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Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts at NMJC

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OA Boy Scout does a demonstration for area Cub Scouts

4/14/2008 12:25:21 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Tents cropped up on the NMJC lawn like colorful mushrooms as the Order of the Arrow Scouts prepared for a weekend of maneuvers. The Order of the Arrow is Boy Scouting's National Honor Society and recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

The Arrowmen, as they are known, were on campus for the weekend as part of their initiation to the organization. In order to be eligible for OA, a boy must have earned his First Class rank and have at least 15 nights of camping, including one long-term camp.

Eligible boys are selected by their troops to join OA through an election process. Those who are elected are 'called out' during a ceremony at summer camp and invited to undergo an ordeal, which is essentially a weekend long service project. OA is often credited with maintaining the interest of older youths in Scouting and retaining many as they reach adulthood, providing a pool of leadership and resources to Scouting in the council.
Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Arrowmen participated in training, dance and ceremony competitions, and the selection of regional officers. Much of the OA's program is based on Native American culture. The competitions held incorporated this in dress and methods.

The Scouts also worked with area Cub Scouts in a program called Scoutreach. The OA invited these Cub Scouts to join them on Saturday afternoon for activities such as camping, knot tying, crafts, and building and launching water rockets made of soda bottles. Approximately 15 Cub Scouts attended. Also Saturday afternoon, the Arrowmen, both Scouts and Scouters, enjoyed a hamburger lunch under the pavilion.

The event was attended by 77 Arrowmen from New Mexico, West Texas and Southern Colorado, along with 2 national officers. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others.

NMJC was pleased to have the Order of the Arrow on campus this weekend as they completed maneuvers and served others.
They worked hard, but it was NMJC that enjoyed watching the swirl of activity provided by some of the finest young leaders of tomorrow. Thanks, Order of the Arrow Scouts, and we hope to see you again next year!

For more information please contact Chris Howell at 575.492.2693 or chowell@nmjc.edu

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