Event: Order of the Arrow Tonkawa Event
Date: January 15, 2005
Location: Camp Mabry, Austin Texas
Description: At the request of club member and longtime scout Bill B., Tim W. put his 1941 MB slat grill jeep on display at the entryway to a local awards ceremony for the Boy Scouts of America.  The vehicle was used as means of sparking conversation and developing the broad interests and knowledge base of the Boy Scouts in attendance.  The primary purpose of the event was to honor exemplary scouts.  This afternoon and evening event was centered around the Order of the Arrow, a recognized official program activity of the Boy Scouts of America.  This program was established to recognize those scouts who best exemplify the scout virtues of cheerful service, camping, and leadership.  Scouts from the surrounding Central Texas area were on hand to acknowledge and honor recipients of a number of awards and particularly those individuals inducted into the Order of the Arrow.  

The Order of the Arrow is an Honor Society of Scouting.  It was founded in 1915 only a few years after Robert Baden-Powell started scouting in Great Britain.  It is considered by many to be a uniquely American scouting honor society.  E. Urner Goodman, a scoutmaster who worked as Director of the Philadelphia scout council's camp, was looking for a way to teach scouts that there was more to scouting than simply skill proficiency and that the principles contained in the Scout Oath and Law should be a daily part of a scout's life.  Over time, an induction ceremony was developed for entry into the Order of the Arrow, and membership has become a goal of many scouts. Membership in the Order of the Arrow has grown to 160,000 of the one million Boy Scouts in the United States who are eligible.  There are almost 400 lodges throughout the country, and it has become unusual for a council not to have an Order of the Arrow lodge with its own Indian name and totem or emblem. 

Tim W. was able to leave his jeep on site throughout the event and was able to watch much of the ceremonies.  At the conclusion of the evening, Tim and the club were recognized for their support of the scouts with Tim receiving a Tonkawa patch as a souvenir and a little "fire water" for his participation.

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Bill B with Tim's Slat-Grill MB Bill B, Tim W and Chris Blanc


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