OA

Ninth National OA Committee Chair

On September 1, 2009 former Vice Chairman of the National OA Committee Ray Capp became the Order’s ninth National OA Committee Chairman. Capp succeeded Brad Haddock who had served the Order for eight and a half years as the committee chair. Ray Capp was appointed to the National OA Committee in 2000.

2009 National Planning Meeting

The 2009 National Planning Meeting was consumed with planning the Order of the Arrow’s greatest presence ever at a jamboree for the much anticipated BSA 100th Anniversary Jamboree. The OA would participate at an unprecedented level featuring the Mysterium Compass, American Indian Village and the OA Service Corps. Brad Lichota of Chippewa Lodge, Shelby Township, Michigan was elected National Chief and Will Swingle, Nawakwa Lodge, Ashland, Virginia was elected National Vice Chief.

SummitCorps

SummitCorps, “The New River Experience” was an OA service adventure in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service.  Modeled after ArrowCorps5, 1,404 Arrowmen served during four one-week sessions throughout July 2011.  Together, they built 12.8 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in the New River Gorge National River National Park located in West Virginia. The New River Gorge is located adjacent to the new Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the new permanent home for BSA National Scout Jamborees. The new trail was aptly named “Arrowhead Trail”.

Indian Summer 2011

The second Indian Summer was held at the Ridgecrest Conference Center, near Asheville, North Carolina August 1–6, 2011. Like the 2003 Indian Summer, the program was designed to help strengthen Arrowmen’s understanding of American Indian culture and the relationship it has to OA ceremonies.

NOAC 2012

The 2012 “United, We Leave A Legacy NOAC was held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.  More than 7,200 made the July 30 – August 4 event the second largest NOAC to date.

2013 National Jamboree

2013 National Scout Jamboree

 

2006 National Planning Meeting

The top priority of the 2006 National Planning Meeting was preparing for the National OA Conservation and Leadership Summit at Indiana University. Evan Chafee of Wiatava Lodge, San Juan Capistrano was elected National Chief and Larry Newton from Alibamu Lodge, Montgomery, Alabama National Vice Chief. Region Chiefs elected were: Don Hough – Central Region, Chad Wolver – Western Region, Kenneth Hager – Northeast Region and Alex Gomez – Southern Region.

Dabney Kennedy

Dabney Kennedy epitomizes the lifetime Scout and lifetime Arrowman. His life has been devoted to leading and serving the Order. Otena Lodge of Comanche Trail Council, Brownswood Texas, inducted Kennedy into the Order in 1950. He served as a youth officer in Otena, first as Lodge Secretary and then two terms as Lodge Chief. He then at age 18 became “Junior Lodge Advisor”. In 1952, a time when the Brotherhood Honor was treated by many lodges improperly as an award, Kennedy became the first Brotherhood Honor member in his lodge. In 1954 Kennedy became Otena Lodge’s first Vigil Honor member. The Vigil name selected for Dabney is a Sioux name Akikta, “One who works with determination”.

Fourth Lifetime Achievement Award

Del Loder is the fourth Arrowman to be awarded the OA’s most prestigious honor: The Lifetime Achievement Award. Del is a Vigil Honor member of T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge in Seattle, WA and has been involved in scouting for over 65 years.

Del was inducted into the OA on July 3, 1954, and became a Brotherhood member in 1955 and was recognized with the Vigil Honor in 1958. Del has served the OA in many capacities including: Lodge Adviser, Associate Section and Section Adviser, National OA Committee member, Western Region Area One Adviser and Western Region Chairman.

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