Dear Southern Region,

I am truly honored to have been elected your 2013 Southern Region Chief; it will be an experience I will remember forever. More importantly, however, I hope 2013 will be a memorable year for all the Arrowmen in the Southern Region. This year has much to offer: National Leadership Seminars, OA High Adventure, and Project 2013 at the National Scout Jamboree. I hope that many of you can participate in these events.


As your region chief, I will ensure that all NLS participants gain the most knowledge from the course as possible, and that lodges can reach their JTE goals through region-level support.


This year's program of emphasis is the Order of the Arrow staff at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and the program's opportunities exhibited there are nearly superfluous. The Boy Scouts of America is counting on us to provide 700+ staff members at the event and we are behind on recruitment.


Click here to research the program opportunities and strongly consider staffing, it will benefit the Boy Scouts from around the nation. I am looking forward to a spectacular year in the brotherhood.



Yours in Scouting,



Brad Torpey 

2013 National Chief from SR-6...

The 2013 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow is from the Southern Region this year. On the first night of the national planning meeting the election of the national chief and vice chief were held. A few hours after starting the news broke that Matt Brown from SR-6 was elected chief.

Matt lives in Nashville, TN where he is attending Lipscomb University majoring in accounting. Matt is an Eagle Scout, Founders Award recipient, and earned the Arrow of Light. Before becoming national chief Matt served as Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge Chief, Section 6 Vice Chief, and Section 6 Chief.

"The feeling of being the 2013 National Chief of the Order of the
Arrow is absolutely amazing. It truly is a blessing that I will get to
see the unique programs of lodges and sections all across the nation
and meet many of the members that lead our Order from their Lodges and Chapters. It's their leadership that makes the biggest impact in our Order," Matt said.

Matt will lead the Order this year with the program of emphasis Project 2013. Under his leadership he will execute one of the largest projects the OA has undertaken. "I'm also excited about serving the Order at a time like this, where we are focused on our service to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and the first one to be held at the Summit." 
2012 OA Service Grant Recipients...

One of the four fold purposes of the Order of the Arrow is "to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others." It is with this spirit of cheerful service to others that the Order proudly offers the matching service grant program.  


This year's recipients from the Southern Region are:


Ahoalan-Nachpikin Lodge

- Chickasaw Council, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, will receive $2,582 dollars to construct a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Technology Shelter at Kia Kima Scout Reservation.  



Mikanakawa Lodge - Circle Ten Council, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, will receive $2,333 dollars to construct a 40 foot bridge for safe passage of an eight (8) mile hiking trail at Camp James Ray.


Unali'yi Lodge - Coastal Carolina Council, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, will be awarded $1,930 dollars for the handicap conversion of restrooms at Camp Ho Non Wah.


Nawakwa Lodge - Heart of Virginia Council, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, will receive $1,676 dollars to build a five (5) mile hiking trail loop with an ADA accessible shelter at Albright Scout Reservation.


Shenandoah Lodge - Stonewall Jackson Area Council, headquartered in Waynesboro, Virginia, will receive $2,400 dollars to construct a STEM shelter at Camp Shenandoah.


Consider applying for a service grant as a service project for your lodge! Applications are due October 31st, and the application and further information may be found here

Support Scouting with Discover...
If you have been looking for a new way to support local Scouting - there is a way now. The Boy Scouts of America Prepaid Discover Card is now available to the public. This prepaid card has a cover of your choice that is Scouting related. And yes, there is an Order of the Arrow cover!

The concept is simple. Sign up for the prepaid card, load it with money, and then spend it! The Boy Scouts of America will receive $1 per card that is open, and that money is then split between the national council and local councils.


This idea is a great tool to help Scouts learn to be thrifty since they cannot overdraft. For more information about this click here.

Echoes from the Voice...


"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." - David Brinkley 


"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another" - Napoleon Hill    


Order of the Arrow
Project 2013

The time has come to sign up and pay your first deposit for Project 2013! For more information about this Jamboree staff opportunity click here.

If you are ready to sign up simply click here and it will bring you to the registration portal of the new National Jamboree registration system. Just simply follow the instructions and get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

 NOAC 2015  

The Order of the Arrow National Committee has voted
that the 2015 NOAC will be held at Michigan State University.

Want to know more as to why MSU was picked? Click here to find out!
Legacy Project 2015
Crate and Loge Rock 

The 100th Anniversary Committee is excited about the roll-out of Legacy Project 2015 introduced at NOAC 2012. This program allows lodges to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.


Order of the Arrow Best Practices


The national Unit, Chapter & Lodge Support subcommittee continue to release "Best Practices" on the national Order of the Arrow website year round. Be sure to check them out:
Journey To Excellence 
Still trying to figure out the JTE criteria and what your lodge or chapter needs to do? Then, look no further! Just as the Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence program recognizes each level of the organization (Unit, District, Council), the OA's program creates Journey to Excellence recognition for chapters, lodges, and sections. 

You can find resources to help your lodge or chapter here:


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