Dear Southern Region,

I'd like to begin by wishing each of you a very happy Thanksgiving! While I'm sure you're looking forward to great food and time off of school or work, be sure to enjoy your time with friends and family as well. Of all the things I have learned during my term, the most important is the value of the personal relationships we form with those around us.


I'm also very thankful for the opportunities the OA gives to each of us and for the Boy Scouts of America's relationship to the Order. As an integral part of Scouting, it's our duty to provide the services needed and befitting of Scouting's National Honor Society.  


One major service project that we will soon be working on is the Order's programs at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. While I'm sure you're now tempted to scroll past the rest of this message - because we've all heard about Project 2013 countless times already - I'd like to offer you a new perspective on this initiative.


For the first time in the Order's history, we have been called upon to provide a national service. While we took the initiative on our own to supply the OA Service Corps at previous Jamborees and have held events such as NOAC and Summit Corps because we saw the need and acted upon it, this time we have been directly asked to provide services which will be key elements to the BSA's program.  


With a new Jamboree location, the Service Corps will become a vital behind-the-scenes element to the program. The Day of Service program is being worked into every Scout's event schedule. The Trek Guide program will impact every single Jamboree guest's hike to the Summit. Without Arrowmen to fill these staff positions there will be program delays, chaos for the planned service projects, and no one to lead troops and crews to the top of the mountain.


I'm calling on you to take the initiative to join us on staff next summer! It's time to stop saying, "Here's a great opportunity." Now, the message is, "We need your help."


I know that the new registration system may seem complicated. I know that $425 is a lot to ask when you'll be spending a week working. But gentlemen, those who chose us, need us.   As you'll see later in this issue of the eVoice, there are funds available to help cover your cost for Project 2013. I promise that a few extra minutes working on your registration will pay off when you're in West Virginia next summer making an impact upon thousands and thousands of Scouts.  


The Order of the Arrow has a job to do. As Arrowmen it is our responsibility to return in service to those who need us and to Unite to Leave a Legacy. With your help, we will achieve success at The Summit and will set the standard for those who follow in our footsteps.


I will never be able to say "thank you" enough to everyone in Scouting who has made an impact upon my life. But I can start by giving back - bit by bit - through service opportunities like this one.


Yours in Scouting,









David Joyner  


Chapter and Lodge JTE? We're here to help...

As December draws near, your lodge will begin to look at the lodge and chapter Journey to Excellence forms, if it hasn't already. The

Southern Region wants you to know that various resources exist if you

have any questions related to the JTE program.   


Moreover, as with all new programs, we expect a few hurdles along the way. So we're soliciting your feedback regarding the process, the forms, and the program. Finally, we're here to offer you our help answering questions related to the program so you can focus more on program, and less on paperwork.


Click here for the national OA website related to the JTE program, including the forms themselves


Click here for the interactive chapter JTE worksheet that every chapter

should begin using for the 2013 JTE program.


Here are the e-mail addresses to use, in addition to resources within

your own section, if you have questions or feedback related to the JTE

program: and


We hope you will begin looking at the JTE program early, ask as many

questions as you can, and then give us feedback so we can improve next year's program.



John "JT" Thomas and Tanner McFeeters
Southern Region - Unit, Chapter & Lodge Support 

The Get Kids to Camp Partnership program...

The Get Kids to Camp Partnership is a program initiative established by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to financially support and help local Scouts get to summer camp. Every year, certain Scouts are unable to attend local summer camps because of not having qualified adults to provide leadership to the unit while at summer camp.   


The program serves as a partnership between the local council, the local lodge, and the National OA Committee to create a grant program to cover camp fees for qualified and trained adults to serve as leaders for chartered or provisional units lacking adult leadership.


Council Scout Executives will identify local council chartered units in need of adult leadership for summer camp, and local lodges will take the lead in identifying and recruiting qualified adult leaders to be matched with each of these units.


In addition to increasing youth participation at summer camp, the program provides inactive Arrowmen (ages 25-30) an outlet to support Scouting through an adviser/Scoutmaster role. Many times, lodge alumni struggle with finding a suitable role as they transition into their professional careers.


The Get Kids to Camp Partnership provides these experienced leaders a chance to support Scouting, and make a difference within their local council. Thus, it would be ideal if these provisional leaders would be younger adults who were active in their Order of the Arrow lodge as youth.  


To find out more about this program click here

Northeast Region helps with Hurricane Sandy relief...

Hurricane Sandy caused lots of damage all across the northeastern US. In addition to homes being affected, Scout camps across the region have also suffered severe damage. Many camps are closed until further notice as it is too soon for the extent of the damage and destruction to even be assessed.

The Northeast Region Key 3 is calling upon individual Arrowmen, Lodges, and Sections to join in an aggressive campaign to raise money that will be awarded to lodges to help their councils complete projects at their camps.  


We believe that the powerful combination of money and manpower from members of the Order of the Arrow can overcome any devastation that Sandy left behind. This money will be awarded in a process similar to the National OA Service Grants.


The goal of the program is to raise at least $20,000, and we strongly believe that we can do more if everyone helps in some way. We are calling it Scouts Helping Scouts, because that's what we are all about.


Click here to find out how you can help.  

How to sign up for Project 2013...   

There has been a lot of promotion for Project 2013 and a lot of people saying they are interested in it. Now is the time to pay your first deposit and become an official Project 2013 staff member.

By simply clicking here 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!  


Last chance for Christmas shopping...

It's getting down to the days to get your Christmas shopping done. If you need help with an idea check out the Southern Region online trading post to get the latest gear. Some of the items would be an awesome present to a fellow Arrowman! 


Echoes from the Voice...


"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them." - Ralph Nichols  


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy    



Order of the Arrow
National Planning Meeting  

Each year the Order of the Arrow's section chiefs meet in Westlake, TX outside of Dallas to plan the next year Orders program. Another important part of the meeting are the elections of the national chief, vice chief, and four region chiefs. The meeting runs from December 27-30 so be sure to check out the National and Region websites for updates!

National OA Staff Changes

There have been two OA professional staff changes this past month due to two retirements. Please welcome new National OA Program Specialist Matt Dukeman and also Southern Region Staff Adviser Brian Glass. 


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:


Useful Links: