The National OA Committee set a goal to raise $1.2 million to create a permanent presence at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas, and at each of the BSA’s High Adventure bases, enabling the OA to proudly display important historic pieces from the past as the Order moves into its second century. The Centennial Campaign began in 2014.
The funds will be used to create a new exhibit area in the National Scouting Museum, featuring a Youth Leadership Display (Chief’s bonnets and other items showcasing the outstanding youth who have led the Order); a Treasure Island Display (to take visitors back to the early days of the Order and educate them about the Order’s birthplace); a Founders Display (to include uniforms, pictures, and memorabilia from the personal collections of Goodman and Edson); and the Order of the Arrow Gallery of Art (to display paintings of significance, including several original Joseph Csatari paintings).
For the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the actual rocks from the fireplaces, the historic podium, and other important artifacts from the original ceremonial grounds have been moved to the Summit. Funds raised support the ongoing preservation of these historic grounds. At Philmont Scout Ranch, the OA is establishing a multipurpose education room and display at the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library. At Northern Tier and at Florida Sea Base, the Centennial Campaign is funding historical displays that tell the Order’s story of serve and leadership development.
The Centennial Campaign concludes on June 30, 2016.