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Operation Arrow 2021

National Jamboree Update 7/14/2020

It is with great disappointment we announce that the 2021 National Jamboree has been postponed.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for further information about the postponement.

Face the Challenge as a part of Operation Arrow in 2021

The Order of the Arrow will again seek to make history with Operation Arrow at the 2021 National Jamboree.

To continue a tradition that dates back to the 1950 National Scout Jamboree, hundreds of Arrowmen will answer the call to serve as part of Operation Arrow - the largest Jamboree staff team ever assembled by the Order of the Arrow!

Operation Arrow staff members will support the Jamboree program by joining one of the primary OA program areas: the Service Corps, Activation Team, and Conservation Team.

The summer of 2021 seems like a long time away, but planning for the 2021 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) is already well underway. To apply to join the Operation Arrow team, please review the information below and apply on the National Jamboree website.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be the experience of a lifetime, as a part of Operation Arrow at the 2021 National Jamboree!

Program Area 1

Service Corps

The OA Service Corps will return in 2021 - its 19th consecutive National Jamboree. The Service Corps will help support the Jamboree program by providing manpower to service projects all across the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The Corps will be divided into several chapters that will be assigned a diverse array of tasks each day. The Corps' versatility offers each Arrowman the unique opportunity to see the entire Jamboree while exemplifying the OA devotion to "service with a smile."

Program Area 2

Activation Team

The OA Activation Team is one of our exciting new staff opportunities on Operation Arrow where participants will have the opportunity to engage potential new Arrowmen and re-engage old friends of the Order. Building on the OA Exhibit of past Jamborees, the OA Activation Team will energize the future of the Order of the Arrow through community engagement and live interactive experiences. In addition to reflecting on the Brotherhood's history and accomplishments, OA Activation will challenge a new generation to lead the way ahead. Learn ways to make cheerful service come alive!

Program Area 3

Conservation Team

The OA Conservation Team is one of our exciting new staff opportunities on Operation Arrow where participants will have the opportunity to positively impact the environment by leading units in conservation-based trail construction and maintenance. In a partnership with the US Forest Service, participants will help establish new planned areas for fellowship and fun at the top of the Summit on Mt. Jack while protecting the legacy of our great outdoors. The OA Conservation Team is looking for a number of Arrowmen who want to get their hands dirty and make a lasting impact!

Getting involved in promotional efforts

There are a variety of ways to become involved with the promotional efforts for Operation Arrow, including our Street Team as well as our Operation Arrow Ambassadors Program.

Ambassadors Program

The Operation Arrow Ambassadors Program is a program for section and lodge level leadership. An essential component of the staff recruitment process, these youth leaders will work closely with a wide range of people across their section, and establish absolutely vital goals that will ensure the success of this lofty promotional effort.

Street Team

The Operation Arrow Street Team are the grassroots promoters of our recruitment efforts! The Street Team's mission is to raise awareness of Operation Arrow among Arrowmen across the country, and to get them excited about joining our staff. Street Team members will promote Operation Arrow and recruit potential staff members at lodge and section events everywhere. As our "boots on the ground" in lodges and sections, they'll be spreading the word (and giveaways too) for Operation Arrow! Previous Operation Arrow alumni, as well as accepted Operation Arrow staffers, are strongly encouraged to sign up to be grassroots promoters. To express interest in joining our Street Team, please send us your contact information.

Promotional Resources

Other Opportunities

Youth Staff

In addition to Operation Arrow's primary program areas, there will also be select opportunities for Arrowmen as part of the recreation, program, administrative services and Mt. Jack Experience.

Adult Staff

A limited number of adult roles will be available on the Operation Arrow team as an adviser with one of our program areas. Interested adults should apply following the instructions provided below. Given the limited space, a completed application should not be considered a guarantee of placement.

Stay informed about Operation Arrow

General Operation Arrow Information

History of the OA's service at the National Jamboree

Registered Staff Information

Arrowmen currently registered to staff Operation Arrow at the 2021 National Jamboree can expect updates beginning in early 2020. We look forward to facing the challenge with you!

What to Expect

Serving on OA staff at a Jamboree is a demanding, yet rewarding experience. Staff members should be prepared to work a full day on most days, with at least one full day off to enjoy the exciting Jamboree program. Youth staff members have access to evening recreation opportunities at the Echo staff base camp, along with special programming exclusive to OA staff.

Scholarship Opportunities

The "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt Foundation and the Order of the Arrow will grant a limited number of scholarships to assist youth Arrowmen committed to serving the OA and Scouting as members of the Operation Arrow staff. The scholarship application will be available soon.

How to Apply

Interested Arrowmen should apply to join the Operation Arrow team through the BSA Jamboree registration system and pay the required deposit. Those Jamboree staffers aged 16-25 can attend the Jamboree in its entirety at a reduced fee of $450.

In addition to Jamboree staff requirements, prospective Arrowmen must:

  • Be at least 16, but not yet 21 years of age by July 17, 2021
  • Be able to commit to the full length of the Jamboree (staff session 1)
  • Be physically fit and meet the BSA height & weight guidelines
  • Obtain approval from their lodge adviser

When applying, please make sure to have your BSA member ID accessible. Arrowmen should choose Session Three (July 17-31, 2021) and select an applicable OA program in order to be considered.

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