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NOAC 2018 Information

<h2><strong>NOAC 2018</strong><br /> <strong>July 30 – August 4, 2018<br /> Indiana University, Bloomington, IN</strong></h2> <h2>NOAC Registration</h2> <p>Registration for NOAC 2018 is now open at the <a href="https://registration.oa-bsa.org">National OA Event Registration System (NOAERS)</a>.</p> <h2>NOAC 2018 Key Dates</h2> <ul> <li> <p>April, 2017 – Quota notification to councils</p> </li> <li> <p>August 1, 2017 – Registration information sent to councils&nbsp;(Fee for the conference will be announced at this time)</p> </li> <li> <p>October 2, 2017 – Registration system opens for staff and delegate registration ($100 deposit per delegate charged)</p> </li> <li> <p>January 2, 2018 – Deadline for councils to claim quota</p> </li> <li> <p>January 16, 2018 – Unclaimed quota&nbsp;released</p> </li> <li> <p>March 1, 2018 – Second payment charged to councils</p> </li> <li> <p>April 2, 2018 – Contingent Leader Guide Distributed</p> </li> <li> <p>April 2, 2018 – Program Registration Opens</p> </li> <li> <p>May 31, 2018 – Final Payment Collected (additions after May 31, will result in late fee)</p> </li> <li> <p>May 31, 2018 – Program registration closes</p> </li> <li> <p>July 2, 2018 – Delegate Training and Program Schedules available</p> </li> <li> <p>July 16, 2018 – Program and Incidental Fees charged</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>July 30 – August 4, 2018 – National Order of the Arrow Conference</strong></p> </li> </ul> <h2>Council Quotas</h2> <p>Due to expected high interest coupled with capacity constraints at Indiana University, we will be instituting a quota for the 2018 NOAC and enforcing a <strong>3:1 youth to adult ratio</strong>. Each council, regardless of current lodge membership, will receive slots for ten delegates. Additional delegates will be assigned as a percentage of your lodge membership as reported on your most recent charter renewal application.</p> <h2>Contingent Leaders</h2> <p>Each council will be led by a youth and adult contingent leader. The adult contingent leader will be the primary point of contact for the conference and may or may not be the lodge adviser. Each council should consider <strong>appointing their adult contingent leader as soon as possible and no later than October 2, 2017</strong>, when the registration process begins.</p> <h2><a id="resources" name="resources"></a>Resources</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://oa-bsa.org/uploads/events/noac-2018/NOAC_2018_Registration_Aug1.pdf">Contingent Reservation Information</a></li> <li><a href="https://oa-bsa.org/uploads/events/noac-2018/NOAC_IU_Guidelines_20170706.pdf">NOAC/IU Patch and Embroidery Guidelines</a></li> </ul>

Jul 31, 2017   Announcements, NOAC 2018
2017 Hillcourt Scholarship recipients announced

<p>The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Hillcourt Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to youth Arrowmen (16-20) committed to serving the OA and Scouting as members of the OA’s staff for a national jamboree.</p> <p>Upon learning about the unique group of Hillcourt Scholarship recipients, Mack Zewalk, lead adviser for Operation Arrow affirmed, “We could not be prouder of the young Arrowmen selected for this scholarship. The selection committee received an impressive group of applications and I am incredibly impressed by this excellent class of recipients. I look forward to joining with them and hundreds of our fellow Arrowmen as we cheerfully serve our fellow Scouts and Scouters from all over the country and world at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.”&nbsp;</p> <p>The following Arrowmen have been selected for this scholarship:&nbsp;</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Name</th> <th>City</th> <th>Council</th> <th>Lodge</th> </tr> <tr> <td>Pedro Baylon</td> <td>Saint Cloud, FL</td> <td>Central Florida Council</td> <td>Tipisa Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sebastian Bodkin</td> <td>Niagara Falls, NY</td> <td>Greater Niagara Frontier Council</td> <td>Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Addison Broom</td> <td>Goodwater, AL</td> <td>Tukabatchee Area Council</td> <td>Alibamu Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Seth Greiling</td> <td>Chesapeake, VA</td> <td>Tidewater Council</td> <td>Blue Heron Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ryan Hansen</td> <td>Fergus Falls, MN</td> <td>Northern Lights Council</td> <td>Pa-Hin Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Thomas Hauser</td> <td>Monroe, NC</td> <td>Central North Carolina Council</td> <td>Itibapishe Iti Hollo Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Colin Howard</td> <td>Albuquerque, NM</td> <td>Great Southwest Council</td> <td>Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chris Iverson</td> <td>West Long Branch, NJ</td> <td>Monmouth Council</td> <td>Na Tsi Hi Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cory Johnson</td> <td>Wauseon, OH</td> <td>Black Swamp Area Council</td> <td>Mawat Woakus Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kyle David Kipple</td> <td>Jacksonville, FL</td> <td>North Florida Council</td> <td>Echockotee Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ethan Alexander Mooney</td> <td>Zelienople, PA</td> <td>Moraine Trails Council</td> <td>Kuskitannee Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bryton Moore</td> <td>Everett, WA</td> <td>Mount Baker Council</td> <td>Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kaden Rickett</td> <td>Fort Collins, CO</td> <td>Longs Peak Council</td> <td>Kola Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kyle Silligman</td> <td>Vernalis, CA</td> <td>Greater Yosemite Council</td> <td>Toloma Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joshua Squirrell</td> <td>Orrville, OH</td> <td>Buckeye Council</td> <td>Sipp-O Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Grant Sullivan</td> <td>Salisbury, MD</td> <td>Del-Mar-Va Council</td> <td>Nentego Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jared Sullivan</td> <td>Salisbury, MD</td> <td>Del-Mar-Va Council</td> <td>Nentego Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Michael Joseph Valenti</td> <td>Lutz, FL</td> <td>Greater Tampa Bay Area</td> <td>Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>John Alexander Warren</td> <td>Lynchburg, VA</td> <td>Blue Ridge Mountains Council</td> <td>Tutelo Lodge</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Thomas Driscoll</td> <td>Zephyrhills, FL</td> <td>Greater Tampa Bay Area</td> <td>Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p>The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation is the literary and financial executor of the estate of William Hillcourt (1900-1992), one of the world’s most widely known and respected Scouters and a member of the national BSA staff from 1926 to 1965. A Scout since 1910, Bill was a protege of Robert Baden-Powell and Scouting’s most prolific author, having written hundreds of articles for <em>Boys’ Life</em> and <em>Scouting magazine</em>, three editions of the <em>Boy Scout Handbook</em>, the first editions of the <em>Handbook for Patrol Leaders</em> and the <em>Scout Fieldbook</em>, and the best-selling biography of Scouting’s founder, <em>Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero</em>. He was America’s first Wood Badge Scoutmaster, and spent his retirement years traveling the globe to train leaders, for which he was recognized as “Scoutmaster to the World.” He was recognized with the Silver Buffalo and Bronze Wolf Awards. He was a Vigil Honor member of Unami Lodge (Paragraph adapted from “<a href="/article/section-sentinel-hillcourt-jamboree-staff-scholarships-awarded">Hillcourt Jamboree Staff Scholarships Awarded</a>,” 2013).&nbsp;</p> <p>So too, these Arrowmen selected “have demonstrated a dedication to their communities through work with their local Scouting programs,” remarked 2017 National Chief Forrest Gertin. “We are excited to have them join the Operation Arrow team, and deepen their commitment to unselfish service.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Please join us in congratulating the Hillcourt Scholarship recipients. We look forward to fueling Scouting’s adventure with them this summer!</p>

Jun 23, 2017   Announcements
2017 Josh Sain Memorial Scholarship recipients

<p>The National Order of the Arrow Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 recipients of the Josh Sain Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor the spirit and memory of Josh Sain, a former national vice chief. 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 for 2017:</p> <p><br /> Christopher J. Boyle is member of the Theodore Roosevelt Council, Buckskin Lodge, headquartered in Massapequa, NY. Chris is the former Northeast Region chief. He is a senior majoring in public policy at SUNY-Albany. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.</p> <p><br /> Jonathon G. Chester is a member of the Juniata Valley Council, Monaken Lodge, headquartered in Reedsville, PA. Jonathon is a junior majoring in environmental studies at Shippensburg University. He is the past NE-4B Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Rodrigo E. Cordova is a member of the Puerto Rico Council, Yokahu Lodge, headquartered in Guaynabo, PR. Rodrigo is a sophomore majoring in astrophysics at Harvard University. He is the past NE-5A Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Forrest J. Gertin is a member of the Seneca Waterways Council, Tschipey Achtu Lodge, headquartered in Rochester, NY. Forrest is a freshman majoring in international public policy at Georgetown University. He is the past NE-3A Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Aaron H. Gluck is a member of the Gulf Stream Council, Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Aaron is a junior majoring in political science at the University of Miami. He is the past SR-4 Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Logan M. Greene is a member of the Hoosier Trails Council, Nischa Chuppecat Lodge, headquartered in Bloomington, IN. Logan is a junior majoring in professional aviation at Indiana State University. He is the past Central Region chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.</p> <p><br /> Tyler G. Harris is a member of the Pathway to Adventure Council, Lakota Lodge, headquartered in Mount Prospect, IL. Tyler is a junior majoring in finance and theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the past C-7 Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Tyler J. Inberg is a member of the Cascade Pacific Council, Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge, headquartered in Portland, OR. Tyler is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at Oregon State University. He is the past national vice chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.</p> <p><br /> Hunter N. Jones is a member of the Middle Tennessee Council, Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge, headquartered in Nashville, TN. Hunter is a junior majoring in animal science at the University of Tennessee. He is the past national chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.</p> <p><br /> Collin D. Metscher is a member of the Denver Area Council, Tahosa Lodge, headquartered in Denver, CO. Collin is a sophomore majoring in business at Colorado State University. He is the past W-2S Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Preston R. Podolske is a member of the Bay-Lakes Council, Kon Wapos Lodge, headquartered in Appleton, WI. Preston is a junior majoring in accounting information systems at University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. He is the past C-1B Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Zachary K. Sager is a member of the Baltimore Area Council, Nentico Lodge, headquartered in Baltimore, MD. Zachary is a sophomore majoring in lighting design at Boston University. He is the past NE-6A Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p> <p><br /> Jeffrey M. Sedlacek is a member of the Old Hickory Council, Wahissa Lodge, headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC. Jeffrey is a junior majoring in public administration at Appalachian State University. He is the past Southern Region chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1500.</p> <p><br /> Nate A. Steele is a member of the Muskingum Valley Council, Netawatwees Lodge, headquartered in Zanesville, OH. Nate is a junior majoring in ecological engineering at the Ohio State University. He is the past C-4B Section chief. He will receive a scholarship of $1000.</p>

Apr 20, 2017   Announcements
2016 Lodge Award Recipients

<p>Every year, each of the four regions in the Order of the Arrow presents three&nbsp;awards to lodges within its geographical territory. &nbsp;The&nbsp;E. Urner Goodman Camping Award, the National Service Award, and the OA Innovation Award are presented to two lodges per region, per award. &nbsp;In 2016, the following lodges received these awards.</p> <h3>2016 E. Urner Goodman Camping Award Recipients</h3> <p>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 2016 accomplishments.</p> <p><strong>Central Region</strong></p> <p>Agaming Maangogwan Lodge •&nbsp;Water and Woods Council #782 •&nbsp;Flint, Michigan</p> <p>Owasippe Lodge •&nbsp;Pathway to Adventure Council #456 •&nbsp;Chicago, Illinois</p> <p><strong>Northeast Region</strong></p> <p>Ashokwahta Lodge •&nbsp;Iroquois Trail Council #376 •&nbsp;Batavia, New York</p> <p>Lowanne Nimat Lodge •&nbsp;Longhouse Council #373 •&nbsp;Syracuse, New York</p> <p><strong>Southern Region</strong></p> <p>Unali'Yi Lodge •&nbsp;Coastal Carolina Council #550 •&nbsp;Charleston, South Carolina</p> <p>Wewanoma Lodge •&nbsp;Rio Grande Council #775 •&nbsp;Harlingen, Texas</p> <p><strong>Western Region</strong></p> <p>Cahuilla Lodge •&nbsp;California Inland Empire Council #45 •&nbsp;Redlands, California</p> <p>Toontuk Lodge •&nbsp;Midnight Sun Council #696 •&nbsp;Fairbanks, Alaska</p> <h3>2016 National Service Award Recipients</h3> <p>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 2016 accomplishments.</p> <p><strong>Central Region</strong></p> <p>Agaming Maangogwan Lodge •&nbsp;Water and Woods Council #782 •&nbsp;Flint, Michigan</p> <p>Nischa Chuppecat Lodge •&nbsp;Hoosier Trails Council #145 •&nbsp;Bloomington, Indiana</p> <p><strong>Northeast Region</strong></p> <p>Lowanne Nimat Lodge •&nbsp;Longhouse Council #373 •&nbsp;Syracuse, New York</p> <p>Witauchsoman Lodge •&nbsp;Minsi Trails Council #502 •&nbsp;Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania</p> <p><strong>Southern Region</strong></p> <p>Mikanakawa Lodge •&nbsp;Circle Ten Council #571 •&nbsp;Dallas, Texas</p> <p>O-Shot-Caw Lodge •&nbsp;South Florida Council #84 •&nbsp;Miami Lakes, Florida</p> <p><strong>Western Region</strong></p> <p>Cahuilla Lodge •&nbsp;California Inland Empire Council #45 •&nbsp;Redlands, California</p> <p>Wiatava Lodge •&nbsp;Orange County Council #39 •&nbsp;Santa Ana, California</p> <h3>2016 OA Innovation Award Recipients</h3> <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.&nbsp; Two awards in each region are presented annually.&nbsp; The following recipients are being recognized for their 2016 accomplishments.</p> <p><strong>Central Region</strong></p> <p>Mawat Woakus Lodge •&nbsp;Black Swamp Area Council #449 •&nbsp;Findlay, Ohio</p> <p>Wapashuwi Lodge •&nbsp;Greater Western Reserve Council #463 •&nbsp;Warren, Ohio</p> <p><strong>Northeast Region</strong></p> <p>Lowanne Nimat Lodge •&nbsp;Longhouse Council #373 •&nbsp;Syracuse, New York</p> <p>Witauchsoman Lodge •&nbsp;Minsi Trails Council #502 •&nbsp;Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania</p> <p><strong>Southern Region</strong></p> <p>Echockotee Lodge •&nbsp;North Florida Council #87 •&nbsp;Jacksonville, Florida</p> <p>Shenandoah Lodge •&nbsp;Stonewall Jackson Area Council #763 •&nbsp;Waynesboro, Virginia</p> <p><strong>Western Region</strong></p> <p>Cahuilla Lodge •&nbsp;California Inland Empire Council #45 •&nbsp;Redlands, California</p> <p>Wiatava Lodge •&nbsp;Orange County Council #39 •&nbsp;Santa Ana, California</p>

Mar 27, 2017   Announcements
2017 Congratulatory Eagle Scout Letter

<p>The 2017 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. <a href="/resources/ucl-support/eagle-scout-congratulatory-letter">Click here to view the instructions to print the letters</a>.</p>

Feb 13, 2017   Announcements
Congratulations to the 2017 Service Grant recipients

<p>One of the four fold purposes of the Order of the Arrow is "to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others." It is with this spirit of cheerful service to others that the OA proudly offers the matching service grant program.</p> <p>Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants. Matching grant money is given to lodges for camp or service center projects in their local council. The OA will provide up to one-half of the money for a service project, with a $5,000 maximum amount granted for any lodge project.</p> <p>For 2017, 31 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.</p> <p>The following grants were awarded within the Central Region:</p> <ul> <li>The Blackhawk Area Council, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, will receive $1,600 to reopen the council fire ring at Canyon Camp, including the clearing of trees, improving handicap accessibility, and adding outdoor lighting.</li> <li>The Glacier’s Edge Council, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, will receive $3,800 for a new Cub Scout aquatics area at Camp Indian Trails, which will include a new lifeguard tower, storage area, and split rail fence around its new pond.</li> <li>The Heart of America Council, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, will receive $3,500 for their Cub World Archery Range Improvement Project at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Heart of Ohio Council, headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio, will receive $1,000 to assist in building a human foosball court at Firelands Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Illowa Council, headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, is being awarded $3,400 to build a log cabin bath house and restroom in the lower camp at Camp Loud Thunder.</li> <li>The Mississippi Valley Council, headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, will receive $2,800 for the renovation of Pete’s Pond at Camp Eastman to create a new waterfront area for Cub Scouts and to provide enhanced wildlife habitat.</li> <li>The Muskingum Valley Council, headquartered in Zanesville, Ohio, will receive $1,300 for the construction of a Low COPE course and bouldering wall at the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Northeast Iowa Council, headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, will receive $1,600 to aid in the renovation of the trading post at Camp C.S. Klaus.</li> <li>The President Ford Field Service Council, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will receive $1,000 for the construction of a new latrine and three (3) new handwashing stations at the Gerber Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Samoset Council, headquartered in Weston, Wisconsin, is being awarded $1,400 to construct a fishing pier and lakeside trail work at the Crystal Lake Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Santa Fe Trail Council, headquartered in Garden City, Kansas, will receive $1,000 to assist in the rebuilding of the OA ceremonial ring at Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch.</li> <li>The Tecumseh Council, headquartered in Springfield, Ohio, will receive $1,000 to assist in the renovation of a bridge to Camp Birch.</li> <li>The Twin Valley Council, headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota, will receive $1,000 to assist in the creation of an arcade games activity area at Camp Cuyuna.</li> <li>The Water and Woods Field Service Council, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, will receive $1,000 to help build a handicap accessible small boat launch on the Black River of the Silver Trails Scout Reservation and to construct two Cub Scout pavilions in the Max Heavenrich, Jr., Nature Center at Camp Rotary.</li> </ul> <p>The following grants were awarded within the Northeast Region:​</p> <ul> <li>The Baltimore Area Council, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, will receive $1,300 to relocate its archery field and to construct a new climbing tower at Broad Creek Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Hudson Valley Council, headquartered in Newburgh, New York, will receive $1,350 to assist in the construction of a new trading post at Camp Nooteeming.</li> <li>The Longhouse Council, headquartered in Syracuse, New York, will receive $1,150 to aid in the construction of a bouldering/climbing wall and the expansion of swimming docks at Camp Woodland.</li> <li>The Narragansett Council, headquartered in East Providence, Rhode Island, will receive $1,000 for the construction of a covered pavilion and multipurpose program area at the Cachalot Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The National Capital Area Council, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is being awarded $1,900 to assist in the renovation of the amphitheater at Camp William B. Snyder.</li> <li>The Pine Tree Council, headquartered in Raymond, Maine, will receive $1,000 for 60 new tent platforms and the construction of outriggers on existing tent platforms at Camp William Hinds.</li> </ul> <p>The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:</p> <ul> <li>The Quapaw Area Council, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, will receive $1,000 to assist in the construction and placement of privacy doors at latrine facilities and shower houses at Camp Rockefeller.</li> <li>The Rio Grande Council, headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, is being awarded $1,000 to help in the replacement of the analog phone system at Camp Perry, Laguna Station, and the council service center.</li> <li>The South Georgia Council, headquartered in Valdosta, Georgia, will receive $1,000 for the open-air pavilion construction adjacent to the Copeland Center at Camp Patten.</li> </ul> <p>The following grants were awarded within the Western Region:</p> <ul> <li>The Black Hills Area Council, headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, will receive $1,900 for the amphitheater renovation at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch, including new seats, walkways, the installation of a fire ball, and the construction of a stage and dock.</li> <li>The California Inland Empire Council, headquartered in Redlands, California, will receive $1,300 to repair and upgrade the Low COPE course, including the installation of a horizontal climbing wall, at Camp Emerson.</li> <li>The Catalina Council, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, will receive $1,600 to assist with facility improvements at Camp Lawton, including the construction of a Commissioner’s cabin, ceiling fans for the dining hall, portable awnings, and a portable cooler for the trading post.</li> <li>The Conquistador Council, headquartered in Roswell, New Mexico, is being awarded $4,500 for the construction of a pavilion/technology center for STEM-related programs at the Wehinahpay Mountain Camp.</li> <li>The Midnight Sun Council, headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska, will receive $1,000 to assist with a cabin for housing at the Lost Lake Scout Camp.</li> <li>The San Diego-Imperial Council, headquartered in San Diego, California, will receive $1,100 for the replacement of the stage and the Baden Powell fire ring at the Mataguay Scout Ranch.</li> <li>The Trapper Trails Council, headquartered in Ogden, Utah, will receive $1,500 for a permanent pavilion to be constructed at the Camp Kiesel archery range.</li> <li>The Ventura County Council, headquartered in Camarillo, California, will receive $1,000 to help provide fabricated benches for the campfire amphitheater at Camp Three Falls.</li> </ul> <p>A full list of past recipients can be found <a href="/program/awards/oa-service-grant">here</a>.</p>

Jan 14, 2017   Announcements
How to use the #ChooseOA resources

<p>Using #ChooseOA is simple! There are a few major ways to spread the word about the OA through this initiative.</p> <p>Use the hashtag! #ChooseOA in an official hashtag of the OA, it can be used by itself or alongside #oabsa to promote the OA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.</p> <p>Make a video! It doesn’t have to be long, but any sort of video testimonial from youth members about why they #ChooseOA goes a long way towards showing elected candidates and newly inducted Arrowmen what the OA is about, and why being a member is such an incredible opportunity. And remember, as you film: the hashtag (#) is silent!</p> <p>Utilize the resources! There are a number of great resources online at <a href="/chooseoa">www.oa-bsa.org/chooseoa</a>. Our high quality #ChooseOA posters can be printed and hung up at roundtables, lodge events, or at your council service center to show some of the awesome opportunities the OA provides, as well as individual testimonials. Try customizing the Unit Election presentation for use by your elections teams when they are visiting troops and teams in your council. With the New Member Orientation presentation, briefing new Ordeal members after their induction can be quick and easy! And make sure that those newly inducted Arrowmen know that you haven’t forgotten about them by sending them a copy of our New Member Welcome Letter in the months after their Ordeal! There are a number of new materials in the works that are scheduled to be released this spring, so make sure you check back often!</p> <p>Are you concerned about printing? No problem! For now, all files can be downloaded in professionally-printable quality. You can download them to a memory stick, take them to a print shop or office supply store, and have them professionally printed. This is especially important if you want to print the banner. The National OA Committee is working on releasing a nation-wide and cost-effective method to have professionally printed banners and materials delivered to you. Until then, this is your best option.</p> <p>If you have any further questions about the #ChooseOA initiative or how to utilize it or the resources, please reach out to the team at <a href="mailto:chooseoa@oa-bsa.org">chooseoa@oa-bsa.org</a>. Now, get out there and tell the world why YOU #ChooseOA!</p>

Jan 14, 2017   Announcements
What is #ChooseOA?

<p>Finally, the answer to your lodge and chapter’s marketing needs is here. Last summer the National Order of the Arrow Committee began rolling out a new initiative aimed at addressing the marketing needs of lodge and chapter officers. With #ChooseOA, those lofty JTE goals are finally within reach.</p> <p>#ChooseOA is a marketing and social media campaign which allows active OA members to share the reasons they became involved and chose to stay involved with the Order of the Arrow; simply put, why they #ChooseOA. These testimonials, paired with a resource repository, will hopefully prompt other audiences (including elected candidates, OA alumni, parents, and Scoutmasters) to learn more about the leadership and program opportunities the OA offers, and to either become involved in the program themselves, or support the program’s goals.</p> <p>A major part of #ChooseOA is the resource repository, rich with materials to help lodges curtail low Brotherhood conversion rates, appease the concerned unit leader, and calm the anxious parent. Our goal is to reach out to the greater Scouting community and educate them about the Order of the Arrow and its valuable program.</p> <p>Last summer, at NEXT: A New Century, more than 800 Arrowmen received 7,000 resources to take home to their lodge and council events. All of those resources have been made available in the online repository. It is completely stocked with materials to help deliver an outstanding unit election, a concise new member orientation, and a vibrant information booth at your next council function.</p> <p>Our team is not done - in 2017, we will continue to grow this repository to meet the needs of local officers and Scouting units. As Arrowmen, it is on us to share the valuable Order of the Arrow program to the Scouting community, and encourage those selected and inducted Arrowmen to #ChooseOA and be active in their local lodge or chapter.</p> <p>Go to <a href="/chooseoa">oa-bsa.org/chooseoa</a> to download the latest set of #ChooseOA resources and be sure to go out and tell your friends why you #ChooseOA.</p>

Jan 14, 2017   Announcements
New Brotherhood Ceremony Information

<p>Conclave demonstrations of the proposed new Ceremony for the Brotherhood have concluded, and your voices have been heard! The national Order of the Arrow committee has approved the new Brotherhood Ceremony, pending the incorporation of revisions based on over 3,700 individual responses. It will be published electronically on this webpage&nbsp;in password-protected format once the revised text has been reviewed and approved by the BSA. Look for it in mid-2014. When released, the new ceremony will be optional for use in the remainder of 2014, and then become the only approved Ceremony for the Brotherhood starting January 1, 2015.</p> <p>In preparation for the new ceremony, notes for principals and advisers are now available. <a href="/article/new-brotherhood-ceremony">Read the full information about the new ceremony here</a>.&nbsp;</p>

Oct 29, 2016   Announcements
2017 William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Scholarship

<p>William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt, author of the Handbook for Patrol Leaders and America’s first Wood Badge&nbsp;Scoutmaster, was the father of BSA youth leader training. Very few experiences develop servant leadership as&nbsp;effectively as service on the Order of the Arrow National Jamboree staff. With that in mind, the “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt&nbsp;Foundation and the Order of the Arrow will award a limited number of scholarships to assist youth Arrowmen committed&nbsp;to serving the OA and Scouting as members of the national jamboree Order of the Arrow staff. Youth Arrowmen who&nbsp;wish to apply for a scholarship should forward this completed application to the national service center at the address&nbsp;listed below by <strong>December 31, 2016</strong>. The amount of the scholarship will be a maximum of $250. Recipients will be&nbsp;selected from amongst applicants based on merit and need. Each recipient chosen will be notified by <strong>January 31, 2017</strong>&nbsp;and the scholarship amount will be applied toward the 2017 National Jamboree staff fee.</p> <p><a href="https://oa-bsa.org/uploads/resources/2017_william_hillcourt_scholarship.pdf">Download the scholarship application</a></p>

Tell the world why you #ChooseOA

<p>As a member of the Order of the Arrow, you chose to be a part of an organization greater than yourself; an organization whose mission is to instill the values of selfless service and devotion to others in the minds of every boy who joins the Scouting program. Sensing your dedication to these values, your fellow Scouts called you to take part in something beyond yourself. That call, in part, requires you to spread the message of the Order of the Arrow to those Scouts and Scouters who have not yet had the opportunity to join the OA, and to choose to be a part of the movement beyond simply completing your Ordeal.</p> <p>The Order of the Arrow has always valued the preservation of tradition. In many ways, it is that tradition which makes the Order of the Arrow such a valuable program. The traditions which we hold so close tell us to be cheerful, even in arduous labor. They tell us to be mindful of the needs of others, and to place those needs before our own. These traditions help to build the tightest bonds of brotherhood that the Boy Scouts of America has ever seen.</p> <p>When immersed in the experiences of our brotherhood, it becomes easy to forget that those who chose you need you. Even so, while many lodges across the nation enjoy a healthy brotherhood conversion rate, many more struggle to meet Journey to Excellence standards. This is not because the state of our brotherhood is weak. On the contrary, membership retention levels for the OA are higher than those of the BSA at large. However, simply remaining part of our brotherhood isn’t enough.</p> <p>Now, more than ever, it is time that we as Arrowmen show the world why we chose to participate in this brotherhood. It is time to show Scouting what it means to live a life of servant leadership, of unselfish service and of devotion to one’s brothers. This is why, over the last several months, the National Order of the Arrow Committee has worked to compile a bank of resources to aid in accomplishing this goal. Some of the resources that have been developed include:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>OA unit election materials:</strong> In the annual JTE report for 2015, many units reported that the OA unit election is the least desirable OA experience. To help ensure that OA unit elections are a great experience, the #ChooseOA team has put together a new presentation complete with a cheat sheet on how to more successfully conduct the OA unit election. This is the first interaction that many new Scouts and Scouters will ever have with the Order of the Arrow; let’s make it a great one!</p> <p><strong>#ChooseOA brochure:</strong> Many parents, unit leaders and professional Scouters who are not OA members report having very little knowledge on what the OA is; we’ve developed something to help them understand. The #ChooseOA tri-fold brochure will serve as a tool for lodges to take to unit elections, new member orientations, and other OA events to spread the message. We’ve also included a blank page that lodges can customize to talk specifically about their program.</p> <p><strong>#ChooseOA information booth:</strong> Resources for an OA information booth at non-OA events have been developed, and are ready to go to your next council camporee or district roundtable.</p> </blockquote> <p>These resources, among others, were debuted at <a href="/program/events/next-2016">NEXT: A New Century</a> this August in Bloomington, IN. To find out more information on these resources visit the <a href="https://oa-bsa.org/chooseoa/">#ChooseOA</a>.<br /> Remember, those who chose you need you! It’s time to tell the world why you decided to <a href="https://oa-bsa.org/chooseoa/">#ChooseOA</a>, and encourage those around you to do the same!</p>

Oct 29, 2016   Announcements
New Brotherhood Ceremony Released

<p>The new Brotherhood Ceremony is available for download and immediate use by lodges in the <a href="/resources/publications#cbrotherhood">Publications Section</a>.&nbsp; This new ceremony is optional through December 31, 2014, and becomes the only official Brotherhood Ceremony starting on January 1, 2015.</p>

Oct 29, 2016   Announcements