The national Order of the Arrow committee has released the OA Branding and Style Guide. The committee wanted to ensure clear and consistant representation and message, as the OA approaces its 100th anniversary.
The OA Branding and Style Guide covers everything from Tradmark and Logo Protection, the Official OA Logo, Colors, Tagline, Alternative Logos, Common Terms, Awards, Events, and Uniforming and Insignia.
For those of you that were curious, the Order of the Arrow Tagline is “Scouting’s National Honor Society” and the logo’s colors are “Boy Scout Red” and “Boy Scout Blue”.
The national Order of the Arrow committee would like the Branding and Style Guide to become a staple in your Order of the Arrow publications library.
The Order of the Arrow (OA) Summit Corps project being conducted in partnership with the National Park Service, is possible because of the outstanding support of the West Virginia National Guard. According to Captain Jamie Bowen, of the Glen Jean Armory, “The Armory serves as the Incident Command Center for the project, where classrooms utilized by the military have been temporarily converted to office space for volunteer staff overseeing the operations, logistics, plans, and finance for the project.”
As the base of operations for nearly 1400 SummitCorps participants ages 14 – 21 and adult volunteer staff from across the country. The Glen Jean Armory is currently home to hundreds of tents that now cover a field the size of two football fields that was cleared by Soldiers and Armory employees over a period of two weeks.
Soldiers leveled the ground and hauled and packed gravel to make a transportation route for tents, portable toilets and showers near their camps. Soldiers also constructed an amphitheatre that stands near the tent city, for evening programs for the Arrowmen including the opening and closing ceremonies and a Wednesday night campfire. Perhaps equally as important to the young people, after a full day of building trails and removing invasive plants the Scouts return to the Armory, to enjoy a welcoming hot meal in the dining hall.
“This project lays the groundwork for a future of working hand in hand with the Boy Scouts of America on the jamborees and other projects. SummitCorps 2011 is the start of a strong and long lasting relationship between the BSA and the National Guard,” said Captain Bowen. Over the last year, Captain Bowen participated in multiple meetings and hosted three on-site meetings leading up to SummitCorps 2011.
Now in its third week, SummitCorps 2011 is operating safely and successfully for all participants and partners, in large part because the West Virginia National Guard has made every participant and partner feel welcome at the Glen Jean Armory. Mark Ishizu of Honolulu, HI and Youth Incident Commander for Week 3 shares his gratitude toward the Soldiers: “The Service they provide to our country goes beyond military deployments, but also impacts the younger generation. The fact that they are hosting us for this project is a perfect example of this impact.”
I doubt it is in response to complaints about a lack of communication from National about the Jamboree on various unofficial Jamboree email lists, however there is now a national email newsletter for Jamboree participants and staff.
According to BSAJamboree.org beginning in January and continuing through July, the Jamboree Navigator will be delivered to each Scout, Troop Leader, and Jamboree Staff member who signs up to recieve this email newsletter. The monthly newsletter will feature information about programming opportunities, the arena shows, and how to prepare for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
According to the thank you page this is a service provided by the Order of the Arrow.
Check out the Newsletter Signup page on BSAJamboree.org for additional information and to sign up for these monthly newsletters.
John Alline, the Jamboree Division Director, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on December 19, 2009. Mr. Alline was 58 years old.
Mr. Alline was a 36-year employee of the Boy Scouts of America and was currently the Director of the National Jamboree. Mr. Alline was also the previous Associate Director of the Order of the Arrow.
According to his obituary, a private memorial will be held at a later date, and memorial contributions may be sent to the National Boy Scout Council or any local council.
Mr. Alline is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Jean; daughters, Jennifer Garber and her husband, Jim, of High Ridge, Mo., Erika LaCourt and her husband, Vinni, of League City, Melanie Alline of North Richland Hills; granddaughters, Callie Garber and Kayla LaCourt; sister, Mary Gerassimenko and her husband, Michel, of Lahaina, Hawaii.”
For several years, the National Order of the Arrow Committee has provided matching service award grants for a limited number of projects submitted by application to the national office.
Matching grant money is given to lodges for camp or service center projects in their local council. The Order will provide up to one-half of the money for a service project, with a $5,000 maximum amount granted for any lodge project.
All Service Grant Applications must be submitted to the national office by October 31st, for projects to be done the following year.