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Order of the Arrow Summit Experience

<p><a href="https://adventure.oa-bsa.org/">Order of the Arrow High Adventure (OAHA)</a> has many different opportunities open to youth Arrowmen across the nation. The most recent addition to these OAHA experiences is the creation of the <a href="https://adventure.oa-bsa.org/oase.php">Order of the Arrow Summit Experience (OASE)</a> located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR). It is the only OAHA program that is open to Arrowmen who are fourteen and fifteen years old.&nbsp;</p> <p>“The purpose of OASE is to give Arrowmen between the ages of fourteen and eighteen an introduction to OA High Adventure and to inspire them to return home and serve their units, chapters and lodges,” OASE director James Williamson explained. “We hope this experience equips them with a renewed sense of eagerness and excitement for the OA and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the ideals of brotherhood, cheerfulness and service.”&nbsp;</p> <p>The primary objective of OASE is to develop the leadership capabilities of these young Arrowmen and prepare them for the other OAHA programs, once they are old enough. This program is one of the best ways to visit the SBR and has exclusive activities that only OASE participants can partake in. The activities you’ll be able to partake in include climbing, mountain biking, zip lines, shooting, canopy tours and whitewater rafting. Along with the service and brotherhood at OASE, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains.</p> <p>Williamson, the program’s director, said his favorite part of the job is watching Arrowmen grow each summer. “The biggest reason I wanted to be the director is to ensure that OASE continues to help Arrowmen reach their fullest potential as cheerful servants and as leaders. After working at OASE for the past three summers, I've seen first hand the positive impact this program has had on Arrowmen, and I'm eager and excited to see how we will continue to change the lives of more Arrowmen this summer and in the years to come.”</p>

May 10, 2017   OA Today
C-4 Area Leadership Training Conference

<p>Sections C-4A and C-4B came together last November to conduct the Area Leadership Training Conference for the youth leaders of their sections. This training is an annual wide-scale event that typically trains 120 participants across the area and is held at Camp Lazarus in Delaware, Ohio. The event mainly focused on teaching better leadership skills as well as how to be a better individual.</p> <p>Nate Steele, a former C-4B Chief and the NEXT Strategy CVC, led the event and provided his insight regarding the planning process and execution. Planning the conference is fairly straightforward, however this year it took a different turn. “We wanted to keep the training enjoyable and current,” Nate said. “Each of the courses were given a major overhaul this year.”</p> <p>Everything from years past was reviewed and thoroughly inspected to see what could be improved and what needs to be replaced. In order to grab the interest of Arrowmen on all spectrums, there were four different tracks: Lodge Leadership, Ceremonies, Programming and Technical (Lodgemaster, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). Each of these tracks were led by experienced youth leaders and seasoned adults who worked hard to make the experience valuable and enjoyable.</p> <p>The track leaders worked to align their training to the track and ensure the content was current and relevant. The training was reviewed by top trainers, and the sessions were rehearsed before the event to ensure success. The conference organizers achieved their goal of 120 participants from across Area 4, and met the objective of delivering content to help the Arrowmen gain better leadership skills all across the board.&nbsp;</p> <p>A visiting group of Arrowmen came out from Central Region Area 2 to partake in and help out with the event. On top of that, 2016 Central Region Chief Logan Greene was able to attend along with 2015 Central Region Chief Joey Dierdorf and 2014 Central Region Chief Ricky Angeletti. To promote the OA’s high adventure bases, an OA High Adventure foreman from every high adventure base was present at the training event as well.</p> <p>Nate explained that with everybody working together, it became easier to share experiences and ideas on how to become better leaders. “This event was a wonderful opportunity for youth and advisers to work together to achieve a common goal,” he said.&nbsp;</p>

May 10, 2017   OA Today
From Raccoons to Cardinals: Nawakwa Lodge prepares to celebrate 100 years

<p><a href="http://nawakwa.org/php/">Nawakwa Lodge</a> has a special birthday coming up and the lodge is already getting a head start on the preparations! In 2019, this lodge, which serves the Heart of Virginia Council located in Richmond, Virginia, will be turning 100 years old! The lodge has a longstanding history and the celebration effort is being led by the current lodge chief, Trey L.</p> <p>The lodge began as Pamunkey Lodge in November of 1919. “It's the second oldest continuous lodge in the Order of the Arrow, and the third lodge ever formed.” explained Trey. In June of 1919, the Scout Executive at the time, Charles Weaver, took a trip to Treasure Island, the camp where the Order of the Arrow was created only four years earlier. He was accompanied by other members of the council and everyone was excited for the adventure because of the stories they had heard about the organization founded by E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson. A few months later, the lodge was chartered and Pamunkey Lodge was born.</p> <p>During the years of 1930 and 1944, the lodge took a 14 year break. During this period, colloquially referred to as “the underground years,” the lodge remained closed yet continued to hold events. Ending this period in 1944, the lodge officially rechartered as Nawakwa Lodge. Trey also reflects that the lodge has had many totems and unique lodge flaps through the years, ranging from a three legged-raccoon in 1952 all the way to the cardinal which is the current totem of the lodge.</p> <p>As expected with a lodge almost a century old, many noteworthy Arrowmen have been produced. The lodge has had seven section chiefs as well as a national vice chief in 2010. Trey has some great expectations for the centennial year. The lodge is currently developing plans for a new Order of the Arrow shelter that is expected to be complete and ready to open by 2019. Other preparations for the anniversary include building a centennial totem pole this upcoming year.</p>

May 10, 2017   OA Today
Link Success Stories

<p>Sections have been tasked with implementing Link, a new training program designed to target the Journey to Excellence requirements that lodges struggle with the most. In its first year, Link provided section leaders with the resources they needed to help their lodges improve in unit election rate, youth membership retention and lodge event participation rate. As sections all across the Order have begun to tackle these issues and implement Link, some success stories have really stood out.</p> <p>In Section SR-7A, Link was incorporated into the Section Leadership Summit that took place in February at the Heart of Virginia Scout Reservation. The event had two main purposes: providing a “train the trainer” program for lodge and conclave trainers and sessions covering Link. The Link sessions were attended by everyone present at the event, from conclave leadership to up-and-coming lodge members. Section Chief Anthony Peluso said that they made a point of emphasizing to attendees the importance of sharing ideas with each other, which was an integral part of their Link sessions. According to &nbsp;Peluso, “...the entire purpose of the program is to promote new ideas and facilitate discussion between lodges.” He also suggests that since the Link program can be a lot of material to digest, especially for younger Arrowmen, it’s important to keep your event from growing stagnant. At the Section Leadership Summit, the Train the Trainer course provided a great change of pace from the Link sessions, as did a bowling trip on Saturday night. These methods of open discussions and pace changes lead to the Link presentations being very well received by participants. Of those who didn’t leave with plans to implement new ideas back at home, many said that they will continue to use an innovative approach when looking to improve their lodge.</p> <p>In the Northeast Region, Section NE-2A has also incorporated Link into a training event with great success. Their event, known as Project LEAP, is an annual training weekend that brings together their lodge leaders for fellowship and idea sharing. It targets key topics like “lodge leadership” and “new Arrowmen.” This year, it also targeted the three Link metrics. What made their implementation successful was that instead of simply presenting a training session, they turned each session into a conversation. According to NE-2A Section Chief John Zanin, the key is trying to tailor Link to each lodge’s needs. They did just that by having the participants discuss their problems and experiences to help develop their own solutions. Taking that concept a step further, the section plans to implement individualized lodge visits. In this program, lodges will be able to select a Link metric that they are struggling with. Shortly thereafter, a section officer will travel to them prepared to lead a session on the metric that’s been tailored to that specific lodge’s needs so that they get the most out of it. Not only does having an officer travel add a personal touch but by tailoring the presentation, they increase its usefulness to the lodge.&nbsp;</p> <p>With its first year off to a great start, especially in sections like the ones above, the Lodge Performance Group is already gearing up for Link’s second run. Recently, the group decided on the three metrics for the upcoming year. They’ll be unit election rate (returning from last year), induction rate, and a new metric that’s being called “activation rate.” The activation rate is the percentage of new inductees that return for a second lodge event within six months of their Ordeal. When preparing for these new metrics, sections can take a hint from what they have been encouraging their lodges to do: sharing ideas. By looking at successes like those found in Sections SR-7A and NE-2A, sections can make Link’s second year even better than the first.</p>

Apr 04, 2017   OA Today
Chiefly Speaking

<p>Brothers,</p> <p>Not so long ago, each one of us walked into a camp full of Scouts from across our state (or maybe even multiple states), and we likely sat down at a Friday evening show or campfire to hear “welcome to conclave!” It was shouted with enthusiasm, reverberating throughout the camp. Whether that conclave was our first or fifteenth, it welcomed us to the brotherhood that extends beyond our own chapter and lodge. With spring, conclave season is upon us and it is our turn to welcome Arrowmen to that greater brotherhood.</p> <p>Conclave is more than just a weekend event. It is a moment to change a young Arrowman’s perspective on the Order, Scouting, and even life. When thinking back to conclaves we have attended, our thoughts immediately go to first impressions. When arriving at a conclave there is an <strong>excitement</strong> and<strong> wow </strong>factor, and no matter how many conclaves one has been to, they are having a “first” and are enthusiastic just being there. It may be their first time attending a section event, first time staffing, or even just the first time visiting a new site, but as a leader, it is up to you to make that first impression stick with guests, so they continue to return to learn, serve, and have fun with Arrowmen from their section.</p> <p>A conclave is designed to extend and improve the local programs that are the bedrock of the OA. Lodges can share best practices on how to increase brotherhood conversion or even on how to make an amazing cobbler. The ability to meet someone that is not only outside of a Scout's home council, but home state, is incredible. Sometime a conclave weekend is the only time a youth may be able to meet a section or national officer, and when we do meet these youth, it is our duty to make sure they feel that they are the most important person there. At conclaves, we have the opportunity to change lives and make lasting memories.</p> <p>Conclave is also the place to encourage Arrowmen to participate in national events. This spring, we encourage you to use your own experiences to promote OA High Adventure. You can also share the opportunity to #FuelScoutingsAdventure at the 2017 National Jamboree. Operation Arrow ambassadors should be engaged as part of the conclave program. Try setting up a registration station where Arrowmen can sign up to be OA Trek Guides, and make sure lodge leaders without summer plans get to be part of the OA’s largest ever jamboree service effort.</p> <p>If your conclave has an AIA program, engage with those Arrowmen too! Encourage them to come join the OA during the week of June 6th-10th, 2017 at the Wachipi American Indian Seminar hosted at the beautiful Philmont Scout Ranch. The Wachipi American Indian Seminar will be a unique event. Arrowmen from around the country will gather to celebrate, honor, and learn about the OA’s rich history and tradition of the American Indian.</p> <p>In conclusion, we’d like to say welcome to spring, to conclave season, and to what will be a summer full of opportunity. We’d love it if you extended that welcome to the Arrowmen you meet, especially at your conclave.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yours in Service,<br /> Forrest &amp; Talon<br /> 2017 National Chief &amp; National Vice Chief</p>

Apr 04, 2017   OA Today
Ajapeu Lodge clears trails for a running start on service

<p>As Arrowmen around the country settled down for the holidays, members of Ajapeu Lodge of the Washington Crossing Council, headquartered in Pipersville, PA,&nbsp;laced up their boots and ventured to the Sol and Rose Preserve on the chilly Saturday morning of December 10th. The preserve is owned by the Heritage Conservancy - an organization that preserves over 14,000 acres of land, including historic farms, marshes and mines. This event was the first effort in a growing effort by Ajapeu Lodge to serve local organizations in their community.</p> <p>Twenty Arrowmen from the lodge participated in the six-hour project, working to clear trails that had suffered damage over the past few years from storms. Even four years later, many areas of the reserve are still inaccessible from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and 2011’s Hurricane Irene. As one piece of the project, they removed one hundred truck and tractor tires found along the trail they were clearing. Through their efforts, they were able to help make the once-overgrown trails accessible again.</p> <p>Lodge Chief Jeremy Bedient described this project as a first step. “This first project was sort of a test run to see if this collaboration would be an effective one,” Jeremy commented.</p> <p>Throughout the entire process, the LEC was hands-on in organizing the project. However, since members of the lodge live in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, getting enough attendance for the project was largely dependent on the location. In coordination with the Heritage Conservancy, the LEC decided to organize this first project at the centrally-located Sol and Rose Preserve in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. The towpath they worked on was close to their council service center and wasn’t a far commute for the members of the lodge.</p> <p>With this project being a success, Jeremy is confident there will be another. In fact, he’s already working with the service chairman in his lodge to organize another project in March when the weather is warmer and Arrowmen don’t have holiday commitments. Jeremy explained that the benefits of these upcoming projects are much more substantial than simply helping the nature preserve. “These projects are an easy taste of the service the Order of the Arrow provides,” Jeremy said, “and will no doubt encourage continued participation among our members.”</p> <p>While Ajapeu and their service committee will organize these projects moving forward, members of the Order of the Arrow aren’t the only ones who will be making an impact on the reservation. They are working with the Washington Crossing Council to get packs, troops and crews involved in the projects as well. At the end of the day, this leaves the potential for Ajapeu Lodge to see a growth in their inductions while the Heritage Conservancy could see hundreds of Scouts on their land before the end of the year.</p> <p>Ajapeu Lodge is leading projects to address the immediate needs of the Heritage Conservancy but views that evolving into more long-term plans in the future. With this movement off to such a significant start, it won’t take them much time to restore those overgrown trails. If you ever find yourself wandering on a property owned by the Heritage Conservancy, you can thank an Arrowman from Ajapeu Lodge for making your experience just a little bit brighter.</p>

Mar 23, 2017   OA Today
Arrowmen give back at section conclave

<p>Servant leadership and cheerful service were exactly what Hunter Scott, former Section W-1E section chief, had in mind when planning his conclave. Having the event held at a local community college allowed him and the council of chiefs a perfect venue to demonstrate their spirit to give back to the community and show new Arrowmen what it really means to be a servant leader in the Order of the Arrow.</p> <p>“If we go to a place like this, we want to make sure we leave an impact so they will want us to come back next time,” said Hunter.</p> <p>It is easy to focus on anything but service, but it is important to remember why Scouts look forward to attending OA events in the first place -- to enjoy fellowship in the company of their brothers. Hunter said that by creating an environment of fun and brotherhood throughout the weekend while performing service make for an exciting and fun event. “Scouts have a chance to work together with chiefs and new Arrowmen alike to be a part of something larger than themselves to better a location used by Scouting,” according to Hunter.</p> <p>To organize this kind of large-scale project for the conclave, Hunter first looked to the lodge chiefs in his section. Working together, they developed a plan to coordinate and execute the project. &nbsp;The conclave service lodge would take point on the initiative by coordinating with the college where the event was held and would then determine the expectations of work. The council of chiefs would decide on how to best mobilize the Arrowmen while also making sure adequate adult supervision would be present. Hunter noted that it can be better for the lodge chiefs to delegate to another dependable Arrowman an aspect of the project to lighten this burden.</p> <p>Planning an event like this takes time, preparation and communication to find the exact parameters of the project and to find all of the tools and equipment needed for the project, he said. &nbsp;Hunter closed by mentioning that service projects can go a long way in adding a sincere moment to a fellowship event and demonstrate servant leadership to newer Arrowmen.</p>

Mar 23, 2017   OA Today
Buffalo National River Trail Crew

<p>Do you enjoy camaraderie and leaving a legacy for future outdoor enthusiasts like yourself? If so, come join the Buffalo National River Trail Crew (BNRTC) for the “Surveying a Legacy” adventure! From Monday, May 29 to Saturday, June 3, 2017, the event will take place in the beautiful Buffalo National River valley. The Order of the Arrow’s own Section SR-8 is sponsoring the BNRTC at Orr High Adventure Base, nestled on the Buffalo National River and surrounded by its national park near Jasper, Arkansas. This event will be organized similarly to the 2008 ArrowCorps<sup>5</sup> and the 2011 SummitCorps events. Camp Orr is the only Boy Scout camp that’s completely surrounded by a national park and the Buffalo National River is one of the few free-flowing streams left in the continental U.S. The rugged terrain, towering bluffs and remote access make it the perfect destination for Scouts and outdoor adventurers. You will know that you’re truly entering wilderness as you drive up the steep dirt road into the camp. Camp Orr and the Buffalo National River valley are not for the faint of heart!</p> <p>Hosted by Wachtschu Mawachpo Lodge of the Westark Area Council, this event is inviting Arrowmen from across the nation to join the “Brotherhood of Cheerful Service” by building trail all along the Buffalo National River. Just imagine it - you and five hundred of your best friends spending a week in a remote wilderness camp, serving the nation by building permanent trails. Meals will be served in the camp’s rustic dining hall or sent out as sack lunches depending on just how remote your crew is. However, like all Scouting events, it’s not all work. Each trail crew member will enjoy a full day of recreation where the possibilities include canoeing the Buffalo, rock climbing, rappelling, day hikes, fishing and much more. You can learn more about these opportunities by connecting with BNRTC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #BNRTC. The cost for this adventure is only $80, so head over to <a href="http://www.srsection8.org/">Section SR-8’s website</a> to register today!</p> <p>If you can handle up to 50 pounds, manage heavy tools in rugged terrain and want to embark on an unforgettable adventure, the Buffalo National River Trail Crew is for you!</p>

Feb 22, 2017   OA Today
Lodge sparks new interest in American Indian Affairs with weekend event

<p>Mikanakawa Lodge of the Circle Ten Council in Dallas, Texas, recently held an American Indian Affairs weekend. This was a new event for lodge, and it was where Arrowmen were encouraged to build regalia for ceremonies or learn how to dance in different styles. The event in early October was an event to captivate the younger and upcoming Arrowmen of the lodge.</p> <p>Scott Lollar helped organize the event and he said, “The goal was to have a relaxed weekend where new Arrowmen could be taught about ceremonial regalia, different forms of dance, how to sing and other American Indian Activities.” Lollar said the lodge’s executive committee hoped to keep the event laid back and low key without a schedule or mandatory classes. It was an introductory event to teach new Arrowmen the basics rather than have a strict outline that they needed to follow.</p> <p>In the morning, the main focus was building regalia and learning different ways to perform ceremonies. They had their expert ceremonialists teaching inexperienced Arrowmen how to perform ceremonies at their finest and brought out their expert textilists to show how to make and decorate regalia as well as personalize it. There was also some friendly competition going on between the Arrowmen for the ceremonies. “They wanted to see who could recite the entire Pre-Ordeal ceremony, all 4 principals, perfectly,” Lollar recalled. “One boy was extremely committed and had practiced this ceremony for years and was able to step up to the plate.”</p> <p>In the afternoon, the focus was more on dance. The Mikanakawa Lodge is proud to say that out of the top 10 dancers at NOAC 2015, they are the home to two of them. They brought out their award winning dancers for some informal dancing in the afternoon and late evening. Saturday evening ended with everyone gathering for a pow-wow where participants could practice what they had just learned that afternoon. After the pow-wow, they all gathered around a campfire and shared experiences.</p> <p>Everyone who had attended the event had a blast and learned a lot. The parents learned a lot too because it was an excellent way to let the parents know just what exactly their children were getting into. The key to putting on a great event is a motivated planning team. Originally, this idea had come to the LEC from the advisers. Lollar explained how that youth took that idea and created this year’s event. “The advisers had been talking about how they wanted to put an event like this on for years but they had never found a free weekend,” he said. “Finally, they had the opportunity to make this dream a reality and bring it to the lodge. As soon as the advisers suggested this to the LEC, they immediately drew all of their attention to that as they were extremely driven to get this done.”</p> <p>After weeks of advertising and planning from the committee, the event had finally arrived and they had a huge turnout of Arrowmen. Since the event was such a success, the lodge plans on having this event again in the future as an annual tradition.</p>

Dec 02, 2016   OA Today
Arrowmen reach out in service to their local community

<p>At their annual spring service weekend, one lodge decided to perform some community service in the local area where the event was held: Pipsico Scout Reservation, Chippokes State Park and the town of Claremont.</p> <p>Nearly two dozen Arrowmen from Wahunsenakah Lodge traveled to Claremont and worked with the mayor, Louise Hansch, and other supervising citizens, to paint the doors, interior steps and landing of the town hall. In addition, they went to the library to remove American Ivy and other invasive species that had overgrown the surrounding building. At the town circle the Arrowmen cut away overgrowth, weeded and mulched the flower beds.</p> <p>It rained throughout the service project, but the Arrowmen worked through it all. While they were challenged to work when not pouring, they took it upon themselves to push through the steady rain and deliver the desired results.</p> <p>The Arrowmen were motivated because the small town of 300 has an aging population and they say few under 60 years old. The town has one part-time employee with the mayor who works 4 hours every day. Together, the Arroman of Wahunsenakah Lodge filled a 40 foot dumpster with debris that they had trucked over to it. After completion of this task, the town folk were very appreciative.</p> <p>The paint came from the town, the supplies were provided by the local Habitat For Humanity representative and the local general store supplied a delicious lunch. Wahunsenakah Arrowmen brought their own tools, vests, gloves and motivated manpower.</p> <p>After this great act of service, the town would like to have these brothers back. The Arrowmen felt appreciated and believed their efforts truly made a difference.</p>

Nov 29, 2016   OA Today
Noquet Lodge recruits army of volunteers for council event

<p>A Michigan lodge assembled an army of volunteers to help provide behind-the-scenes support for their annual council-wide camping event. Noquet Lodge of the Great Lakes Field Service Council formed a service corps of more than 100 Arrowmen to volunteer at the council’s Rendevouz, a weekend event bringing together Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venturers. The Rendezvous was held September 23rd - 25th at Willow Metropark in New Boston, Michigan, with an “American Ninja Warrior”-based theme.</p> <p>As Arrowmen spent the day in cheerful service, participants enjoyed activities including a multi-stage American Ninja Warrior competition. Noquet Lodge built their own warrior course and ran a course featuring foam cannons during the running stages. They also hosted a Scouting museum and STEM activities. Recognizing the importance of reaching out to Cub Scouts, the lodge leadership developed two arena shows, one for Cubs Scouts and one for all attendees. Arrowmen helped put on the Cub Scout program, provided security, logistics and rotated stages throughout the show. The second show included dueling DJ’s, mixing and remixing off of each other’s style, keeping the crowd dancing and having fun.</p> <p>Noquet Lodge Chief Nick Meier said the Rendezvous was a success. &nbsp;“The service corps was wearing distinctive neon shirts and everywhere you went, you saw these bright shirts in action. From running events, serving food, and manning stations, the event couldn't happen without their cheerful service.”&nbsp;</p>

Nov 29, 2016   OA Today
2016 OA Service Grant Recipients

<p>Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants. For 2016, 29 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.</p> <h3>The following grants were awarded within the Central Region:</h3> <ul> <li>The W. D. Boyce Council, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, will receive $1,000 to build a storage shelter for its mountain biking program at Ingersoll Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Pathway to Adventure Council, headquartered in Munster, Indiana, will receive $1,000 to help construct an ADA accessible ramp for the Pine Tree Cabin at Camp Betz.</li> <li>The Mid-America Council, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, will receive $1,800 to replace multi-purpose shelters at Camp Wa-kon-da for weekend campers and its NYLT program.</li> <li>The Great Rivers Council, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, will receive $1,100 to assist in building a new Quartermaster building within Camp Hohn at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation.</li> </ul> <h3>The following grants were awarded within the Northeast Region:</h3> <ul> <li>The Northern New Jersey Council, headquartered in Oakland, New Jersey, will receive $1,400 to assist with the renovation of the open air chapel at Camp Turrell.</li> <li>The Monmouth Council, headquartered in Morganville, New Jersey, will receive $3,020 to renovate the All-Faiths Religious Chapel at Quail Hill Scout Reservation, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.</li> <li>The Twin Rivers Council, headquartered in Albany, New York, will receive $2,100 to enhance the shooting sports program facilities at Rotary Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Theodore Roosevelt Council, headquartered in Massapequa, New York, is being awarded $4,120 to enhance the facility and curriculum for its Cub Scout and Boy Scout STEM and Arts programs.</li> <li>The Juniata Valley Council, headquartered in Reedsville, Pennsylvania, will receive $2,300 to assist in the construction of a new Cub Scout shooting sports facility at Seven Mountains Scout Camp.</li> <li>The Minsi Trails Council, headquartered in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, will receive $1,300 to remodel and upgrade the Settlers Camp Fire Circle.</li> <li>The Pennsylvania Dutch Council, headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will receive $3,020 to construct a low climbing wall, with a perimeter fence and storage pavilion, at J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Cradle of Liberty Council, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will receive $1,900 to assist with the construction of fishing piers at Camp Hart, which is the council’s Cub Scout Resident Camp.</li> <li>The Chester County Council, headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, will receive $2,100 to provide high speed internet connectivity for STEM program offerings for Macaleer Lodge at Camp Ware.</li> </ul> <h3>The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:</h3> <ul> <li>The Alabama-Florida Council, headquartered in Dothan, Alabama, will receive $1,500 to convert the OA lodge building at Camp AlaFlo into a multi-purpose building.</li> <li>The Tukabatchee Area Council, headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, will receive $1,000 to maintain the swimming docks at Camp Tukabatchee.</li> <li>The Gulf Stream Council, headquartered in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, will receive $1,500 to help construct a multi-purpose recreational court at its scout camp.</li> <li>The North Florida Council, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, will receive $1,000 to assist in the construction of a multi-purpose pavilion at Camp Shands.</li> <li>The Coastal Carolina Council, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, will receive $1,000 to help create “Bohicket Towne”, a new program area at Camp Ho Non Wah that will mirror an 18th century colonial village.</li> <li>The Cape Fear Council, headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, will receive $1,100 to renovate the council campfire arena at Camp Bowers.</li> <li>The Blue Ridge Council, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, will receive $1,600 for the renovation of the staff cabin at Camp Old Indian.</li> <li>The Circle Ten Council, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, will receive $1,000 to assist with the repair of the hiking trail at Clements Scout Reservation.</li> <li>The Shenandoah Area Council, headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, will receive $1,200 for the development of the new Virginia Backwoods Rendezvous program campsite at Camp Rock Enon.</li> <li>The Stonewall Jackson Area Council, headquartered in Waynesboro, Virginia, will receive $3,320 to construct a new first-year camper program area at Camp Shenandoah.</li> </ul> <h3>The following grants were awarded within the Western Region:</h3> <ul> <li>The Redwood Empire Council in Santa Rosa, California, will receive $2,100 to acquire a 3D printer for the council’s STEM MakerLab.</li> <li>The Golden Empire Council, headquartered in Sacramento, California, will receive $2,300 for the replacement of sleeping tent platforms at Camp Winton.</li> <li>The Mount Baker Council, headquartered in Everett, Washington, will receive $1,300 to complete the initial ground work needed for the new Aquatics Center at Fire Mountain Scout Camp.</li> <li>The Great Alaska Council, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, will receive $1,100 for the new campfire bowl at Denali High Adventure Base.</li> <li>The Greater Wyoming Council, headquartered in Casper, Wyoming, will receive $1,800 to support a new aquatics area building for changing, instruction, and equipment storage at Camp Buffalo Bill.</li> <li>The Oregon Trail Council, headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, will receive $1,020 for the construction of a waterfront boathouse and instructional facility at Camp Baker.</li> </ul>

Oct 29, 2016   OA Today