What is after Lodge Leadership Development?  Is there more?  The answer is Yes!   


The Order of Arrow has a premier national program put on by each region called the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS).  These trainings have been hailed as the best leadership sessions that Scouting has to offer. NLS and NLATS are a great way to meet Arrowmen from our region and have national officers and section chiefs serve as your table guides.


NLS is a full weekend (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) of training, fun, and fellowship.


The next two National Leadership Seminars will be hosted in King, NC on November 16-18, 2012 and March 1-3, 2013 in Nashville, TN. Be sure to mark your calendars now! For more information click   


Region Leadership Gathering...
The 2012-2013 Southern Region Leadership.
The Region Leadership Gathering, also known as the Section Officers Seminar (SOS), took place this past weekend. The leaders of the region met in New Braunfels, TX at the T Bar M Resort and Conference Center. The weekend started out with an opening question from 2012 Southern Region Chief David Joyner. He asked the group to answer, "Why do we do what we do" and was the central point for the weekend.  


Later that night each officer group (Section Chiefs, Section Vice Chiefs, and Section Secretaries) gathered in their respected break out groups to discuss items regarding their jobs.


Saturday morning was the introduction and reports from the youth chairman about the new Southern Region Committee structure talked about in this edition of the eVoice. After lunch and another break out session National OA Director Clyde Mayer updated the officers and advisers about the current happenings with the OA.


After all the training was over the group dressed casually and went into San Antonio, TX for the evening. Everyone got to see the local sights including The Alamo, The Riverwalk, and other local historical sites. Dinner was at the Republic of Texas Restaurant before heading back.  


That night almost all of the youth officers gathered in the recreation center to play games of volleyball, pool, and even Ping-Pong. It was a great time of fellowship.


The weekend was a great success and everyone in attendance learned a great deal of new knowledge.


In order to better facilitate the programs and services of the Southern Region, several subcommittees have been formed to oversee and develop specific Order of the Arrow related program areas, and provide resources to lodges.  


Many of these subcommittees are lead by an experienced youth coordinator who is appointed by the Region Chief to serve a one year term. These key youth and adult volunteers are here to serve your lodge and its leadership - please feel free to reach out to them with questions our for assistance with your lodge program.


Youth Coordinator(s)

Region Committee Member(s)

Unit, Chapter, Lodge and JTE Support

Tanner McFeeters 

JT Thomas 

Cub Scout Transition Support

Daniel Smith 

Larry Mobley 

Lodge Camping Support

Mike Derbes 

Tim Brown 

Region OA Commissioner


Keith Swedenburg 


OA High Adventure Promotion

Tyler Stepanek 

Dustin Counts 

Project of Emphasis

James Britt 

Jason Stribling 

Financial Impact Support


Nick Digirolamo 

Memorabilia and Supplies


Elam Patterson 


Council Camp Support

Ben Webster 

Charlie Harbin 

National Leadership Semiar

Zach Kibler  Brad Torpey 

Andy Chapman  Nick Oschner 

National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar


Frank Harper 

Region Leadership Summit

David Joyner 

Robert Mason  

Region Conclave Support


Seth Mollitt 

One Day of Service

Matt Brown 


Region Website/Social Media

Dustin Cockerlee  Brance Armstrong 

Matt Madderra 

Region Digital Newsletter

Aaron Shepherd 

Joey Kiker 


URGENT: Project 2013...


By now you've probably heard all about the opportunities awaiting you through Project 2013 - the OA's initiatives for the 2013 National Jamboree.  Hopefully, you've filled out the interest form and expressed interest in being a Trek Guide, One Day of Service Coordinator, or serving on Service Corps.  We appreciate your eagerness to serve the OA through a position at the Jamboree!


But what's next?


There is one main thing left to do. You need to  make your deposit for the Jamboree staff. Filling out the interest form does not sign you up. You can do this by visiting here where you will be prompted to create an account and make the $150 deposit.  Once you've completed this step, you will be officially signed up for OA Staff at Jamboree 2013!  If you miss this key step, you will not be on the staff list once it is finalized in September. (Detailed application instructions can be found here

One last important notice is the availability of staff scholarships.  
There will be a limited number of partial scholarships made available by process of application for Arrowmen who plan to be on OA Staff.  Click here to view the application.  
We look forward to seeing you next summer at the Summit!
Adviser Training @ Philmont...


Make plans to attend theOrder of the Arrow Adviser Conference for 2013.  This week-long event is held annually at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, NM.  Our conference dates are June 16-22, 2013, and we hope you will give serious consideration to joining us.


The distinctive part of this 2013 conference is that you will be getting the most current and relevant information about the Order-content that is not available at a NLS, NLATS, or NOAC. In fact one of the features at our conference will be to ask for your input to issues and solutions being considered by the national OA committee.   


Another feature used last summer will be the exchange of challenges among our conference attendees in their Order of the Arrow roles at home. This session was expanded during the 2012 Conference at the request of our participants, and it proved to be one of the best parts of our week together. Great ideas can come from you just as well as the national committee!!  We have lined up an excellent faculty of experienced, proven national committee and national sub committee Arrowmen to assist you during the week.


Consider recruiting other advisers from your lodge/chapter to join you next summer and use that time to strengthen friendships and spend creative time to find and develop ideas to improve your program at home.


The current schedule at Philmont Training Center allows for family time around cafeteria meals, in the evening, and a half day Wednesday. See why Philmont is referred to as "Scouting's Paradise" by visiting their site at  This will give you specific details on all the activities available beyond the conference.


Registration is now open to all registered advisers who want to improve their lodge and chapter programs.   Prior council approval is no longer required.  NLS and /or NLATS attendance is not necessary but will be very helpful if you have already attended one of these training opportunities.  Please consider joining us June 16-22, 2013, and once you do decide, you can register on-line at and click on Event Registration.                      


Find your next Christmas gift...

It's about time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. 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...
Order of the Arrow Strategic Plan released  

The Order's 2012 strategic plan has been released. This plan outlines key aspects of the Order of the Arrow. National Chief John Rehm, National Vice Chief Preston Marquis, and National Chairman Ray Capp talk about the plan. All officers and advisers should take a look at this.

The Southern Region JTE committee has unveiled a new tool available to chapters for use in calculating, tracking, and reporting their JTE progress throughout the year. 


New Guide to Inductions released  

This past month the latest version of the Order of the Arrow's Guide to Inductions was released. This guide services as a resource for how to properly induct candidates into our Order. Take a look at it to be kept up to date on the latest operations.


Order of the Arrow Best Practices


The national Unit, Chapter & Lodge Support subcommittee just released  five additional "Best Practices" on the national Order of the Arrow website. They are the last five on the list here:
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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