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”.
After a historical election, Senator Barack Obama from Illinois was inaugurated as the first African-American President of the United States. Continuing a long-standing tradition of service, Scouts traveled from around the nation to join the Amangamek Wipit Lodge in participating in the Inaugural Service Corps.
After 95 years Treasure Island Scout Reservation, the birthplace of our Order in 1915, ceased operation as a summer camp after the 2008 season. At the time of closing Treasure Island was the oldest continually operated Scout camp in the nation. Treasure Island fell victim to its location, an island in the middle of the Delaware River.
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.
At the 2004 NOAC, the National OA Committee announced a new award aimed at honoring the Order’s heritage of service. To earn the Leadership in Service Award, an Arrowman provided 8 hours of service to his/her local camp and provided 6 hours of community service through a lodge or chapter run community service project.
Dabney Kennedy was born in March 1936, in Stephenville, Texas, a little town about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth. He enrolled in Cub Scouting and earned the Arrow of Light. When old enough, he became a Boy Scout, serving first as patrol leader and later as senior patrol leader. He earned the Eagle Award, with palms, and then went on to join Explorers and earn that program’s Silver Award.
The Second Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom was a military campaign that began on March 20, 2003, with the invasion of Iraq by a force primarily composed of troops from the United States and the United Kingdom. The invasion of Iraq led to an occupation and the eventual capture of President Hussein, who was tried in an Iraqi court of law and executed by the new Iraqi government.