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NUWINGI - The willing

NUWINGI - The Willing


At the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, guests were treated to a museum experience like never before. The Goodman Edson Observatory, or GEO, took Arrowmen on an interactive tour of the history of the OA. One special feature from GEO was a film produced specially for the event portraying the first Vigil Ceremony called NUWINGI -The Willing.




Attracting over 10,000 Arrowmen as patrons, the Goodman Edson Observatory (GEO) was one of the hotspots of the 2015 NOAC. Located centrally in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, the GEO was the largest exhibition of Order of the Arrow history and art ever collected.


With nearly 70 staff members and the help of an additional 500 volunteers during NOAC, the 2015 NOAC GEO


50th Anniversary Gettysburg Reunion

When was the Order of the Arrow founded?  Where?

Consider that the answers to those two questions might not be as simple as, “Friday, July 16th 1915” and “Treasure Island.”

1, Founders, Goodman, OA, Scouting

FDR inducted into OA

On August 23, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first and only President of the United States to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow.  The induction took place at Camp Man of Ten Mile River Scout Camp (TMR) and was conducted by Suanhacky Lodge of the Queens Borough of New York City, Greater New York Councils. Recently film was discovered documenting the event.


100th Anniversary 2010 National Jamboree

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree was held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, from July 26 to August 4 with the theme “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey”. There were 43,434 Scouts who participated in the Jamboree.

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree was a major success. With strong participation and incredible enthusiasm, the OA had great results from the four different programs areas.


2015 NOAC - 100th Anniversary Conference

From August 3-8, Arrowmen from around the country gathered together to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Order of the Arrow at the 2015 NOAC. The largest NOAC event to date was held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.



ArrowCorps5 the 2008 program of emphasis conducted by the Order of the Arrow (OA) was a joint project between the OA and the United States Forest Service (USFS) to provide service at five U.S. Forest Service sites across the country. The five sites were selected based on USFS needs and the OA’s ability to provide the type of service requested at each site. ArrowCorps5 was open to both youth and adult participation and cost $250.00 per participant.

1, National Event, OA, Scouting

Brad Haddock

The Order of the Arrow has been blessed by a small handful of transformational leaders that have taken a visionary position and inspired other Arrowmen to follow. The first such leader was E. Urner Goodman. It was Goodman that had the foresight to create and guide the Order at its genesis and during the early formative years. Then it was H. Lloyd Nelson who was the catalyst for innovation as he guided the Order into full integration with the BSA. Brad Haddock, like Goodman and Nelson before him, has been this type of transformational leader.


First Lifetime Achievement Award

The National OA Committee created the Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 to recognize the Order's second and third generation "Founders"—Scouters who have built an enduring legacy to Scouting and the Order of the Arrow (OA) through a lifetime of cheerful service to others.


Lifetime Achievement Award

The Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award was created by the National Order of the Arrow Committee in 2002 to recognize the Order's second and third generation "Founders" - Scouters who have built an enduring legacy to Scouting and the Order of the Arrow through a lifetime of ch


OA Web Site Launches

Planning started for a National OA web site in March of 1997. During the 1997 National Jamboree the first web team staff was recruited. The National OA Committee approved a budget in September of 1997 and the first pages went online in November. The site was officially launched in the National Bulletin at the beginning of 1998. The web site immediately started archiving pdf’s of National Bulletins. The primary purpose for the new web site was to have an online way to interface with lodges, participants and staff members for the upcoming 1998 NOAC.