Meeting minutes from the Conclave business meeting are available here.
One of the highlights of the centennial conference was the special rededication ceremony at the Centennial Fire, which capped off the four year Legacy Project that kicked off at NOAC 2012. The Centennial Fire was kindled by National Chief Alex Call, National Vice Chief Donnie Stephens and National Chairman Ray Capp using wood symbolic of our Order’s first 100 years – charred logs from the ceremonial grounds at Treasure Island Scout Camp, wood from Dr. Goodman’s Brotherhood Barn and remains from the new national ceremonial grounds at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. During Monday evening’s show, the Centennial Fire was lit for the first time in front of a crowd of 15,000 brothers.
Over the course of the conference, guests participated in the rededication ceremony, which offered a unique opportunity for reflection and thought amidst the hustle and bustle of NOAC. As part of this ceremony, representatives from lodges across the nation fueled the Centennial Fire with wood collected from each lodge’s home territory and reflective of its own rich and cherished history. As the Centennial Fire was extinguished, the resulting ash was collected and placed inside special bottles given to each lodge to take home after NOAC.
To bring the story and message of the Centennial Fire to a broader audience of Arrowmen, the OA has developed a special ceremony for use in chapters, lodges and sections. This ceremony is designed for use only during the Order’s centennial anniversary, but can be conducted as many times as desired during this time. Participants in the ceremony will feed the council fire and rededicate themselves to the principles of the Order of the Arrow.
The Home-Fire Ceremony is available for download today as part of the NOAC post-conference resource package. Lodges are encouraged to take part in this unique celebration of our past, present and future as we celebrate the Order’s 100th anniversary and begin our next century of service.
Brothers! We excited to announce that this year our section is pioneering our first section-wide training event. To better prepare our leaders for our second century of service, Section NE-3A will be hosting “The Aftereffect: Leadership in Action”. This event will be held at Waterloo High School on Saturday, November 7th, and feature six different training tracks designed to engage Arrowmen in courses on everything from Inductions to Social Media. The cost of the event is $10 (or $15 for the Inductions Track), and will include a lunch. To learn more, please visit: www.ne3a.org/aftereffect/
TKäen DōD Lodge #30 will be hosting a Conclave work day at Camp Gorton on September 12th. It starts at 9:00am and will run until 5:00pm. The cost is $10 and includes an awesome patch that you only can get by helping set up Camp Gorton, a great lunch prepared by our cook staff, and that wonderful fuzzy feeling you get by giving Cheerful Service. Anyone and everyone is invited. This is all hands on deck, so register now!
In August, over 15,000 Arrowmen attended the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. In the midst of the centennial celebration, the national chief, Alex Call, stepped onto the stage and dared all 15,000 Arrowmen to take part in a movement that could change the world: #DareToDo.
Up to NOAC, the centennial had been about celebrating the first 100 years of the OA. In his remarks, Alex began a pivot to the future: “we must also plot the course of what we will do and what we will be in the future. When we leave here in the next couple days, we will leave with the responsibility of laying the foundation for our next century of service.”
Alex dared all in attendance to take part in the #DareToDo movement. Accepting the #DareToDo is simple: make a difference in the lives of others by doing one act of service, and posting about it on social media, every day for 100 days. Arrowmen post their act through a photo or post to their social media with the hash tag #DareToDo. All of the Arrowmen in our lodge are challenged to participate in #DareToDo, and to encourage all of their friends (Scouting and non) to accept the dare as well.
Acts do not need to be monumental – the dare is all about getting everyone doing small acts of service consistently.
DareToDo also has a website, dareto.do, as well as social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which will highlight some of the acts of service posted using the hashtag. The website also includes an interactive map to see the spread of the movement across the world. Arrowmen and their friends are encouraged to follow these accounts for inspiration, and to encourage others participating in #DareToDo.
With NOAC only hours behind us, we are already looking forward to the Summer of 2016. The 2016 national event, NEXT: A New Century, will be truly unlike anything the Order of the Arrow has ever seen. Youth leaders from across the nation will gather at Indiana University from July 30 to August 3, 2016 in order to learn, grow and be inspired as we proceed into a new century of service. This hands-on, high-energy event will focus on membership, program and innovation at the local level, which will subsequently empower participants to return home and be powerful agents of change.
Each lodge will be able to send 3 youth and 2 adults: its lodge chief, another lodge officer and one additional youth member, as well as the lodge adviser and one associate adviser.
Please put these dates on your calendars and share them with your youth, and being preparing to join us in Indiana!
Section NE-3A is excited to announce two of the Councils in our Section will celebrate the Order of the Arrow’s centennial as an ArrowTour host. ArrowTour is an interactive event for Scouts, volunteers, and Scouting alumni that will travel throughout the country during the summer of 2015. The tour will make stops on June 30th and July 1st at Camp Woodland and Camp Babcock-Hovey, respectively.
The purpose of the tour is to commemorate the Order of the Arrow’s 100th anniversary. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to learn
about the Order of the Arrow, its story, and its future. Some of the program
highlights include interactive exhibits, activities such as silk-screening and
branding, and challenge games. Participants will have a chance to meet some of the Order’s national leaders, and alumni can learn about the Scouting Alumni Association and local alumni efforts to supporting Scouting in our area.
An exclusive ArrowTour Trading Post will carry ArrowTour and OA centennial merchandise.
The program will conclude with a special show that recognizes the Order’s rich history and empowers participants to help shape the organization’s future. The Order of the Arrow is creating a truly unique and interactive experience for all Scouts, volunteers, and Scouting alumni.
You can find more information about the ArrowTour routes and program on the web at http://arrowtour.oa-bsa.org. You can also keep up with the tour as it makes its way around the country by following @ArrowTour on Twitter.
Have you seen an ‘inactive lodge rock’? National OA Committee Chairman Ray Capp asked each active OA lodge to submit an engraved rock as part of a national OA rededication site at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. National OACommitteeman Toby Capps later presented a resolution to the Committee which approved the addition of engraved rocks for merged, disbanded and otherwise inactive lodges so that they might also be recognized as a part of the site’s construction. So far, 144 lodges have sent in orders to the monument company to produce inactive lodge rocks or submitted homemade rocks directly to Ray’s house. In addition, 16 states and 1 territory are now complete having all of their legacy lodges remembered with a legacy lodge rock. A picture of a few different legacy lodge rocks is attached. These inactive lodge rocks will be a part of a national OA rededication site, in an area near the current lodge rocks. These inactive lodge rocks will also have a special display at NOAC 2015. There is a month to go to order rocks using the order form and two months to go submit homemade rocks directly to Ray Capp.
Anyone can easily help recognize former lodges from any state or location. There is a list of inactive lodge rocks received to date, regardless of location, located at:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UuAccbavhPvFFtGNp1Jl8vod8inymPdjezHtus0ocdg/edit?usp=sharing. Here’s how you can track down info for inactive lodges in your state, go to http://oaimages.com/bystate.shtml, then select “inactive and merged lodges only”, then select “create page”. From that state list of former lodges, the hot links to those former lodges will give all the needed information for the order form or to create a homemade rock (i.e., the Council HQ city/state and the dates lodge founded and ended).
You should check with your current lodge and council leadership to see if a rock was already done for a previous lodge and to make sure that they know. If you are interested in ordering a rock they may be purchased from Artistic Monument company in Tennessee for $130 at:
http://www.oa-bsa.org/uploads/events/100th/nonactivelodge_rockorderform.pdf. All orders using this form must be received no later than May 1, 2015. When creating a rock, please add a third row of text to the rock that indicates the years of existence for the inactive lodge (e.g. 1945-1993) to your rock.
There is no requirement to use the Artistic Monument company; you may still create and mail a rock directly to Ray which must be received by June 1, 2015 at :
9 Warwick Lane
Nashville, TN 37205
The original instructions and specifications for a lodge rock, which also apply to inactive lodge rocks, are still in affect and can be found at: http://www.oa-bsa.org//pages/content/legacy-project-2015-rock-instructions
My name is Matt Bell, and I have the privilege of serving as your 2015 Northeast Region chief. It is the Northeast Region Leadership Team’s vision to fulfill the purpose of the OA:
“To develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation”
Our primary method of doing this is through our National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS). In an effort to better accomplish this, the Northeast Region is launching The Quest for 100. In honor of our organization’s 100th anniversary and our commitment to developing the leaders of tomorrow, we want to have 100 participants at our upcoming NLS on April 17-19 at Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg, PA. This is something that has never happened before, and it will not be an easy endeavor.
We need your help!
If you have not attended NLS, I encourage you to sign up today! If you have already attended, then you know about the power of this seminar. Improving the quality of your lodge’s leadership should be enough incentive to send people to this NLS, but if that is not enough we promise that the Northeast Region will donate $100 to one lodge in support of their council’s Cub Scout program. Cub Scouts are the future leaders of Scouting and the OA – this is our way of continuing the legacy of developing leaders by helping to improve their program. The selection will take place on-site at the NLS, and the winning lodge key 3 will decide exactly how the funds are utilized (creating a new program to their Cub Scout summer camp, adding a Cub Scout fair at spring fellowship, etc.). Any lodge that sends 2 or more Arrowmen to the April NLS will be equally eligible to receive the funds (at least one must be a youth).
There are a few important details that you should know about this April NLS:
· Attending NLS counts towards the ‘personal growth’ requirement of the Arrowman Service Award.
· There is no limit to the number of people your lodge can send to this NLS.
· Lodge advisers and lodge staff advisers have the registration link.
Thank you for everything that you do for the Order of the Arrow. Together through our promotion of this NLS, we will enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their service to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community.
Yours in Service,
2015 Northeast Region Chief