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Supporting Scouting

OA Trail Crew

Since 1995, Arrowmen working under the guidance and direction of an OATC foreman, in close coordination with Philmont’s conservation department, have completed restoration and improvement projects. These projects have included improvements to long term sustainability of trails, new trail construction, building restoration, and heavy rock work. These projects have focused on maintaining Philmont’s pristine natural environment and ensuring it will remain “Scouting’s Paradise” for future generations of Scouts.

Wilderness Voyage & Canadian Odyssey

The vast wilderness of the boundary waters is one of North America’s most pristine natural environments, explored only in small groups of those fortunate enough to traverse these nearly unexplored waters. The Wilderness Voyage and Canadian Odyssey have worked in partnership with the U.S Forest Service and the Quetico Provincial Park to build durable portages and trails, protecting this extremely fragile ecosystem. These service projects take place on public lands outside the national high adventure base for the benefit of the people on both sides of the U.S. – Canadian border.

OA Ocean Adventure

In the heart of the Florida Keys, within the U.S. National Marine Sanctuary, are the three sites that comprise the Florida High Adventure Sea Base. Based at the Brinton Center and on Big Munson Island, the OA Ocean Adventure provides service both on Sea Base property and within the National Marine Sanctuary. Projects have included the removal of invasive species, marine life surveys, and coral restoration - all working in partnership with a number of local conservation groups on smaller projects throughout the Florida Keys.

OA Summit Program

In 2014, the National Order of the Arrow Committee launched a fourth high adventure service program, the OA Summit Experience (OASE). This eight-day adventure at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Glen Jean, West Virginia, is divided into two parts. Four days of the program are focused on building mountain biking and hiking trails that link the Summit Bechtel Reserve to the National Park Service trails in the New River Gorge National River area. The remainder of the experience revolves around Summit activities such as climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, canopy tours and zip-lines.

Josh R. Sain Scholarships

Those Arrowmen who served in an exemplary manner as a section, region, or national officer, while maintaining the highest level of academics, are considered for Josh R. Sain memorial scholarships. Each year, several of these extraordinary youth leaders are selected to receive one of these scholarships based upon their service to Scouting and their involvement in their college or university during their term in office. Since 1998, more than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

History and Preservation

Over the last several years the national Order of the Arrow committee has shown a renewed commitment to the words from our Obligation that charges us to "observe and preserve the custom and traditions of the Order of the Arrow." The new strategy has enabled the Order to add memorabilia, documents, clothing, recognitions and other items of significance to the National OA Archive Collection. The mission of the team working this initiative is to add items to the National Order of the Arrow Collection that tell the story of the Order nationally. Funds raised through the Order of the Arrow Centennial Campaign helped to create new and exciting displays at National Order of the Arrow Conference and also in the newly opened National Boy Scouts of America Museum at Philmont.

At the grand opening of the museum in September of 2018, scouts, scouters, Arrowmen and guests were able to review the newly configured National Order of the Arrow displays. Attendees at the museum opening saw displays on the impact of the Order on Scouting, and the historical significance of the founders, who, at Treasure Island; the birthplace of the Order, created the first ceremony. The Orders displays also highlight the significance of youth leadership in the operations of the organization. Special displays prominently discuss the significance of the National Order of the Arrow Conferences and the national service projects completed over the last 103 years. The museum will be the permanent home of the the national Chief and Vice Chief's bonnets (made with appropriate permissions of actual Eagle feathers). Many of the Orders most important patch and pin items detailing our 100+ year history are displayed in specially made drawers to allow for easy access and viewing. Some of the these new displays will change over time so to encourage everyone to make repeat visits.

Telling the story of the Order is important to both old and young Arrowmen. Many treasures still exist that are unable to yet be displayed as they reside with individuals. If you have artifacts or memorabilia that help to tell our Orders story that you are interested in donating or placing on permanent display as part of the National OA Archive Collection, please contact Associate National Director Travis Rubelee at @email.