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”.

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.

2007 National Planning Meeting

The 2007 National Planning Meeting was among the most anticipated in years. Besides the national officer elections, this group was tasked with planning Arrowcorp5 and selecting the youth Incident Commander for each project. Jake Wellman from Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge, Albuquerque, New Mexico was elected National Chief. Ben Stilwell of Gabe-Shi-Win-Gi-Ji-Kens Lodge, Okemos, Michigan was elected National Vice Chief.

National Conservation and Leadership Summit (NCLS)

In the summer of 2007 from July 28th through August 1, the National OA Committee hosted lodge leaders in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University for a summit with a twofold purpose:

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