Celebrate the OA 100th Anniversary
100th Anniversary Celebration
The Order of the Arrow is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015, and we want you to join us as we commemorate this milestone! This page will serve as the on-line headquarters for the year-long celebration, and we're already getting started. Below are just a few of the many projects, contests and initiatives to come. To learn more about them, click on the headlines below. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on additional exciting projects as we get closer to 2015!
ArrowTour Boarding Pass
The boarding pass is a red lanyard with a card that has a QR code on the back that you can scan with a smartphone. Once scanned, the QR code will take Arrowmen to the ArrowTour website and give them more information about the program. Then the Arrowman will be asked to register the boarding pass using the 6 digit code on the bottom of the front side of the card. Once you register, the website will display where all the boarding passes are on a map and how far they've gone outside of Nashville. After registering, the Arrowman is asked to "pass it on" and give the pass to another Arrowman who needs to know more about ArrowTour. Once the next Arrowman registers the pass, the Arrowman who shared it will become eligible for lots of cool prizes such as t-shirts, stickers, two $50 Scout Stuff gift cards, and two $50 Visa gift cards! The more often the pass is shared, the more chances you'll have to win prizes.
You definitely do not want to miss out on getting a boarding pass! If you see someone with a boarding pass and you want a chance to get a prize, ask the pass holder "How do I get on board for ArrowTour?" Once you register the boarding pass online, don't forget to pass it on to another Arrowman so they can get on board too!
You don't need to have a smartphone to register the pass! All you need to do is go online to arrowtour.oa-bsa.org and click "register boarding pass." If you don't have a pass and want to see who does have one in your council, click "register boarding pass." Then you can click a button that says "I don't have a pass" and you will be able to see a map with the locations of registered boarding passes.
The contest will run from now until October 1, so keep your eyes out for a boarding pass at your council's next Scouting event!
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, we're planning to host the biggest, fun-filled, most exciting National Order of the Arrow Conference in history. We want as many Arrowmen as possible to have the chance to hang out with 10,000 of their closest friends, which is why the Order is launching the Centennial Challenge!
Special Edition Sash
At the December 2012 annual planning meeting the national committee voted to give Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference a once in a lifetime souvenir. All Arrowmen at the conference will receive a special edition red sash to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Order. Join the NOAC 2015.
The Arrowmen Service Award
Members of the Order of the Arrow will soon be able to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary by working to complete the Arrowman Service Award. This award, which some are referring to as "the sash patch," will be recognized as one of the few patches that have ever been approved by the national committee to be worn on one's Order of the Arrow sash.
The purposes of the ASA are to encourage Arrowmen to recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, strengthen their commitments to their local councils, and take part in the 100th anniversary events. The award will have 3 categories of criteria with various requirements that Arrowmen can complete. These include components on personal growth, service to Scouting, and participation in the centennial celebration.
The ASA's development has been similar to previous awards created for significant anniversaries of the Order. During the 60th anniversary, Arrowmen could earn the Bicentennial Award. The Order's history website provides more information on the details of past awards, and helps to give an idea of what the 100th anniversary award will be like.
Members will be able to begin working on the Arrowman Service Award during the 99th anniversary of the Order. The ASA will be available starting on July 16th of this year, and Arrowmen can continue working towards its completion through December 31st, 2015. More information about the requirements and patch design will be released soon so stay tuned!