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NOAC 2004 - Lodge Oral History Presentation Competition NOAC 2004

Lodge Oral History Presentation Competition

This is one of three separate competitions at the OA Center for History that Lodges may participate in. (The other two are Lodge Historical Display and Historical Ceremonies Re-enactments.) These competitions emphasize your local OA history as well as the history of the ceremonies.

This is a new competition that will test the ability of the Lodge to discuss their history with Museum attendees and be judged at the same time. With your static display as your backdrop and foremost visual aid, presenters will offer about a 5 minute live presentation to judges and audience. These presentations will be made by youth from the Lodge. Judges will closely watch the presenters and their ability to articulate their lodge's history and traditions in a way that is both interesting and relevant to the OA Center for History attendees. Presentations may be recorded for future historical use as appropriate.

Judging will be against a standard and will have three levels of excellence: Participant, Merit and Honor. Each will have suitable recognition items that the Lodge can proudly display.

Judging Criteria:

  1. Professional Value and Originality: Provides information of interest and value to museum attendees. Presents information in a new and innovative style.
  2. Educational Value: Offers viewers a learning experience. Offers a "timeline" of historical dates and events which impacted the lodge and its members. Teaches the viewer about the history of the lodge (more than just patches). Presentation is easy to follow and understand.
  3. Historical Significance: Historical significance to the preservation of our Scouting heritage. Chronicles major events/milestones in the lodge's history. Presentation is complete and thorough; entire history of the lodge is covered (no large gaps in years, unless otherwise accounted for). May include histories of other lodges that are now a part of the lodge (mergers).
  4. Visual Aids and Overall Impact: Effective use of static visual aids such as photographs, documents, timelines, insignia and regalia are strongly encouraged. Presentation is clear and concise, easy to follow, creative and interesting.
  5. Youth Participation: Presenters introduce themselves, lodge name, where they are from and why they are here today. Presenters are enthusiastic about the subject matter. Presenters are properly uniformed.

Oral History Presentations will be scheduled during the hours of 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st, and Monday or Tuesday, August 1st or 2nd. Evaluation of the presentation will take place immediately following the presentation. Times for a presentation will be coordinated by the OA Center for History staff but lodges may ask for a specific time slot.

Questions about the competitions may be sent to the OA Center for History Chairman, Mark Orgeron,

Lodges need to pre-register for this event online at the NOAC event registration web site.

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Revised 04/27/04.