Earlier this month, each lodge received eight special tickets to Prism – a once-ever event happening this summer, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. This Friday, those tickets will expire forever.
Those who attend Prism will enjoy a four-day, three-night experience at the Summit. Participants will be able to enjoy all of the program offerings at the Scott Summit Center and leave their mark on the SBR through a service project. The event’s defining experience will be the inaugural rededication ceremony at the Summit Circle, which is the relocated ceremony grounds from Treasure Island, and the Order’s national ceremonies site.
The eight tickets guaranteed to your lodge expire February 5, 2016 – at which point registration for any remaining available slots will open to those who entered the lottery on prism.oa-bsa.org. If you have lodge members that want to attend and do not have a ticket for any reason, encourage them to enter the lottery prior to February 5.
Prism will run for seven sessions this summer, and your tickets may be used for any session on a first-come, first-serve basis – so do not delay!
Would you like to attend one of the OA High Adventure Opportunities such as Trail Crew (Philmont), Wilderness Voyage (Northern Tier), W.V. Canadian Odyssey (Canada), OA Ocean Adventure (Florida Sea Base), or the Summit Experience (Bechtel Reserve)? Well, we have good news! Section W-1N is offering four scholarships of $300 to our youth members to help cover the cost.
Are you an Arrowmen looking for a once in a lifetime experience this summer? If so, you’re in for a major treat because the Summit Bechtel Reserve is hosting a brand new Order of the Arrow event that’s only offered in 2016.
The OA event, Prism, is a four-day adventure program at the Summit that culminates on the same grounds where the Order was founded. The event is offered to eight Arrowmen from each lodge as part of the inaugural year of the Summit Circle at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
The original Treasure Island Scout Reservation ceremony grounds have been moved and recreated in their entirety at the new Summit Circle. Famously known for being the birthplace of the OA, Treasure Island’s rich history will be well remembered at the new grounds and will even feature actual rocks and relics from the original site.
Eight Arrowmen from each lodge will illuminate their OA experience this summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
The original ceremony grounds have been moved and recreated in their entirety at a new Summit Circle. Eight Arrowmen from your lodge will travel to the SBR for a four day adventure that culminates on the same grounds where the Order was founded. Your lodge will receive its eight tickets the second week of January, along with the session dates.
Once lodges have had a chance to submit the names of their attendees, a drawing for both youth and adults will open simultaneously for any of the unclaimed $180 tickets.
Do not miss this timeless opportunity to reflect on the very foundation of the Order. Witness the entire spectrum of your OA experience this summer; join us at Prism.
This summer, lodge and section leadership from across the country will be invited to Indiana University for a new kind of training experience.
NEXT: A New Century will take place July 30 through August 3. The lodge chief, two youth change agents and two adult advisers from each lodge will be invited to attend. Each section will also receive three invitations.
The main objective of NEXT is to create a culture of growth in the Order of the Arrow. Today, we serve about 11% of the youth registered in Boy Scouting. Every lodge has the opportunity to deliver the impact of the OA program to a lot more young people, and give them the same life-changing experience each of us has had.
This past year was about celebrating a century of service but our centennial slogan always implied more was coming NEXT. This summer, we’re going to look at some of the information we have available to us and pivot to our future with one question in mind: What makes a young person become, and remain, a member of the Order of the Arrow?
“In all facets of Scouting, we recognize that delivering quality program is the main driver of retention,” explained NEXT conference chairman Clint Takeshita. “A young person having fun in the Order of the Arrow keeps them around and it keeps them engaged.”
Takeshita explained that the OA’s signature national events are renowned: NOAC is the best national event the BSA organizes, the NLS is the program’s premier training opportunity and our high adventure programs deliver the most impactful experience at each base.
But the vast majority of our members will never experience them. They receive their program at the lodge level. Last year, less than 12 percent of OA membership attended a lodge event, a downward trend from nearly 18 percent the previous years. Determining how to get more Arrowmen to local events, and ensuring those events are quality, is paramount.
And that’s not just his opinion. Nearly half of the OA’s youth members say it is lodge events that affect their involvement in the OA the most – three times more than any other category. It’s also the area where our leadership needs the most help. Nearly 45 percent of lodge chiefs and 57 perfect of advisers say that lodge program should be the top priority for the national organization.
Almost half of the Order’s membership is Ordeal. This creates a big opportunity for change: it means 45 perfect of our membership is either less than a year old or has likely never attended another lodge event before their ordeal.
That also means that we need to grow beyond the “get people to Brotherhood” mentality for lodge events. In fact, we’ve seen no correlation between Brotherhood conversion rates and membership retention. So getting people to events is not just about a snack in the woods with a ceremony – it has to be driven by program.
Our leaders have given us a mandate: we asked what they wanted and they answered. Lodge leaders assembled at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow conference said they wanted more lodge programs by a more than two to one margin over training, national events or service opportunities.
“The focus needs to be on the lodge and how to grow event participation numbers,” Takeshita explained.
NEXT: A New Century will be an event unlike any before it. Youth leaders from across the country are in the process of using an unprecedented amount of feedback and data to ask new and thought-provoking questions about the future of the OA’s program.
The result will be an event that empowers lodge leadership to ask how they can create change in their lodges and equip them to implement innovative program.
Lodge leadership knows this is a challenge. 41% of lodge chiefs and 51% of lodge advisers identified their single biggest issues as planning or promoting lodge events. The mandate could not be clearer.
The 2016 national event, NEXT: A New Century, will be truly unlike anything the Order of the Arrow has ever seen. Youth leaders from across the nation will gather at Indiana University from July 30 to August 3, 2016 in order to learn, grow and be inspired as we proceed into a new century of service. Each lodge will be able to send 3 youth and 2 adults: its lodge chief, another lodge officer and one additional youth member, as well as the lodge adviser and one associate adviser. For those interested in attending this event, talk to your lodge chief and adviser today, or check out the website here: http://www.oa-bsa.org/pages/content/next-a-new-century
Key Dates October 15, 2015 Registration Open March 1, 2016 Contingent Deposits & Reservation Due May 31, 2016 Contingent Late Fees Apply May 31, 2016 Staff Assignments Complete May 31, 2016 Staff Late Fees Apply
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Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in sky-high backpacking country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails at Philmont Scout Ranch? Beginning October 28, 2015, you can register to take on that challenge along with many more adventures for the 2017 Philmont expeditions at Philmont Scout Ranch.
By combining the best of the old West—horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuck wagon dinners, and interpretive history – with exciting challenges for today—rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking and .30-06 rifle shooting—the 2017 Philmont program invites Scouts and Scouters to experience the fun and fellowship of the BSA’s largest national High-Adventure base.
Registering for Philmont 2017
Registration for Philmont 2017 expeditions begin October 28, 2015 and continues until November 18, 2015 at philmontscoutranch.org/register. Registered crews of seven to 12 individuals trek 50 to 110 miles, summiting peaks and stopping at a selection of 36 staffed backcountry program areas. Adults participate as advisors, while youth crew members serve as the crew’s primary leadership.
Crews must have at least seven people and no more than 12 people. You can always register multiple crews if your group exceeds 12. During registration, you must list at least seven preferred arrival dates and an automated selection process will assign your preferred arrival dates. Councils host reservations combining multiple smaller units which individually cannot create a complete Philmont crew. To join a council contingent, contact your local council.
Participants may enter the system anytime from the start date to the end date – there are no BSA Region assigned dates as in previous years. And beginning in 2016, any unit is able to attend in consecutive years.
How to Be Prepared for Philmont
A Philmont trek is physically demanding. Even if you are able to pass a physical examination with flying colors, you will need to get in shape for Philmont. Steep, rocky trails with 1,000-foot climbs are typical. Also, there is 20 to 35 percent less oxygen at Philmont elevations than at sea level. And remember, you will be carrying a pack that weighs 35 to 50 pounds. Breathing will be labored, especially at the start of your trek.
A program of regular aerobic exercise that begins six months or more before you come to Philmont is highly recommended. Exercise for at least 30 minutes three to four times a week at an intensity that boosts your heart rate about 75% of your maximum.
Learn more about prepping for Philmont by reading Philmont’s Guidebook to Adventure. Also, check out Philmont Shakedown Guide Part 1 and Part 2 to prepare for an upcoming Philmont trek.
Adult advisors can participate in the Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) program to help better prepare them to confidently lead their crew in preparing for an upcoming Philmont trek.
Build Your 2017 Crews Now!
Mark your calendars to register for Philmont 2017 before November 18, 2015. Help build excitement for these upcoming treks by sharing with your Scouting network. And check out the ariel tour of the Tooth of Time below to get a bird’s eye view of one of the Summit’s most treasured landmarks!