Scouting

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Del Loder

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.

Ninth National OA Committee Chair

On September 1, 2009 former Vice Chairman of the National OA Committee Ray Capp became the Order’s ninth National OA Committee Chairman. Capp succeeded Brad Haddock who had served the Order for eight and a half years as the committee chair. Ray Capp was appointed to the National OA Committee in 2000.

2009 National Planning Meeting

The 2009 National Planning Meeting was consumed with planning the Order of the Arrow’s greatest presence ever at a jamboree for the much anticipated BSA 100th Anniversary Jamboree. The OA would participate at an unprecedented level featuring the Mysterium Compass, American Indian Village and the OA Service Corps. Brad Lichota of Chippewa Lodge, Shelby Township, Michigan was elected National Chief and Will Swingle, Nawakwa Lodge, Ashland, Virginia was elected National Vice Chief.

100th BSA Anniversary

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 8, 2010. Since 1937, the BSA has held 18 National Scout Jamborees and has been host to a World Scout Jamboree. Prior to the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, the BSA held a 100th Anniversary Parade on the national parade route in Washington DC Over 7,000 Scouts participated in the event. Following the parade, the BSA held the last National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

SummitCorps

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”.

Indian Summer 2011

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.

ArrowCorps5

ArrowCorps5 the 2008 program of emphasis conducted by the Order of the Arrow (OA) was a joint project between the OA and the United States Forest Service (USFS) to provide service at five U.S. Forest Service sites across the country. The five sites were selected based on USFS needs and the OA’s ability to provide the type of service requested at each site. ArrowCorps5 was open to both youth and adult participation and cost $250.00 per participant.

Tico Perez

Hector “Tico” Perez is the first Arrowman serving on the National OA Committee to also hold one of the National “Key Three” positions (Chief Scout Executive, National President and National Commissioner)by becoming National Commissioner. Tico is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member from Tipisa Lodge, Orlando, Florida where he has also served as Council President of Central Florida Council. He has received the Silver Beaver Award, the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Buffalo Award (2007).

National OA Committee Member Named National Commissioner

Hector A. “Tico” Perez was named National Commissioner at the 2008 BSA National Meeting. Perez has served on the National OA Committee for many years, but is the first member to simultaneously serve in a National Key Three position.

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