Endowment of the Order of the Arrow

The national OA endowment was formed more than 30 years ago as means for the Order to fund scholarships and special programs. In the early years the endowment was funded through the sale of credit card style Vigil Honor membership cards at national OA conferences.

From this humble beginning the endowment has grown into the primary funding source for all OA high adventure programs, Josh R. Sain Memorial Scholarships, national jamboree OA programs, National Leadership Seminar, Developing Youth Leadership Conference and $50,000 a year in lodge service grants which support lodges in their effort to serve their local councils.

Youth & Adult Leadership Training

The National Leadership Seminar is the Order of the Arrow's premier youth training which teaches Arrowmen to effectively lead others in various situations and helps them to realize their full potential as servant leaders.

Developing Youth Leadership Conference is for adult advisers who work directly with youth and helps adults learn to foster the use of skills that youth learned in the NLS program.

SUMMITCORPS: The New River Experience

The OA in partnership with National Park Service and the West Virginia Army National Guard, introduced the community surrounding The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve to servant leadership in the summer of 2011. During the four weeks of SummitCorps, more than 1400 Arrowmen were able to complete more than 13 miles of new stacked loop trails, on public lands, in the Craig Branch area. Additionally Arrowman donated $15,358.00 to non-profit community service agencies which serve youth and more than $25,000 in nonperishable meals were donated to local organizations which have food banks.

Philmont Trail Crew

For more than 20 years approximately 180 youth Arrowmen working under the guidance of an OATC Foreman, in close coordination with Philmont’s conservation department, have completed restoration and improvement projects. These projects have included improvements to long term sustainability of trails, new trail construction, building restoration, and heavy rock work.

Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage & Canadian Odyssey

The Wilderness Voyage and Canadian Odyssey have worked in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Quetico Provincial Park to build durable portages and tails, protecting this extremely fragile ecosystem of the boundary waters. These service projects take part on public lands outside the national high adventure base for the benefit of the people on both sides of the U.S. – Canadian border.

Florida Sea Base Ocean Adventure

Based near the Briton Environmental Center the OA Ocean Adventure performs service at Fort Jefferson located in the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Summit Program

The OA in Partnerships with the National Park Service work in the New River Gorge National River to build mountain bike trails.

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