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. Up to two awards in each region are presented annually.
The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order's founder. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to improve their effectiveness in promoting and supporting Scout camping in their council.
The Order of the Arrow is pleased to announce the selection of eight lodges for the National Service Award. 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.
NOAC 2020 is only sixteen months away! Planning has already begun to ensure your lodge members will have the time of their lives. We hope your lodge will consider sending a contingent to the National Conference. The time is now to begin planning for this most exciting event!
In the summer of 1992, three young Arrowmen had an idea that would soon change the Order of the Arrow as a whole, envisioning a service program at Philmont Scout Ranch for OA members. At its inception in 1995, the program was intended to be run for only one summer and only one project.
Over the course of 2019, the OA will be looking at ways to improve lodges. This initiative is known as Focus 2019 and is comprised of inductions, activations and elections for lodges. Section chiefs from across the nation have divided themselves into committees designed around these three core programs.
Arrowmen from across Section SR-9 gathered at Camp Tukabatchee for their annual Indian Winter. This year, the section leadership strives to incorporate events and programs that would cater to other parts of Scouting. Due to their ability to diversify what was offered, their event was larger than ever!
As a member of the Order of the Arrow, there is a lot to look forward to during this upcoming year. The spring will kick off with OA PhilBreak 2019, an exciting opportunity designed to provide meaningful service to Philmont in March following the forest fires of 2017.