CarolinaOA.com is a website where a community of Boy Scout memorabilia collectors are working to share the history of the memorabilia from North Carolina, South Carolina and a small part of Georgia. There are 16 active Order of the Arrow lodges in the territory included in OA sections SR5 and SR7B.
Any Scout or Scouter is welcome to send in information and become a contributing partner with CarolinaOA.com. The idea for the website is that it's a community effort to share the knowledge and new issues from lodges in SR-5 and SR-7B (mostly North Carolina/South Carolina). That means if the veteran collector that has everything wants to share that's great and likewise if the 15 year old Chapter Chief who just got back from his OA fellowship wants to share then that's awesome!
The twin focus of the site is fresh news and creating an archive of the "patch stories" that many lodges have. The contributors will bring us news from what their lodge is issuing. This inside scoop might include plans that are in the works or any other neat tips that they can share with other Scouters that collect that lodge. When there is not breaking news then a contributor will go back in their archives and share a story about an interesting piece from the past. By passing down this knowledge to the next generation of collectors the website will preserve the unique story of the memorabilia from the Carolinas and eastern Georgia.
The two OA sections that are covered by the website each year host the biggest conclaves anywhere in the country with over 1,000 arrowmen in attendance. Therefore, the website will also document the memorabilia issued for the Cardinal Conclave and the Dixie Fellowship. This focus will also include an archive of pictures, booklets and history for these events.
Here are the simple guidelines: send the text, and image of the patch, along with your name, profile picture (gotta give you credit!), and lodge to the website editor. We will then convert your information into a post and get it on the site.
If you are willing to be a serious contributor with some knowledge of how to get around on the web we will also consider giving you a log-in so you can became an author on the site and create the posts yourself. Again contact the editor if that sounds like something you want to do.
The video below introduces the concept and includes the three founding editors of the project: Hank Birdsong, Rick Horne and Jason Spangler. If the player widget below doesn't load you can also follow this link to YouTube.
If you have any questions or comments please email Jason Spangler at email@example.com.