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. This hands-on, high-energy event will focus on membership, program and innovation at the local level, which will subsequently empower participants to return home and be powerful agents of change.

Youth and adult leaders who attend will be able to work with Arrowmen from all across the country, providing a unique opportunity to discuss lodge operations and network. The program will also feature a model induction process, comprised of innovative methods designed to increase efficacy and retention. Youth leaders will be provided with feedback about current programs within their lodge and aided in brainstorming new ones. Participants will develop their leadership and ideas, while sharing these ideas and other best practices with their fellow Arrowmen.

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! Stay tuned for more information about this event, especially towards the end of 2015. With a new century before us, the Order has limitless possibilities. Will you be responsible for the NEXT big thing in our history?

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