Special Sashes to be Given to NOAC 2015 Attendees
Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference will get a
once in a lifetime souvenir, after a vote by the national committee at the
annual planning meeting this past December.
At the meeting, committee members approved a proposal to give each NOAC
participant a special edition red sash.
The idea was first proposed by the 100th Anniversary Youth Advisory
committee, which is being led by past National Vice Chief Preston Marquis, to
give a special Order of the Arrow sash to every participant and staff attendees
of the 2015 NOAC.
These sashes will differ from those currently worn in that the colors will be
reversed, with a white arrow emblazoned on a red sash. Unlike the black
signature sashes sold at previous NOAC’s, these will have snaps and will be
wearable by all. For the national conference, Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil
Honor sashes will be made in the current style and given out at a special
program to be unveiled.
This souvenir sash will be worn for only a designated period of time, and
should be viewed as a commemorative item. The rarity of the sash is noteworthy,
as only those present at NOAC 2015 will receive them. Any extras produced will
not be sold.
Interestingly, reversed color sashes have been made before. For the 1950
NOAC, national committee members wore Vigil bands of reversed colors so they
could be easily found by lodge members that had questions about the Order being
fully integrated into the Boy Scouts of America.
For the 75th anniversary of the Order, Dr. Carl Marchetti, national chairman
at the time, donned a red souvenir Vigil sash with a white arrow created for
national committee members. These sashes had "75th anniversary" stitched into
them above the top Brotherhood bar.
In 1993, a full length black sash with snaps with a white arrow was created
as a retirement gift by Dr. Marchetti for national committee members, and a hand
written note was included with each sash. In celebration of 100 years of the Boy
Scouts of America, Bob Mazucca, past Chief Scout Executive, had a red sash made
with the 100th anniversary BSA logo for committee members as well.
Make sure to save the date for NOAC 2015, and get ready for an awesome
adventure in commemoration of our centennial celebration.