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Thrive: A National Effort, A Local Commitment

We left last month's Thrive Webinar excited, empowered, and motivated to lead the OA with a renewed spirit, and to help ensure that the Order of the Arrow thrives for generations to come. How is your lodge leadership working towards its tangible goals and commitment to thrive? Keep the discussion alive and action happening within your lodge leadership. We'd love to hear stories of what you're doing. Please share them with us at content@oa-bsa.org.

Dec 10, 2019   Lodge Ledger
Tell us your story!

The Order of the Arrow is a global network of Brothers that live the obligation and serve cheerfully. Every day amazing things are happening within local chapters, lodges, and sections. As the OA National Communications Committee, we continuously work on trying to highlight these stories, but we can’t do it without you! The team has set up an email - content@oa-bsa.org - for all story ideas and potential articles for publication. If you believe your chapter or lodge is doing a cool event you believe is worth highlighting, we would love to consider sharing it with the rest of our organization! Please send the following information with your submission: Your name and position in your lodge or chapter Your lodge/chapter name Where your lodge is located Brief story details Your contact information and best way to reach you Any additional contact information needed to source additional information for the story If your submission is selected, one of our writers will contact you with more questions and information. Thank you in advance for your contribution!

Dec 10, 2019   Lodge Ledger
Join the 2020 NOAC staff!

Fellow Arrowmen, are you looking for a different way to enjoy NOAC? Well you are in luck, as we are currently looking for Arrowmen just like you to join our staff for NOAC 2020!

Dec 10, 2019   Lodge Ledger
NOAC 2020: Callout #9 – Promotional Video

NOAC 2020 is only eight months away! The conference committee has been working diligently to create a promotional video, which features some of the key aspects of NOAC, such as Training, Fellowship, Patch Trading, Cheerful Service, Shows, American Indian Activities, and Sports. The goal of the video is to assist contingent and lodge leadership with local promotional and recruitment efforts.  It is suggested that the NOAC promotional video be shown at any upcoming lodge meetings and events. After playing the video for your lodge membership, your lodge NOAC leadership can share how lodge members can benefit from attending the conference and how they can register for NOAC 2020.

Nov 26, 2019   NOAC Callout
NOAC 2020: Callout #8– Chairman’s Collage Challenge

Holiday Greetings Brothers, As we quickly approach the holiday season, the NOAC committee has created a collage as a gift for lodge and contingent leaders, which can be found below. With your new gift in hand, I challenge you to share this with those whom you created fond memories of the Order of the Arrow with. By gifting this collage to others, you extend an invitation to attend NOAC, gifting them the opportunity of a lifetime and spreading the holiday spirit of giving across the nation. However, I recognize that we have only displayed a small handful of the countless activities of NOAC, so I also challenge lodges to create their own collage presenting NOAC activities and gift it to their lodge members. I am eagerly waiting to see many of you in August, Mike Hoffman Chairman National Order of The Arrow Committee

Nov 26, 2019   NOAC Callout
NOAC 2020: Callout #7

Attending NOAC as an in-person delegate is a highlight in any Arrowman's experience. For those who cannot get to NOAC 2020 in person, attending as a remote delegate is a great way to experience the NOAC spirit from afar! Remote delegates participate in a special set of activities, including: Selected videos of shows, ceremonies, trainings, and other events (live stream and pre-taped) Facebook community with other remote delegates A wide game tailored to remote delegate participation Social media challenges Remote delegates also receive a special patch and the same welcome packet that in-person delegates receive. In 2018, remote delegates had a wonderful experience. The sense of community they developed was extraordinary. If you or a member of your lodge cannot attend in person, please consider attendance as a remote delegate and keep the NOAC spirit alive in your heart! Registration is now open on NOAERS and the cost is $80.00.

Nov 04, 2019   NOAC Callout
20/20 CHALLENGE - Callout #6

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

Oct 07, 2019   Announcements
Brad Haddock: A Lifetime Of Service

"He introduced me to Dr. Goodman as a ‘good friend’ despite the fact that we had just met a few minutes prior. That’s the type of person Brad was - a friend to all." Those are the words of Tim Brown, a Vigil Honor member out of Kawida Lodge, testifying to the character of the late Bradley E. Haddock. Brown and Haddock first met at the 1975 National Order of the Arrow Conference. Brown was a sixteen-year-old Arrowman and Haddock was the national chief. To Brown, Haddock had already set himself apart from other Arrowmen. As national chief, Brad set upon a nontraditional path to redefine the Order of the Arrow and forever alter how the program is perceived today. Outside of Scouting, Haddock held two things especially close to his heart; his family and his faith. Born to Kenneth and Genevieve Haddock on the 4th of January in 1955, Haddock was the oldest of three boys. Haddock’s parents fueled him with a passion for service and a deep devotion toward his faith from the beginning. He quickly showed his skills as a natural leader and this, in tandem with his faith and incredible work-ethic, inspired him to serve others to the best of his abilities. In 1968, the same ideals that were instilled in him at a young age called him to serve his fellow peers when he was inducted into Hi-Cha-Ko-Lo Lodge, thus beginning a new chapter in his life. As Brad rose through the Order of the Arrow, so too did his devotion toward others. He was elected national chief at the 1975 National Planning Meeting at Schiff Scout Reservation and immediately set about revolutionizing the program. With the support of then-chairman George Feil, Haddock helped develop the National Leadership Seminar (NLS). Often referred to as one of the greatest accomplishments of Brad’s youth, the National Leadership Seminar still seeks to train the leaders of tomorrow.  Haddock’s dedication towards others did not end after his term. Rather, he continued to dedicate his efforts to all levels of Scouting as a lodge adviser, camp director, district chairman, area adviser, region adviser and much more. He eventually became the eighth national chairman of the Order of the Arrow and set about to bring about an even greater change. Under his guidance, the Order continued to grow and new programs came to fruition; new programs such as the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS), Indian Summer, and the Conclave Training Initiative. However, Brad Haddock, at his core, was a conservationist and wholeheartedly believed that the Order was born through cheerful service. As national chairman, Haddock set in motion what many would argue to be the greatest service of his adult life: ArrowCorps5. Today, while Haddock is no longer with us, his legacy lives on. Despite the numerous tangible differences he has made, despite the innumerable awards he had been presented or positions he has held, it is what he represented and what he inspired that continues on to this day. Brad Haddock was an inspiration to all. He accomplished so much because he conveyed his vision with others. Those who assisted were not so much delegated responsibility; they worked alongside Haddock because they too saw his vision. When asked by Scouts and Scouters alike how they too could obtain the same success as he, Haddock often responded with the following, “...you too can have the impact I had and you do so every day.” Every time we serve our fellow brothers - whether by sweeping the floor or leading a service project - whether we are a leader or a follower - we each have the power to inspire the next leaders of tomorrow; for inspiration is undoubtedly exponential. Although Brad Haddock’s tangible legacy in the Order, Scouting and world as a whole was far and grand, it is the intangible that will continue to endure - the spirit of servant leadership.  When asked what he thought Haddock would want the Arrowmen of today to know, Brown said this:  Brad would say ‘...no matter what you do, no matter your level and no matter the color of your loops, never forget where you came from. What are your roots? Use those to inspire yourself so as to continue onward, and by doing so, your actions will continue to inspire the next generation of servant leaders. Remember the legacy of Bradley E. Haddock - friend, servant leader and inspiration to all. Moreover, continue to remind yourself where you came from and the impact you have each and every day. This is the true impact of Brad Haddock, and it is far greater than any of his projects. A legacy of inspiration - like that of a roaring cheerful fire - continues onward, never dwindling and never-ending.

Sep 26, 2019   OA Today
NE-6A & NE-6B Lodge Enabling and Developing (LEAD) Conference

Earlier this year, around 200 Arrowmen from Sections NE-6A and NE-6B met for the Lodge Enabling and Developing (LEAD) Conference. The event was held on January 26th at Carroll Community College in Maryland. The event’s main purpose was to provide a mix of basic and intermediate leadership training to members of the two sections. Scott Walters, who served as the NE-6A chief during the event, said that it was “targeted towards those who have the ambition to become a chapter, lodge, or section leader”. The event is a newly designed iteration of the #LEAD Conference, a similar event held by NE-6A and NE-6B aimed towards teaching new Arrowmen everything they needed to know about the Order of the Arrow. While the new LEAD Conference included courses for new members, it also had tracks designed for lodge chiefs and officers, chapter chiefs, ceremonialists, advisers, and trainers. “We were able to get a lot of good trainers to come out for the event and it sounded like people really enjoyed themselves and were able to take what they learned back to their lodge or chapter to help improve their performance,” said Walters. The key feature of this event was the wide variety of experienced trainers that were brought in from all over the Northeast Region. One of the most well-received training sessions was the High Performing Lodge course for lodge leadership that came on the heels of the Northeast Region’s High Performing Lodge Summit earlier in the year. Going forward, the LEAD Conference will be held biennially. In the years when the event isn’t held the two sections will hold the Chief’s Summit, a roundtable-style event that prepares new leaders in the Section for service. Until the next LEAD Conference, NE-6A and NE-6B leadership will be taking what they learned this year to improve the event for the future. “We’re going to adjust the curriculum based on what our area needs at the time of the next conference, but we’re definitely moving in a positive direction”.

Sep 26, 2019   OA Today
Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge Service Saturdays

In the Pacific Northwest, Washington’s Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge stands as a pinnacle of cheerful service. On the second Saturday of each month, Arrowmen from throughout the lodge gather at Fire Mountain Scout Camp to provide beneficial service necessary for the camp’s program delivery. The idea was conceived five years ago when Antonyo Mitchell, the 2019 Western Region Chief, stepped into the role of “Vice Chief of Cheerful Service” with Rich Mueller serving as his adviser. Mitchell saw that Mount Baker Council, the council their lodge serves, held monthly service weekends at the camp. He understood that service was the foundation of what the OA was built upon, and sought to get the lodge involved with these work weekends. While it all began with simple projects, the scope of the lodge’s contributions has greatly expanded, setting a precedent for how a lodge can truly support their council and camps. Ranging from mowing grass to splitting wood, the Service Saturdays began simply as odd jobs done around the camp. As time progressed and more Arrowmen became involved, the council properties committee began collaborating directly with the Arrowmen of Sikhs Mox Lamonti to plan and undertake more large scale projects, many of which have included trail construction and repair. To date, over one hundred hours of service by Arrowmen has contributed to the restoration of a quarter-mile trail into camp. More recently, the lodge installed a unique “Trail to First Class” area at their past induction weekend with instructional boards stationed throughout. The program is designed to utilize the patrol method, with the materials and directions necessary for the Scouts to work together and teach each other. This promotion of the patrol method stems from the OA’s commitment to advancing all of Scouting’s values. To further their promotions of camping, Arrowmen broke ground on an improved tent camping site during Labor Day weekend, a project for which the lodge received a National Service Grant. This will provide the Scouts attending Fire Mountain Scout Camp more opportunities for traditional Scout camping in the outdoors.  In addition to these projects supporting the lodge’s service goals, they provide an opportunity for Arrowmen to interact with other troops’ Scouts that may not have been inducted. This gives those Scouts the opportunity to learn more about the OA and why they may strive to be apart of it one day.  On a typical weekend, the lodge can expect about twenty to thirty Arrowmen, yet those numbers change depending on the time of year or if it falls on an induction weekend. In that case, one might find up to two hundred Arrowmen and inductees all performing cheerful service together. It is this service that has extended far beyond monthly weekends as many chapters often perform their own acts of service, typically at district camporees. It is clear the Arrowmen are truly fulfilling the lodge’s purpose to support the council, and Sikhs Mox Lamonti’s commitment to this as perpetuated a service-oriented culture. With over five thousand service hours per year dedicated to cheerful service, the lodge has successfully enhanced the experience of NYLT, Woodbadge, National Camp School, and year-round camping while expanding the reach of their lodge throughout the troops in the council.

Sep 26, 2019   OA Today
20/20 Challenge - Callout #5 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles? Or is it Cars, Buses and Rental Vans?

Sep 25, 2019   NOAC Callout
Planning and Orchestrating the New England Fellowship

As sections across the nation work through the conclave planning process, vast amounts of time, energy, and resources are utilized in pulling it off effectively. While leadership is taken on by the section officers - the chief, vice-chief, and secretary - Arrowmen from the various member lodges typically play vital roles in planning and executing the yearly conclave. This can be seen in a variety of ways with Arrowmen serving in positions of responsibility, typically overseeing one aspect of the process. Section NE-1, with ten lodges spanning from Rhode Island to Maine, has taken this concept and developed it into a detailed mechanism that distributes responsibility in planning for the conclave each year. Planning for the Section NE-1 Conclave, called the New England Fellowship,  commences just as most sections do - promptly after the section officers are elected. It begins with selecting coordinators for the year. Similar to conclave vice-chiefs the coordinators each have a specific responsibility for the New England Fellowship. Additionally, each coordinator has a knowledgeable and reliable adviser who oversees and assists their work during the year. For this selection, the section utilizes Scouters specializing in a field that relates to program aspect they supervise. For example, a shows adviser may work in the entertainment industry, while one working in sales may be selected for the trading post adviser role.  Each coordinator is also responsible for a committee of Arrowmen that support and assist them in their designated area. A key component in how this is organized is through the selection and development of the Arrowmen in these positions. Interest forms and applications are sent out to the lodges during the year, looking for Arrowmen interested in becoming a part of the conclave planning process. Typically, the section seeks Arrowmen who have experience in positions of responsibility within their lodge to ensure confident and competent Arrowmen filling these positions. Selection of the coordinators each year falls to members of the committees or the section’s council of chiefs. By doing so, it allows for Arrowmen who have demonstrated responsibility in their lodges to take their talent into the section level, usually starting off as a committee member before taking on the role of a Coordinator later on. Again, this gives Arrowmen a gradual involvement into the section level, encouraging successful Coordinators and section officers down the line, if they choose to follow that route.  To divide the responsibility, there are a variety of committees formed to plan the New England Fellowship. This includes program, trainings, shows, communication, American Indian Activities, and more. Each committee is comprised of four to five Arrowmen to help execute the responsibilities. While separate and distinct, the areas of emphasis to overlap in some cases. For example, while one component of the communications committee is promotions and marketing the event, communications trainings are also held in the morning during the training sessions, indicating a degree of interaction. On the contrary, while many aspects like shows and training would fall in line with the program, those roles are divided to allow greater detail in carrying them out. This is supported schedule-wise as well, with training held on Saturday morning and additional program elements - ranging from program activities offered at the host camp to inter-lodge competitions - taking place primarily in the afternoon. Along the lines of program, it is typically a member of the host lodge who serves as the program coordinator. This is because an Arrowman from the host lodge would have a greater knowledge of the camp where the event is held, thus proving useful in developing a program most suitable for the location. The host lodge also handles much of the logistics for the location, facilities, and all else associated, while the section oversees the overall program development. The section officers specifically manage the various coordinators, with the vice-chief and secretary responsible for about half each.  It is evident that the manner in which Section NE-1 develops, plans, and executes its New England Fellowship has grown overtime, with each new year bringing new improvements to how it operates. Appointments of various positions is done so in a fashion that not only encourages Arrowmen from the lodges to participate in the planning, but also enables a standard of excellence from those involved, with Arrowmen advancing through positions of responsibility that promotes both their own growth as well as that of the section. 

Aug 29, 2019   Section Sentinel