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.
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.
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
Section NE-3A 2015 Conclave Lodge Flaps are Now Available!
Order forms are available for each lodge and for purchase of each set.
Arrowmen from within Section NE-3A can directly purchase sets using this order form.
Other Arrowmen can order sets using this form.
Thank you for purchasing flaps and supporting the efforts of the NE-3A youth!
Arrowmen of NE-3A:
One of the special things we are developing for the Centennial of the Order is a new kind of history book. It will be “coffee table” size, with lots of pictures and a casual style that will appeal to youth as well as adults. This book is not to be confused with the one Dr. Davis has continued to update by decade. Ken and we are also endeavoring to have a revision of that epic piece available as a Centennial keepsake, as well.
Though the book will have much of our rich history from the days of the founding and our many national events, the focus of the book is the Order from the Arrowman’s point of view – activities that his lodge and chapter might do, and the kinds of leaders he might encounter. We hope our Arrowmen will relate their own experience to those in the book’s pictures and stories.
To that end, the authors would like to get your input in two areas:
1. Stories and photos of special lodge events or projects that were very impactful; examples would be the construction of the old camp headquarters entirely by lodge members, or the lodge’s service to the community during or after a hurricane.
2. Stories and photos of truly unique Arrowmen – not just the fellow who came to every event for 70 years, but the one Arrowman (hopefully, a youth) who had an impact on the community or the world.
Please send your submissions directly to Nelson Block (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bill Topkis (email@example.com) no later than May 31.
Where possible, photos should indicate who took the photo and how to contact the photographer for consent to publish.
We have each been blessed with such a rich fellowship through the Order of the Arrow. Let us tell the story to the world.
Ray Capp, OA National Chairman
The next step in the 2015 Legacy Project is fast approaching. This year, your lodge will be asked to research and write a book on your lodge’s history. Lodges should select a youth chairman and adviser to coordinate this project. This team will be key in facilitating the completion of your lodge history book. All submissions will be made available for public viewing through the Digital Archive of the Order of the Arrow, incorporated into the 2015 NOAC, and enjoyed by Arrowmen in the Order’s next century.
If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to let us know who will be leading this project from your lodge:
We will be in touch with those designated to the project from each lodge and assist them throughout the process of researching, editing, and publishing their work. More information
about the project can be found here:
How is your lodge’s legacy lid coming along? Have it done yet? Have you sent in a scan?
Follow this link for details about the program.
Here are a few great examples from other lodges: