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OA Philmont Trail Crew Starts

Several important relationships and chance encounters served as the origin of what eventually became known as the Order of the Arrow Trail Crew (OATC) program. It is a wonderful story because of visionary youth, capable adults who knew when to listen, and collectively they devised a plan that forever changed the relationship of the OA and High Adventure. In essence it is what the spirit of Scouting is all about.

History of OA Book Published

History of OA Published - Brotherhood of Cheerful Service

 

 

At the beginning of 1990, to kick-off the 75th anniversary year of the OA The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service: A History of the Order of the Arrow was published by the BSA. The author of the book was longtime National OA Committee member Ken Davis, Ph.D. American History, University of Virginia.

Profile of Ken Davis

Kenneth P. Davis, Ph.D. is a committed Scouter who has served the Order and Scouts for over a half century. Davis is best known by a generation of Arrowmen as the author of The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service, The History of the Order of the Arrow. Davis is considered one of the foremost authorities on the history of the Order of the Arrow.

OA Time Capsule Sealed

At the 1990 NOAC during Founder’s Day, lodges and individuals could put items into a special 75th Anniversary time capsule. The capsule was filled with many pieces of Scouting memorabilia and other items of note from 1990.

National Chief John Meckley and National Vice Chief Tony Steinhardt sealed the capsule in a special ceremony. The capsule is to be opened on the 100th Anniversary of the Order in 2015.

75th Anniversary Award

The Order of the Arrow (OA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 1990, and in keeping with earlier traditions established during the Order’s 50th and 60th Anniversaries, the celebration was a national event. The 75th Anniversary Award Program was first unveiled at the 1988 National OA Conference (NOAC) by the National OA Committee. The award program, which for the first time allowed adult participation, consisted of three main elements: the Individual Challenge, the Lodge Challenge, and the Rededication Ceremony.

GHW Bush Elected President

“Bush41” as he is known was just that – the 41st President of the United States. As president, George H. W. Bush appeared at the 12th National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, VA. While walking off the stage at the Jamboree, a Scout gave him a jamboree pin.  He walked a few steps, turned around, and said (not an exact quote), “Scouts trade things.  Here you go.” and gave the Scout his tie clasp with the Presidential Seal on it.

Fall of Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989 after years of international pressure and a passionate speech by President Ronald Reagan urging Mr. Gorbachev, the secretary general of the Soviet Union, to “tear down this wall” it was finally decided that the Berlin Wall would be dismantled allowing for free travel throughout Germany once more.


Photo fall of Berlin Wall 1989

Dr. Carl Marchetti

Photo of Carl MarchettiFor Carl M. Marchetti, M.D., servant leadership has been an important part of his life for years. His service and involvement spans all aspects of Scouting, from Cubs through Boy Scouts as well as Exploring and Venturing and the Order of the Arrow.

75th BSA Anniversary

1985 marked the 75th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1910, over 72 million Americans had participated in Scouting to some extent.

OA at Philmont Training Center

In 1987 The Order of the Arrow began a lengthy utilization of BSA’s premier training venue – the Philmont Training Center at Philmont Scout Ranch. Scouting’s Mecca of high adventure camping was the perfect site for an organization often referred to as “Scouting’s Camping Honor Society.”

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