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25 Years of OA High Adventure

<p>One of the many unique opportunities afforded to Arrowmen that are not otherwise available to youth in Scouting is the Order of the Arrow High Adventure program. This program is offered at every national high adventure base, each with a different trek option. The benefits of Order of the Arrow High Adventure are numerous, from forging friendships that last a lifetime, to creating memories that you’ll never forget, and finally to developing strong leaders within our communities through unique challenges that are faced along the way.</p> <p>We are excited to have you join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary! This year you can expect to attend a program with the top Arrowmen from across the country and provide exceptional service for the community. In addition, we will also have specialized insignia signifying the 25th anniversary for those who attend during our year of celebration!</p> <p>Since the first crew began their adventure 25 years ago, Arrowmen from across the nation have enjoyed the ultimate combination of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness and Service that Order of the Arrow High Adventure has provided them. Join these Arrowmen in continuing the legacy by registering for a trek today!</p> <p>You can now register at:<a href="https://oa-bsa.org/high-adventure"> oa-bsa.org/high-adventure</a>. In addition, be sure to check with your lodge, section, and region regarding potential scholarship opportunities.</p>

Jan 03, 2020   Live from Dallas, NPM 2019
NOAC 2020

<p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The 2020 National Order of the Arrow Conference is quickly approaching this summer from August 3rd-8th. NOAC is an event where Arrowmen from across our nation gather together for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun! This past weekend during the National Planning Meeting the theme for NOAC was announced, “Step Up, Step Forward.” As Matt Parsons, the 2019 National Chief explained at the National Planning Meeting,&nbsp; the theme is more than just the words embroidered on a patch, the NOAC theme is integrated into the conference program.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>NOAC 2020 registration is currently open! If you are interested in attending NOAC 2020 as a participant, reach out to your lodge chief or lodge adviser for specific details about joining your lodge’s contingent. For more information on NOAC go to </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://noac2020.org/"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span>noac2020.org</span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you have attended previous NOACs and are looking for a new and exciting experience, join us on staff!. With many different opportunities, there is something that you will want to help out with! From serving as stage crew for the shows to working on the communications team for the conference, there is something for everyone! For more information go </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="/article/join-2020-noac-staff"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>here</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>As we near closer to NOAC, expect to see updates about exciting news regarding our national gathering. So if you haven’t already, get registered today and we look forward to seeing you at NOAC!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

Jan 03, 2020   Live from Dallas, NPM 2019
Meet the newly elected officers of the Order of the Arrow!

<p><strong>Zachary Schonfeld — National Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“I'm excited to build on the momentum we created this year to improve lodge performance and initiate long-term change for our organization. Between NOAC, Section ACT Conferences, and every event in between, I can't wait to meet Arrowmen from all over and make our brotherhood stronger than ever before.”</em></p> <p>Hailing from Reston, Virginia, Zachary is a Vigil Honor member and a Founder’s Award recipient from Amangamek-Wipit Lodge. He is a former Section NE-6A chief and served as the Northeast Region NLS Chief of Staff. With goals of becoming a journalist later in life, Zachary studies political communication at George Washington University. When Zachary is not busy being an editor for the student newspaper, he likes to travel and visit national parks. Congratulations, Zachary!</p> <p><strong>Noah Smith — National Vice Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“The 2020 National Conference Committee has been laying the foundation for this past year. I’m excited to see all of the future generations of Arrowmen all across the nation!”</em></p> <p>Noah is a Vigil Honor member from Brookland, Arkansas. After serving as the Quapaw lodge chief, Noah served for two terms as the Section SR-8 chief. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, as well as the Founder’s Award. Noah intends to major in business management at the University of Central Arkansas. During his leisure time, Noah enjoys playing soccer and partaking in high adventure opportunities. Congratulations, Noah!</p> <p><strong>Patrick McInerney — Central Region Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“Very excited to help plan NOAC, NLS, and support our lodges and sections throughout the Central Region.”</em></p> <p>Hailing from Mundelein, Illinois, Patrick is a Vigil Honor member from Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge #40 of the Northeast Illinois Council. He previously served as the Section C-7 chief, and has also served as a section secretary and chairman for various committees. Patrick has received both the Founder’s Award and the James E. West Award. Patrick is majoring in mechanical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. He also enjoys participating on his local swim and dive team. Congratulations, Patrick!</p> <p><strong>Seth Greiling — Southern Region Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“Excited to see what the year will offer while serving as the Southern Region Chief and to build relationships with all Lodge and Section Officers in the Region.”</em></p> <p>Seth hails from Chesapeake, Virginia and is a Vigil Honor member of Blue Heron Lodge of the Tidewater Council. He is a recipient of both the Founder’s Award and the James E. West Award. Seth most recently served as the Section SR-7A chief. He is an information systems technology major at Tidewater Community College and plans to transfer later on to a four-year school. He currently serves as a Senator in his Student Government Association and enjoys spending time with friends. Congratulations, Seth!</p> <p><strong>Conor Power — Northeast Region Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“I am looking forward to leveraging the first ACT Conferences and the 2020 National Order of the Arrow Conference to continue building high performing lodges.”</em></p> <p>Conor is from Hingham, Massachusetts and is a Vigil Honor member of Tantamous Lodge of Mayflower Council. On top of recently serving as the Section NE-1 chief, he has also had time to attend both the 2017 jamboree as well as the 2018 NOAC. Conor currently attends Stonehill College as a communications major. He plans to serve as a brand identity strategist for nonprofit organizations. To pass the time, Conor enjoys camping and pursuing his hobby of graphic design. Congratulations, Conor!</p> <p><strong>Gavin Cho — Western Region Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“I am incredibly excited for 2020. This opportunity to capitalize on the momentum gained from the Focus 19 movement is unique and must not be squandered.”</em></p> <p>Gavin is from Burbank, California and is a Vigil Honor member from Spe-Le-Yai Lodge. Gavin has served as both the section secretary and as the section chief for Section W-4N. Gavin is currently majoring in public policy at the University of California, Riverside. Gavin hopes to one day have a career serving as a campaign manager. On top of Gavin’s commitments in Scouting, he serves as a Campus Coordinator at his school. Congratulations, Gavin!</p>

Jan 03, 2020   Live from Dallas, NPM 2019
2020 OA Service Grant Recipients

<p>Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants.&nbsp; In 2020, four lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $10,900 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.</p> <p>The following grant was awarded within the <u>Central Region</u>:</p> <p>Kiskakon Lodge of the Anthony Wayne Area Council, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will receive $1,300 to replace the overhead lighting and ceiling tiles at the Anthony Wayne Scout Reservation dining hall.</p> <p>&nbsp;The following grant was awarded within the <u>Northeast Region</u>:</p> <p>Ajapeu Lodge of the Green Mountain Council, headquartered in Waterbury, Vermont, will receive $2,300 for the construction of a new nature lodge at Camp Sunrise.</p> <p>The following grant was awarded within the <u>Southern Region</u>:</p> <p>Washita Lodge of the Cherokee Area Council, headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, will receive $3,300 to install solar generated electricity and LED lights at Camp McClintock.</p> <p>The following grant was awarded within the <u>Western Region</u>:</p> <p>Gila Lodge of the Yucca Council, headquartered in El Paso, Texas, will receive $4,000 to construct a new bathroom facility at Camp Dale Resler.</p>

Jan 03, 2020   Live from Dallas, NPM 2019
NOAC 2020 Remote Delegate Program

<p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Have you been looking into attending NOAC 2020 only to realize that you are physically just unable to go?</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Well, many Arrowmen just like you faced that exact problem in 2018. So, we decided to create an entirely new NOAC experience which allowed those Arrowmen who couldn’t attend, to experience NOAC 2018 from home! This program was called the NOAC Remote Delegate Program. This allowed those who signed up as a remote delegate to get a thrilling NOAC experience right from the comfort of their own home, and best of all, we are bringing this program back for NOAC 2020!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As a NOAC 2020 Remote Delegate, you will be able to enjoy everything that an on-site delegate would get to enjoy, plus more! The cost to attend NOAC as a Remote Delegate will be only $80! Attending as Remote Delegate, this will include the conference memorabilia packet and all program elements:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Unique NOAC delegate pack complete with a special remote delegate conference patch that will only be available to Remote Delegates</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Live broadcasts throughout each day at the conference (a morning broadcast, lunchtime broadcast, and “pre-show” broadcast</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Live streaming of conference activities throughout each afternoon</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Live streaming of NOAC evening shows and special broadcasts for remote delegates only</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Viewership into various NOAC trainings in the mornings</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>A virtual tour of the NOAC museum</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Various Meet-the-Man sessions with national leadership only accessible by remote delegates</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Viewing of athletic competitions and various recreational activities from the eyes of an on-site delegate</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Inside scoops and interviews looking into the planning and delivery of NOAC 2020 from the conference leadership</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Recorded playback of select activities based on demand</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Regional group challenges to all remote delegates for various prizes and awards</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Cost:</span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> $80 per remote delegate&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Registration:</span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://registration.oa-bsa.org/"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span>https://registration.oa-bsa.org/</span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a></p>

Jan 03, 2020   Live from Dallas, NPM 2019
2019 National Order of the Arrow Officers Elected

<p dir="ltr">Meet the newly elected officers of the Order of the Arrow!</p> <p><strong>Matt Parsons —&nbsp;National Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“2019 will be a turning point for our organization. The things that we accomplish this year will leave an impact on not only how effective our program is today, but how successful we are in the future.”</em></p> <p>Hailing from Millsboro, Delaware, Matt is a Vigil Honor member from Nentego Lodge. He is a former Section NE-6A chief and served as the conference vice chief at the 2018 NOAC. Wanting to design residential homes, Matt studies architectural engineering at Delaware Technical Community College. Matt is a Sea Scout and enjoys sailing in his free time. Congratulations, Matt!</p> <p><strong>Eric Harrison — National Vice Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“We have a special opportunity to impact Arrowmen nationwide in 2019. I’m looking forward to taking part in this special time for our Order!”</em></p> <p>Eric is a Vigil Honor member from Taylorville, Illinois. After serving as the Illinek lodge chief for two terms, Eric served as section vice chief and section chief for Section C-3B. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, as well as the Founder’s Award and James E. West Award. Eric intends to major in marketing at the University of Illinois - Champaign. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with friends and family. Congratulations, Eric!</p> <p><strong>Brandon Stahl —&nbsp;Central Region Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“Extremely excited for the work we have planned in 2019 and looking forward to focusing on offering support to all our lodges in the coming year. Hoping to visit as many lodge events as possible around our region and nation.” </em></p> <p>Hailing from Mishawaka, Indiana, Brandon is a Vigil Honor member from Sakima Lodge of the LaSalle Council. He has attended NOAC, Train the Training, National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and NEXT. Brandon is expecting to major in political science, and wants to work as a foreign service office for the US State Department. He enjoys hiking and camping, and has the unique the opportunity to serve as lodge chief, section chief and region chief all in the same year. Congratulations, Brandon!</p> <p><strong>Sid Salazar —&nbsp;Southern Region Chief </strong></p> <p><em>“This coming year is one filled with incredible potential and opportunity. I am ecstatic to be welcoming our first youth females into the Order, and developing more youth leaders across the country. I am extremely excited to be serving as this year’s Southern Region Chief and the many opportunities to impact the youth of our Order that accompany. This year is a year of reflection and working on the roots of the Order, and I can’t wait to see what new and innovative things we come up to continue to progress the Order of the Arrow.” </em></p> <p>Sid hails from Franklin, Tennessee and is a Vigil Honor member of Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge of the Middle Tennessee Council. He is a recipient of the Founder’s Award, James E. West Award, and is a OA Legacy Fellow. Sid is a business administration major at Georgia Tech and plans to attend law school after graduation. He enjoys playing basketball and is a brother in Theta Xi Fraternity. Congratulations, Sid!</p> <p><strong>Ethan Mooney —&nbsp;Northeast Region Chief</strong></p> <p>Ethan is from Zelienople, Pennsylvania and is a Vigil Honor member of Kuskitannee Lodge of Moraine Trails Council. He has attended the 2013 and 2017 jamborees as well as the 2015 and 2018 NOACs. Ethan attends Slippery Rock University as a cybersecurity/computer science major. He plans to serve as a technology security expert or assist in government operations. Congratulations, Ethan!</p> <p><strong>Antonyo Mitchell -- Western Region Chief</strong></p> <p><em>“I am super excited to host an NLS in my home section at the same place I took my own. I am excited to travel, meet and discuss best practices from chapter and lodge chiefs across the country.”</em></p> <p>Antonyo is a Vigil Honor member from Everett, Washington. He joined Scouting in September in 2007, and joined the OA in September 2014. Antonyo has served as two-term section chief for Section W-1N. Studying molecular and cellular biology at the University of Washington, Antonyo wants to become a pediatrics oncologist. In his free time, Antonyo enjoys photography and playing video games. He studied Japanese for four years in high school, and one day wants to travel to Japan. Congratulations, Antonyo!</p>

Dec 30, 2018   Live from Dallas
Introducing the new national website

In case you haven't noticed… the national Order of the Arrow (OA) website has been completely redesigned!

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
SURGE Recognition Device

<p dir="ltr">A committee of Arrowmen primarily from Section W-2W has been working hard for the past two years to develop a program that assists sections, lodges, and chapters with conducting unit elections in those units chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). This initiative is called “SURGE”: “Supporting Units through Really Great Elections.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This initiative was started to boost the activity by units chartered by the LDS Church in the Order of the Arrow (OA). The key resource created for use by unit election teams is an LDS Unit Election Video which can be shown at a troop meeting. This video contains images and statements that are familiar to members of the LDS faith.</p> <p dir="ltr">SURGE was originally premiered as a main course in the curriculum presented at NEXT in 2016. The response and interest in this initiative was high and the team has since developed more resources to help increase the quality of unit elections.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to these great resources, a recognition device has been created to encourage and motivate Arrowmen to participate by using these resources, conducting Unit Elections, and mentoring those elected through their induction weekend. The SURGE Recognition Device can be earned by any Arrowman that completes the requirements.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are two ways to earn the SURGE recognition device:</p> <ol dir="ltr"> <li>The first way is to be elected by your LDS unit. You must complete the induction process and become an Ordeal member.</li> <li>The second way to earn this recognition device is for any Arrowman. As a youth member of an election team you must conduct one or more unit elections in LDS units and have five or more of those Scouts who were elected successfully inducted as Ordeal members.</li> </ol> <p dir="ltr"><br /> In units where at least one Scout is elected, the unit may nominate qualified adults, including the Scoutmaster. Adult Arrowmen who want to earn the SURGE recognition device must help conduct one or more unit elections in LDS units where Scouts are elected and adults are nominated. Three or more of those adults nominated must be successfully inducted as Ordeal members.<br /> <br /> Youth Arrowmen are expected to encourage and communicate with the youth that are elected and adult Arrowmen with the adults that are nominated until they have completed the induction process.</p> <p dir="ltr">More information regarding this SURGE Recognition Device along with materials such as an LLD training syllabus and Powerpoint presentation, how-to guide, sample letters, and scripts and the LDS Unit Election Video have been created and are available for use <a href="https://western.oa-bsa.org/surge/.">here</a>. The SURGE Team can be reached at <a href="mailto:SURGE@oa-bsa.org">SURGE@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
Order of the Arrow embraces environmental sustainability

<p dir="ltr">In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) commenced the integration of sustainability at every level of its organization, promoted through the <a href="https://www.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/220-062_flier.pdf">Sustainability Merit Badge</a> and at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (<a href="http://www.summitbsa.org/about-us/venues/scott-summit-center/sustainability-treehouse/">Sustainability Treehouse</a>). At the 2013 BSA Sustainability Summit, then-Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock presented sustainability as a timeless Scouting value practiced through a tradition of camping in the outdoors and shared a vision to move the BSA from <a href="http://www.greentodeepgreen.org">green to deep green</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Indeed, the OA’s experience promoting camping and environmental stewardship makes sustainability a natural value to highlight in our own activities and programs.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Focusing on sustainability in the OA is the natural progression in aligning the OA with the mission and values of the Boy Scouts of America. As part of the BSA, the OA must continue to look for ways to have a meaningful impact on balancing the priorities of effects on people, planet and prosperity. Our sustainability commitment demonstrates the OA’s resolve to place sustainability at the forefront of our programs and will allow us to show Arrowmen how this can be done in a very non-intrusive way,” says Chris Grove, Vice Chairman for Outdoor Adventures for the National Order of the Arrow Committee.</p> <p dir="ltr">During the BSA’s 2017 National Annual Meeting, the National OA Committee adopted the following commitment:</p> <h3>OA Sustainability Commitment</h3> <p dir="ltr">Building upon the Order of the Arrow’s legacy in outdoor adventure and conservation service, sustainability can be viewed as the practice of environmental stewardship highlighted in the second tenet of the OA’s purpose.</p> <p dir="ltr">A commitment to sustainability as a core Scouting value allows the OA to instill the spirit of servant leadership in its members by:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Creating a culture of environmental stewardship by considering the long-term impacts of today’s actions on the future.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Setting a positive, lasting example through the environmental, economic, and social aspects of its daily work, especially in the service to local Scouting councils and communities.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Upon the adoption of the OA sustainability commitment, 2017 National Chief Forrest Gertin remarked, “by saying that environmental sustainability means a lot to the OA, just as it does to a vast majority of the youth we serve, this commitment is an important step. Caring for the environment is part of our duty as Scouts and a focus on sustainability will energize youth members to be (and continue to be) a part of our program. Now, we can build upon our program with relevant activities that embrace sustainability as a timeless Scouting practice.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Since May, the OA has continued to integrate sustainability as part of its programs. First, a provision was added in the <a href="/resources/forms#sgrant">national OA service grant application</a> that encourages lodges to apply for and undertake projects that promotes environmental sustainability in the lodge and council program. The full list of 2018 recipients, including those focused on environmental sustainability, is available <a href="/article/2018-oa-service-grant-recipients">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition, <a href="/pages/content/noac-2018-information">NOAC 2018</a> will incorporate sustainability efforts throughout the conference, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the national event and promote sustainability in its programs. 2018 Central Region Chief Will Coots will provide youth leadership to sustainability efforts at the conference. “As we move forward into our next century, we must not only protect our organization’s sustainability but also our environment’s sustainability. NOAC is a unique opportunity to get up to speed and propel us into the future,” Coots said. “The OA can serve as a leader among organizations that value environmental sustainability and there is no better kickoff event than NOAC 2018.” More information on how NOAC 2018 will advance the sustainability commitment will be available in the upcoming months.</p> <h3 dir="ltr">Your feedback needed</h3> <p dir="ltr">In the meantime, to further inform how OA programs can best implement the sustainability commitment, the organization is seeking feedback from general membership on sustainability and environmental stewardship via a short <a href="https://scouting.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_donCKLQ4zJkh1Z3">online survey</a>. This survey can be accessed until Thursday, February 1, 2018.</p> <h3 dir="ltr">#OASustainability on social media</h3> <p dir="ltr">Use the hashtag #OASustainability on social media to share local stories, best practices, photos and video highlighting environmental sustainability in your council and lodge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
2018 National Order of the Arrow Officers elected

<p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Anthony Peluso" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="54c8b39e-9a9c-4dd0-af65-85cee6ae585f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018Chief.png" />Anthony Peluso – 2018 National Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“Ever since first getting involved in the Order of the Arrow in 2014, the OA has made the single biggest impact on my life of any organization I’ve ever been involved with. Now in 2018, I’ve been given the opportunity to help change the lives of Arrowmen throughout the country. I couldn’t be more excited for the year to come, and the incredible people I’ll get to share it with.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Anthony hails from Virginia Beach, VA. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Blue Heron Lodge. Previously, Anthony served as section chief for SR-7A, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Anthony is an economics major at Virginia Tech and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys intramural sports, singing and fantasy football. A fun fact about Anthony is that he once ate ten hamburgers in one sitting.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Michael Kipp" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e97dce6d-3c7d-483a-b0be-8894d139d5e7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018VC.png" />Michael Kipp - 2018 National Vice Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“Our organization has an amazing year ahead of it. The national conference this summer is going to be an incredible experience and I'm excited to help make it happen.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Michael hails from Valparaiso, IN. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Sakima Lodge. Previously, Michael served as section chief for C-6A, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Michael is a strategy and organizational management major at Purdue University and plans to pursue a career in human resources management. He enjoys hiking, working on summer camp staff, and getting involved on campus. A fun fact about Michael is that he is his lodge’s first national officer.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Will Coots" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="74e10741-1c24-4976-933d-82d467ea4ab8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_CR.png" />Will Coots - 2018&nbsp;Central Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“I am really excited to tackle pressing issues and help guide this amazing organization to a proactive, promising, and sustainable future.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Will hails from Oregon, IL. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Wulapeju Lodge. Will was presented with the Founder's Award in January 2018. Previously, Will served as section chief for C-7, and is a recipient of the Centurion Award. Will is an American studies and political science double major from the University of Notre Dame, and plans to pursue public service and research following his graduation. He enjoys watching The West Wing, listening to jazz music, playing football, and hiking. A fun fact about Will is that he is related to John Frederick Coots, the man who wrote and composed the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Justin St. Louis" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4097412b-26ac-42a7-bca1-8858b28b41d3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_NER.png" />Justin St. Louis - 2018 Northeast Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“This year is our opportunity to directly impact Arrowmen at home by strengthening our support of lodge programs - using the conference as our vehicle for delivery.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Justin hails from Lowell, MA. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Pennacook Lodge. Previously, Justin served two terms as section chief for NE-1, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Justin is a political science major at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys skiing, graphic design, using the Oxford comma, and keeping up with politics. A fun fact about Justin is that over the past four years, he has participated in a three mile swim across Northwood Lake in New Hampshire to fundraise for local Scouting programs.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Zach Callicutt" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8df89e05-faa8-4b13-bb5b-4b023598a746" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_SR_0.png" />Zach Callicutt - 2018 Southern Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“I think 2018 will be a great year for the Southern Region and the Order with NOAC at Indiana University. I’m looking forward to Defining our Destiny this next year.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Zach hails from Oxford, MS. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Chicksa Lodge. Previously, Zach served as section chief for SR-6, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award and James E. West Award. Zach is a public policy leadership major at the University of Mississippi, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys golf, sailing, and duck hunting. A fun fact about Zach is that he learned how to water ski when he was eight years old. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="Jordan Jefferis" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="34b0b357-5a05-4df2-8a09-7d02ef6d219e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2018_WR.png" />Jordan Jefferis - 2018 Western Region Chief</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">“The Western Region has been doing some truly great things this past year and I am excited to continue this on. Furthermore, I am excited to see all the new connections that will be made in the Western Region and nationally at the 2018 NOAC.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Jordan hails from Portland, OR. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Wauna La Mon’tay Lodge. Previously, Jordan served as section chief for W-1S. Jordan is a homeland security major at Concordia University, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys watching The Good Wife, golfing, and traveling. A fun fact about Jordan is that he loves coffee, and wants to open a coffee shop when he retires.</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017
What to expect at NOAC 2018

<p dir="ltr">With a return to Indiana University, new conference programs and the introduction of remote delegates, this NOAC has the potential to be one of the Order of the Arrow’s (OA) best national events.</p> <p dir="ltr">There will be several conference-wide changes this year:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Medical Form Submissions: Unlike 2015, there will not be a pre-submission system for medical forms. Instead, participants and staff will bring physical copies.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Region Gatherings: Replacing the Hodag, four region gatherings will be held Thursday night at the conference, the only night that does not have a show. The 2018 region chiefs will collaborate with the Activities &amp; Recreation Committee to provide vision, content and program ideas for the events.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Relaxed Uniform Policy: This year, field uniforms will be required only at the opening, recognition and theme shows.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Sustainability Committee: New this year, the sustainability committee will sit underneath Logistics with its respective region chief acting as its youth lead. The committee is aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the national event and promote sustainability in its programs.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Engagement: First implemented at NEXT: A New Century, the Engagement Committee is new to NOAC and will be responsible for all that impacts the delegate and staff experience. Under this committee, there will be an introduction of an online orientation completed via video and not during the check in process.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">The conference management team is made up of the conference chairman, the deputy conference chairmen, the national director, the associate national director, the national officers and the region chiefs. 2018 National Chief Anthony Peluso and National Vice Chief Michael Kipp will oversee scheduling and facilities, while the region chiefs have been assigned conference deputy positions. Northeast Region Chief Justin St. Louis will oversee messaging, Southern Region Chief Zach Callicutt will oversee program, Central Region Chief Will Coots will oversee logistics and and Western Region Chief Jorden Jefferis will oversee finance.</p> <p dir="ltr">Section chiefs were assigned to program and messaging committees. They include Activities &amp; Recreation (ARC), Adventure Central, American Indian Activities (AIA), Communications, Conference Festival, Engagement, Inductions &amp; Ceremonial Events (ICE), Shows, Special Events and Training. Each committee elected a conference vice chief (CVC) to lead their planning.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are additional committees for Administrative Services, Financial Services, Legacy Center, National OA Endowment, Medical, Security, Service Corps, Sustainability, Technology and Trading Post. None of these have youth assigned to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">All in all, with these exciting changes and more, NOAC 2018 is shaping up to be one of the best national programs ever implemented by the OA. 2018 National Chief Anthony Peluso is excited to see the conference come to fruition. “We could not have asked for a more productive planning meeting. As we move into 2018 and continue our preparations for NOAC, we will continue to be innovative in our approach as we strive to reimagine the conference, and the experience of each of our delegates. On behalf of the entire conference committee, we can’t wait to share the experience with each and every participant!”</p>

Jan 04, 2018   Live from Dallas, NOAC 2018, NPM 2017
2018 Disaster Relief Efforts

<p dir="ltr">In September 2017, the southeastern United States was struck by two category five hurricanes, Irma and Maria. With winds that reached 175 miles per hour, the storms caused significant damage through coastal flooding, mudslides, and flash floods. Many people in affected areas lost power for weeks, and suffered extreme property damage. Two notable properties that were impacted are the BSA Sea Base and the Puerto Rico Council’s camp, Guajataka.</p> <p dir="ltr">Although the main campus of Sea Base in Islamorada remained largely untouched, this was not the case for properties throughout the Florida Keys and BSA facilities operated by local councils. Camp Sawyer and Big Munson Island were both hit heavily, with camping facilities having been destroyed by the storm and felled trees.</p> <p dir="ltr">Camp Guajataka also suffered the onslaught of Hurricane María. Campsites were flooded with over three feet of water. Many trees have fallen, making transportation and recovery operations at the camp difficult. The camp has no electricity, save for power generators running on diesel (which is now an expensive commodity), and running water is hard to come by. All of the camp’s buildings were damaged by flooding.&nbsp;Camp has no electricity or water. It would appear that all of the equipment stored in the campsites such as bunks and mattresses were damaged.</p> <p dir="ltr">Arrowmen across the country have been exemplifying cheerful service in the months since the storm to assist the areas that have been most affected. Section NE-5 developed a patch fundraiser that raised over $50,000 for the repair of Camp Guajataka, and countless lodges raised funds as well. Work weekends at Sea Base have also helped to alleviate some of the damage there.</p> <p dir="ltr">In response to the storm, two major initiatives have been planned for the spring of 2018 which will let Arrowmen give service to Sea Base and Camp Guajataka. Hosted by the Southern Region, SeaBreak will be an opportunity to help repair parts of Sea Base, Camp Sawyer, and Big Munson Island. It will run from March 4-10, 2018. Section NE-5 will also be organizing the Puerto Rico Arrowcorps from March 11-17, 2018 where participants will work to rebuild Camp Guajataka.</p> <p dir="ltr">Due to the generosity of Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, the only fees associated with these events will be transportation to and from the sites. Registration is also open for both opportunities through the <a href="https://registration.oa-bsa.org/">National OA Event Registration System</a>. Please reach out to Harrison Fry (<a href="mailto:hfry@murraystate.edu">hfry@murraystate.edu</a>) for any questions about SeaBreak, and Jeremy Bedient (<a href="mailto:jeremybedient@gmail.com">jeremybedient@gmail.com</a>) for any questions about the Puerto Rico Arrowcorps.</p>

Jan 03, 2018   Live from Dallas, NPM 2017