Scouting

OA Web Site Launches

Planning started for a National OA web site in March of 1997. During the 1997 National Jamboree the first web team staff was recruited. The National OA Committee approved a budget in September of 1997 and the first pages went online in November. The site was officially launched in the National Bulletin at the beginning of 1998. The web site immediately started archiving pdf’s of National Bulletins. The primary purpose for the new web site was to have an online way to interface with lodges, participants and staff members for the upcoming 1998 NOAC.

1997 National Planning Meeting

The primary purpose of the 1997 National Planning Meeting was to plan the upcoming 1998 NOAC to be held at Iowa State University. The National Elections, which are always highly anticipated, was a highlight.

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.

Eighth National Director of OA

Clyde Mayer is appointed the 8th National Director of the OA.

During G. Allen Mossman’s tenure as the OA’s lead professional, the position’s name was changed from National Executive Secretary to Director of the Order of the Arrow. Under Mossman the position increased in responsibility and the new title was indicative of these responsibilities. Mossman retired in 1993, after serving for eight years.

1993 National Jamboree

The 1993 National Scout Jamboree was held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, from August 4 to 10 with the theme “Scouting . . . A Bridge to the Future”. 34,449 Scouts participated in the Jamboree and heard singer Louise Mandrell and again from Lee Greenwood and the popular “Up With People” group.

Ed Pease

Edward Allen Pease, an Eagle Scout, has served the Order of the Arrow and Scouting for many years. Ed was appointed to the National OA Committee in 1984 and has held a variety of positions at National Conferences and on the National OA Committee. In 1990, Ed was appointed to be Vice Chairman for Finance and in 1993 he became the Chairman of the National OA Committee for seven years serving until 2000.  In 2012 Ed was recognized for his years of service with the Order's fifth Lifetime Achievement Award.

1992 National Planning Meeting

The 1992 National Planning Meeting was called the Assembly of Chiefs. With no NOAC to plan, efforts were directed toward improving quality of lodge operations and planning the Arrowman Gathering at the 1993 National Jamboree. Brian Beaverstock of Tisquantum Lodge, Foxboro, Massachusetts was elected National Chief and Dameon Hutto from Tiak Lodge, Ellisville, Mississippi was elected National Vice Chief. New BSA region designations changed the number of region chiefs from six to four.

1992 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 1992 National Order of the Arrow Conference - Charles W. Beard, Christopher S. Belden, David Brittain Bone, David Lloyd Briscoe, Donald K. Chilcote, Craig Stephen Donais, William C. Evans, David P. Fabie, Dean M. Frommelt, Jeffrey H. Goldsmith, Matthew David Hoag, Grant Michael Howe, David E.

NOAC 1992

The OA returned to the site of the 1977 NOAC, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 6,680 delegates made this event the second most attended NOAC yet. Only the 75th Anniversary NOAC in 1990 had been larger. The Conference theme selected at the National Planning Meeting was "Many Fires, One Great Light."

 

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