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Campership Fund Created

The Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund was created in 1971 to assist with funds to those American Indian Boy Scouts who wanted to attend resident camp. This fund was subsequently named in memory of long-time National OA Committee member, Maury Clancy. Mr. Clancy contributed significantly to the Order by emphasizing the significance of our nation's American Indian culture and he worked to encourage the preservation of our American Indian heritage.

Maury Clancy

Maurice M. “Maury” Clancy, from Santa Fe, New Mexico and later served Ashie Lodge, San Diego, California, was a member of the National OA Committee. He was most known for his work as an Indian specialist. Maury emphasized the significance of our nation's American Indian culture and worked to encourage the preservation of our American Indian heritage. He received the Orders Distinguished Service Award in 1971 and died December 16, 1974.

Spirit of the Arrow Booklets

The first Spirit of the Arrow booklets were made available for sale by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Alpha Phi Omega (APO) – a group that later became the Ceremonial Advisory Group (CAG).

Ray Petit

Raymond C. Petit was born December 31, 1943 and inducted into the Order of the Arrow in March 1959 in a ceremony that was read from the books and with a neighbor boy who shot at the “Indians.” One year later, Ray organized a team and that year’s new candidates participated in the first Ordeal Ceremony in Ump Quah lodge performed entirely from memory. In the fall of 1961, Ray was elected vice chief of the lodge and continued his emphasis on high quality ceremonies as well as the experience of the Ordeal itself.

John Forrest

John (Jock) Forrest was inducted as an Ordeal Member into Chappegat Lodge (now Ktemaque) near New Rochelle, New York in 1952, earned his Brotherhood in1953, and was recognized with the Vigil Honor in 1960.

Jock was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Alpha Phi Omega (APO) chapter where, after earning a Master’s of Science degree in Political Science, he was deeply impressed with the work of a younger member, Ray Petit. The two became life-long friends and as highly energetic organizer and manager, Jock shared much of Ray’s work with a larger audience. Jock served as an early contributor to many Scouting Service Exchange (SEE) projects including the Election Ceremony and procedures revisions, and the editing and development of the Handbook for Ceremonial Teams, and other projects.

Eagle Scout First on the Moon

Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012), the first man on the moon earned his Eagle Scout award in Wapakoneta, Ohio’s Troop 14 in 1947 just prior to entering Purdue University later that same year to begin his study of Aerospace engineering.

"Super Bowl I"

The first “Super Bowl” was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At the time it was called the AFL-NFL Championship Game and was largely seen as an exhibition game at the time. The game was carried on two networks, CBS and NBC, however the game was blacked-out in the Los Angeles area because the game could not draw enough fans to be sold out. The Vince Lombardi-coached Green Bay Packers of the NFL were led by Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr as they defeated the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs 35 to 10.

National Standard Lodge Created

In 1957 the lodge re-charter process and forms were changed from an information device to a “policy compliance” agreement.

Questions regarding ceremonies, membership, administration, rules, adults, and funds were incorporated, requiring a “yes” or “no” answer, thus establishing the first “standards” for lodges. In 1960, a total of 16 questions were developed as part of a lodge training effort. These questions were listed for “appraising the operation of an Order of the Arrow lodge” and became the first formal set of standards provided to lodges.

Nixon Elected President

Our 37th President was a former Vice President, Lawyer, U.S. Representative, and Naval Officer (Lieutenant Commander) in World War II. He was re-elected in 1972 in one of the largest landslide victories in U.S. history, but the Watergate Scandal marred his second term and Nixon became the only President to be forced to resign from office in disgrace or face certain impeachment and expulsion.

The OA in Space

On January 28, 1969 Donald Pountain, the lodge chief of Mikano Lodge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin received an astounding letter from a former lodge officer. Captain James “Jim” Lovell, former Lodge Secretary for Mikano Lodge had enclosed a Mikano Lodge flap that had joined Lovell on his Apollo 8 voyage that went around the moon and back. Lovell stated that he would have liked to have actually worn the patch on his spacesuit, however after the Apollo 1 tragedy, nothing could be worn on the suit that was not fireproof.

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