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1944 Tap-Out Ceremony

Precious little archival film footage of OA ceremonies exists.  Finding a vintage ceremony in color is exceptional.  This film, provided by CrescentBayCouncil.Org, may be the oldest color footage of an OA ceremony.  It was filmed in 1944 in the great lodge at Camp Josepho, in the Santa Monica Mountains.   At the time Camp Josepho was a part of Crescent Bay Area Council and the seat of Tamet Lodge. 

No doubt the proximity of the nation’s film industry to the camp played a role in the production values of the film.  At the time the use of face paint and physical contact with candidates was the norm.  Since then, increased sensitivity regarding the use of face paint has banned the usage in all OA ceremonies.  The “tap-out” was replaced with “call-outs” because of abuse giving the three taps as amply demonstrated in this film (one tap, and then two, to represent the 12 points of the Scout Law and the three parts of the Scout Oath).

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Scouts Helping Scouts

Hurricane Sandy, and the storm that followed her, brought severe damage to people, places, and things across the Northeast Region. In an effort to help, the Leadership Team of the Northeast Region OA including 2012 Region Chief Eric Bush, 2013 Region Chief Tyler Allen, Northeast Region Chairman Mark Chilutti, and staff adviser Brian Gray raised over $57,000 from all parts of the country and awarded it to OA Lodges in the Northeast to help complete projects at their council camps to clean up and rebuild after the storm.  Part of the money raised was from the sale of special "Scouts helping Scouts" patches.

Lodges could apply for grants of up to $7,500.  The applications included the Scout Executive’s signature to make sure the council was on board and pictures were required with the application to show the storm damage.  There was also an expectation of lodge members giving service as part of the project and other lodges have been encouraged to participate as well.

As a result of the OA’s action, multiple camps affected by Hurricane Sandy could plan for opening their camps on time and functional.

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Fifth Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward A. Pease received the Order’s Fifth Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 NOAC at Michigan State University.  During the presentation Ed unveiled the painting commissioned for the Order’s centennial, Visions of the Founder by Joseph Csatari.
Ed Pease spoke during the presentation and said that,
in linear terms, there is a line that began with Dr. Goodman running through the years to the present day.  Each of us finds himself somewhere on that continuum.
Ed began his service in the Order as a youth serving as an area chief (section chief today) in the late 1960s.  Ed served as a Deputy Conference Vice Chief (equivalent to today’s Conference Vice Chief positions) in 1969 and then had the honor to serve as escort to Dr E. Urner Goodman and Col. Carroll A. Edson at the 1971 and 1973 NOACs.
As an adult, Ed has served on the National OA Committee since 1984, serving as its chairman from 1993-2000.  In addition Ed served two terms in the US House of Representatives from 1997-2001.

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2012 National Planning Meeting

Section chiefs, National OA Committee members and key volunteers gathered in Grapevine, Texas for the Annual National Planning Meeting.  The primary task of the meeting was planning for Project 2013: the Order’s involvement in the inaugural jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

Following tradition, the section chiefs met and selected the new officers.  Matt Brown of Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge serving Nashville, Tennessee was elected National Chief and Jordan Hughes of Lowwapaneu Lodge, Northeast Pennsylvania was elected National Vice Chief.  Mike Gray of Central Region, Brad Torpey from Southern Region, Tyler Allen of Northeast Region and David Dye from Western Region were elected region chiefs.

During the first night of the meeting, a special Brotherhood Ceremony Demonstration was presented to the members of the National OA Committee and the section chiefs.  The demonstration was of a new proposed ceremony.  The genesis of the ceremony dates back to the Ceremonial Advisory Group (CAG) and was authored by Jay Dunbar.  Following the demonstration comments were sought.  At the following day’s National OA Committee meeting it was voted that the ceremony be demonstrated at section meetings throughout 2013 and that the OA would continue to seek comment.

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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.”

As example, in the months and years before July 4th 1776, our founding fathers spent long hours, days, and years – thinking about the kind of nation we would become.  History documents how they began with an idea that evolved to become a full vision.

In the same way, as brothers of the Order of the Arrow, we’ve inherited the fruition of a vision that began some years before that July day on Treasure Island.  Our heritage begins with those events that influenced the life and beliefs of our founders.

Certainly one of those experiences overwhelmed 22 year-old E. Urner Goodman in a world tilting toward the unimaginable violence of the First World War – occurred during the week he spent, with about 500 Scouts and 50,000 veterans on the battlegrounds of Gettysburg, from July 1 - July 4, 1913.

Fifty years earlier brother had literally fought to kill his brother in terrible, bloody battle, on this very ground.  Yet in the summer of 1913, assisted by a service corps of very young Boy Scouts (none had been able to be Scouts for more than three years), these former warriors embraced in spontaneous, unexpected, heartfelt tearful brotherly reunion. 

They forgave each other; they served each other; they laughed and sang together, and in that moment, beginning within each of their hearts, they shone as bright examples to a nation still divided by the bitter division of Civil War. 

Dr. Goodman was at the great reunion serving as one of 14 Scoutmasters.  He lived with these men.  He served them.  And he described them in his own words: 

How can I ever forget that experience? . . .  Imagine . . . veterans gathered on that historic site for a week.  Imagine them shaking hands together . . . where fifty years before they had been blazing away at each other.


There was . . . a real genuine spirit of “peace and goodwill” hovering over the camp.   . . . Words prove feeble in amply describing this great affair.  To really catch the spirit . . . one had to be there.

 One military historian wrote:

Compared with the display of brotherly love, the other effects of the great encampment are robbed of much of their real significance.  . . . The enemies of four years’ bloody fighting wept like children . . .

 And another:

Lifetimes of resentment, grudges, and hate suddenly evaporated in laughter, kindness and brotherly love.  Fifty years of malice was swept away and replaced by understanding.

But perhaps Ken Burns said it best in the following quotation from his PBS documentary The Civil War. (Goodman and his Scouts including the Order’s original guide and guardian of the trail Harry Yoder were there.  Can you be with them?  Can you imagine the impact of experiencing this?)

The great reenactment of Pickett’s charge. . . .  Out of the woods came the Southerners, just as before - well, in some ways just as before.  They came out more slowly this time. . . .  We could see, not rifles and bayonets, but canes and crutches.  We soon could distinguish the more agile ones aiding those less able to maintain their places in the ranks.

Nearer they came, until finally they raised their frightening falsetto scream.  As the Rebel yell broke out after half a century of silence, a moan, a gigantic sigh, a gasp of unbelief, rose from the onlookers.  So “Pickett’s men” came on, getting close at last, throwing that defiant yell up at the stone wall and the clump of trees and the ghosts of the past.

It was then that the Yankees, unable to restrain themselves longer, burst from behind the stone wall, and flung themselves upon their former enemies.  The emotion of the moment was so contagious that there was scarcely a dry eye in the huge throng.  Now they fell upon each other - not in mortal combat, but reunited in brotherly love and affection.

 The Civil War was over.

And the idea of a brotherhood of young men, boys who might, like these aged veterans, one day be called to war, a brotherhood not bound to arms, but of cheerful service to others, one where young men need not wait 50 years to learn the lessons of war – lessons that ultimately inevitably lead as veterans age to forgiveness and brotherhood – was born, at least as an idea, a dream . . . a vision,  in the heart and mind of one 22 year old Scoutmaster, E. Urner Goodman.

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2011 National Planning Meeting

The section chiefs from across the nation convened for the annual National Planning Meeting in Dallas, Texas (Westlake).  John Rehm of Woapeu Sisilia Lodge, Williamsport, Pennsylvania was elected national chief and Preston Marquis from Blue Heron Lodge, Norfolk, Virginia was elected national vice chief.  The region chiefs elected were Marty Opthoff - Central Region, David Joyner  - Southern Region, Eric Bush – Northeast Region, and Joe Barton – Western Region.

The primary activity of the meeting was planning the 2012 “United We Leave a Legacy” NOAC at Michigan State University.  The highlight of the event was at the final dinner of the weekend Dr. Carl Marchetti was recognized for his unprecedented service to the National OA Committee.  Dr Marchetti joined the national committee in 1962.  He is the first person to serve a half-century on any of Scouting’s national committees.  A special sash was presented to Dr. Marchetti along with a scrapbook to commemorate the occasion.

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Ninth National OA Committee Chair

On September 1, 2009 former Vice Chairman of the National OA Committee Ray Capp became the Order’s ninth National OA Committee Chairman. Capp succeeded Brad Haddock who had served the Order for eight and a half years as the committee chair. Ray Capp was appointed to the National OA Committee in 2000.

Among initial actions by Capp was the restructuring of national sub-committees. The Unit, Chapter and Lodge Support Sub-Committee became the subcommittee of emphasis for Capp. Capp appointed National OA Committee Vice Chairman Randy Kline to lead this important committee. Capp said,

Helping our units, chapters and lodges to be successful, by giving them tools to do their jobs more easily, is the key to understanding my philosophy about the OA.

Ray Capp also created the new History, Preservation and 100th Anniversary Sub-Committee led by National OA Committee Vice Chairman Tony Steinhardt. This committee is charged with, among other things, preparing the Order for its centennial. This OA History Timeline is a direct result of this new sub-committee.

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NOAC 2012

The 2012 “United, We Leave A Legacy NOAC was held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.  More than 7,200 made the July 30 – August 4 event the second largest NOAC to date.

There were numerous highlights at the 2012 NOAC.  To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Eagle Scout, the 2012 NOAC featured “NESA@NOAC”.  It was the first time that NESA, the National Eagle Scout Association, collaborated with the Order on a national event.

The conference also witnessed the unveiling of official BSA artist Joseph Csatari’s painting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Order.  The Painting was unveiled at the Awards show where past National OA Committee Chairman Ed Pease received the Order’s fifth Lifetime Achievement Award.  The painting’s title is Visions of the Founder and after being shown at the arena show was placed on public display in the NOAC Museum. 

The 2012 NOAC Museum was the largest and most attended ever.  The Museum’s entrance featured The Original Induction Experience, a film designed to transport Arrowmen back to July 16, 1915 and the beginning of the Order at Treasure Island.  The 2012 NOAC Museum drew heavily upon the research organized for this OA History Timeline.

The conference also featured Muzee, an interactive NOAC-wide game utilizing Arrowmen’s smartphones and targets around campus.

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National OA Committee Member Named National Commissioner

Hector A. “Tico” Perez was named National Commissioner at the 2008 BSA National Meeting. Perez has served on the National OA Committee for many years, but is the first member to simultaneously serve in a National Key Three position.

Tico Perez is an attorney and consultant in private practice; he is also a political analyst for the local NBC and Telemundo affiliates, as well as a talk-radio host for the Cox Radio affiliate and the ESPN en Español affiliate in Orlando, Florida. Perez is past president of the BSA’s Central Florida Council, SR-4, and Southern Region. He serves as vice chairman of the National OA Committee and is a member of the Hispanic Initiatives Task Force.

For his distinguished service to Scouting, Perez has received the Silver Buffalo Award, the Silver Antelope Award, the Silver Beaver Award, the Order of the Arrow’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA), and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Perez has also been awarded the Whitney M. Young and Vale la Pena awards for service to the African American and Hispanic Scouting communities, respectively.

In Florida, Perez serves as a member of the State University System Board of Governors, where he chairs the Budget and Finance Committee. He has led the boards of directors of the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the Orlando Utilities Commission, United Arts of Central Florida, and University of Central Florida Alumni Association, to name a few. Florida Trend magazine named him one of the state’s most influential leaders.

Tico and his wife, Donna, reside in Orlando.

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Tico Perez

Hector “Tico” Perez is the first Arrowman serving on the National OA Committee to also hold one of the National “Key Three” positions (Chief Scout Executive, National President and National Commissioner)by becoming National Commissioner. Tico is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member from Tipisa Lodge, Orlando, Florida where he has also served as Council President of Central Florida Council. He has received the Silver Beaver Award, the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Buffalo Award (2007).

In 2003 Tico Perez was appointed to the National OA Committee where he currently serves as Vice Chairman and lead of the Membership and Joint BSA Programs Sub-Committee. Tico received the Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Tico has also served on the BSA Hispanic Initiative National Committee.

In 2008 Tico was appointed to a four-year term to serve as the BSA National Commissioner. The original National Commissioner was BSA co-founder Dan Beard. National Commissioner is a volunteer position and includes serving on the Executive Board of the National Council. It was a special honor for an Arrowman and National OA Committee member to serve in this position during the BSA centennial.

Professionally Tico is an attorney in private practice. He serves as a member of the Florida Board of Governors, a governor appointed seven-year term to the committee that runs the Florida state public university system. Tico also is a radio personality including his own show in Orlando, “Talkin’ With Tico”.

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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.

The National OA Committee of the Order of the Arrow conducted fundraising and sought sponsorship to acquire program funds needed above those provided by participants.

Each service site was administered by Order of the Arrow leadership, and USFS personnel. Starting in 2003, both sides began planning for the conservation project, programmatic elements and the logistical support needed to host 1,000 Arrowmen per site. In the fall of 2007 promotional material was sent out to councils and lodges. The tagline for the event was “Five Sites, Five Weeks, Five Thousand Arrowmen.”

Throughout early 2008 the Order of the Arrow hired 42 Arrowmen to serve on the Instructor Corps. This group would oversee conservation projects and implement the program while onsite at each venue. A documentation crew was hired by the OA to work alongside the USFS in capturing what was promoted as “the largest service project conducted by the Boy Scouts since World War II.” Overall, through the efforts of the participants and staff, the OA provided 280,000 volunteer service hours worth $5.6 million to the Forest Service.

Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri – June 7 to 14, 2008 The summer-long series of service projects kicked off at the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri. Some 575 participants, staff, and U.S. Forest Service personnel assembled at a specially created base camp in the Ozark Mountains. The proposed “Arrowman’s Glade” project consisted of cutting down more than 285,000 invasive Eastern Red Cedar trees within a 134-acre track. Participants completed the task ahead of schedule and as a result were able to provide restoration to the natural environment and help sustain the wildlife of the area.

Manti-La Sal National Forest, Utah – June 14 to 21, 2008 The Manti-La Sal National Forest site in Utah brought together 463 participants, staff, and 21 different government agencies. A base camp was erected at the Canyon View Junior High School in Huntington, Utah. During the week, Arrowmen removed invasive Tamarisk, a non-native shrub harmful to other vegetation and wildlife. In total approximately 13,000 acres or 33 square miles miles of channel area was cleared and sprayed. Special guests included the Lieutenant Governor of Utah, Gary R. Herbert and senior leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Virginia – June 21 to 28, 2008 Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest project site included 736 participants, staff, and U.S. Forest Service personnel. In total 8.3 miles of new multi-use trail appropriately named “ArrowCorps Loop” was constructed. Arrowmen also built and installed four information kiosks along with 86 trail signs. Additionally, some crews camped and worked at Lake Moomaw surveying and constructing seven camping platforms. Camp Goshen of the National Capital Area Council served as the primary base camp. Deputy Chief of the USFS, Gloria Manning spoke at the closing gathering.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California – July 12 to 19, 2008 Mt. Shasta Ski Park served as the primary base camp to the 600 participants, staff, and U.S. Forest Service personnel that arrived for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest ArrowCorps5 site. Lodge delegations included Arrowmen from the US, Japan and Taiwan. Project tasks included the removal of 22 tons of illegally dumped trash, constructing or reconstructing more than 75 miles of trail on the Pacific Crest Trail, Sisson-Callahan Trail, and McCloud Loop Trail system. Additionally, a fire lookout tower and four “comfort stations” along the Pacific Crest trial were refurbished.

President Bush presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to National Chief Jake Wellman, Western Region Chief Mark Hendricks, and Youth Incident Commander Alex Braden during a visit to Redding, California on day five of the project. To conclude the week, the keynote address at the closing gathering was given by the Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Mark Ray.

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming – July 26 to August 2, 2008 The final and largest project of the summer-long service event occurred at the Bridger Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. 1,034 participants, staff, and U.S. Forest Service personnel worked to construct more than 12 miles of multi-use trail within the Teton-Pass area. While headquarters for the “Arrow Trail” project in Teton Pass was at Jackson Hole High School, a remote camp was constructed at the base of the Teton Mountains to allow Arrowmen easier access in removing 10 miles of fencing and to construct off highway vehicle closure points and primitive campsites. Special guests included Chief of the USFS Gail Kimbell, David Freudenthal, the Governor of the State of Wyoming, and Chief Scout Executive, Bob Mazzuca. The White House awarded additional Presidential Volunteer Service Awards to all of the ArrowCorps5 site leadership at the closing gathering.

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Treasure Island Closes 1913-2008

After 95 years Treasure Island Scout Reservation, the birthplace of our Order in 1915, ceased operation as a summer camp after the 2008 season. At the time of closing Treasure Island was the oldest continually operated Scout camp in the nation. Treasure Island fell victim to its location, an island in the middle of the Delaware River.

The camp over the years had endured floods, but the floods of 2005 and 2006 proved too costly. The camp had re-opened in 2007 and 2008, but the sanitation needs and other improvements necessary to run the camp were too expensive, especially with the risk of another flood.

Volunteers maintain the camp for the local council. Many still hope that the camp that Goodman watched over on that night in 1915 that he kept his vigil will one day serve Scouting again.

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