The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development.Learn about NLS
2017 Western Region Chief
Manué is from the Orange County Council in Aliso Viejo, CA. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Wiatava Lodge.Meet Manué
The Developing Youth Leaders Conference (DYLC) focuses on the tools every adult needs to mentor and develop our outstanding youth leaders.Learn about DYLC
The recognitions subcommittee of the National Order of the Arrow Committee and the Western Region Order of the Arrow are proud to announce the selection of two Lodges from the Western Region to earn the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award and National Service Award.
The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award (shown on the top left of the image) was established in 1969 to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council. The Award is presented to two Lodges from each region every year that best exemplify the Camping Spirit of the Boy Scouts of America National Honor Society. The 2012 Award winners in the Western Region are:
- Wiatava Lodge; Orange County Council #39, Costa Mesa, CA
- Papago Lodge; Catalina Council #11, Tucson, AR
The National Service Award (shown on the far right) was established in 1999 to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service, both in a qualitative and a quantitative sense, to their council. The award is presented to a Lodge that has done a large and meaningful service project for their Council to benefit their local scouting program. The Award is presented to two Lodges from each region that completes the best service project to benefit their local Scouting program. The 2012 Award winners in the Western Region are:
- Wiatava Lodge; Orange County Council #39, Costa Mesa, CA
- T'Kope Kwiskwis; Chief Seattle Council #609, Seattle, WA
Congradulations again to our Award Recipients!
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Are you interested in getting some of the best training to be a Chief or Officer? Then you should attend NAYLE! The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience at Philmont Scout Ranch is one of the top leadership programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America and can give you skills to help you in your Troop, Lodge, and everyday life! If you are interested in attending, download the attached application and turn it in ASAP. Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating in this once in a lifetime experience then you better sign up today! Registration is available at myscouting.org under the Event Registration tab.
Have you signed up for the Jamboree staff yet? There are still spots available to attend as OA staff! Order of the Arrow staff at Jamboree get to attend at a reduced price and get to enjoy some of the Jamboree events before the event even opens! If you haven't signed up for the Jamboree yet, go to register today! You will be glad you did!
If you have already registered, head over to our Facebook page and tell us where you will be working to put on one of the best events scouting can offer!
Want to get some of the best Leadership Training the Boy Scouts can offer? Then you should attend NLS! National Leadership Seminar (or NLS for short) offers one of the best Leadership Training programs available to scouts, and it is made specificially for OA members! In addition, NLS isn't just your average, lecture-based training. Almost every lesson is done in an activity or discussion format, so you can learn the skills you need to succeed without being put to sleep. So if you want to get the leadership skills to be an officer in your Chapter, Lodge or even Section, NLS is the place you need to be!
For the locations of this year's NLS locations and dates and to register, go to http://western.oa-bsa.org/program/training/nls or go under the Program ribbon tab and click NLS!
What: An 18-Hole tournament focusing on fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere. The event raises money for the DVGC Legacy Fund: Supporting Our Legacy in Scouting. In our 13 year history we have provided over $13,000 in financial contributions to the Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund and support the Endowment of the Order of the Arrow and other Scouting Scholarship funds.
When: Friday, January 25, 2013. The tournament tees off at 1:00pm. All participants must arrive by 12:15pm for tournament registration. Lunch will be served before the event.
Who: Participation is open to anyone and you are encouraged to bring a non-scouting friend. Scouting membership is not required. All proceeds from this tournament are donated in support of Scouting Legacy Programs as administered through the Order of the Arrow. Learn more about the DVGC Legacy Fund.
Cost: For the 2013 tournament the individual registration fee is $89.00 per player - an individual registration fee includes: 18-holes of golf, cart fee, practice balls for warm-up, player gift, tournament awards, lunch and an evening dinner party.
The $89 registration only covers event operating expenses. The majority of the DVGC tournament proceeds are raised through upper level registrations, Hole Sponsorships, general donations and the sale of mulligans, paint sticks and raffle tickets. We welcome and appreciate your participation at any level, however if you are able please consider entering at a higher sponsorship level and purchasing mulligans, paint sticks or raffle tickets.
Donate: If you are unable to participate but would like to contribute, donate online.
Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each Region to receive matching service grants. For 2013, 20 lodges in Councils across the Nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $40,000 dollars in matching grants via the 2013 OA Service Grant program.
The following grants were awarded within the Western Region:
- The Cascade Pacific Council (Wauna La-Mon'tay Lodge) headquartered in Portland, Oregon, will be awarded $1,259 dollars for bench replacement at the Camp Baldwin Campfire Bowl.
- The Longs Peak Council (Kola Lodge) headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, will receive $2,474 dollars for the winterization of the Camp Jeffrey Kola Lodge building at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.
- The Pikes Peak Council (Ha-Kin-Skay-A-Ki Lodge) headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will receive $1,857 dollars to develop an environmentally sustainable ATV program at Camp Alexander.
- The Sequoia Council (Tah-Heetch Lodge) headquartered in Fresno, California, will be awarded $2,220 dollars to install prefabricated washstands at Camp Chawanakee Scout Reservation.
- The Southern Sierra Council (Yowlumne Lodge) headquartered in Bakersfield, California, will receive $1,132 dollars to rebuild the shotgun range at Camp Kern.
- The Yucca Council (Gila Lodge) headquartered in El Paso, Texas, will receive $2,111 dollars to replace damaged water lines at Camp Dale Resler.
Matt Brown elected as the 2013 National Chief. Matt is from Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge, Middle Tennessee Council, Section SR-6, Southern Region. Matt will lead the remainder of the Order of the Arrow National Planning Meeting as well as the Order of the Arrow as a whole in 2013 including planning for Project 2013 at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Matt was elected by the Order of the Arrow Section Chiefs after many rounds of voting at the National Planning Meeting in Dallas, TX.
Jordan Hughes elected as the 2013 National Vice Chief. Jordan is from Lowwapaneu Lodge, Northeastern Pennsylvania Council.
David Dye elected as the 2013 Western Region Chief.
NOAC 2015 will take place at Michigan State University August 3-8, 2015.
Mike Bliss, Western Region Chairman, receivied the Hornaday Gold Medal for his work, especially with ArrowCorps5 & SummitCorps. "The William T. Hornaday Gold Medal is a national level award presented to adult Scouters who have provided significant leadership in conservation on a national or regional basis over a period of at least twenty years." We are honored to have Mike serve as our Chairman. Congratulations Mike!
New! Follow along with the 2013 National Planning Meeting in realtime by visiting our Social Pulse page.
Did you know that the Field Officers Guide 2013 has been updated for 2013? The changes that have been made to the document are as follows:
- The appendices have been updated and renumbered due to the removal of Appendix 5 Summary of Insurance Plans
- The material about accident & sickness liability insurance in chapters 2 and 4 have been updated
- Changes have been made to the section conclave report and the sample conclave final financial statement.
Check out these important changes on the Resources for Section page.
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In celebration of our upcoming JTE year, the Western Region has made some updates to the Western Region Journey To Excellence Guidebook released earlier this year. This revised edition has corrections to the old document as well as some new content to give you the best possible experience with the new JTE program. We at the Western Region wish you good luck with JTE 2013 and want to remind you that West is Best!!!