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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.

NOAC 1988

The 1988 National Order of the Arrow Conference was originally scheduled for UCLA. However, very late in the going problems developed in the contracts. There were issues regarding costs of meals and facilities and an impasse between the National OA Committee and UCLA was reached. There were also concerns just as in 1973 when the Conference came to UC Santa Barbara about the higher costs of traveling as far as the west coast.

1988 DSA Recipients

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The following were presented the DSA at the 1988 National Order of the Arrow Conference - Glenn T. Ault, Douglas E. Beaudoin, L. Ronald Bell, Billy H. Brackett, Richard E. Carroll, C.D. Cash, Jay T. Cleaver, Franklin H. Collins, Eduardo X. De Torres, Mark M. Dyer, Philip R. Engelmann, David A. Erb, Daniel J. Feigelson, John R. Foltz, J.

1988 - National Planning Meeting

The National Planning Meeting had become an annual end of year meeting between the holidays. Besides National officer elections, the 1989 50th anniversary of Philmont Trek was on the agenda. Jack Stephens of Chee Dodge Lodge, Flagstaff, Arizona was elected National Chief. Wade Herbranson, Tonkawampus Lodge, Maple Grove, Minnesota was elected National Vice Chief.

1989 National Jamboree

The 1989 National Scout Jamboree was held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, from August 3 to 9 with the theme “The Adventure Begins . . . With America’s Youth”. 32,717 Scouts were in attendance.


During the opening show, Steven Spielberg spoke to Scouts, sharing the stage with country singer Lee Greenwood. Spielberg told the Scouts that he owed his career to Scouts and that it was Photography Merit Badge that led him to make his first film (about a UFO landing near Scouts camping) and that was why he became a filmmaker. Newly elected President George H.W. Bush addressed Scouts by praising them for their leadership and role in confronting the problem of drug abuse. 1989 also marked the first year that female-registered campers could attend a BSA National Jamboree.

Second Philmont OA Trek

The OA’s second OA Philmont Trek, Aug. 11-22, 1989, coincided with the second year of Philmont Scout Ranch’s two-year 50th anniversary. Over a 12 day period more than 800 Arrowmen took part in five-day treks through the backcountry tackling routes graded as “typical”, “rugged”, “strenuous” and “super-strenuous". Along the way they took part in discussion groups and opportunities to further develop the Trek theme ‘’These High Places are Within You.”

1989 National Planning Meeting

With the 75th Anniversary NOAC on the horizon, the Section Chiefs met for the National Planning Meeting in Dallas, Texas. John Meckley of Woapeu Sisilija Lodge, Milton, Pennsylvania was elected National Chief and Tony Steinhardt of Nischa Chuppecat Lodge, Bloomington, Indiana National Vice Chief. Both John and Tony had distinguished themselves serving as Philmont Trek Vice Chiefs earlier in the year.

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.

NOAC 1990 - 75th Anniversary

The 75th Anniversary Meeting was a highly anticipated National Order of the Arrow Conference. A record 6,907 Arrowmen met for the festivities at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. The previous mark of 5,200 had been set 19 years earlier in 1971 at the University of Illinois. This was the seventh NOAC to be held at Indiana University and the first in 21 years. One change was the NOAC host lodge had merged and now was Nicha Chuppecat Lodge.

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