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Since 1913, the BSA has utilized several different organizational structures for councils and lodges (Geary ii). In 1938, lodges were grouped first into fifteen, then eventually twenty-six areas. When the OA became fully integrated into the BSA in 1948, lodges were reorganized as part of the Twelve Scouting Regions.

The 1973 New Section Operation realigned lodges into areas and sections among the Six Regions.

In 1992, the Six Regions were consolidated into four. The East Central and the eastern half of the North Central Region was merged to create the Central Region, while the western half of the North Central Region merged into the Western Region. The Southeast and South Central Regions were combined to create the Southern Region. The Northeast Region's seven areas were reorganized into five; however, its boundaries remained unchanged.

In October 2021, it was announced that in December, as part of Project Magellan, the OA would be moving to two regions: Pacific and Atlantic. However, it remains to be seen what this actually means, since sections will be in effect until at least the 2022 conclaves. Supposedly, this orgazational structure will be separate from the new BSA National Service Territories. This is particulary interesting, as since the OA's full integration with the BSA in 1948, OA regions and areas have almost always been in lockstep with BSA regions. Hopefully, this means that there will be more flexibility in grouping lodges for "sectional" activities by taking into more consideration travel distances, and geographic and historical factors.


New OA Regions: Pacific and Atlantic
From National OA's Project Magellan:

"The Boy Scouts of America recently implemented a new structure, including the creation of 16 National Service Territories (NST). These NSTs replace the existing area and region structures which have been in place since 1990 (more information can be found here).

In December 2020, the National OA Committee Chairman, Mike Hoffman, created the Project Magellan task force. The group’s charge was to assess the impact of these changes on the OA’s operations, as well as, if deemed necessary, provide recommendations for how the Order might respond. The task force has worked throughout 2021, led by 8 youth consisting of the 2020 & 2021 Region Chiefs, as well as seven members of the National OA Committee. Every lodge was invited to provide direct input and feedback through written surveys, one-on-one interviews, and regular reviews with OA youth and adult leaders around the country.

In early October [2021], the National Order of the Arrow (“OA”) Committee adopted the organizational plan proposed by the Project Magellan task force. With this approval, the Order of the Arrow will move toward implementing changes to its national and regional structure which will be effective at the OA National Planning Meeting on December 27, 2021.

Above the lodge level, the proposal maintains current section designations and boundaries and the current method for selecting national officers, while reducing the number of regions from four to two. In 2022 and beyond, the National OA Committee and national staff will monitor council and lodge mergers to adjust the composition and boundaries of OA sections as warranted.

The national leadership team is confident that this plan puts the OA on the path for organizational success. However, the National OA Committee will reevaluate the OA’s organization again in 18 months in anticipation of additional changes that may occur in the structure of the Boy Scouts of America and local councils during the coming years.

When will these changes be implemented?

Changes to the OA’s national and regional structures will be effective at the start of the 2021 National Planning Meeting in December and fully implemented in the year thereafter. At this point, section conclaves will continue through at least 2022. As for other program delivery, that is not the purview of Project Magellan. The National OA Committee is considering these questions as a part of the larger work on the next OA business plan."


Works Cited:

Geary, Patrick. Councils of the BSA 6th ed. n.p., 2000, p. ii. Print.

"New Section Operation," Order of the Arrow Bulletin, vol. 4. Boy Scouts of America, 1972, p. 4. Print.

"Project Magellan." Boy Scouts of America, 22 Oct. 2021. Web. 9 Nov. 2021.




2021 SECTION CONCLAVES
CR Section Conclaves
C‑1A Midwest Bible Camp, SD
Tetonwana 105
Oct 1-3, 2021
C-1B Camp Decorah, WI
Ni-Sanak-Tani 381
& Blue OX 26
Sep 17-19, 2021
C-2 NOT HELD
C-3A "Red Arrow Rally"
Ingersoll SR, IL
Wenasa Quenhotan 23
Sep 24-26, 2021
C-3B Camp Illinek, IL
Illinek 132
Oct 15-17, 2021
C-4 Seven Ranges SR, OH
Sipp-O 377
May 14-16, 2021
C-5A Camp Cornhusker, NE
Golden Sun 492
Sep 10-12, 2021
C-5B H. Roe Bartle SR, MO
Tamegonit 147
Apr 9-11, 2021
C-6A Old Ben SR, IN
Kiondaga 422
Oct 22-24, 2021
C-6B Camp Hugh Taylor Birch, OH
Tarhe 292
May 14-16, 2021
C-7 Virtual Event Held Online
Apr 16-18, 2021
& Camp Stronghold, IL
Wulapeju 140
Aug 20-22, 2021
NE Section Conclaves
NE-1 Yawgoog SR, RI
Tulpe 102
Jun 11-13, 2021
NE-2A Camp Mattatuck, CT
Tschitani 10
Jun 11-13, 2021
NE-2B Virtual Event Held Online
hosted by section?
Jun 12, 2021
NE-3A Camp Woodland, NY
Lowanne Nimat 219
Jun 5, 2021
NE-3B Camp Wakpominee, NY
Kittan 364
Aug 27-29, 2021
NE-4A &
NE-4B
C Conestoga, Eberly SR, PA
Wagion 6
Jun 11-13, 2021
NE-5 Goose Pond SR, PA
Lowwapaneu 191
Jun 11-13, 2021
NE-6A Henson SR, MD
Nentego 20
May 21-22, 2021
NE-6B Sinoquipe SR, PA
Guneukitschik 317
Jun 4-6, 2021

Virtual Event Held Online
hosted by section
Jun 4-5, 2021
SR Section Conclaves
SR-1A Camp Edgewood, LA
Quelqueshoe 166
Apr 16-18, 2021
SR-1B C Euchee, Spanish Trail SR, FL
Yustaga 385
Apr 23-25, 2021
SR-2 Camp Perkins, TX
Wichita 35
Apr 16-18, 2021
SR-3 Lost Pines SR, TX
Tonkawa 99
Nov 19-21, 2021
SR-4 Camp La-No-Che, FL
Tipisa 326
Apr 9-11, 2021
SR-5 Camp Daniel Boone, NC
Tsali 134
Apr 23-25, 2021
SR-6 Camp Davy Crockett, TN
Sequoyah 184
Aug 16-18, 2021
SR-7A C Lions, Pipsico SR
Wahunsenakah 333
Sep 17-19, 2021
SR-7B Camp Bowers, NC
Klahican 331
Apr 16-18, 2021
SR-8 Camp Simpson, OK
Wisawanik 190
Apr 30 - May 2, 2021
SR-9 Camp Patten, GA
Withlacoochee 98
Apr 16-18, 2021
WR Section Conclaves
W-1E Camp Morrison, ID
Camp Grizzly, ID
Tukarica 266
Sep 24-26, 2021
W-1N Fire Mountain SR, WA
Sikhs Mox Lamonti 338
Sep 17-19, 2021
W-1S Hoodoo Ski Area, OR
Tsisqan 253
Sep 10-12, 2021
W-2N Camp Buffalo Bill, WY
Tatokainyanka 356?
Sep 10-12, 2021
W-2S San Isabel Scout Ranch, CO
Tupwee 536
May 21-23, 2021
W-2W Camp Tracy, UT
Ammatdiio 590
Sep 10-12, 2021

canceled
W-3N &
W-3S
Coast Guard Island, CA
Talako 533, Hungteetsepoppi 466, & Yerba Buena 719
Sep 10-12, 2021
W-4N C Pollock, Hubert Eaton SR, CA
Tuku'ut 33?
Sep 17-19, 2021
W-4S Camp Tahquitz, CA
Puvunga 32?
Oct 8-10, 2021
W-6E Virtual Event Held Online
host lodge?
Apr 10, 2021
W-6P Virtual Event Held Online
Achpateuny 498
Apr 9-11, 2021
W-6W Camp Raymond, AZ
Wipala Wiki 432
Oct 15-17, 2021






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