Order of the Arrow Announcements
As various awards and activities in the Order of the Arrow are announced, they
will be added on this page. (Policy changes are announced separately
in the occasional Operations Updates, which are issued
Legacy Project 2015 - Crate and Lodge Rock
The 100th Anniversary Committee is very excited about the roll-out of Legacy
Project 2015 introduced at NOAC 2012. To find out more about this exciting
opportunity to participate in the celebration of the OA's 100th Anniversary
Please take special note of the 2012
milestone that is due by the end of this year (December 31, 2012).
Since we left NOAC, there have been several questions about the wood we are
asking lodges to bring back to NOAC 2015 for our centennial bonfire. All crates passed out to lodges contained a label requesting that lodges "follow all
applicable state and local laws when transporting wood across state lines (do
not transport ash or pine)." We are very concerned not to spread the habitat of invasive species. Once the location of NOAC 2015 has been determined, detailed
guidance will be released of our understanding of not only the laws that apply,
but what Scouts should do to "leave no trace."
Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund Program
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 has set a goal to raise at least
$20,000 that will be awarded to OA Lodges in the Northeast to help complete
projects at their council camps to clean up and rebuild after the storm.
Click here for more information and the order form.
2013 Lodge Charter Renewal
The 2013 Lodge Charter Renewal Application is now available in the Forms section.
Directions on how to use the 2013 Lodge Charter Renewal Application are a
part of the Charter Renewal Kit.
Announcing the Strategic Plan 2013 - 2017
The Strategic Plan 2013 - 2017 is now available. In this announcement National
Chief John Rehm, National Vice Chief Preston Marquis and National Order of the
Arrow Chairman Ray Capp introduce the new plan and its availability.
All officers and advisers should read the new plan.
Journey to Excellence Worksheet
The 2012 Journey to Excellence Worksheet is now available as an additional
resource to the JTE resources released earlier this year. This worksheet
should be submitted with the 2013 charter. The 2013 charter will be available
online in the very near future for lodges to download. The worksheet is also
available under the
Forms Packet Revision 2012
The Election Forms Packet contains several forms that are designed to be reproduced by lodges and distrbuted for use at unit elections conducted by lodge elections teams. Lodge election teams are encouraged to
download the revised packet.
Guide to Inductions 2012 Revision
The 2012 revision of the GUide to Inductions is now availalbe. This revsion contains
several additions, changes and updates. As part of this revision
more resources are available for use by lodges and chapters. Arrowmen involved in
inductions are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new revision.
2012 Revision to the Guide for Officers and Advisers
The 2012 revision of the Guide for Officers and Advisers is now available.
The new revision contains updates on the elections, the OA purpose, events,
resources, and various lists. The GOA also references the
Lodge Journey to Excellence Program,
Chapter Operations Guide, and the
Adult Leaders in Units membership qualifications.
Officers and advisers should reference the new 2012 revision going forward.
National Council of Chiefs
During the National Council of Chiefs at the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference, two new awards and three new publications were unveiled.
The Order of the Arrow Innovation Award seeks to recognize chapters and lodges for their efforts in improving our program.
The Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award seeks to indentify those units and leaders who excel at incorporating the OA into their annual planning.
The Chapter Operations Guide provides helpful
tools and resources for chapter officers and advisers. It is recommended that
all chapter officers and advisers download a copy of this guide. Also, there
are five new video resources that go with the Chapter Operations Guide.
The Lodge Adviser's Handbook provides helpful tips and pointers for both new and experienced lodge advisers.
The Journey to Excellence guide will assist Lodges in understanding the Journey to Excellence program and how best to develop program plans to achieve the goals.
Operations Update - Adult Unit elections Changes
The national Order of the Arrow committee has modified the requirements
for the nomination of adult unit Scouters to become candidates for
induction into the Order. The changes will increase the number of currently-serving Scoutmasters and Varsity Team Coaches and other unit
Scouters who can be nominated to be candidates. These modifications apply
only to adult leaders in Scout troops and Varsity teams who are 21 years of
age or older. They become effective at the beginning of each lodge's 2013
elections season or January 1, 2013, whichever comes first.
Click here for the Operations Update
2012 Revision to the Field Operations Guide
The 2012 Revision of the Field Operations Guide is now available for national, region, and section officers and advisers. Going forward
the 2012 revision should be used by all section officers and advisers.
2011 Annual Report
The 2011 Annual Report is now available in the Publications Section.
Read about another great year of service that 170,000 Arrowmen contributed to
our nation and world!
First New OA Lodge in over 30 Years Formed
During the weekend of May 18-20, 2012 the Long Beach Area Council in California formed Puvunga Lodge. Puvunga is the first lodge to be formed in a council without a merger since 1970. Read more about this historic event and welcome some of our newest Arrowmen to the Order!
2012 Distinguished Service Award Recipients and 2012 Red Arrow Award Selections
The National Order of the Arrow Committee is proud to announce the
2012 Distinguised Service Award Recipients
and the 2012 Red Arrow Award Selections. Congratulations to
everyone and thank you for your service to the Order and the Boy Scouts of
Miller Retires after Fourteen Years of Service to the Order
Order of the Arrow Program Specialist Carey Miller, who championed the Order's involvement in Scoutreach Mentoring, high adventure, and Cub Scouting, retired on May 1, 2012. Read more about Miller's contribution and dedication to the
success of the Order
2012 Congratulatory Eagle Letters
The 2012 edition of the Eagle Congratulatory Letter is now available from the
National Officers. There is also a new edition available from the National
Chairman. These recognition letters are a great addition to any
Eagle Scout's court of honor.
Click here to view the instructions.
Conclave Training Initiave Sessions
The 2012 Conclave Training Initiative
sessions are now available for 2012 Conclaves. Two separate sessions are
included for this year, one on Servant Leadership and a second on the new
Journey to Excellence Program that started on
January 1, 2012. Sections and lodges should download the new content for
use at upcoming conclaves.
Quality Lodge Pin Order Form
2011 Quality Lodge Pin Order Form has been posted to the forms section.
Lodge Patches for NOAC 2012
Lodges interested in using the Michigan State University name or logos regarding usage, placement, scale, or positioning must be reviewed and approved by the university prior to ordering patches.
Read more here.
2012 Forms Posted
2012 Forms have been posted to the
Forms Section. Ten forms were updated for
2012 and should be used by all sections, lodges, and Arrowmen.