by Andre Giacalone
This year’s NOAC has brought great inspiration to all Arrowmen through training sessions, shows, activities, and more. The youth have been learning, some even by just walking around and absorbing the information all around them. But how can we continue our legacy of learning after the conference is over? Luckily, the Order has many programs to help continue the education of its members. we have programs for that like a lodge’s LLD and similar programs.
The Order of the Arrow provides a training program for both youth and adults known the National Leadership Seminar (NLS). NLS provides Arrowmen an in-depth look at the skills and techniques of leadership and how they apply to leadership in the Order and in everyday choices and decisions. This weekend-long program is held multiple times a year in each region and is led by the region chiefs.
For adults, the OA offers the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS). This training is only open to adults and is strongly recommended for lodge advisers, lodge staff advisers, and for potential lodge advisers. NLATS focuses on enhancing advisers’ knowledge about the OA’s strategic plan, making them aware of resources available, and developing skills essential to building effective youth leaders.
This last spring, the NLATS program experienced a major overhaul. The NLATS program now includes new classes and updated sessions to make sure advisers have the most current training resources. For example, a major focus of the program is a new class on the Journey to Excellence program. Other NLATS sessions focus on the aims and methods of Scouting and teaching participants how to perform risk management for lodge events and service projects. NLATS participants will also receive a thumb drive with copies of NLATS resources to use in their local lodges.
Remaining NLATS dates for 2012:
Camp Lazarus, Delaware, OH
TBD; Estes Park, CO
November 2-4, 2012
Heartland Center, Parkville, MO
Coast Guard Island; Alameda, CA
September 14-16, 2012
YMCA Camp Classen; Davis, OK