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Clinton Elected President

Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993-2001.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Women in OA

Prior to 1988 the Order of the Arrow had been for boys and men only. Starting in 1988 female leaders could become members of the OA just the same as male leaders. The BSA had approved women to serve as Scoutmasters to insure some Scout troops could attend summer camp. Once women were Scoutmasters, it was necessary to have women in the Order to support the Scouting and the OA program. As with male Scoutmasters, women must be 21 years of age.

National Pow Wow

The 1987 National Pow Wow conducted at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming from August 2-8. It was a great success and the knowledge gained and enthusiasm generated was felt in the lodges for a long time. Nearly 500 Arrowmen gathered for the first National Pow Wow that offered outstanding workshop seminars in three separate areas of interest: OA Showmanship, Indian Lore, and Ceremonies. As he was with the National Indian Seminar series, National OA Committee member Don Thom was the driving force behind this event. 

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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