Boy Scouts attend conference, volunteer

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Chris Nardi is a member of the esteemed and highly respected Boy Scout Press Corps. He was on location for the recent Boy Scout National Order of the Arrow Conference. A 7th grader at Clay Middle School and a dedicated Boy Scout, he was willing to file a report for the benefit of our Current in Carmel readers. I am happy to bring you an eyewitness account by CIC Special Contributor Chris Nardi.

Six Boy Scouts from the Carmel area attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference from July 31 to August 4 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The Order of the Arrow is the Boy Scout National Honor Society. The conference’s theme was “United, We Leave a Legacy.” More than 7,000 Boy Scouts and adults attended the conference. The conference helped attendees develop a deeper understanding of the Order of the Arrow through classes on topics such as Native American dances, costumes, Scouting, and programs about how they can make a difference.

The six Scouts from the Carmel area who attended were Adam Aldrich, Stephen Bernard, Daniel Goldberg, Chris and Joseph Nardi, and Andrew Roher.

Additional themes were unity, service, leadership, the 100th Anniversary of Eagle Scouts, and sacrifice.  In the last 100 years, an astonishing 100 million hours of service have been performed on Eagle Scout Projects, with 3 million additional hours of service being completed each year.

The Order of the Arrow performs many service projects, ranging from small ones such as volunteering at the Indiana State Fair, to large ones such as ArrowCorps5, which was performed in 2008 in cooperation with the United States Forest Service.

There were many fun activities all week, such as sports, geo-caching, an Amazing Race, Adventure Central, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) experiences.

The National Order of the Arrow Conference 2012 was a great experience, and everyone is looking forward to the next one in 2015. In the meantime, Boy Scouts and their adult leaders will continue to perform cheerful service in their communities.

I am thankful to Chris and his Scouting brothers for the ongoing service that the Boy Scouts provide to our community. And Correspondent Chris reminds us, “Not just service; but cheerful service.”

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