National chief and national vice chief invite you to fuel Scouting’s adventure!


Welcome to Operation Arrow! By joining us this summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you will be taking part in a historic moment. Never in our 57 year long tradition of providing service to national jamborees have we attempted an initiative as large as this one. We could not be more pleased to lead the OA’s largest service initiative at a national jamboree, and we are especially grateful for your commitment. 

We, the Operation Arrow leadership, are committed to ensuring that you have the best experience possible. From giving you time to experience the activities SBR can offer, to providing meaningful service opportunities, we plan to make every aspect of Operation Arrow a positive one. All that we ask is that you deliver on our obligation to be the example of selfless devotion to the welfare of others. After all, you are a key part of almost every aspect of the jamboree.

Our presence at the national jamboree won’t be possible without the tireless work of over 750 volunteers we continue to recruit--a hefty number to be sure. This spring, you can be a part of that recruiting effort. Go to to find promotional resources to share with your lodge, or simply ask your fellow Arrowmen if they would like to make history with you this summer. Each of us can magnify our impact by continuing to recruit the Arrowmen who will bring our message to the thousands of participants at the jamboree.

In 2017, we have challenged ourselves to deliver on our promise to serve Scouting. With the largest ever initiative at the national jamboree, we have a great opportunity before us to do just that. Through our three main staff groups, Service Corps, Indian Village and Trek Guides, as well as our auxiliary staff members, the OA will continue to deliver its mission and purpose well into its second century. We can’t wait to work with you as we #FuelScoutingsAdventure together!


Yours in cheerful service, 


Forrest Gertin

2017 National Chief

Talon Parker
2017 National Vice Chief

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