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2020-2021 Inductions Planning


In the military, there is a saying that “No plan survives first contact…” Well, 2020 seems to have taken that as a challenge.


But that is all right, we are Scouts BSA and we are prepared to adapt when the situation changes.


This statement applies double for the Papago Lodge inductions process and its unique challenges.


First some background information.


  1. National OA has offered some alternatives for induction ceremonies.
  2. We have permission to conduct in person ordeals, as long as we adhere to council and local government distancing guidelines and restrictions. this means some of the elements will be demonstrated by the ceremony team and simulated by candidates
  3. We can conduct virtual ordeals in accordance with national guidelines. One council in the Western region has already done so.
  4. We can conduct a hybrid
  5. National has also created an exception to the Induction completion requirements. Any person elected after February 2019 has an extra year to complete their Induction Ceremony.
  6. The impact of the ordeal lasts a lifetime if done well. I still remember sleeping under the stars and the clouds in the fall of 1971 in upstate New York. I learned how to set forms and screed a 20×40 concrete pad that weekend. But the most important part was the opportunity to spend time silently reflecting on my life and on what service and leadership were all about. I am not sure the weekend would have been as impactful as a Zoom meeting.
  7. Since we currently have a 24-month window, we will hold off on exercising the virtual option for a while.
  8. We are limited by local policy to a maximum of 50 people at any facility, separated into groups of no more than 10 people per cohort/clan.
  9. We have the approximately 85 candidates selected in 2020, plus approximately 50 Candidates selected in 2019 who are still eligible for induction.


We are conducting our first distanced induction weekend of 2020 from Friday evening, September 25 through 1:30 PM on Saturday, September 26th.


This is a first run shakeout of our COVID-19 process. We plan to hold a second shakedown induction in October that will include a Brotherhood class and ceremony as a separate event either before or after the Ordeal.


We will be scheduling inductions more frequently than in the past throughout the coming months and through 2021 to allow for the attendee restrictions. The dates of future Inductions will be announced as they become available.


Registration is on a first come first served basis withing the following allocations. We are limiting the number of youth candidates to 20, youth staff to 15 and adults-candidate or staff to 15.


We already have 15 candidates, 8 youth staff and 6 adults committed. Our biggest need is for Elangomats and it would be a great example if some of our LEC were to step up to the challenge


We will continue to provide additional information as it is available and as we develop our plans further. If you have any questions or would like to register for the Induction in either September or October, please contact Erin or Kris for availability.



Kris Kennon, Lodge Chief



Erin Russ, Lodge Adviser


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Order of the Arrow – Boy Scouts of America

For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.

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Fall Induction Weekend-September 25th-27th, 2020- REGISTRATION CLOSED

Vigil Weekend-November 14th-15th, 2020 Register Here

Fall Fellowship- November 20th-21st, 2020- Register Here

Winter Induction Weekend-December 4th-5th, 2020- Register Here

2021 OA Banquet- February 13th, 2021

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The Order of the Arrow was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA’s national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1998, the Order of the Arrow became recognized as Scouting’s National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include broader service to Scouting and the community.

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Register for your 2020 Pete Pass here

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Papago Vigil Nomination 2020

Papago Founders Nomination 2020

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The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society.  It recognizes those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such recognition, cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as to warrant similar recognition, to promote camping, and to crystallize the habit of helpfulness as a life purpose.  We have already begun the process of holding unit elections for all units.  Each Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Scout team with qualified Scouts can hold an election no later than March 31st.  You select the date and place of the election as unit leader.  An assigned election team from the Order of the Arrow must be on hand to conduct the election.  Please use the attached form to request an election, contact our Vice Chief of Inductions.

Yours in Brotherhood,

Lodge Chief

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The Order of the Arrow, or “OA,” is a service organization and the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Members are elected from within their units and recognized as those who best live the ideals of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. Under the guidance of selected capable adults, OA members under 21 provide leadership to the organization. The OA has enjoyed a long history of service. Founded in 1915 by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson, the OA emphasizes servant-leadership nationwide in nearly 300 Boy Scout councils. In addition to local community service, the OA provides service on a national level, too. In 2008, for example, the Order of the Arrow improved five national parks during an event called “ArrowCorps5.” In 2013, the OA coordinated days of service at the National Scout Jamboree, resulting in significant service to the Mount Hope, West Virginia area.

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Papago Lodge Rules

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2020 NOAC Fundraising Patches

Sets: Only 100 of these sets were made Cost: $30 per set-

Gold Patch: Only 50 of these patches were made outside the set            Cost: $10 per patch-

Silver Patch: Only 100 of these patches were made outside the set      Cost: $5 per patch-

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2020 NOAC Patch Set Order Form 

2020 NOAC Gold Patch Order Form 

2020 NOAC Silver Patch Order Form