Training and Leadership

The Order of the Arrow has an outstanding training program with a wide variety of available options. All members can take advantage of the opportunities available to them through live events. Youth leaders can learn how to run a successful lodge or chapter, adult advisers can learn how to support and guide the youth, and all members can learn more about the rich history of the Order of the Arrow. 

Training takes place at every level of the OA, from chapter meetings to NOAC. Most training at the lodge and chapter level comes through the Lodge Leadership Development program. The SR-6 section offers training at Conclave Training Initiative sessions. Youth leaders and adult advisors are encouraged to attend the National Leadership Seminar, and adult advisers may also attend the Developing Youth Leadership Conference. All members attending the National Order of the Arrow Conference are encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety of courses offered there as well.

Lodge Leadership Development (LLD)

Lodge Leadership Development is the primary training program for lodges, including Pellissippi Lodge, which conducts LLD annually, usually in the fall. LLD provides Arrowmen with the skills needed to plan and run a successful lodge program. The LLD program is designed to equip lodges with the tools to stimulate creative ideas and develop lasting solutions that will enable and enhance growth. In addition to LLD training sessions are also held during our Spring and Fall Fellowships. 

National Leadership Seminar (NLS)

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focused on the skills and attributes of leadership. The program enhances the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow's key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format complements the longer, more detailed National Youth Leadership Training program (NYLT) for youth and Wood Badge program for adults. During the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills learned on projects in the lodge, council, and community. NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.

Every Arrowman will benefit in some way from attending NLS. Youth participants should be at least 15 years of age or a lodge officer. Completion of a Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) course is desirable. The seminar is an intensive experience in learning about the nature of leadership and practicing some of the skills that a leader uses. While fun, the course challenges participants mentally as well. Participants should be developmentally, physically, and mentally prepared to engage actively in an exhausting, invigorating weekend.

Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC)

The Developing Youth Leadership Conference will deepen an adviser’s capacity to develop youth leadership within the lodge and chapter. Conference topics will include fostering a growth mindset, promoting resilience, providing constructive feedback that leads to changes in youth behavior and creating a life-long coaching/mentoring relationship. Conference participants will gain insights necessary to successfully coach youth applying the leadership skills they gained during the National Leadership Seminar.

The Developing Youth Leadership Conference will move us beyond lodge mechanics and operations to establishing a lodge and chapter culture that grows youth who are capable of establishing goals, building teams, and guiding the lodge’s work to achieve Journey to Excellence. Prior participation in the National Leadership Seminar is encouraged, but not required.

It is recommended that participants be lodge advisers or staff advisers and those with lodge adviser potential, as approved by the local council Scout Executive. Prior completion of a Lodge Leader Development Program and the National Leadership Seminar are desirable.

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is a weeklong gathering of members of the Order of the Arrow, typically held every other year in early August on a college campus. Over 8,000 Arrowmen from all 50 states attend NOAC, making it the second-largest event in Scouting. NOAC consists of both training and fellowship and is the pinnacle of events in the Order of the Arrow.