9:00 AM-9:15 AM - Welcome and Overview

Presenter - Jonathan Golden

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Understand the reasoning behind the ACT Conference.
Understand how ACT is going to function, and how it is going to help each lodge and the greater organization.
Review the process of goal setting and accountability partners.

9:20 AM-9:50 AM - Fostering Relationships

Presenter - Steven Buer

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Understand how to build relationships with your team.
Learn how to effectively utilize the advisers in our organization.
Develop as a team.

10:00 AM-10:30 AM - Break
10:30 AM-11:15 AM - Why are YOU here?

Presenter - Evan Richwalsky

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Describe the metrics that drive lodge performance.
Discern the urgency required to drive high performance. Understand my part in helping promote growth in our Order.

11:15 AM-12:00 PM - Catalyzing your Vision

Presenter - Josh Squirrell

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Understand why change is pertinent to the success of organizations around the world Understand why the Order of the Arrow must change in order to Thrive
Develop the skills to become the catalyst back home.
12:00 PM-12:55 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM-1:45 PM - Recognizing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Presenter - Harley Hoff

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Explain the basics of an Order of the Arrow unit visitation
Develop an effective structure to oversee the unit visitation process Create a plan to innovate and improve lodge unit election rates.

Scenarios SCENARIO #1

Scouts BSA unit #1915 has not hosted an Order of the Arrow unit election in 10 years. 11 years ago, the Scoutmaster became frustrated with the fact that his youth members would frequently choose to attend lodge events instead of troop campouts. He doesn’t believe the OA does anything except for interfere with his ability to run an effective program. Your lodge is working hard to reach high performing status; but in order to hit 90%, you need to get your foot in the door to host a unit election (or at least a unit visitation) in Troop #1915. What do you do?


Venturing Crew #158 Adviser Paula is not a supporter of the Order of the Arrow, largely because when her daughter was involved in Venturing five years ago, she was disappointed that the option for membership didn’t exist at that point in time. So when your lodge reaches out to her to schedule an election, she says the OA has no value to her unit and expresses frustration that the membership policy change wasn’t done when her daughter was involved. What do you do?


Two years ago, your lodge scheduled a unit visitation with Scouts BSA Troop #451. Your unit elections chairman personally confirmed the date, time, and location. You have had trouble recruiting a large, reliable, unit elections team this year; but Jonny Lee (a first year, enthusiastic Arrowman) who has never been to a unit visitation, other than the one where he was elected, offers to attend. Jonny is 14 and hasn’t been doing particularly well in school. He fails an exam and his parents take away his cell phone for a few days. Jonny does not notify you that he is going to be out of touch, and he skips the unit visitation. The unit leader is furious that he scheduled 30 minutes of time during the unit meeting for the unit election, and the OA didn’t even care to show up. Last year, the unit leader discouraged other unit leaders at the roundtable meeting from hosting a unit election and this narrative is starting to give the lodge a really negative look. What do you do?


Matt is the boatswain of Sea Scout Ship #123 is also a member of Troop #227. He was elected and inducted into the Order of the Arrow a few years ago. During Matt’s induction that your lodge hosted at camp, there was a shortage of trained Elangomats. On Friday evening of the induction weekend, you had to recruit a few Arrowmen extremely last minute to serve in this role. Matt’s Elangomat was one of those people. The Elangomat was not knowledgeable about his ability to effectively perform his role and the result was a poor experience for everyone in his clan. After the induction weekend, Matt pledged to never return to the OA and discouraged everyone in his troop and crew from participating also, effectively shutting the door to the possibility of a unit election or visitation. What do you do?

2:00 PM-2:45 PM - Admonishing the Next Generation

Presenter - Ethan Ventling

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Explain the basics of the induction process.
Explain the significance and importance of communicating with and making
an impact on newly elected candidates.
Create a plan to innovate and improve lodge induction rates.
3:00 PM-3:30 PM - Break
3:30 PM-4:15 PM - Activating the Future

Presenter - Joey Grabill

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Explain the stakeholders involved in activating Arrowmen. Demonstrate ways to increase participation and engagement. Create a plan to innovate and improve lodge activation rates.

4:15 PM-4:30 PM - Sharing your Vision

Presenter - Andrew Czajka

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Understand how members of your lodge communicate.
Learn different methods to effectively communicate with key stakeholders. Brainstorm new ways to ensure key stakeholders have necessary information.
4:30 PM-5:00 PM - Break
5:00 PM-5:45 PM - Implementing your Vision

Presenter - Terry Hendriex

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Create an actionable plan to execute goals through the Thrive Initiative.

5:45 PM-6:00 PM - The Trail Ahead

Presenter - Jonathan Golden

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Recap the conference and identify key takeaways.
Initiate ways to adapt, collaborate, and thrive to ensure the success and future of our organization.