ArrowTour and One Day of Service round out trio of centennial events
To commemorate the organization’s 100th anniversary, the Order of the Arrow will host three national programs during a year-long celebration in 2015.
Section chiefs, members of the national Order of the Arrow committee and other key support staff spent most of their time at the 2013 National Planning Meeting in Dallas laying the framework for ArrowTour, a national lodge visitation roadshow, and a national “One Day of Service.” Both will be executed in 2015 alongside the National Order of the Arrow Conference.
Led by Arrowmen but powered by members and non-members alike, the One Day of Service is a call to action for each lodge to lead a service project in October 2015 in collaboration with its respective council and community partners. Each lodge will be responsible for developing the project plan, promoting the event, organizing the workforce, leading the project and reporting the results. At the same time, the OA will work collaboratively with their local council to engage the entire Scouting family and a community partner organization to carry out the work necessary to complete the project. Dylan Law, a section chief from Manteca, CA, along with advisers Donald Cunningham and Anthony Fiori, both from New York, NY, will provide leadership to the One Day of Service.
ArrowTour is different than any program the OA has ever hosted. Section chiefs in each region are responsible for planning and executing a roving exhibit that will move around the region during the summer of 2015 and visit as many Scouts as possible. Each region’s tour will include a consistent program that has been planned by section chiefs at the National Planning Meeting. Stops during ArrowTour will incorporate help from local lodges and councils and will be tailored to meet their needs. At the end of the summer, the four tour vans will convene at Michigan State University for the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. Ron Bell from Miami, FL will serve as lead adviser for ArrowTour.
National Chief Nick Dannemiller and National Vice Chief Taylor Bobrow will serve as the national youth leadership for the ArrowTour project. Assisting them are the four region chiefs who will be responsible for executing the project in each region. Youth leads were elected at the National Planning Meeting to plan and execute ArrowTour, specifically program, staffing, and marketing/public relations. Two section chiefs were also elected to serve as youth leads for the One Day of Service and the 100th Anniversary Commemoration.
Click here to read about the youth that will be leading these two programs.
More details on both ArrowTour and the One Day of Service will “roll out” in the months to come.
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