OA

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.

Randolph Scott

Another African American Arrowman who made significant contributions to Scouting and the Order was Randolph Scott. An Eagle Scout from Clairton, Pennsylvania, as a youth he was a member of Shingis Lodge and was elected to area chief. Scott attended the 1962 National Planning Meeting and was chosen to serve as the deputy conference vice chief of training for the 1963 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).

NOAC 1963

The 48th Anniversary Conference was held at the University of Illinois, Champaign and Urbana. A record 3,105 Arrowmen attended the meeting. The Conference theme was “Catch the Higher Vision”, the name of a recently completed painting by artist Joseph Csatari. The 1963 NOAC followed the pattern of the past several conferences.

1963 DSA Recipients

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The following were presented the DSA at the 1963 National Order of the Arrow Conference - Mark O. Benner, A. Thomas Brisendine, John J. Dowe, Henry M. Faucett, William Grant, Roy M. Hinshaw, John L. Johnston Jr., J. Allan Lewis, Michael F. Miler, Martin Mockford, H. Banks Newman, Marion Sadorus, Dwayne E. Welling and Thomas K.

Csatari Paints "The Higher Vision"

The Higher Vision is an incredible Order of the Arrow themed original oil painting by Joseph Csatari. It is a powerful image depicting Uncas handing down the legend of Wimachtendienk in pictograph on a skin to a young Arrowman so that the Order will have the legend for posterity. The National OA Committee received the painting as a gift in October of 1963. The back-story of how the OA received this painting is as extraordinary as the painting itself.

Joseph Csatari

Joseph Csatari was born in 1929, the son of Hungarian immigrants. He studied art and was hired by the BSA in 1953. Csatari would reach international acclaim for his work as a realist illustrator, water colorist and portrait artist. Csatari is still an active artist painting in his hometown of South River, New Jersey.

1964 National Jamboree

The 1964 National Jamboree was held at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, from July 17 to 23 with the theme “Strengthen America’s Heritage”. 50,960 Scouts and Explorers participated in the Jamboree.

The opening show included over 6,000 actors, a 1,500-voice chorus and opening words from Lady Baden-Powell. President Lyndon B. Johnson challenged everyone to “remain true to the principles of Scouting”. American Heritage day was observed on July 18th with a number of special activities including each troop raising a thirteen-star American flag. It served to reinforce the strengthening of America through reverent, resolute and responsible patriotism. Each jamboree troop demonstrated fellowship and camping skills by participating in sectional and Jamboree-wide activities ranging from daily camp activities, skill-o-rama demonstrations, field sports events, an obstacle course, competitive Scoutcraft activities, camp fires, spectacular arena shows and the Jamboree Adventure Award.

First OA Pow Wow at National Jamboree

The highlight for Arrowmen at the 1964 National Jamboree was the first Jamboree Order of the Arrow Pow Wow. 15,000 Arrowmen gathered together at the Valley Forge arena to hear featured speakers Founder E. Urner Goodman and former National Chief and current Chief Scout Executive Joseph Brunton, Jr. The event was described at the time as the largest ever gathering of Arrowmen and likely remains the largest such assembly to this day.

50th Anniversary Award Announced

The Order of the Arrow (OA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1965. The celebration was a national event, and each lodge, chapter, and Arrowman was urged to participate to the fullest. Area fellowship training conferences placed special emphasis on the 50th Anniversary program of service, and the celebration culminated with the 50th Anniversary National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).

1964 National Planning Meeting

The National Planning Meeting returned back to Indiana University to plan the 50th Anniversary National Order of the Arrow Conference. Michael Costello of Kiondaga Lodge, Evansville, Indiana was elected National Conference Chief and Earl Davis from Mow-A-Toc Lodge, Eureka, California National Conference Vice Chief. The appointed Deputy Conference Chiefs were Philip Lane, Don Jorgenson, Mike Cheney, Neal Boynton, Wayne Willis, Dave Pollock, Jim Morgan, Jim Frey and Tim Rose.

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