During the weekend of August 1-3, 2014, the national Order of the Arrow committee, key volunteers, and members of the OA national staff met at the University of Charleston – Beckley Campus, in Beckley, West Virginia for a powerful weekend dedicated to looking at both the past and future of the Order of the Arrow. Dubbed “The Advance!,” the event afforded participants an opportunity to reflect on the OA’s first 100 years, followed by an increased focus on how the Order might continue to grow in relevance and impact during its next century.
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.
Lodge numbers were issued from 1926 until 2004. While it was a long tradition of the Order to use lodge numbers, they eventually became outdated and problematic. For all other purposes the national office was using council numbers. Lodge numbers were confusing and a relic of the past. Furthermore, the numbers had lost a great deal of their meaning by 2004. While the original numbers were given out in the order the lodges received their charters that practice had changed. The change was the result of councils and their lodges merging. In early years when two or more lodges merged together they would typically retain the lowest number. That way the number represented the order in which the OA had first come to the council.
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”.
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.
Del Loder’s Scouting career and OA history are lengthy and distinguished. In 2009 Del received the prestigious Order of the Arrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Del Loder has experienced a lifetime of wisdom and knowledge and he has spent his service in the Order imparting it to his fellow Arrowmen.