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.

Fueling Scouting’s Adventure as a part of Operation Arrow in 2017

operation arrowAfter a record-setting national conference in 2015, the Order of the Arrow will again seek to make history with Operation Arrow at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

To continue a tradition that dates back to the 1950 National Scout Jamboree, over 750 youth Arrowmen will answer the call to serve as part of Operation Arrow – the largest jamboree staff team ever assembled by the Order of the Arrow!

Operation Arrow staff members will support the jamboree program by joining one of three primary OA program areas: the Service Corps, the Trek Guides and the Indian Village.

The summer of 2017 seems like a long time away, but planning for the next national Scout jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) is already well underway. The Order of the Arrow will continue to release information about Operation Arrow staff opportunities and how to become involved in the coming months.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be the experience of a lifetime, as a part of Operation Arrow at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree!

For more information and a link to sign up today, click the following link:

http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/jambo2017/

Registration for NEXT: A New Century is Open Now!

NEXTThe 2016 national event, NEXT: A New Century, will be truly unlike
anything the Order of the Arrow has ever seen. Youth leaders and key
adults from across the nation will gather to learn, grow and be inspired
about how they can 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
participants to return home and be powerful agents of change.

Attendees will experience model processes, comprised of best practices
and innovative methods from around the country. Similarly, youth leaders
will be provided with feedback about current programs within their lodge
and aided in brainstorming new ones.

Youth and adult leaders who attend will be able to work with Arrowmen
from all across the country, providing a unique opportunity to discuss
lodge operations and network.

The registration URL is:
https://registration.oa-bsa.org/Event/2

Centennial Fire Take-Home Ceremony Now Available

One oFireCeremony2f 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.

The Aftereffect: Leadership in Action

aftereffect revised v2Brothers! 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/