NLS

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development.

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2017 Western Region Chief
Manué Lopez

Manué is from the Orange County Council in Aliso Viejo, CA. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Wiatava Lodge.

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DYLC

The Developing Youth Leaders Conference (DYLC) focuses on the tools every adult needs to mentor and develop our outstanding youth leaders.

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Your Western Region

National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar

NLATS LogoThe National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective lodge advisers. It is intended primarily to enhance an adviser's knowledge of and connectivity with the OA's strategic plan, program and resources, while emphasizing personal skills that are essential to the development of effective youth leadership and ultimately the OA's service to the council.

It is recommended that participants be lodge advisers or staff advisers and those with lodge adviser potential, as approved by the local council Scout executive. Prior completion of a Lodge Leadership Development program and the National Leadership Seminar are desirable. The NLATS is an intensive experience in learning about the nature of lodge program, delivery of service to the council, and development of youth leadership necessary to both. While it is designed to be fun, the course is mentally challenging as well. Participants should be open to learning and prepared to actively engage in an invigorating weekend.

The NLATS program provides key advisers with information on such areas as:

  • The Lodge as an Integral Part of the Council
  • Key 3 Relations
  • Youth Development
  • Mentoring and Motivating Youth
  • Meeting the Needs of Youth
  • Building & Maintaining Trust and Relationships
  • Lodge Finances
  • New Member Support and Retention
  • Quality Lodge Attainment
  • Successful Lodge Operations
  • OA History and Traditions
  • Lodge Communications
  • Lodge and Chapter Workings
  • The Adviser's Proper Role
  • National and Regional BSA/OA Program Areas of Emphasis

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening. First session will start promptly at 8:00 p.m. The seminar will conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Participants are on their own for their Friday evening meal (with the exception of Granlibakken - Lake Tahoe). The first meal for the participants will be breakfast on Saturday morning.

Adults age 21 and older are eligible to attend the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) and do not necessarily need to have previously attended NLS. Adults who are currently or will soon hold a lodge-level or chapter-level adviser position are encouraged to attend NLATS to receive program-specific training. The NLS training is open to anyone seeking to hone their leadership skills applicable to Scouting as well as daily life. Adults who are unsure which might be best for them should talk to their lodge adviser for guidance or e-mail training@western.oa-bsa.org. Click here for more information on upcoming NLS courses.

Registration & Payment Instructions: All participants must register themselves using the online registration form link below. The National OA office will bill councils for all registrations. Participants are responsible for paying their lodge directly for the NLS or NLATS registration fees. Some lodges and sections provide scholarships; check with your local Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser for details and specific instructions on submitting your payment, if applicable.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted to the Western Region Training Coordinator via e-mail at training@western.oa-bsa.org. The participant’s council will not be billed for the seminar fees if the cancellation request is received at least 21 days prior to the start of the event. Within 21 days of the event, registrations are transferable to others who are not already registered, but fees will still be billed in full. To transfer a registration, e-mail training@western.oa-bsa.org for instructions and the name of the replacement. NLS participants can be swapped for NLATS/DYLC participants and vice versa, youth or adult.


Western Region NLATS/DYLC Dates

Date Location & Details Cost
April 1-3, 2016
**NLATS, not DYLC**
Forest Lawn Scout Reservation, Los Angeles, CA
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
$199
October 7-9, 2016
**NLATS, not DYLC**
Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, NM
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
$199
November 18-20, 2016
**Developing Youth Leaders Conference (DYLC)**
replaces NLATS

Click for more info on DYLC
Granlibakken Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
$249


Don't Forget: All participants need to bring a sleeping bag and uniform to the event.

National Leadership Seminar

NLS LogoThe National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development. Run by the Region Chief and his Advisers, it provides an in-depth look at leadership skills and techniques. An NLS discusses how these skills can be applied in your role in the OA and in other aspects of your life. The National Leadership Seminar is a weekend conference on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format is designed to complement the longer, more detailed Wood Badge and Junior Leadership Training Programs. Near the end of the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills studied in the seminar on projects in their lodge, council, and community.

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening. First session will start promptly at 8:00 p.m. The seminar will conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Participants are on their own for their Friday evening meal (with the exception of Granlibakken - Lake Tahoe). The first meal for the participants will be breakfast on Saturday morning.

Adults age 21 and older are eligible to attend the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) and do not necessarily need to have previously attended NLS. Adults who are currently or will soon hold a lodge-level or chapter-level adviser position are encouraged to attend NLATS to receive program-specific training. The NLS training is open to anyone seeking to hone their leadership skills applicable to Scouting as well as daily life. Adults who are unsure which might be best for them should talk to their lodge adviser for guidance or e-mail training@western.oa-bsa.org. Click here for more information on upcoming NLATS courses.

Registration & Payment Instructions: All participants must register themselves using the online registration form link below. The National OA office will bill councils for all registrations. Participants are responsible for paying their lodge directly for the NLS or NLATS registration fees. Some lodges and sections provide scholarships; check with your local Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser for details and specific instructions on submitting your payment, if applicable.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted to the Western Region Training Coordinator via e-mail at training@western.oa-bsa.org. The participant’s council will not be billed for the seminar fees if the cancellation request is received at least 21 days prior to the start of the event. Within 21 days of the event, registrations are transferable to others who are not already registered, but fees will still be billed in full. To transfer a registration, e-mail training@western.oa-bsa.org for instructions and the name of the replacement. NLS participants can be swapped for NLATS/DYLC participants and vice versa, youth or adult.

Western Region NLS Dates

Date Location & Details Cost
April 1-3, 2016 Forest Lawn Scout Reservation, Los Angeles, CA
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
$199
June 3-5, 2016
**NLS only, no NLATS**
Camp Gorsuch, Anchorage, AK
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
$199
October 7-9, 2016 Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, NM
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
$199
November 18-20, 2016
NLS plus DYLC (no NLATS)
Click for more info on DYLC
Granlibakken Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
$249

 

Don't Forget: All participants need to bring a sleeping bag and uniform to the event.

OA Wilderness Voyage

<img src="/images/logos/ntwvoyage.gif" alt="Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base - Click for more info" align="right" border=0>The National Order of the Arrow is offering you an opportunity to join Arrowmen from across the country in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the pristine US/Canadian Boundary Waters. Under the direction of the United States Forest Service, experienced Charles L. Sommers staff members with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on a two week voyage into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

The program is a fourteen-day experience inspired by the traditions of the French and Canadian Voyageurs who ventured the northern wilderness during the 1700-1800's. Traveling thousands of miles by water and portage, these Voyageurs were hired to haul goods and furs to trade with Native Americans and Europeans. In the spirit of these adventurers, Arrowmen will embark on a voyage that is twofold. One-half of the OA Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage focuses on portage trail and campsite maintenance within the Boundary Waters. The remaining expedition is spent on a canoeing adventure that is planned and chosen by the participants in the program. In other words, each crew plans their own voyage! However, the program is not simply portage trail work, camping, and canoeing. The OA Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage is ultimately a journey that challenges Scouts mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Portage trail work is tough and serious. The worksite experience is full of long, strenuous days requiring a great deal of physical effort. Participants are expected to work with great diligence as the tasks being accomplished are designed to benefit generations of Scouts and non-Scouts in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. In addition to mastering portage trail maintenance techniques, Scouts will strengthen their leadership skills, learn advanced wilderness and low-impact camping skills, learn wilderness safety techniques, participate in many motivational activities, and receive special OA instruction. The project's mission is to maintain, reinforce, and intensify the purpose of the Order of the Arrow through Scout camping traditions. Camping enhances and builds stronger programs and people. Participants are expected to use their experience to benefit their troop, chapter, lodge, and council programs.

For more information on the OA Wilderness Voyage, see the OA Wilderness Voyage Information Site.

OA Trail Crew

Philmont Logo - Click for more info on OA Trail CrewThe Order of the Arrow is offering you an opportunity to join other Arrowmen in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the trails of Philmont Scout Ranch. Under the direction of the Philmont Conservation Department, experienced Philmont staff members with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on the two week trail crew and trek.

The program is a fourteen day experience. The first week focuses on trail construction and maintenance under the guidance of Philmont trail crew foremen. The second week is a seven day backpacking trek that is designed by the participants. The program is not simply building trail and hiking though, the OA Trail Crew is ultimately a journey that challenges Scouts mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Trail building is tough. The worksite experience is full of long, strenuous days requiring a great deal of physical effort. Participants are expected to work with great diligence as the trail that is being built is designed to last over 75 years and protect the beautiful landscape of Philmont Scout Ranch. Other than trail building techniques, Scouts will strengthen their leadership skills, learn advanced wilderness and low-impact camping skills, observe and participate in group wilderness safety, good judgment, and motivation activities, and receive special OA instruction.

The project's mission is to maintain, reinforce, and enhance the purpose of the Order of the Arrow by using Scout camping traditions. Participants are expected to use their experience to benefit their troop, chapter, lodge and council programs. Camping is a method of Scouting that enhances and builds stronger programs and people.

For more information on the OA Trail Crew, see the OA Trail Crew Information Site.

To read a couple feature stories of one Western Region Arrowmen's experiences, click here or click here.

OA Ocean Adventure

<img src="/images/oaoa.jpg" alt="OA Ocean Adventure" align="right" border=0 width=250 height=188>The Order of the Arrow, in cooperation with the Florida Sea Base, is offering Arrowmen an opportunity to cheerfully serve the greatest ecosystem on our planet--the ocean. Under the direction of the National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), experienced Florida Sea Base staff with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on a two week scuba diving adventure in the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys.

The program is a 13 day experience in which participants will have the opportunity to explore and serve the undersea world. One-half of the Ocean Adventure program will be PADI SCUBA training and certification, which will be held at the Florida Sea Base. The remaining portion of the program will focus on rendering cheerful service to the ocean marine life and coral reefs of the Florida Keys.

PADI SCUBA certification requires a significant amount of independent study, which will need to be completed prior to arrival at the Florida Sea Base. The service will consist of a variety of projects, as defined by the National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA, some of which will be underwater cleaning or monitoring projects. In addition to SCUBA certification and undersea service, participants will strengthen leadership skills, learn more about marine environments, strengthen understanding of the Order of the Arrow, and explore the history of the beautiful Florida Keys.

Participant cost is $250 for the 13 day experience. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with the application. The balance of the fee is due at the time of acceptance as a participant in the program. This cost covers PADI SCUBA certification, food, housing, and all other program related expenses. Additional expenses, including travel to and from Sea Base as well as miscellaneous purchases, are the responsibility of the participant.

For more information on the OA Ocean Adventure, see the OAOA Information Site.

High Adventure Scholarship Application

The Western Region is pleased to announce that it will provide three scholarships to an Arrowman wishing to attend one of the following high adventure programs during the summer:

The scholarships will cover the entire program participation fee as well as travel costs*. Scholarship applicants must meet the same requirements set forth by the individual program applications. For your application to be considered by the Western Region, you must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 21 years old as of the date of any of the summer programs

World Scout Jamboree

Overview

The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is held every four years and this will be the first WSJ with an OA contingent. The event will bring 40,000 Scouts from 114 countries together to share international friendship and provide adventure for personal growth and development. Imagine camping next to a Scout unit from Poland, eating lunch with Scouts from Chile, trading uniforms and insignia with Scouts from Greece, and playing games with Scouts from Thailand. The possibilities are endless and the memories are forever!

The theme for the 2011 WSJ is "Simply Scouting" which will focus on camping and basic scouting skills. The Order is Scouting's National Honor Society and is rooted in the outdoors. The theme of the event will be a great opportunity to showcase the Order.

In order to attend this event as a Scout, you must have been born between July 25, 1993 and July 27, 1997, no exceptions.

OA Contingent

The Western Region will be sending several troops to the WSJ based on geographic location. Scouts from neighboring councils will join together in representing the BSA to the world. This jamboree will include an opportunity for Western Region Arrowmen to attend the event as one unit! As part of the unit, Scouts will have the opportunity to develop region wide brotherhood, participate in leadership development and share ideas to strengthen the region.

Sign up Today!

For more information or to register visit: http://www.scouting.org/worldjamboree.aspx

Download the brochure

As part of the application process, please put on form that you would like to join the OA contingent and email Patrick Murphy after submitting the proper documentation.

Questions?

Email Patrick Murphy

National Order of the Arrow Conference

Every two years, Arrowmen from across the country gather on the campus of a major university for the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).

The National Order of the Arrow Conference is Scouting's second-largest national program event. The reason for its growing popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is planned and carried out by Arrowmen themselves. Youth involvement ensures that the conference program will be exciting, relevant, and non-stop fun.

These gatherings draw over 7000 Arrowmen, traveling from as far away as Europe and Asia, for five days of training, fun, and fellowship. With each conference, NOAC becomes more diversified, more fun, and more exciting.

NOAC has many different aspects and it is impossible to participate in every event in one year. Each year events are added and changed so you could go to NOAC every time and do new things each time. The main activities at NOAC include training, ceremonies evaluation, American Indian events, shows, competitions, and Founder's Day. NOAC has something for everyone of all backgrounds and all ages. It is definitely one of Scouting's most unique and entertaining training events.

The 2006 NOAC was held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI from July 29 to August 3, 2006.

The 2009 NOAC was held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, August 1-6, 2009

The 2012 NOAC was held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI from July 30 to August 4, 2012.

Curious how many people attendent this NOAC from your section? View the attendance here

 

The 2015 NOAC, which will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of our order, has yet to be announced so look for the announcement in January of 2013.

2012 National Officers at NOAC:

 NOAC

 

The National Officers can be seen above: Marty Opthoff (Central Region Chief), Dave Joyner (Southern Region Chief), John Rehm (National Chief), Preston Marquis (National Vice Chief), Eric Bush (NorthEast Region Chief), and Joe Barton (Western Region Chief)

 

 

National Planning Meeting

Each December, all the section chiefs are invited to attend a National Planning Meeting, held near Dallas, Texas. During this event, they elect the national officers for the coming year, and plan for the upcoming program of emphasis. The National Order of the Arrow Committee also meets during this time.

This year, the National Planning Meeting will be held in Westlake, Texas at the Marriott Solana December 27-30, 2012. Click here for an inside look at the Dallas Experience.

Region Gathering of Chiefs

2004 Gathering of Chiefs - Click for larger imageRegion Gathering of Chiefs

Each year the section chiefs of the Western Region gather for a weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. During this time, they have the opportunity to build their leadership skills and learn how to effectively promote and execute the program of the Order of the Arrow within their home sections and lodges. The chiefs spend the weekend in fellowship with each other and grow as a team of the key leadership of the region. Idea sharing between all in attendance is a main objective of the weekend, with an emphasis on program enhancement and goal setting. In addition to the section chiefs, the region chief and another national officer are in attendance, as well as section and region advisers and several National Committeemen.

The 2012 Gathering of Chiefs will be held October 26-28, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

National Leadership Seminar

The Western Region has 2 upcoming NLS training opportunities:
October 8-10 in Portland and November 10-12 in Tokyo.

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Developing Youth Leadership Conference

The Western Region has 1 upcoming DYLC training opportunity:
October 8-10 in Portland.

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