SummitCorps to Benefit the New River Gorge National River
Since ArrowCorps5 many Arrowmen and Scouters have been asking when and what
will be the next national Order of the Arrow service project. Arrowmen who
attended ArrowCorps5 could not wait to go back and provide cheerful service to
the United States Forest Service and those who missed the opportunity wanted
another chance to experience the Order of the Arrow at its finest.
In 2010, the Order of the Arrow announced its second national service
project: SummitCorps – The New River Experience. Based on the successes of
ArrowCorps5 and the OA High Adventure programs, SummitCorps will combine
cheerful service with adventure. The experience will take place over four weeks
during July 2011: July 3-9, July 10-16, July 17-23, and July 24-30. SummitCorps
will be held at the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia benefitting
the National Park Service.
The goals of the project are to improve the Garden Grand Hike and Bike Trail
which will link The Summit: Bechtel Family Scout Reserve, home of the new
national scout jamboree site, with the New River. This critical link will give
Scouts and Scouters access to outdoor recreation adjacent to The Summit as well
as various activities on the river. The removal of invasive species will be a
key component of this service project.
Participants at SummitCorp will be actively involved in both of these
projects and still have plenty of time for recreation. Brotherhood will be
strengthened as Arrowmen work and play together. Arrowmen will not want to miss
out on this experience.
Arrowmen participating in SummitCorps will be able to experience a deeper
understanding of the Scout Oath and Law and the Obligation of the Order of the
Arrow. Arrowmen will also learn about the importance of the service project and
skills needed to develop and execute similar projects back in their home
community. Over the course of a week, Arrowmen will meet, network, and leave
with memories of the cheerful service that will last a lifetime.
SummitCorps will be staffed by youth and adult Arrowmen. The leadership for
the month-long project will be provided by members of the National Order of the
Arrow Committee using the Incident Command structure. The Order of the Arrow
will hire approximately 40 Arrowmen to serve on the Instructor Corps who will
lead and train SummitCorps participants working on the service projects.
Interested Arrrowmen should talk with their lodge key 3 to sign up today! To
learn more about SummitCorps, visit event.oa-bsa.org today.