Hear from just some of the men and women who have made memories that will last a lifetime while in the backcountry, serving their fellow Scouts and the environment as OA High Adventure foreman:
Sam Eng is the perfect example of someone you might consider a veteran Scouter. His long involvement in the program is something others look up to, and his continued service to both the Order of the Arrow and BSA has helped make the program better in many areas.
Recently, Quentin Colón Roosevelt, 18, a member of Amangamek-Wipit Lodge, was elected as the youngest commissioner to his local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) in Washington, D.C. The role of an ANC is to regulate the designated neighborhood while striving to improve them. Quentin’s overall goal is to “be the best commissioner possible” by being a servant leader for his constituents. He plans to work with the community concerning permitting housing development, forestry issues, zoning regulations, and much more.
Many of the valued qualities, such as leadership, character, and service, taught in Scouting and the Order of the Arrow are also valued in the armed forces. Arrowmen from across the country and the world have served in the United States military have served across all the different branches, while other Arrowmen at sea have pursued careers in oceanography and environmental science.
A Scout’s Ordeal experience can be a highlight of their Scouting journey, but it should not be the end of an Arrowman’s journey. The National Youth Retention Subcommittee asked lodges with the highest member retention rates in 2020 and 2021 what strategies work to retain members and where additional resources would be helpful. These discussions helped to identify major themes, best practices, and strategies for lodges to find similar success.