NOAC Updates – 1/15/09

If you haven’t signed up for the OA National Events Information Newsletter yet, you are missing valuable National Order of the Arrow Conference news!

Another update went out on January 15th, here are the highlights:

Chief Corps
Looking for Chiefs to further their commitment to LIVING THE LEGACY of servant leadership. The Chiefs Corps tradition began at the 2006 NOAC and became a real force at the 2007 National Conservation and Leadership Summit. The Chiefs Corps for the 2009 NOAC will provide manpower for conference needs, support VIP relations, work with the concierge service, and be the service corps to help make the conference happen.

Feature Resource: Personal Finance Tracker
As a follow-up to the NOAC Contingent Fundraising Guide, the National Events Promotion Team has worked hard to provide an additional resource – the Personal Finance Tracker.

New Medical Form FAQ
Since this clarifies the statements that were made in the last NOAC Update which stated that the new Annual Health and Medical Record would be required, I have included the full text on this subject.

1. What if a participant already has a physical completed on a Class 3 form that will be less than a year old at NOAC?

ANSWER: Anyone who has already completed a physical examination using the Class 3 Boy Scout Medical Form that will be less than 12 months old at the time of the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference, will not be required to complete another physical examination. They will need to submit the already completed Class 3 form along with the completed and signed “Part C” section of the new BSA Medical Form 34605.

2. On page 3 of the new BSA Medical Form 34605, next to the doctor’s signature line, what is the purpose of the red arrow? Does it allow for an electronic signature? Is it an encryption tool?

ANSWER: The form was designed to allow for an electronic signature. The remainder of the form allows the applicant to fill in the information and save the document to their computer. When it is time for their examination and visit with their physician, participants need to print the form and complete all of the physical exam sections and all of the appropriate signatures by hand. There is no plan at this time to use the electronic signature feature for the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

3. Since the form has the capacity to save the information that Arrowmen input, and knowing that we are going to submit forms electronically prior to NOAC do participants have the doctor sign the form electronically or do they print the form, hand write all the necessary information, scan the form and then be prepared to submit it to the registration site?

ANSWER: When it is time for their examination and visit with their physician, they need to print the form and complete all of the physical exam sections and all of the appropriate signatures by hand. Further instructions will be provided, at a later date, as to how the form will be specifically submitted electronically to the National Office and to the NOAC Medical Staff.

OA High Adventure Goes International
In 2009, the Order of the Arrow will be piloting its first international OA High Adventure program at Northern Tier’s Donald Rogert Canoe Base at Atikokan in Canada.

Look for an additional article about OA High Adventure on Scouting News tomorrow!

Concierge Staff Requests Your Help
The Concierge Staff at NOAC, which debuted in the January 1 issue of the NOAC News You Can Use, is looking for NOAC Contingent Planbooks.

Reminder: Deposits Due Soon
Do not forget that a $100 deposit is due by March 1, 2009 for all NOAC participants and staff. Remember that as soon as you pay your deposit, you will receive a copy of the I’m There – NOAC Promotions Patch.

Are you planning on attending the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference?

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The new health form disciminates. Their height/ weight chart or BMI way of determining fitness was invented around 1840 while studying social physics. It is intended to screen whole populations, not individuals. Through numerous studies and clinical research, many highly respected organizations have proven that BMI is not a reliable indication of health. The two most obvious examples of this unreliability are highly muscled individuals who are very fit and healthy that may have a heavy body weight because muscle weighs so much more than fat placing them in the overweight or obese categories. Likewise, thin individuals who have a low body weight with very little muscle and a tremendously higher percentage of fat may have a normal BMI, which would be an incorrect indication of healthiness.
In 2004, research published in the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine stated that in most cases studied, the BMI did not accurately reflect the subject’s percentage of body fat. The issue with BMI is that the same criteria are used across the board when in reality there are numerous circumstances that are not taken into account. Specifically, BMI does not distinguish between body fat and muscle mass. Joshua Ode, Ph.D., Michigan State University stated this exact point when commenting on BMI, “whether you’re an athlete or a 75-year-old man, all the same cut points are used.” Another of the circumstances that impact the reliability of BMI is the subject’s heritage. Studies conducted by McMaster University, Duke University, Michigan State University and California University all show that BMI thresholds are significantly inaccurate base upon the racial heritage of individual groups. On average BMI numbers drastically underestimate health risks in people of South Asian, Chinese and Aboriginal descent while at the same time overestimate the risk in people of African American and South Pacific descent.
Salim Yusuf, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states, “Many of us now realize that body mass index is a very poor measure of adiposity – how fat you are – and how much health risk you face. BMI is a tool best used at home to get a person’s attention but for true health markers a person needs numerous tests including waist size, blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure.” With so much agreement in the scientific community concerning the unreliability of BMI, I ask you why the BSA would enact such stringent rules for their membership. Furthermore, there is no exaggeration in the use of the word stringent as a review of the BSA BMI compared to the U.S. Army BMI requirements shows a difference of only 8% in the allowable numbers. The BSA truly feels that their 100% volunteer leadership should be within 8% of the same “fitness” levels of the men and women who train daily, work in harsh environments and are deployed to combat war theaters? Isn’t this asking a bit much?

By Francis Montry on February 11th, 2009 at 11:37 am


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