Nischa Chuppecat Lodge, Order of the Arrow
As Scouting's National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow is an integral part of the council's program. Our service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.
The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold:
- To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant recognition
- To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
- To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of the unit's camping program, both year-round and in the summer camp, as directed by the local council's camping committee
- To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others
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Indiana Bicentennial Service Award
Nischa Chuppecat Lodge Hoosier Trails Council applied for an official endorsed legacy project through the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and were so approved. The project is for an award for 25 service hours performed by registered members of Hoosier Trails Council. This is for Cubs, Scouts Ventures, leaders and even parents and siblings if the unit would like to include them.
The 25 hours can be for service in a state park or historical site or service hours in your community. Keep a journal of what your project was and how many hours were spend on it. When you have 25 hours have your leader sign it. The hours can be from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. So there is plenty of time to earn the award.
Nischa Chuppecat Lodge is the local Order of the Arrow Lodge and is sponsoring this award. Units can purchase the award for $2 each from the Lodge at the Hoosier Trails Council service center. Nischa Chuppecat Lodge members with current dues paid will receive theirs from the Lodge at no charge. When a Scout Troop submits their requests, the Lodge needs the name and hours of the OA members for record keeping purposes. Download more information.
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Candidates Order of the Arrow Event Discount for Adults
How does an adult get a discount for their OA event fee you ask? An adult leader who is the driver of the automobile gets a $5 discount for each youth they bring with them. Bringing 5 youth allows the driver to come free to the OA event. Not a bad deal. It helps get more youth to the events. This is a discount we give each Order of the Arrow weekend event. It does not include the winter banquet.
If you register through Doubleknot, you do not pay then as it will not take it, plus you may not know yet how many youth you are bringing . You must pay at the event and tell them at check in how many youth you brought.
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Jump Start for New Arrowmen
JumpStart is for new Arrowmen who have been inducted into the Order of the Arrow. New members can catch a glimpse of the OA's rich history, discover more about their Ordeal experience, and learn how to seal their membership in the Order by taking the next step: Brotherhood Membership. Click here.
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Order of the Arrow Troop Representative and Advisor
To stay connected and keep the Order of the Arrow active in your unit, every troop/team should have an Order of the Arrow Troop/Team Representative (youth position) and an Order of the Arrow Troop/Team Adviser (adult position).
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OA High Adventure
There are several low-cost high adventure programs available exclusive to OA members. OA Trail Crew (Philmont SR) OA Ocean Adventure (Sea Base), OA Wilderness Voyage and OA Canadian Odyssey (Boundary Waters), and new in 2014, OA Summit Experience (Summit Bechtel NSR) are each very special adventures. All have openings for next summer. If you have interest in any of them, check out the OA High Adventure website for more information.