forward and complete their induction. Since then, each member of the OA has made countless decisions—each one shaping their future.</p> <p>The world is now changing faster than it ever has, and what it means to be a young person today is different than it was even a decade ago. The decisions we make today will define the next century of our Brotherhood. And the time to act is now.</p> <p>The NOAC 2018 slogan, revealed during the 2017 National Planning Meeting, is <strong>Decide Your Destiny.</strong> This slogan reinforces the conference learning objective: <em><strong>Today’s decisions shape tomorrow’s reality.</strong></em> Together, these elements make up the NOAC theme.&nbsp;</p> <p>For some, destiny might evoke the image of a mountaintop, or some other summit. But our future is not a journey upward; it’s a journey inward. It’s not a pyramid, but a maze. Each decision we make can bring us closer to the center—or send us spiraling out toward the edges. The maze represents the decisions we make each year.</p> <p>The logo itself evokes the centennial logo, but evolved into something more symbolic. It’s both a literal challenge to be solved and an open question: what’s at the center of the maze?</p>

Dec 28, 2017   Announcements, NOAC 2018