There are many events available to all Arrowmen that are organized by the National Order of the Arrow team. Although most of these events are individual, and not sanctioned by the Lodge, they provide a great deal of personal responsibility and growth. As is most events, it’s always better with a friend!
Some of these include:
National Leadership Seminar: The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format is designed to complement the longer, more detailed Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Programs. Near the end of the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills studied in the seminar on projects in their lodge, council, and community.
Mawat Woakus Lodge pays about half of the $180 cost of NLS. This is a Region event, so participants work with fellow Arrowmen all accross the Midwest. The list of dates and locations of the trainings update annually. So make sure you check out http://central.oa-bsa.org/region-programs/training/national-leadership-seminar/ to learn more!
Order of the Arrow High Adventure (OAHA): The OAHA program is remarkable! There are five different program areas to choose from: Canadian Odyssey, Ocean Adventure, Summit Experience, Trail Crew, and Wilderness Voyager. These all take place at BSA High Adventure Bases. Since most adventures are 10-14 days, one of the OA’s legendary ideals of cheerful service is included greatly within the program. But also, this keeps costs way down, because participants preform service for the bases. Going through OAHA will likely save participants hundreds of dollars. They fill up fast, so get your registration in at find out more information at http://adventure.oa-bsa.org/index.php. More more information, visit the site above or contact Andrew Caryer, Lodge High Adventure Chairman. If you take this opportunity, let us know. We may be able to help you find more Lodge members who are interested.
Operation Arrow: To continue a tradition that dates back to the 1950 National Scout Jamboree, over 750 youth Arrowmen will answer the call to serve as part of Operation Arrow – the largest jamboree staff team ever assembled by the Order of the Arrow! Operation Arrow staff members will support the jamboree program by joining one of three primary OA program areas: the Service Corps, the Trek Guides and the Indian Village. The summer of 2017 seems like a long time away, but planning for the next national Scout jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) is already well underway. For more information, visit http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/jambo2017/. To register, visit http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/volunteers/.
NOAC 2018: Although it seems far away, we are already in the early planning stages to attend the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2018. In 2018, Arrowmen from around the country will have the unique opportunity to gather together at Indiana University to celebrate the Order of the Arrow at the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). Thousands of Arrowmen are expected to attend the 2018 conference seeking the best that the Order has to offer. Each time a national conference is held, Arrowmen come together from around the world to share ideas, learn from one another, and most importantly experience an outstanding conference that is unlike any other event in Scouting. NOAC is open only to members of the OA. Offered at NOAC are premier trainings, fellowship with other Lodge members, opportunities to meet fellow Arrowmen from accross the country, exhilarating activities, inspiring shows, and so much more! The conference only happens every three years, so you do not want to miss it! Directions on how to indicate interest will be posted closer to the event.
Mawat Woakus Lodge sent 70 Arrowmen in our contingent to the most recent NOAC in 2015. This was a huge accomplishment for us, and we hope to have similar interest in 2018! However, the preparation for our Lodge to get to NOAC and gain the most from the experience is extensive. Therefore, there is a position on the Lodge Executive Committee as the NOAC Chairman. In this position, one Arrowmen, with the advise of an adviser, will oversee the operations and planning of NOAC for our contingent. This position is currently vacant. However, the LEC would like to see this relativley soon by an Arrowman who does not already have a voting position on the LEC, will be a youth at NOAC 2018, and would be willing to play this pivotal role in the Lodge. If you have any interest in serving as the NOAC Chairman, please contact the Lodge Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.