Unit, Chapter, & Lodge Support
Resources dedicated to the support of Unit, Chapter, and Lodge programs. These resources are continually updated for advisers and youth leadership.
The Congratulatory Eagle Scout Letter is a resource for the Awards and Recognition chairperson meant for Scouts earning their Eagle Scout during the current year. The national chief and national vice chief want to recognize each Eagle on the great accomplishment of obtaining Eagle. The letter is intended for all Boy Scouts and not just an Arrowman.
Advisers often give a short food for thought message at the end of meetings. These adviser minutes can be inspirational, thought-provoking, or informative. Advisers around the country submitted these minutes that they've used, and they hope you can benefit from them, too. If you have adviser minutes that you would like to share, please send them to ChapterResources@oa-bsa.org.
These ideas were submitted by Arrowmen across the country who have benefited from both years of experience and trial and error. By sharing these resources, these Arrowmen hope to share the wisdom they have gained over the ages. The National Order of the Arrow Committee hopes other lodges can benefit from this repository of ideas that have proven successful for lodges in the past. The Best Practices have been divided into the eleven categories below. Use the category links to quickly reach each section.
The greatest adventures of a Scout's life begin at Boy Scout camp. Where but in the great outdoors can a boy hear the midnight hush of the deep woods ... breathe the sweetness of distant wood-smoke ... look down in awe at where he's been, and look up in wonder at where he still must go ... glimpse the deer drinking at first light ... watch eagles soaring in a cloudless sky ... feel the warmth of the campfire as it glows orange against the thickening darkness ... and at the end of a long day, hear the hooting owl under a sky flashing with stars.
Inductions are a crucial facet of the Order of the Arrow. Each lodge has a responsibility to run their inductions and ceremonies in a way that will be memorable for each candidate and will ensure that each member of the OA shares a similar experience. This can be a difficult thing to ask of lodges, so resources have been made available to help improve lodge inductions and ceremonies. These resources are now compiled and available in an online portal for all those who are interested.
A central place to find audio & video training aids, guidebooks, and other resources related to inductions, elections, and ceremonies.
The first online adviser training modules are now available on the OA Training website. Preview the new training topics available for lodge advisers and provide input to help shape the future of adviser training.
The Lodge Annual Report Template is to assist lodges in presenting their own annual report to their councils
Need an ad for your next lodge newsletter? Check out the ads that were included in the Lodge Program Support Pak.
The National Committee of the Order of the Arrow has developed various video tools to assist lodges in the delivery of the Order of the Arrow program.
The Lodge Resource Pak resources to support the lodge program each calendar year. Be sure to review the latest promotional material to assist your lodge's promotion.
The Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support subcommittee of the National Order of the Arrow Committee is providing the second of several tools to our membership to better support local OA activity.
OA Grace is appropriate for a moment of reverence and thanks before meals at OA events.
Although NOAC 2009 is over, the theme and the concepts behind it have only just begun. It is because the national leadership feels so strongly about the value of this message that we are making available to sections and lodges a toolkit that could assist with local programming initiatives that reinforce THEPOWEROFONE.
These ideas can assist everyone from the newest chapter chief to the most experienced adviser in providing their chapters with great meeting programs.
The Order of the Arrow has always placed a special emphasis on service. The most recent strategic plan expands where and how we do our service to Scouting and the community. During the 1999 National Leadership Summit, the Service Committee conducted several workshops to collect service project ideas from the lodge representatives in attendance. The following list contains their suggestions for future service possibilities.