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Supporting Lodges

Lodge Service Grants

Lodges throughout the country provide more than 1,000,000-man hours of service to their councils each year. In addition to this manpower, lodges work with their councils on lasting projects like the construction or restoration of lake fronts, smaller camp buildings, archery and rifle ranges, and COPE courses. These more durable projects often require significant funding. Through the National OA Endowment, lodges have in the past taken advantage of matching lodge service grants, allowing them to complete these larger scale service projects within their council.

Since the inception of the lodge service grant program, nearly a million dollars have been awarded to local lodges. As the Endowment Fund grows it is expected that proceeds will again be made to significant lodge projects. Because the OA Endowment now has an option to use both corpus and growth of funds, donors may consider a gift to the national OA Endowment Fund B for worthwhile short time use project funding. This can provide the donor with a safe and bona fide charitable contribution but also an organization to provide oversight of the project the funds are intended to fund.

National Leadership Seminars

The regions offer multiple National Leadership Seminars throughout the year giving nearly one thousand Arrowmen advanced leadership training annually. The NLS program offers the next stage of leadership training beyond NYLT, allowing these youth leaders to better serve their councils and lodges. The OA Endowment fund has provided significant grants in the past to the national Order of the Arrow committee to offer these programs. It is expected that the Endowment Fund will underwrite these programs in the future.