The Order resolved to restore and preserve the place of its origin by relocating the original ceremonial grounds to a new home nestled along a gurgling creek at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. To keep with the objectives of the site as a place of quiet reflection and pilgrimage, the Centennial Chairman, Ray Capp, decided that it would be his personal contribution to the effort to use art to silently tell the story of the Three Tests that challenged inductees in 1915. To memorialize what happened at the original site he created three bronze sculptures featuring hands performing the tests.
The first: A Scout is handed a bundle of sticks and asked to break it. He cannot. The ceremonialist then demonstrates that the task can easily be accomplished by breaking the sticks one at a time to feed the cheerful fire. The lesson: STICK TOGETHER, the name of the first bronze.
The second: The Scout is asked to encircle a large tree with his arms. He cannot, alone, but with the help of another Scout, together, in brotherhood, they can. The lesson: JOIN HANDS was chosen as the title of the second bronze.
The Third: The Scout is asked to scale a steep, muddy incline. Alone he cannot…But if he will accept the outstretched hand of service by one who went before, it is easy. The lesson: LIFT ONE ANOTHER.
Together, these three reminders, to Stick Together, Join Hands, and Lift One Another, stand quietly, permanently, and meaningfully at the OA Summit Circle and bear silent witness to our pledge to always “observe and preserve the traditions of the Order of the Arrow”.
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