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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.

2012 National Planning Meeting

Section chiefs, National OA Committee members and key volunteers gathered in Grapevine, Texas for the Annual National Planning Meeting.  The primary task of the meeting was planning for Project 2013: the Order’s involvement in the inaugural jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

50th Anniversary Gettysburg Reunion

When was the Order of the Arrow founded?  Where?

Consider that the answers to those two questions might not be as simple as, “Friday, July 16th 1915” and “Treasure Island.”

OA in Long Beach

On May 20, 2012 National OA Committee Chairman Ray Capp and Steve Bradley presented Long Beach Area Council with the first new charter in 42 years as 38 youth and 15 adults were inducted into the OA.  The youth membership elected officers and selected Puvunga as their lodge name. It translates to "the gathering place". The lodge totem is a porpoise.

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