It’s Time to Thrive!
The contents of this page were explained during the webinar on October 19. This page is a resource for ongoing Thrive support.
From 2018 to 2019, the Order of the Arrow suffered its most significant membership loss to date of 12,030 people. That’s 12,030 missed opportunities, 12,030 lives that we no longer have the opportunity to impact, and 12,030 fewer members of our brotherhood. In 2019, we’re going to bring that decline to a halt. And it all started on October 19th with our first ever national webinar, entitled "Thrive: A National Webinar, A Local Commitment."
We’re about to attempt the most significant course-correction in the history of our organization and it will require every single national, regional, section, lodge, and chapter leader — without exception — on board and aligned to do whatever it takes to make it happen. If we fail to intervene in the decline, if we don’t take significant action, the Order of the Arrow will cease to exist. And if we continue doing what we’redoing right now, that is exactly what will happen.
But, if we choose to live in an alternative future where the Order of the Arrow is not only existing, but Thriving — that is something we can all be proud of and that will ensure the Order of the Arrow exists for years to come.
"Those who chose you need you." As leaders of Scouting’s National Honor Society, you serve among the top youth in our organization, and it is time to put that mindset into action. It is our responsibility to ensure that your respective lodges are registered, confident, and inspired to be the catalyst of change at the local level this year, and for years to come.
With your leadership, we can assure you that the Order of the Arrow will not only exist for generations to come, but will Thrive.
Goals of the National Webinar
- Address the redefined role of the section, and explain how important each of you are to ensuring the success of our 266 lodges in the organization. It must be understood that our section leadership are the boots on the ground task force that exist to support, guide, and enable the lodges within their respective sections.
- Deliver new concepts focusing on the 3 key performance indicators: Unit Election Rate, Induction Rate, & Activation Rate.
- Assign and lay out a 3 year plan to ensure each lodge reaches the status of "high performing", meaning they have a 90% Unit Election Rate, 90% Induction Rate, and 50% Activation Rate.
- Issue an organization wide call-to-action, including a commitment and a declaration to elevate all 266 lodges to high performing status.
A lodge receives credit for having completed a unit visitation when:
The unit leader is directly contacted by or contacts the lodge or chapter to arrange a unit election in the applicable year
If the unit has eligible youth, an election is conducted by the lodge/chapter election team.
If the unit has no eligible youth, the lodge or chapter requests the opportunity to visit the unit to make a presentation on the lodge or chapter and promote scout camping.
2018 Nationwide Unit Election Rate: 57.7%
Resources to Increase Your Lodge’s Unit Election Rate
2018 Nationwide Induction Rate: 72.17%
Resources to Increase Your Lodge’s Induction Rate
An event held within six months, but preferably within 90 days, following an induction weekend with the intent to involve new members, encourage retention at the local level, build personal growth, and ensure future involvement in the OA.
2018 Nationwide Activation Rate: 31.15%
Resources to Increase Your Lodge’s Activation Rate
New Role of the Section
Effectively immediately, the role of the Section has been expanded beyond hosting an annual Conclave. Sections share in the responsibility of empowering, supporting, and helping lodges become high performing.
Section Performance Measurement Program
In support of the change to the role of the Section, the National Committee released a Performance Measurement Program. View the Section Performance Measurement Program.
Section ACT Conferences
Nationally standardized program for sections to host annually, that will focus on training lodges how to Thrive in the areas of elections, inductions, and activation.
Sections will be hosting an Section ACT Conference in 2020. Contact your Section Leadership for more information.
Lodge Performance Measurement Program
The lodge Journey to Excellence program is being discontinued and immediately replaced with the new Performance Measurement Program. There are a small number of requirements and clear benchmarks for lodge achievement. The requirements are consistent with the former JTE to align with your lodge planning. View the new lodge Performance Measurement Program.
Declaration to Thrive
This is the most important part of the national webinar. It is the opportunity for all levels of lodge leadership to not only understand what it takes to become a thriving lodge, but commit to doing what it takes to ensuring that their lodge is a thriving lodge in the near future. The entire organization will commit themselves to ensuring that the future of our organization not only exists, but is thriving. The national officers also committed the national level of the Order of the Arrow to a declaration to Thrive. We are a team, and will Thrive together.