Service Ideas

The Order of the Arrow has always placed a special emphasis on service. The most recent strategic plan expands where and how we do our service to Scouting and the community.   During the 1999 National Leadership Summit, the Service Committee conducted several workshops to collect service project ideas from the lodge representatives in attendance.   The following list contains their suggestions for future service possibilities.

Unit level

Help recruit new Scouts
Year-round camping
Help with Scout advancement
First year Scout orientation/advancement program
Refurbish meeting location
Winter camp awareness
Webelos camping
Assisting with Patrol Leader Councils
Special assistance for disabled
Work with membership retention
Membership drive
Leave-no-trace education
Arrow of Light
Crossover Ceremonies
Training Jr. Leaders
Skills Training
Special programs for troop meetings
Den Chiefs Program
Eagle Ceremony
Young Adult Help
Bike Safety Clinic
Handicap Unit Service
Scout Sunday

Council/District level

Assist with district dinner
Training manuals
Commissioner service
Eagle project database
ASK Program
Provide camping supplies to new/under-privileged troops
Serve on district camping committee
Host a merit badge fair
Help with school nights
Assist District Executives
Where to Go Camping Book
Manpower in council office
Assist with council web site
OA exhibits at council events
Assistance in program kick-offs
Assist in council golf tournament
High adventure activity
Provide merit badge counselors
Eagle banquet sponsor
Flag ceremonies
Serve on executive board
Camp Projects
Provide program for Camporees, etc.
Scouting for Food
Preparing Mailings
Roundtable assistance
JLT Training
Camp Staff
Camp Promotions
Event Staffing
Assist at awards ceremonies
Junior Leader Roundtables

Section/Regional/National level

High adventure crews
Serve on the Lodge Assistance Team
Natural rehabilitation projects
Sharing success stories with others
Promote attendance
Promote, staff NLS
Networking with others
Southern Region One Day Program
Boundary Waters
National Jamboree
Service to America
National Committee
Service Lodge


Habitat for Humanity
Help at library
Help with religious services
Cleanup graffiti
Bird counts
Fire hydrant painting
Assist in recycling
OA-sponsored community picnic
Encourage voter registration/participation
D.A.R.E. red ribbon days
Scout exhibits in museum/libraries
Programs at schools
Assist disadvantaged people
After-school care
Neighborhood watch
Volunteer fire support
Help at zoos, botanical programs
Christmas tree donation
Ushers and other help at community events (concerts, games, etc.)
Food drives
Coat drives
Highway clean up
Beach clean up
Soup kitchen
Homeless shelter
Disaster Relief Work
Toy Drive
Deliver / Aid Sr. Citizens
Nursing Home help
Help with handicapped
Special Olympics
Public Service promotions

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