2019 Workshops

Enhancing the Future by Preserving the Past:

Since the Order of the Arrow was founded, we have preserved many traditions. Some of those traditions have been in place since the beginning, and they help shape the fundamentals of the current organization. This session will teach you about those traditions, and how to apply them to your leadership skills as you serve as a leader now and in the future.

How to retain and activate your membership:

Last year, over 12,000 arrowmen didn't renew their membership in their lodges. The training, "How to retain and activate your membership" is a training dedicated to finding out why so many arrowmen are falling out of touch with their lodges, and what we can do to remedy that. This training analyzes the details of the events we are throwing, and pinpoints major issues about them; trying to determine why so many negative connotations are associated with our Order.  Arrowmen in this training session will work together to brainstorm new events and new ways to catch and maintain the attention of new/old arrowmen and overcome the negative connotations of the Order of the Arrow. If we can analyze our biggest mistakes, we can turn them into our greatest assets.

Getting units involved in the Order of the Arrow

The majority of an Arrowmen’s experience in the OA is at the lodge/chapter level.  Join us in this discussion to learn not only how to improve this experience, but also how to maximize the number of people that take part in it.  Topics covered include inactive troops, Cub Scout events, fellowship days, and more!

Maximizing memorabilia:

An in-depth discussion on a variety of types of  merchandise and ways to market it. Inventory management, pricing, and trading post staffing will also be covered.

How to prepare your lodge for service with shovels:

This session will be about how individual lodges can bolster their service committees and make an impact within the council and outside organizations.

Setting and achieving attainable goals: 

Scouts will create short and long term goals for themselves and learn ways on how to fulfill them. Whether in Scouting of life in general, goals are a great way to keep yourself on track while bettering yourself and others. The FORUM discussion will revolve around how to create SMART goals and best practices to staying on track from the brainstorming phase all the way to completion.

Pushing for Conversion:

The Brotherhood conversion is the last opportunity for membership retention and activation within a lodge. It is the last chance to capture the attention and commitment of an Arrowman before they slip away. In this session, participants will learn and discuss methods for gathering Brotherhood-eligible candidates for the conversion, as well as methods for engaging those members immediately following their Ceremony.

Expectations of a Conclave:

Conclave is the premier opportunity for Arrowmen to experience new activities beyond the lodge. In this primarily discussion-based and interactive session, participants will discuss their expectations of a Section Conclave, in addition to ways they can help promote and advertise the event to ensure its success!

How to run an effective meeting, Robs Rules:

Want to run an effective meeting? The first goal is to understand the basics of Roberts Rules of Order. Learn the rules in brief, and turn your meetings from unmoving to effective. This training is essential for any arrowman to participate and even run a meeting!

What kind of leaders the OA needs: 

Interested in becoming a high performing arrowman? Don't know where to start? The OA has many opportunities for an arrowmen to specialize and become a great leader in any field. Learn how to start from nothing and become an efficient leader in anything from communications to ceremonies!

A Fun OA Event? How to Bring Excitement Back to Your Event:

Tired of doing the same event year after year? Are your members getting bored or tired? This class will help you and your fellow arrowmen brainstorm events, how to plan and execute them.

2018 Workshops

Working With Your LEC

Building Regalia on a budget

Unit Engagement

New members are the future of organization, but why is always so hard to get them involved? Attend this engaging session to learn more reaching out not only to troops, but also to Venturing crews to better boost your numbers. This session is meant to provoke though provoking ideas while also be engaging.

Letting the Youth Drive

One of the greatest challenges of an adult in the Order of the Arrow is allowing youth leaders to lead. In this workshop, adult arrowmen will learn how to allow themselves to take a step back and empower their youth to be leaders in the controlled setting that scouting and the Order of the Arrow permits. In the words of John Maxwell, “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

Planning an Event

During this session, participants will learn and work on their skills to plan an event. They will look at different ways to plan as well as get different ideas on what to do during the process. Some highlights include: The planning process, using the LEC, and having ways to attract participants.

Growing Our Order

Show the participants statistics from the 3 new JTE components and emphasize the importance of best practices to grow the Order of the Arrow. While the Order of the Arrow has a limited market we can pull for membership, there are still many ways the lodge can increase interest in the Order.

New and innovative ideas are what make the Order of the Arrow sustainable. We can still change without fundamentally altering the organization as a whole. However, to be sustainable and relevant for the future, we must be willing to change and accept new ideas.

Organizing a Dance Team

High Performing Lodges

The objective of this session is to teach participants about the newest Order of the Arrow initiative put in place in order to maximize membership numbers. This session has been requested by region and national leadership.


High performing lodges are measured by 3 new JTE statistics; Election Rate, Induction Rate, and Activation Rate. These three new statistics have been in place since 2016 and are meant to outline the weak points of a lodge’s induction process and how they can improve.


These statistics are different for every lodge and can be eye-opening. Every lodge in the nation has a statistic out of the three that they should make better.


While much of the Order of the Arrow’s trainings are focused on new membership, there is almost no information on getting old members active again. One great way to do this is through the troop representative program. The Order of the Arrow is largely a grassroots organization, one in which word-of-mouth is what really drives the organization.


Many lodges think of new and innovative ways to contact their members. While this is great for one demographic, the younger people, the more experienced arrowmen often times aren’t very tech-savy. Instead, think inside the box and utilize all types of media to reach out to members, such as lodge newsletters, council newsletters, etc.

Lodge Structure

This presentation is a general overview of the structure of youth leadership positions from the National to Troop level.  We will also outline the positions, committees, and the structure of the positions that are held by the youth at each lodge. Finally, we will give a brief explanation of the need for each lodge, what the lodge provides for each member and troop, and how each member can help to serve towards the success of their own lodge.


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Recruiting and Retaining a Ceremony Team with Support Staff

This presentation will push for the importance in a strong ceremony, in order to maintain a strong Ceremony team. Also discussing how to effectively use a support team while keeping all memebers active and excited about their part in the OA!

Keeping Our Order Sustainable

Everything in the Order of the Arrow, including service, leadership and communications is set up to maintain and grow the Order of the Arrow program in the Boy Scouts of America over a period of time into the future – Sustainability. Sustainability is not just about the physical environment, but all aspects of our Order and society that we want to maintain, working toward a successful future.

Moving into the Second Century

The objective of this session is to educate the participants on the recent changes to the Order of the Arrow and how to utilize those to make our program better for the Second Century.


While the Order of the Arrow has been around for over 100 years now, the organization is still rapidly changing. In order to be relevant in the 21st century, we must update our programs to the 21st century. As an organization, we need to continue to push the envelope and deliver the highest quality program we can possibly come up with.


One way in which the organization is keeping up with a rapidly changing world is the introduction of females into the program. The Order of the Arrow exists to support Scouting and their decisions. The Order of the Arrow is wholeheartedly supporting the new policies of the Boy Scouts of America and is following suit by allowing youth females into the program.


While the overall structure and traditions of the Order of the Arrow are not changing, the membership will. Introducing females into the program will benefit not only the females we serve, but also the males who are already members of the organization.

Finding Your Place in the Lodge

Everyone starts somewhere. Whether you are the national chief or a brand new ordeal member, everyone in this room has a reason for being involved in the Order of the Arrow.

It is much simpler than you may think to become involved in the Order of the Arrow. Many chapters and lodges are always looking for people who have a passion for something. Whether its communications or high adventure, everyone has something to give to their lodge.