3 Weeks ’til September Ordeal!

by Chris Brightwell on August 21, 2015


As many of us are emerging from a post-NOAC fog, it’s time to set our sites squarely on our next order of business as a lodge. It’s Ordeal time!

Join us September 11-13 at Camp Sequoyah. We’ll be doing the normal Ordeal and Brotherhood stuff, but we’ll also be setting plans into motion for Fall Fellowship, squaring up our lodge officer nominations, and more! If you’re looking for a shot at some leftover NOAC stuff, it’ll be in the Trading Post.

Ordeal Candidates, the early registration deadline for this Ordeal is next Friday, August 28th! You can find more info on your Ordeal and how to get registered here: http://coosa50.org/resources/ordeal-info/ordeal-instructions

Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the Ordeal.


With NOAC in the books, focus shifts toward the future.

by Chris Brightwell on August 10, 2015


Wow, what a great conference. There’s nothing that I could write that could possibly do it justice. If you followed us on Facebook or Twitter last week, you saw plenty of highlights.

Last week, more than 15,000 Order of the Arrow members converged upon Michigan State University for an unforgettable week of training and fellowship. From training, ceremonies, and dancing to patch trading, shows, and an endless amount of late-night pizza, it’s impossible to cover everything that happened over the span of about 100 hours. It’s safe to say, however, that everyone left NOAC with memories that will last a lifetime.

Some of us joined the largest-ever gathering of Eagle Scouts to hear remarks from the first Vigil Honor recipient in space. Others were part of the largest evacuation drill in Spartan Stadium history.

More than 15,000 Arrowmen attended the opening show. (Photo: David Murphree)

More than 15,000 Arrowmen attended the opening show. (Photo: David Murphree)

The shows in Breslin Arena, all played to an audience of more than 15,000, featured inspiring remarks from Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock, National President (and former CIA Director) Dr. Robert M. Gates, Order of the Arrow National Chief Alex Call, and Order of the Arrow National Vice Chief Donnie Stephens.

The theme each night was a little different, but they all echoed the main theme of the conference: It Starts With Us. The recurring question of “What is It, exactly?” was answered in each of these shows, but it was really crystallized in Alex Call’s remarks on Wednesday night.

“I’ll be daring all of my friends,” Alex said, “whether or not they’re members of the Order of the Arrow, or even Scouting, to start an extraordinary movement based on ordinary acts of service.”

“A classmate who sits alone on the school bus, hoping that someone will strike up a conversation. A co-worker who stays late every night, wishing they could make their daughter’s soccer game instead of an extra shift. A homeless teenager who stands at the street corner during your daily commute, looking for a warm meal — or even just a warm smile,” Alex said. “With just a few words and a few minutes of our time, we can live out the admonition of the OA through everyday acts of service.”

And then, perhaps most importantly, the National Chief of the Order of the Arrow encouraged all of us do 100 acts of unselfish kindness in 100 days and to share these acts with the world via social media with the hashtag #DAREtoDO.

You can watch Alex’s speech in its entirety here:

For me, personally, the most awe-inspiring moment of the entire conference happened just a few minutes into the opening show: During the 65th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, founder E. Urner Goodman was asked if he had any words for those Arrowmen who would be present for the Order’s 100th Anniversary.

Monday night, among more than 15,000 of my Brothers, I got to hear that message.

There was something for everyone at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, and it’s a shame that so many people were unable to attend. Your next chance to experience some NOAC magic will be in 2018 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

For more videos looking at the fun we had across campus, head over to the official NOAC YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14Dr_GrHiQeBCDqeTAVcIQ

For all of the on-site coverage from Scouting Magazine, go to: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/category/noac-2015/


NOAC Swag Packs are almost ready!

July 21, 2015

Are you going to NOAC? Your swag packs are almost ready! The boxes are being packed today! Here’s how you can get your stuff: If you’re in Birmingham, they’ll be available at the Scout office (516 Liberty Parkway) from 9AM to 5PM tomorrow (July 22) and Thursday (July 23). Anything not picked up by 5PM […]

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On this day in 1915, the Order of the Arrow was founded.

July 16, 2015

Nearly everyone who reads this knows that 2015 marks the Order of the Arrow’s centennial, but only a few of you know that today — July 16, 2015 — marks the exact date that the Order of the Arrow turns one hundred years old. On that night, at Treasure Island Scout Camp, E. Urner Goodman […]

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Thanks for coming to ArrowTour!

July 10, 2015

We had a great time on Tuesday at ArrowTour! More than 100 folks visited Camp Comer and the ArrowTour display to view the historical exhibit, silkscreen their own t-shirt, spend some money at the trading post, brand just about anything (including iPhone cases!), and dominate the gaga pit. Thanks to the Southern Region Road Team, […]

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Introducing the Coosa Lodge NOAC Memorabilia!

July 9, 2015

If you’re going to NOAC, you need to check your email! We just sent out a ton of information, including what you’ll receive in your NOAC swag pack! We are so excited to be partnering with Jack Links Beef Jerky this Conference. Here’s a preview:  

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