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Two Brainerd residents receive BSA OA Centurion award

Two Central Minnesota Council Scouters from Brainerd were selected to receive the Order of the Arrow's Centurion Award. Loren Meinke was selected by Naguonabe Lodge of Central Minnesota Council and Greg Nygren was selected by the Pa-Hin Lodge of ...

Two Central Minnesota Council Scouters from Brainerd were selected to receive the Order of the Arrow’s Centurion Award.Loren Meinke was selected by Naguonabe Lodge of Central Minnesota Council and Greg Nygren was selected by the Pa-Hin Lodge of Northern Lights Council, said Zachary Vogt, 17, who serves on the Naguonabe Lodge council.
Two Central Minnesota Council Scouters from Brainerd were selected to receive the Order of the Arrow’s Centurion Award. Loren Meinke was selected by Naguonabe Lodge of Central Minnesota Council and Greg Nygren was selected by the Pa-Hin Lodge of Northern Lights Council, said Zachary Vogt, 17, who serves on the Naguonabe Lodge council.

Two Central Minnesota Council Scouters from Brainerd were selected to receive the Order of the Arrow's Centurion Award.

Loren Meinke was selected by Naguonabe Lodge of Central Minnesota Council and Greg Nygren was selected by the Pa-Hin Lodge of Northern Lights Council, said Zachary Vogt, 17, who serves on the Naguonabe Lodge council.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, which is the Boy Scouts of America's honor society.

According to Scouting.org the purpose of the Order of the Arrow is:

• Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.

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• Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout's experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer.

• Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, Brotherhood, Scouting and ultimately their nation.

• Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

The Centurion Award aims to highlight "Hometown Heroes," or Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing and ongoing operational excellence of their local council's lodge, and who, in doing so, inspired others to follow in their footsteps.

The award is a one-time recognition associated with the centennial anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, bestowed by the national Order of the Arrow committee. It is modeled after a similar program in the BSA's 100th anniversary celebration, the 2010 National Hall of Leadership.

Lodges were permitted to nominate one candidate per every 100 members or fraction thereof.

"It is so humbling to think that only a few of so many deserving members over the past 100 years will be honored," said Meinke in a news release. "I'm really not sure what to think, it really hasn't sunk in so to speak. All that I have attempted to do is to leave this world a better place than what I found it and have fun along the way. It's been a wonderful journey meeting so many like-minded individuals not only in our home towns but throughout the region and nation as well. I share this honor with all whom I have served or served with."

The Order of the Arrow has been very influential to scouters over the years.

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"As a youth member, many years ago, the Order of the Arrow provided me with leadership opportunities and some nifty ceremonies to participate in," said Nygren in a news release. "I was inducted into the Order in Chicago and considering that the Order is a honor camping society in addition to the national honor society of the BSA, it was an honor to be elected by my Scout troop. The Order of Award is the only organization that I know where nonmembers elect the members."

The main mission of the Order of the Arrow is service and many of the fondest memories of its members are providing service to people and organizations.

"To me the Order of the Arrow served as an additional vehicle to demonstrate to our youth that the 'Brotherhood of Cheerful Service' is really not about them but how we can be that light of inspiration and motivation to those who benefit from our service," said Meinke. "I have served alongside of youth in our churches, schools, parks, national parks, scenic river ways to even our own members when their families needed some sort of assistance. It's just awesome to see these young people pour out their hearts and souls in service to others expecting nothing in return."

Nominees selected by the national Order of the Arrow committee will be provided with a certificate and recognition ribbon consisting of a red and white ribbon and a metallic totem symbolizing the centennial anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.

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