Planning

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1984 National Planning Meeting

Although it had been two years since the last National Planning Meeting and officer elections, there was no NOAC scheduled for 1985 to avoid conflict with the BSA 75th Anniversary Jamboree. It had been decided not to hold NOACs in National Jamboree years so that Arrowmen, including the National OA Committee, could concentrate on their council and jamboree responsibilities.

1982 National Planning Meeting

1983-84 Nat'l Chief Robert WadeThe 1982 National Planning Meeting was held at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, about 50 miles from Rutgers University. Rutgers had been selected as the site for the 1983 NOAC. Robert A. Wade of Ketchikeniqua Lodge, Delta, Ohio was elected National Chief and William B. O’Tuel, Muscogee Lodge, Harleyville, South Carolina, National Vice Chief.

1978 National Planning Meeting

The National Planning Meeting to plan the upcoming NOAC was held at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Jeff Herrmann, Shinnecock Lodge, Medford, New York was elected the new National Chief and Larry Brown, Wiatava Lodge, Santa Ana, California was elected National Vice Chief.

1980 National Planning Meeting

The 1980 National Planning Meeting was held at the end of the year in Austin, Texas, home of the University of Texas and scheduled site for the 1981 NOAC. The majority of the meeting was consumed with preparations for the upcoming NOAC. Brad Starr of Klahican Lodge, Wilmington, North Carolina was elected National Chief. Kevin Moll of Ha-Kin-Skay-A-Ki Lodge, Colorado Springs, Colorado was elected National Vice Chief.

1976 National Planning Meeting

In 1976 the National Planning Meeting returned to the site of the upcoming NOAC. This time it was held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The section chiefs performed the typical planning meeting functions of selecting the Conference theme, the patch design and arranging the program. They also elected Chris Boswell, Wewanoma Lodge, San Benito, Texas National Chief and Rick Burton, Nayawin Rar Lodge, Goldsboro, North Carolina National Vice Chief.

1962 National Planning Meeting

As had become the tradition, the Area Conference Chiefs and the National OA Committee met at the end of the year to plan the upcoming National OA Conference at the National Planning Meeting. In 1962 they met at site of the 1963 NOAC, The University of Illinois, Champaign and Urbana, Illinois. During the meeting Robert B. Ellsperman was elected Conference Chief. Ellsperman resided in Lakewood, Colorado and was a member of Tahosa Lodge.

Ron Temple

Ronald J. Temple has been a lifelong educator and Scouter. An African American, he grew up in Chicago and worked at Camp Owasippe for several summers during the late 1950s-early 1960s. He earned the Explorer Silver Award as a youth and was an active Arrowman, receiving the Vigil Honor in 1960 with the name “The Seeker”.

Temple served as an area chief and had the fortunate opportunity to attend the 1960 National Planning Meeting. At that meeting Ron Temple was elected by his peers to serve as National Conference Chief for the 1961 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).

National Planning Meetings

The National Planning Meetings started in 1949. Through the years they have evolved, but the basics have remained the same. In general the purpose of the meeting is to bring the adult leadership of the Order of the Arrow, in the form of the National OA Committee and key volunteers together with the youth leadership of the OA in the form of an assembly of the Area/Section Chiefs.

The meetings have almost always been held during the week or weekend between Christmas and New Years. Together the adult leadership assists and guides the youth leadership as they layout plans for the coming year or two, select a theme for the conference or other national event / theme and create working committees. In particular, the National Planning Meetings make the plans necessary to stage the next NOAC. One of the other key features and the most anticipated portion of the meeting is the election of youth national officers.

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