Brad Torpey Elected 2013 Southern Region Chief

Brad TorpeyWe are happy to announce that Brad Torpey of section SR 2-3 North has been chosen to serve as your 2013 Southern Region chief! Please join us in congratulating Brad on his election and wishing him the best of luck in his term.

Brad is from Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge in the Longhorn Council.

SR-6 Section Chief Matt Brown Elected 2013 National Chief

Matt BrownWe are proud to announce that the 2013 national chief of the Order of the Arrow is Matt Brown of the Southern Region! Please join us in congratulating Matt on his election and wishing him the best of luck in his term.

Matt, who hails from Brentwood, TN, is a Vigil Honor member of Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge in the Middle Tennessee Area Council.

OA Field Operations Guide Revised for 2013

The national committee of the Order of the Arrow has released the 2013 edition of the Field Operations Guide (FOG). The FOG provides information on the field organization and operations of the Order of the Arrow at the national, region, and section levels.

The 2013 revisions pertain to event insurance:

  • Appendix 5 Summary of Insurance Plans has been deleted and the remaining appendices have been renumbered accordingly.  All references to these appendices have been updated.
  • The discussions about accident & sickness and liability insurance in chapters 2 and 4 have been updated.  National now calls liability insurance “the national activity surcharge”.  It has been redefined to be “per calendar day period” and the cost has increased from $1.00 to $2.00 per calendar day.  The accident and sickness insurance cost has also increased from $0.15 to $0.20 per calendar day period.
  • Corresponding changes have been made to the section conclave report and the sample conclave final financial statement.
  • The rate changes are effective 1 Jan 2013.


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Northeast Region Launches Hurricane Sandy Relief Program

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 learn more about how you can contribute.