Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants. For 2018, 27 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.
The following grants were awarded within the Central Region:
Illinek Lodge of the Abraham Lincoln Council, headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, will receive $2,700 to construct four campsite pavilions at Camp Bunn.
Jaccos Towne Lodge of the Crossroads of America Council, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, will receive $1,000 to replace the gateway at Belzer Scout Camp.
Nischa Chuppecat Lodge of the Hoosier Trails Council, headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, will receive $1,000 for maintenance of its OA Circle at Maumee Scout Reservation.
Mitigwa Lodge of the Mid-Iowa Council, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, will receive $1,800 for the construction of a fishing pier and waterfront area modification at Mitigwa Scout Reservation.*
Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge of the Northeast Illinois Council, headquartered in Highland Park, Illinois, will receive $1,600 for construction of two shelters at the Camp Oakarro shooting sports area.
Pa-Hin Lodge of the Northern Lights Council, headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, will receive $1,000 for the construction of two picnic shelters at Tom Brantner Memorial Camp.
Totanhan Nakaha Lodge of the Northern Star Council, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will receive $1,000 for the remodel of an adirondack-style shelter at Phillippo Scout Reservation.*
Kanwa tho Lodge of the Three Harbors Council, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will receive $1,000 for the construction of two model campsites at Indian Mound Scout Reservation.
Sac-N-Fox Lodge of the Winnebago Council, headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa, will receive $1,000 for the construction of a new disc golf course at Ingawanis Adventure Base.
The following grants were awarded within the Northeast Region:
Tschitani Lodge of the Connecticut Rivers Council, headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, will receive $1,900 for the construction of a new BMX bike program at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation.
Kintecoying Lodge of the Greater New York Council, headquartered in New York City, New York, will receive $2,300 for the construction of a new roof for the Pouch Scout Camp archery range and to build an additional archery range at Alpine Scout Camp.
Paugassett Lodge of the Housatonic Council, headquartered in Derby, Connecticut, will receive $1,000 for renovations to the amphitheater at Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation.*
Yokahu Lodge of the Puerto Rico Council, headquartered in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, will receive $5,000 to repair damage from Hurricane Maria to living quarters at Camp Guajataka.
Tschipey Achtu Lodge of the Seneca Waterways Council, headquartered in Rochester, New York, will receive $1,400 for the construction of a stage at the Frog Pond Amphitheater at Camp Cutler.*
The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:
Aracoma Lodge of the Black Warrior Council, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will receive $2,000 to erect two pavilions at Camp Horne.
Echeconnee Lodge of the Central Georgia Council, headquartered in Macon, Georgia, will receive $3,100 to construct four staff cabins at Camp Benjamin Hawkins.
Ini-To Lodge of the Flint River Council, headquartered in Griffin, Georgia, will receive $1,000 for construction of an outdoor chess and checkers area at Longhorn Scout Camp.
Yustaga Lodge of the Gulf Coast Council, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, will receive $1,000 for ventilation and sound system modifications of the Rainwater Lodge at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation.
Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge of the Longhorn Council, headquartered in Hurst, Texas, will receive $2,200 for its water improvement project at Hills and Hollows Camp.
Santee Lodge of the Pee Dee Area Council, headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, will receive $2,000 to remove and replace its main dock and floating dock at Camp Coker.*
O-Shot-Caw Lodge of the South Florida Council, headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida, will receive $2,500 to complete the necessary construction to open Camp Sawyer again after damage from Hurricane Irma.
The following grants were awarded within the Western Region:
Es-Kaielgu Lodge of the Inland Northwest Council, headquartered in Spokane, Washington, will receive $3,000 to construct a crafts pavilion at Camp Easton.
Chumash Lodge of the Los Padres Council, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, will receive $1,900 to rebuild a garden of native plants with labels after damage from the Whittier Fire.*
Tannu Lodge of the Nevada Area Council, headquartered in Reno, Nevada, will receive $1,200 to construct a nature shed at Camp Fleischmann.
Wiatava Lodge of the Orange County Council, headquartered in Santa Ana, California, will receive $1,000 to rebuild the Blue and Gold and Court of Honor Patio at Oso Lake Scout Camp.
Ohlone Lodge of the Pacific Skyline Council, headquartered in Foster City, California, will receive $1,400 for improvements to the Troop Services Building at Cutter Scout Reservation.*
Ha-Kin-Skay-A-Ki Lodge of the Pikes Peak Council, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will receive $4,000 to construct a new archery range at Camp Alexander.
*Starting this year, the national OA service grant application includes a provision that encourages lodges to apply for and undertake projects that promotes environmental sustainability in the lodge and council program. These selected projects have sustainability related components (e.g., energy efficiency upgrades, recycling facilities and local food supply).