Order of the Arrow Summit Experience
By William Cather
Order of the Arrow High Adventure (OAHA) has many different opportunities open to youth Arrowmen across the nation. The most recent addition to these OAHA experiences is the creation of the Order of the Arrow Summit Experience (OASE) 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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
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