Summit Circle Pictures

Here are some more pictures from the Summit Circle!

The Summit Circle Begins Construction

In early September, the Order of the Arrow reached a new milestone in the Centennial Campaign. Ground was broken on the first project of the campaign, the Summit Circle. Construction began at the project’s site at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in the following days. The project is made possible by the Centennial Campaign, which was established by the National Order of the Arrow Committee as a way to raise money to preserve the past century of Scouting while building upon a new second century.

The path to the Summit Circle will begin with the new national reflection trail. The base of the trail will feature the Legacy Lodge Plaza, which contains the legacy rocks from former lodges that no longer exist. After passing through the Legacy Lodge Plaza, the trail itself will feature the fifteen columns of fire which will house the lodge rocks donated at NOAC as a part of the centennial anniversary. The end of the national reflection trail will open into the Summit Circle. This will contain the original ceremony circle for the Order of the Arrow that was relocated from Treasure Island Scout Reservation in Philadelphia, PA.

Here are some pictures of their progress!

 

The Next OA Associate Director Announced

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On November 15, 2015 the Boy Scouts of America announced that Travis Rubelee will succeed Matt Dukeman as the next OA associate director on January 1st, 2016.

Travis grew up in the Scouting program in Duncanville, TX, and is a Vigil Honor member from Mikanakawa Lodge in the Circle Ten Council. As a youth, Travis served as chapter chief, lodge vice chief, and lodge chief. Since 2003, he has been a professional Scouter in multiple roles in four different councils (Dallas, TX, Lubbock, TX, Tyler, TX, and most recently Greensboro, NC). One of his favorite roles in Scouting was serving as section staff adviser for SR2-3N and working with the youth of 10 lodges spanning 2 states.

The reason he chose the Scouting profession is due to the experiences he had in the OA as a youth. As a second generation Eagle Scout, his drive is to give a small portion back to Scouting because it has made such a profound influence on his life. Travis and his wife Katy have two young children, Sara and future Scout Ryan.

Congratulations, Travis!

NEXT: A New Century Update

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The 2016 national event, NEXT: A New Century, will be unlike anything the OA has ever seen. Youth leaders and key adults from across the nation will gather at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN from July 30th through August 3rd, 2016 to learn, grow and be inspired to be the driving force behind the Order’s second century. This hands-on, high-energy event will focus on membership, program and innovation at the local level, which will subsequently empower delegates to return home and be powerful agents of change.

Youth and adult leaders who attend will work with Arrowmen from across the country, providing them a unique opportunity to network and discuss lodge operations. A member of the NEXT Experience Team, comprised of current and former youth leaders and advisers at the lodge, section and national level, will guide lodge delegates, who will be organized into groups for the duration of the event. Each of the four days at NEXT will be focused on a different key topic: brotherhood, program, membership and innovation. Together, these and other programmatic elements will empower the local leaders to shape the next century.

Similar to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, participants will stay in the Indiana University residence halls and enjoy all-you-can-eat meals at the adjacent dining centers. Environmental sustainability will be a notable aspect of NEXT, focusing on how simple, novel changes back home can make an enormous difference.

Each lodge will be able to send three youth, its lodge chief, another lodge officer and one additional youth member, as well as two adults, the lodge adviser and one associate adviser. Youth delegates who are not lodge chiefs should be change agents or up-and-coming leaders who are passionate about their lodge and will still be youth, influencing their lodge’s program and operations, for at least a year or two after the event. Similarly, the associate adviser attending NEXT should be a part of the next generation of advisers in the lodge. Up to three leaders per section will also be invited to NEXT. The intent is to provide section leadership the opportunity to attend without taking space in a lodge contingent.

The NEXT fee is $375.00 for youth and adult delegates who pay their total conference fee by May 31, 2016. Fees paid after May 31st, 2016 will be $450.00 for youth and adult members. All late fees must be received by the OA director no later than June 30th, 2016. The fee includes four nights housing, three full days of program and training, 11 meals, program and support materials, registration materials, insurance and recognition items during the five-day conference. To secure the youth and adult spaces desired, each council must complete the online council contingent reservation. Your council will be billed for the nonrefundable deposit of $100.00 per-delegate. No individual reservations will be accepted. As of October 15th, 2015, contingent registration has opened at https://registration.oa-bsa.org, and all council contingent reservations must be processed through this website.

If you are interested in attending this event, talk to your lodge chief and adviser today! Lodge Key 3s were emailed a contingent information kit in late October, which outlines key dates and other important NEXT information. Any additional questions you may have regarding NEXT: A New Century may be directed to NEXT2016@oa-bsa.org.

With a new century before us, the OA has limitless possibilities. Will you be responsible for the NEXT big thing in our history?

Prism: Arrowmen Invited to Attend a Special Summit Experience

PRISM-WebTileEight Arrowmen from each lodge will illuminate their OA experience this summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

The original ceremony grounds have been moved and recreated in their entirety at a new Summit Circle. Eight Arrowmen from your lodge will travel to the SBR for a four day adventure that culminates on the same grounds where the Order was founded. Your lodge will receive its eight tickets the second week of January, along with the session dates.

Once lodges have had a chance to submit the names of their attendees, a drawing for both youth and adults will open simultaneously for any of the unclaimed $180 tickets.

Do not miss this timeless opportunity to reflect on the very foundation of the Order. Witness the entire spectrum of your OA experience this summer; join us at Prism.