News, ideas, and information for lodge leadership.
Ask anyone who attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2015, and they will most likely tell you it was one of the best weeks of their life. Turn to anyone who wished to go but was unable to, and they might have a different answer.
Many lodges across the country have different traditions for raising money to host activities for their members. Some have Christmas tree lots during the holidays and others hold spaghetti dinners. Some lodges, however, have less traditional and more unique traditions for raising funds.
The Journey to Excellence (JTE) is a thrilling expedition that has been crafted to help lodges continually improve their previous accomplishments. With a new year ahead, this is the prime time to take a look at your lodge's JTE data from last year and plan ahead for the future.
The Journey to Excellence (JTE) program was created by the Order of the Arrow (OA) a few years ago, and its purpose is to focus on the success and improvement of lodges. In order for my home lodge, Skyuka Lodge, to succeed in JTE, we go through several processes and program additions.
Visiting events of other lodges can be very advantageous. In the workplace and elsewhere, collaboration is widely seen as the quickest way to innovation. Owen Clapp of Occoneechee Lodge led a delegation to an event of neighboring Nawakwa Lodge. “We’re all unified under one arrow,” Clapp said.
As conclave season starts to wind down, many Arrowmen look back with fondness to the various events and activities, most likely still trying to decide what their favorite was. Many land on the quest competitions and the gold trophy that their lodge may have brought home.
Since 2012, Journey to Excellence (JTE) has been used to help lodges evaluate their performance, plan for the future and develop better, more effective programs.
Anyone who has spent time in the Order of the Arrow knows that it is designed to be a youth-led organization. In order for the Scouting program to be successful, it needs to have quality youth who serve as trained leaders given the proper tools to succeed.
In 1969, the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award was established in honor of the Order of the Arrow's co-founder. This award was developed with the vision of inspiring lodges to increase their efforts in camp promotions.