National Event

Philmont Retreat

Beyond the success of the OA Trail Crew (OATC) program, the 1995 OA Retreat held August 20 – 24, 1995 also was a sensation for the 400 attendees. Reminiscent of conclave training, there were four seminar choices: American Indian events, ceremonies, quality program development and showmanship.

NOAC 1998

The last National OA Conference of the 1900s was held at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. It set a new record for delegates. For the first time a NOAC had over 7,000 Arrowmen in attendance with a tally of 7,043. The Conference theme, “Memories of the Past, A Vision for the Future” was the subject of the opening show which included a moving dedication to 1997 National Vice Chief Josh Sain who had been killed in an automobile accident while in office.

OA Philmont Trail Crew Starts

Several important relationships and chance encounters served as the origin of what eventually became known as the Order of the Arrow Trail Crew (OATC) program. It is a wonderful story because of visionary youth, capable adults who knew when to listen, and collectively they devised a plan that forever changed the relationship of the OA and High Adventure. In essence it is what the spirit of Scouting is all about.

NOAC 1994

The 1990 National Order of the Arrow Conference was the first to break the 6,000-delegate attendance standard. In 1994 the first NOAC at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, had broken that standard for the third consecutive conference. There were 6,012 delegates.

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.

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."

 

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.

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 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.

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.

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