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2009 NOAC Day In Review for Friday 7/31

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2009 NOAC Day In Review for Friday 7/31

Posted on 01 August 2009 by Dan

Staff Show Video. NOAC 2009 is underway in Indiana! This video show some of the NOAC staff setting up before our guests arrive.

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2009 NOAC Saturday – Day 1

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2009 NOAC Saturday – Day 1

Posted on 01 August 2009 by Dan

2009 NOACThe National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) kicked off today at Indiana University. If you aren’t one of the approximately 7,000 arrowmen in attendance, you can still get a feel for what is happening! The NOAC Staff is producing a website called NOAC 2009 Live!, where you can follow what is happening at NOAC day by day. According to Jeremy Yamaguchi, NOAC Live! Chairman, the teams are visiting and reporting from numerous areas of the conference day and night covering every aspect of the conference’s activities so you at home can get an accurate picture of conference life.

Saturday NOAC Highlights:

Welcome from the National Officers
Read the welcome message from Jack O’Neill, the 2009 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, and Dan Higham, the National Vice Chief, to all of the participants at NOAC.

Participant Award
The 2009 NOAC Participation Award seeks to broaden the NOAC experience. Only NOAC 2009 guests completing the award requirements will earn this very special pin.

Did you take some pics while traveling? Did you take more pics while moving in? Arrowmen can submit photos of their trip and their experience at NOAC and upload them to share with ours.

A Day in the Life of Jack O’Neill
With the exception of starting his day with a bowl of Lucky Charms, our National Chief’s average day is never typical.

Welcome from the NOAC Live! Chairman
Jeremy Yamaguchi, NOAC Live! Chairman, gives a sneak peak of what to expect for this year’s conference.

The CornerstONE
Or, if you’d like something you can print and read, copies of the NOAC newspaper, The CornerstONE, are also available online.

The CornerstONE – Sunday, August 2, 2009 (2.1 MB PDF File)
The CornerstONE – Saturday, August 1, 2009 (1.8 MB PDF File)

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Stay Connected with NOAC Mobile!

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Stay Connected with NOAC Mobile!

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Dan

NOAC Mobile WebsiteIf you are attending the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) which starts officially tomorrow, be sure to check out the NOAC Mobile Website.


The NOAC Mobile website will allow Arrowmen to use their PDA and internet enabled phones to keep up with the latest NOAC news, happenings, schedule changes, and weather. The NOAC Mobile website (http://m.oa-bsa.org) is compatible with most devices including iPhone, Blackberry, and Treo.

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2010 OA High Adventure Program Applications Available

Posted on 17 July 2009 by Dan

OA High AdventurePlan now to attend the 2010 an Order of the Arrow High Adventure Program. The 2010 applications for OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, and OAWV: Canadian Odyssey have been posted on the OA High Adventure website (http://www.adventure.oa-bsa.org). There will be nine sessions of each program, including the new Canadian Odyssey Voyage, running from early June through mid-August.

The Ocean Adventure program at Sea Base is currently being revised to give Arrowmen the oppurtunity to leave an even greater impact on the area, at a lower cost to the participants. Deatails abou Ocean Adventure as well as the application, will be available later this summer.

The Order of the Arrow High Adventure program committtee encourages Arrowmen to apply as soon as possible. Each year the OA’s High Adventure programs continue to grow in popularity and have been filled to capacity for four straight years.

For more program information including promotional flyers, videos, participant testimonials, newsletter articles, scholarship form templates, website banners, training syllabi and more, visit the resources section of the OA High Adventure website.

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Arrowmen in Action: Living Life to the Fullest

Posted on 07 July 2009 by admin

charliehapBack in February we started pointing out a great feature in the NOAC Update Newsletters called “Arrowmen in Action”.

Past Arrowmen in Action Stories:
City Councilman
Stepping Up when no one else did
Building houses in Mexico
New Hampshire House of Representatives
Runs an EMS Service

The latest Arrowmen in Action, showcases a father-son team who helped others on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Arrowmen In Action: Living Life To The Fullest

What started out as a great father-son adventure one August morning turned into a quick lesson in emergency preparedness for two Arrowmen last year. Charlie and Hap Stokes, Brotherhood members from Lakeview, Minnesota, were hiking up the 14,259-foot Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado last August when they had to put their Scout skills to use. The two had just completed two weeks at Philmont and were ready to take on a mountain that Hap had wanted to climb since he was a boy. They brought plenty of water, extra clothes and rain gear and even started early enough in the day to reach the peak before the daily thunderstorms hit. “We did everything right,” said Hap of his and his son’s preparations. “But, in this case, it didn’t matter,” he said.

The walk up the mountain was as leisurely as it could be. They stopped to take pictures and admired the well-known scenery along the way. But when they reached to summit of the mountain, the pair noticed dark storm clouds quickly making their way towards the mountain. One of the reasons for making the climb that day was to spread Hap’s dad’s ashes, so they quickly did that, took a few pictures and began their descent back down the mountain. After hiking a little over a mile down the mountain they decided to stop and put rain gear on, something that many of the other hikers on the trail that day chose not to do. A few hundred feet later, they were being pelted by hail and surrounded by lightening. At one point, the hail was hitting so hard that the pair decided to stop with a group of others and seek shelter. “It was hail,” Hap told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I’m bald. It hurt, man. I was getting pelted.”

After a while, the father-son pair decided they had to continue down the mountain or risk being sitting ducks in a lightening storm. They led a group of several people down to a shelter and collected other stranded hikers along the way. Once they got to the shelter Charlie and Hap sprang into action, using the skills they had learned in Scouts to help their fellow hikers. “[Scouting] trained us to help those who were less prepared than we were,” said Hap. They emptied their backpacks of the extra clothes and distributed their water. Eventually someone was able to call for help and handed the phone to Hap. The rangers told him that those who could walk down should do so. While Hap encouraged others to leave, he and Charlie stayed behind to help those who couldn’t leave until more help had arrived. Eventually another group of hikers, including two physicians, arrived at the shelter where Hap and Charlie had huddled with others to escape the storm.

The physicians arrived just in time, because Charlie noticed that his dad was starting to experience hypothermia. “He was so busy helping other people he didn’t help himself,” Charlie told the Pioneer Press. Hap credits his son’s leadership abilities with helping to keep him safe. “It was just natural for Charlie to pick up the leadership role,” he said. Charlie immediately ordered his dad off the mountain and the two made it back safely.

For their heroism and actions that day, the pair was awarded the National Medal of Merit at a surprise Court of Honor held by their troop. The honor meant a lot to Hap and Charlie, whose family’s Scouting heritage goes back several generations. Still, Hap credits his action to the training he received as a Scout. “Any number of people are trained to provide service. The real motivation is to just execute that training.”

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OA Red Arrow Award

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2009 OA Red Arrow Award Recipients

Posted on 08 June 2009 by admin

At the May National BSA meeting the National OA Committee announced the 2009 recipients of the Red Arrow Award. These awards will be presented at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

About Red Arrow Award
OA Red Arrow AwardThe Red Arrow award was created in 1967 to recognize individuals who are not members of the Order of the Arrow, for outstanding service to the Order. This attractive award, a red arrow and medallion superimposed on an engraved plaque, and a miniature charm for civilian wear, can only be awarded by action of the National Order of the Arrow Committee. Recommendations, by nomination form, should be sent to the national director.

The Red Arrow Award is presented by the National Order of the Arrow Committee at a National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). The recipients are either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the Order of the Arrow. This service may take many forms and should involve a significant period of time, as opposed to a single event. Only a limited number of awards will be presented, therefore, only those nominees whose accomplishments are of the highest order will be recognized. Nominations will not be accepted or considered for posthumous awards.

2009 Red Arrow Award Recipients
2009 Rosetta LeClair
2009 Sandra Reti
2009 Patricia Swedenburg

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OA Lodges Receive National Service Award

Posted on 06 June 2009 by admin

national-service-awardEight lodges have been awarded the 2009 National Service Award. This award is presented to lodges for outstanding service rendered during the 2008 calendar year.

The National Service Award was established in 1999 to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service, both in a qualitative and a quantitative sense, to their council. The National Service Award Petition is submitted along with the lodge recharter application. To be considered for the National Service Award, a lodge must be certified as a National Quality Lodge the year in which the National Service Award Petition is submitted. Two lodges per region will be granted the National Service Award each year.

The National Service Award petition requires lodges to submit information on current lodge membership (the size of a lodge is a factor when considering the magnitude of the service it has provided), a detailed description of the largest and most meaningful service project the lodge has completed for its council, and a record of all service performed by the lodge for the council since the last recharter process. Service for this award is defined as any project that has directly benefited the Scouting program in the council.

The award was developed by past National Vice Chief Ryan Miske. The National Service Award is always presented the year following the service being recognized. The year used below is the year for which the lodge is being recognized for outstanding service and not the year the National Service Award was presented. For example, the lodges listed in the 2008 group were recognized at the beginning of 2009.

The following were selected to receive the National Service Award by the National Order of the Arrow Committee:

Southern Region
Echockotee Lodge
North Florida Council #87
Jacksonville, FL

Mikanakawa Lodge
Circle Ten Council #571
Dallas, TX

Central Region
Cho-Gun-Mun-A-Nock Lodge
Hawkeye Area Council #172
Cedar Rapids, IA

Gabe-Shi-Win-Gi-Ji-Kens Lodge
Chief Okemos Council #271
Lansing, MI

Northeast Region
Madockawanda Lodge
Pine Tree Council #218
Portland, ME

Octoraro Lodge
Chester County Council #539
West Chester, PA

Western Region
Wiatava Lodge
Orange County Council #39
Santa Ana, CA

Orca Lodge
Redwood Empire Council #41
Santa Rosa, CA

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2009 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

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2009 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Posted on 04 June 2009 by admin

At the May National BSA meeting the National OA Committee announced the 2009 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. These awards will be presented at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The award is presented every two years during NOAC. Since the time of the first awards were presented, less than 750 Distinguished Service Awards have been presented.

The award is a sterling silver arrowhead, bearing an arrow pointing upward and to the wearer’s right, suspended from a white neck-ribbon upon which are embroidered red arrows. A white square knot embroidered upon red cloth is also available. Presentation of the award is limited; nominations are open to both youth and adult.

2009 Recipients
2009 Kevin Lloyd Anderson
2009 Kyle Becker
2009 Michael D. Bliss
2009 Forrest I. Bolles
2009 Alex Braden
2009 Russell A. Bresnahan
2009 Wayne Brock
2009 Toby Capps
2009 Evan P. Chaffee
2009 Judge J. H. Corpening II
2009 Dustin James Counts
2009 Darrell Woodley Donahue
2009 Tyler Elliott
2009 Thomas Fitzgibbon
2009 James A. Flatt, MD
2009 Jonathan Eric Fuller
2009 T. Alex Gomez
2009 John Green
2009 Kenneth James Hager
2009 Adam Heaps
2009 Mark Patrick Hendricks
2009 Doug Hirdler
2009 Burl Holland
2009 Don Hough
2009 Michael Stephen Kirby
2009 Andrew Kuhlmann
2009 Thomas Lambert
2009 Geoffrey Landau
2009 Andrew Martin
2009 Robert Lewis Mason
2009 Bruce Mayfield
2009 Bob Mazzuca
2009 Sean M. Murray
2009 Larry M. Newton
2009 David Nguyen
2009 James W. Palmer
2009 Ian Romaine
2009 Patrick W. Rooney
2009 David E. Schaub
2009 Christopher Schildknecht
2009 Benjamin L. Stilwill
2009 Francis William Sturges, Jr.
2009 Keith Swedenburg
2009 John Mason Thomas
2009 Kieran Thompson
2009 Kay Trick
2009 Edward Tudor
2009 Jacob Paul Wellman
2009 Chad Eric Wolver

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OA Section W2S

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Section W2S OA Conclave April 24-26

Posted on 19 April 2009 by admin

OA Section W2SHundreds of Boy Scouts who have been elected to the honor society of scouting, are planning to attend a weekend of training classes, competitions, and games at the Davis County Fairgrounds April 24 – 26.

Scouts who are members were elected to the Order of the Arrow are able to register to participate in the exciting Section W2S Conclave by going to http://www.SectionW2S.org on the Internet.

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America, and each year the members gather for a weekend conference of fun and learning. The regional event attracts hundreds of boys from many states, and it was entirely organized and run by the boys themselves.

Activities included instruction, spiritual uplift, leadership training, and traditional Boy Scout activities such as rock climbing, rifle and shotgun shooting, archery, and other outdoor skills. There were over 85 classes and activities, all of which were organized by the youth leaders.

Membership in the Order of the Arrow is not an award. Boy Scouts who live by the Scout Oath and Law, have achieved at least the rank of First Class and have at least 15 days and nights of camping are eligible to be elected to the OA by the members of their troop.

The Boy Scouts of America sponsor Order of the Arrow lodges in each council throughout the United States. The country is broken up into Sections of several lodges. Section W2S is made up of members from the Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake area), Utah National Parks Council (southern Utah), and Trapper Trails Council (northern Utah and part of Wyoming).

Boy Scouts who are interested in the Order of the Arrow, members, and their parents can get more information on the Internet at www.oa-bsa.org.

The following press release was issued by ThatPRGuy.

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Arrowmen in Action: Saving Lives While Still Scouting

Posted on 10 April 2009 by admin

Back in February we pointed out a great feature in the NOAC Update Newsletter, called “Arrowmen in Action”. The first Arrowmen featured was involved with building houses in Mexico, the second serves in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and the latest runs an EMS service.

Go to class, check. Do homework, check. Run an EMS service… check. That’s the average to-do list for Michael Pandya. Michael—a former lodge chief and section vice chief from Nakona Lodge in Texas—is a student at Rice University and works with the EMS service. “I got started with the EMS service as a freshman,” Michael says, “I took a course, really liked it and got really involved.”

He got so involved that he became Captain by the time he was 21. As Captain, he oversees all of the daily operations including staffing and equipment maintenance, the service’s educational program, which certifies students at the EMT-Basic and Intermediate levels, and anything else that comes with keeping Rice University safe. The service includes 30 staff members and provides state-licensed first responder support for the students, faculty and staff of Rice University.

Michael isn’t the only student on the staff, however. The staff is made up entirely of undergraduate students. “Our program is pretty unique in that they place a lot of trust in students with patient care,” he says. Staff members are on call for twelve hours shifts, during which they attend class and proceed through their day as usual and respond to calls as needed. Because the service doesn’t have an ambulance, staff members respond in vehicles ranging from an SUV to a bike to their own two feet. Despite their sometimes low-tech modes of transportation, their average call time is just three minutes—something Michael is proud of. “We provide comparable service—if not better service—than other EMS services in our area.”

Supervisors like Michael are assigned to work a 24-hour shift, which requires him to keep his radio and pager on at all times. “Sometimes it can be really busy and others really slow,” he says. “You can go three days without a call and then the next day is absolutely busy.” Although he enjoys the adrenaline that comes with the job, he doesn’t enjoy the paperwork that follows each call.

And how does he manage to run an EMS service and stay involved in Scouting? “I learned a long time ago that sleep is optional,” he says. Michael says sometimes he has to spend spurts of time on Scouting and focus on his EMS duties at other times. No matter what he’s doing, he’s always working.

In the future, Michael would like to attend medical school and maybe specialize in emergency medicine. But in the short-term, he has no plans to leave the EMS service. “I want to keep riding on an ambulance for a long time.” Whatever Michael does, he’ll use The Power of One…will you?

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