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2015 Western Region Chief

Getting to NOAC

Written by National Promotions Team - Trains. Planes. Helicopters. Buses. Cars. Bicycles. Hiking. All ways you can get to NOAC 2012! Some ways are better than others, that is for sure. This fall, each Order of the Arrow lodge will be recruiting Arrowmen to join their contingent for the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference. Lodges will provide youth and adult leadership to the contingent while en route and at the conference.

Talk with your lodge leadership about joining the contingent and attending NOAC 2012. Lodges will provide information on joining the contingent, travel plans, patches, and more. The conference fee will be $420 plus travel costs as determined by each lodge. Lodges will develop a travel schedule that may include touring while to and from East Lansing, Michigan. Check with your lodge leadership on the cool stops your contingent will make as you travel to NOAC.

Arrowmen may also attend NOAC 2012 as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending the conference. Staff registration will open this fall where Arrowmen can express interest in serving on one of the many NOAC committees. The staff fee is $420 plus the cost of travel. Many staff members travel with their lodge to NOAC, but may also plan their own travel schedule.

These are the two ways to get to NOAC. Join in the fun and remember, Next Stop: NOAC 2012!

Go to the NOAC 2012 website to learn more about what NOAC has to offer you next summer!

Fall 2011 Mustang is now available!

The Fall 2011 Mustang newsletter is now available! The Mustang is the Western Region's official newsletter publication for lodge, section, and region leadership. Download the latest as well as past issues from the Mustang resources page. This issue on the results of SummitCorps and Indian Summer, and features information on NOAC 2012 and 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Live with Chief Joe Garcia at the W-3N Conclave

US Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma - Two Rock, CA - 2011 Western Region Chief Joe Garcia has spent the weekend at the Section W3N Conclave in Two Rock. The weekend consisted of the usual conclave training and fellowship activities, but also featured SCUBA BSA and Redwood Empire Council's climbing wall at the midway--and next to the wall was a CHP Officer who was instructed to do nothing more than 'Go to Two Rock.' The American Indian Affairs activities were a crowd favorite, as well as the sno-cone machine, but those Arrowmen who were bold enough to adventure near the CHP Officer and the climbing wall had a great time.

Featured are pictures of the West is Best Mustang Diecast car posing with the CHP Dodge Charger (click on either image to view the original image). That car is unexpectedly speedy! Below is a video of Region Chief Joe Garcia, past Section Chiefs Mark Ishizu and Ben LeRoy, and Region Webmaster Michael Millerick descend the climbing wall in style.

Make sure you check the Western Region calendar for the dates of your Section's next conclave, and make sure to register for it as soon as possible! Each conclave is different than each of the previous conclaves. Each conclave offers a new experience, and endless friendship and fellowship.

A Message from the Chief Scout Executive

There is a reason the Order of the Arrow is known as Scouting's National Honor Society; its members are elected by their units to honor those Scouts and Scouters who exemplify the very best in our programs.

Through your cheerful service and leadership at the 2011 SummitCorps event, you have once again shown yourself to be worthy of the confidence placed in you by those who believed in you at the time of your induction.

But you have done even more than that. By your commitment, your labor, your dedication, and servant leadership, you have brought honor to the Boy Scouts of America, the Order of the Arrow, and yourself.

The physical contributions you made to improving the New River Gorge National River were huge-in fact, it was the largest youth volunteer project in the history of the National Park Service.

Moreover, the donations you raised to support local charities and the good will you created in doing so have built a climate of trust, gratitude, and bonds of friendship with the people of West Virginia. This will serve as a foundation of friendship from which the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will benefit for many years to come.

Your hard work and service have been exemplary as we launch the next 100 years of Scouting. I thank you for what you have done and for bringing honor to the Boy Scouts of America.

SummitCorps Press Release

MT. HOPE, West Virginia, August 1, 2011 - The Order of the Arrow (OA) SummitCorps 2011 project conducted in partnership with the National Park Service and the West Virginia National Guard is completed, and what a month it has been! The combined efforts of the trail work and the overhead to organize this event resulted in 78,544 volunteer hours, which has estimated value of more than $1.6 million.

SummitCorps hosted 1404 Scouts and Scout leaders to West Virginia during the month of July, with a new crew arriving each week to construct more than 12 miles of trail at New River Gorge National River. According to Sam Bellomy, the Youth Incident Commander for week four, "It is amazing to see the willingness of the Scouts to give their time, effort and generosity to this community by building trails for generations of community members and for people across the world who will visit this area. Between the trail work and the charitable donations and everything this project has done for the community, it demonstrates the perfect example of servant leadership."

For the majority of the volunteers, it was their first time in West Virginia. They paid their own way to travel here and perform arduous trail work for free; leaving a legacy for anyone to enjoy for years to come.

However, the Scouts did not stop at just giving sweat equity to West Virginia. Each week, they held a patch auction to raise money for local charities and organizations. Trading patches-a time held tradition in Scouting, enabled participants to turn cloth into cash and patches into possibility.

Leon Brush, the Co-founder and Executive Director of Brian's Safehouse shared his thoughts about the donations. "The connection as I see it is that all of the activities that Scouts are able to participate in with the Boy Scouts of America, are opportunities that addicts do not have. Our ministry is to help those who have fallen by the wayside return back to the activities of life and become contributing citizens to the world we live in. That is our goal. To partner with the Boy Scouts and have them contribute to our organization gives us a feeling of elation, because we know what they represent, and this will help us to help others be productive citizens. We want these individuals who have fallen to return to the values that the Scouts demonstrate."

In total the Scouts raised $15,357.50 through weekly patch auction. The money raised will support Brian's Safehouse, Burlington United Methodist Children's Home, Just For Kids, Mt. Hope Children's Health Council, Three Rivers Avian Center (animal shelter for injured and endangered wild birds), the Women's Resource Center, and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Inc,. Taking the OA motto of Cheerful Service to the next level they also raised more than $1000 through a bake sale. Funds from the sale went to a Raleigh County 911 dispatcher who is suffering from cancer and struggling with medical expenses.

Other organizations that benefitted from the four-week service project included the Pine Haven Homeless Shelter, located in Beckley, where 5600 pounds of food was donated which provided more than 100 people daily with nutritious meals (each meal provided 1700 calories) throughout the month of July. Local organizations that provide community meals and food giveaways also received 4200 non-perishable meals valued at more than $25,000.

The values of the Order of the Arrow members are reflected in the cheerful service they provided to the communities of Southern West Virginia. While the SummitCorps trail project takes the participant along the "Evolution of the leader" in four components, (heart, mind, body, and spirit), the overall experience allowed the participants to engage in a personal connection to the land, the local community, and to one another.

This is just the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the National Park Service, neighboring communities, and the Boy Scouts of America as make their new home at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

Click here for some photos from Week 3 of SummitCorps.
Click here for the official SummitCorps website.

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