Scouting

First Lifetime Achievement Award

The National OA Committee created the Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 to recognize the Order's second and third generation "Founders"—Scouters who have built an enduring legacy to Scouting and the Order of the Arrow (OA) through a lifetime of cheerful service to others.

OA Wilderness Voyage

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage (OAWV) was created in 1999 and was modeled after the success and service of the OA Trail Crew Program at Philmont Scout Ranch. This program operates out of the Charles L. Sommers canoe based at the B.S.A.’s Northern Tier National High Adventure Base in Ely, Minnesota.

National Leadership Summit

The OA took advantage of a year without a NOAC or Jamboree to hold the National Leadership Summit. The summit was held at Colorado State University, from July 31st to August 3rd, 1999. All lodge and section chiefs, advisers, and staff advisers were invited to attend.

Service Grant Program Announced

In 1999, the National OA Committee announced a new program to encourage lodges to give service to their councils and camps. This program was designed to help lodges deliver the fourth part of the OA’s purpose, “to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others”.

Josh Sain

The Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow (OA) have certainly been blessed throughout their histories with very competent and capable youth leaders. In their own way, these exemplary leaders have perpetuated the fundamental values that both of these groups represent. Their personal involvement and commitment have not only enhanced these programs, but also allowed them to continue to grow and flourish over the years. Josh Sain was one such youth leader.

National OA Chairman Elected to Congress

Ed Pease, Chairman of the National OA Committee, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996 from Indiana's 7th Congressional District.

OA Logo Changes

The change in the OA logo was made official by the National OA Committee as part of their adoption of the 1998 Strategic Plan. In discussing actions taken to achieve the vision spelled out in the plan, it states:

We will adopt a new logo; one focused on the Arrow rather than the Indian. The Arrow is easily the most recognizable symbol that has its origin in our first ceremony. By taking the Arrowhead from the Arrow on the sash as our logo, we unify our image and strengthen the identity embodied in our name, the Order of the Arrow. 

1997 National Jamboree

The 1997 National Scout Jamboree was held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, from July 28 to August 6 with the theme “Character Counts . . . Be prepared for the 21st Century”. 36,015 Scouts participated in the Jamboree.

1997 marked another year for expansion for the OA at the Jamboree. The OA conducted four programs at the jamboree: OA Service Corps, The Outdoor Adventure Place (or TOAP), the OA Indian Village, and a new idea “Odyssey of the Law” program in addition to continuing to provide leadership service for the Youth Services Subcamp.

Philmont Trail Crew Vaca Trail

The first trail that was constructed by the OA Trail Crews (OATC) was dedicated during the weekend of August 15-17, 1997. The Vaca Trail was a new route for crews hiking in the Central Country of the Philmont Scout Ranch, hiking from Highway 64 towards Harlan Camp and beyond. Originally a one-year program, due to its overwhelming success in 1995 the program was continued to at least complete its first trail. The dedication weekend was important to commemorate the program’s first major milestone.

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