Order of the Arrow membership is not a recognition. It is a call to serve. People embrace the Order not to join a group, but to make a difference.
To put into practice the theory and delivery of service, NEXT delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a food drive benefitting the student-run Crimson Cupboard at the program festival during the last full day of the conference. As an on-campus food pantry, the Crimson Cupboard provides free-of-charge food items to in-need students, faculty and immediate family members. Operated by the Student Advocacy Office, the Crimson Cupboard is excited to partner with us as we give our time and donations in service towards others.
The NEXT-wide service project, while easy in planning and execution, will have large and profound positive impacts for those in need. We are asking that each lodge attending NEXT bring at least one non-perishable food item per delegate to donate to the Crimson Cupboard. For those lodges not wishing to travel with food items, monetary donations can be made during the program festival in support of purchasing food items. Lodges wishing to make larger cash donations to help the food pantry will also be given the opportunity to do so. For just a few dollars, the price you would pay for a soda and candy bar, you can help feed a hungry community member.