Thank you for fueling Scouting’s adventure!

 

Brothers,

What started in 1950 as a small group of 30 Arrowmen has grown to become a staple in the program of a national jamboree, thanks to you. Just a few weeks ago, we assembled the largest Order of the Arrow staff ever to perpetuate this legacy of service. 

We are incredibly grateful for your time, talent and dedication to this endeavour. There’s no better way to measure the impact of your contributions than by taking a look at these numbers:

  • On unit arrival day, we unloaded over 800 units on over 600 buses, serving as the first interaction for all jamboree participants.
  • The Service Corps completed a total of 16,746 hours of service in the span of just 13 days.
  • The Trek Guides hiked 12,725 miles with 633 units in only 6 days.
  • The Indian Village provided program for an average of 6,000 Scouts per day on Garden Ground Mountain.
  • The Program Committee worked to support and enhance the staff experience. Projects included daily reflections, staff training, social gatherings, marketing & communication initiatives and a ceremony performed at the Summit Circle.
  • The Recreation Committee hosted over 1,000 people from 26 different countries at the international campfire.
  • The OA exhibit interviewed 59 people for the Oral History Project
  • The Aerial Sports Team spent 3,146 hours supporting aerial program areas. 
  • The Medical Transport Corps assisted hundreds of participants and staff in need in need of non-emergency medical transportation.

As you can see, we had quite the impact on the jamboree. We encourage everyone to keep thinking of “the Scout”. The Scout was anyone you interacted with at the jamboree, directly or indirectly. 

The Scout:

  • They could have been the person you asked to recite the Outdoor Code on unit arrival day when you went over our sustainability practices.
  • They could have been someone in your trek, as you guided them up Garden Ground Mountain. 
  • They could have been the person you high fived as they entered the shows arena.
  • They could have been someone unknown, possibly someone who saw you perform a service project; and even though you didn’t directly interact with them, you left a positive impression.

You have impacted the lives of thousands of Scouts in more ways than you can quantify. Thank you for fueling these Scout’s adventures at the jamboree, and beyond.

See you on the trail,


Forrest Gertin

2017 National Chief
2017chief@oa-bsa.org

Talon Parker
2017 National Vice Chief
2017vicechief@oa-bsa.org

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