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Treasure Island Mural

Treasure Island Mural, 1936

Painted by Edward Spicer

 

The mural, Treasure Island is a painting of a map of the island by artist Edward Spicer.  It is a cornerstone to OA Art History.

The 12 foot-wide, seven-foot tall panel mural was dedicated to the Order at the 1936 National Lodge Meeting hosted by Unami Lodge on Treasure Island. The painting depicts an aerial outline of the island surrounded by the Delaware River. Various areas of camp, including the Unami Ceremonial Grounds , are suggested by indian figures indicating the history of Leni Lenape living on Island.

OA Grace

OA Grace

 

In 2012, the National Order of the Arrow Committee began a project to develop an OA specific grace for use at mealtimes. Under the direction of OA Chaplain, Billy Walley, the OA invited open submissions from Arrowmen and the faith community. After reviewing many sample graces, the national committee adopted the following words to be used as a moment of reverence and gratitude before meals at OA events:

OA Summit Adventure

OA Summit Adventure

The OA Summit Experience (OASE) is the newest addition to the OA High Adventure programs. The concept of OASE stemmed from the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve as a way to serve the Summit and surrounding community.

Original 1940 National Chief Bonnet Case

Original 1940 National Chief Bonnet Case/Portfolio Found

In 2014, members of the National OA Committee were made aware that the original 1940 National Chief’s Bonnet Case/Portfolio was in existence and well preserved.  Most current OA members with the exception of a few National Chiefs and past National Committee members were not even aware of its existence.  Those who were aware of the leather case believed that it also was destroyed along with the bonnet in the 1980 fire that consumed much of the Order of the Arrow’s early memorabilia.

Centurion Award

Centurion Award

Introduced for the centennial year of the Order of the Arrow, the Centurion Award was a one-time only award created to recognize arrowmen who meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing, or ongoing operation of their lodge. Recipients were designated as either a youth or adult contributor, with a minimum service period of three years for youth contributors and six years for adult contributors. Posthumous awards were permitted.

2015 DSA Recipients

2013 National Planning Meeting

Section chiefs, section advisers, national OA Committee members and key volunteers met in Westlake, Texas for the 2013 National Planning Meeting to continue preparations for the Order’s 2015 centennial.  For the first time since 1991 there was not a program of emphasis for the summer.  Instead, the OA planned two major centennial events for a year of celebration: ArrowTour, a national lodge visitation roadshow, and the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

1944 Tap-Out Ceremony

Precious little archival film footage of OA ceremonies exists.  Finding a vintage ceremony in color is exceptional.  This film, provided by CrescentBayCouncil.Org, may be the oldest color footage of an OA ceremony.  It was filmed in 1944 in the great lodge at Camp Josepho, in the Santa Monica Mountains.   At the time Camp Josepho was a part of Crescent Bay Area Council and the seat of Tamet Lodge. 

Scouts Helping Scouts

Hurricane Sandy, and the storm that followed her, brought severe damage to people, places, and things across the Northeast Region. In an effort to help, the Leadership Team of the Northeast Region OA including 2012 Region Chief Eric Bush, 2013 Region Chief Tyler Allen, Northeast Region Chairman Mark Chilutti, and staff adviser Brian Gray raised over $57,000 from all parts of the country and awarded it to OA Lodges in the Northeast to help complete projects at their council camps to clean up and rebuild after the storm.  Part of the money raised was from the sale of special "Scouts helping Scouts" patches.

Fifth Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward A. Pease received the Order’s Fifth Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 NOAC at Michigan State University.  During the presentation Ed unveiled the painting commissioned for the Order’s centennial, Visions of the Founder by Joseph Csatari.
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