Project LEAP is the next generation of NE-2A’s Quality Lodge Summit held from 2009-2012. Project LEAP is designed to support the six lodges of the section in their efforts to improve their program and achieving Journey to Excellence recognition. This day-long training event includes sessions on a diverse set of topics such as improving Brotherhood conversion, supporting your council, ceremonies, communications and more! It also provides an opportunity for inter-lodge fellowship as well as our second Council of Chiefs meeting of the year. Training is done by a select group of arrowmen with experience in the field of their training, and trainers consist of top-notch arrowmen from within the Section and other parts of the Region. For more information, visit our Project Leap page here.
Do you need an escape from that 9-5 job, summer classes or the monotony of staring out of your bedroom window longing for something new? If your answer is yes, the Order of the Arrow has the answer for you.
Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs whether its wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base; maybe hiking is your passion, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience.
Have you ever given thought about what the Native Americans and early explorers did to be avid traders, maybe the OA Voyage is for calling. Whatever your summer aspirations may be, these National High Adventure bases have put together a multitude of options for you.
Along with your one week trek completely designed by you, each Arrowmen will be afforded the opportunity to leave their mark in history by helping to sure up portage trails, backpacking trails or coral reefs. Aside from providing a good deed to each of these high adventure bases, every participant will have the opportunity to work closely with Arrowmen from across the country, who have a similar interest in the future of both the program and the adventure base.
You may be thinking that this is a daunting task but it is an experience unlike any other afforded to you in scouting in that it takes you out of your world and places with people, who want to do something different. It’s not everyday that you can tell your friends that you climbed into Cypher’s Mine, watched the Northern Lights from a canoe or went scuba diving in the Florida Keys.
These programs help to insure that the future of scouting has a place to live, work and interact. This summer, try something new or do something you thoroughly enjoy, but do something with the Order of the Arrow High adventure opportunities. For more information about these High Adventure programs, please visit Adventure.oa-bsa.org or talk to your lodge chief. Your destiny awaits you…
Section NE-2A hosted its centennial conclave on June 19 through the 21st at the beautiful camp June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation, where Tschitani Lodge served as the service lodge for the weekend. The theme was quite long in name, but was used to show progression through the weekend: “From the Island to the Summit, the Legacy Lives On”. The theme was selected based upon the location of the founding of the Order of the Arrow, Treasure Island, and the progression since its founding to the most recent of notable events, our rededication at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. In the planning of the theme, the concept of acknowledging the past as well as showing the impact it would have as we move forward into our second century of service.
After lodges settled into their campsites, the lodges came together at the waterfront for a luau with assorted activities, cracker-barrel with themed food, the opportunity to meet out-of-section guests who were also in attendance. These special guests included the 2015 National Chief Alex Call, 2015 Northeast Region Chief Matt Bell, and 2015-2016 Section NE-6A Chief Zach Sager.
After a record-setting national conference in 2015, the Order of the Arrow will again seek to make history with Operation Arrow at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.
To continue a tradition that dates back to the 1950 National Scout Jamboree, over 750 Arrowmen will answer the call to serve as part of Operation Arrow – the largest jamboree staff team ever assembled by the Order of the Arrow!
Operation Arrow staff members will support the jamboree program by joining one of three primary OA program areas: the Service Corps, the Trek Guides and the Indian Village staff.
The summer of 2017 seems like a long time away, but planning for the next national Scout jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) is already well underway. The Order of the Arrow will continue to release information about Operation Arrow staff opportunities and how to become involved in the coming months.
We hope you will join us for what is sure to be the experience of a lifetime, as a part of Operation Arrow at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree!
At NOAC, National Chief Alex Call, challenged all Arrowmen to join him in the #DareToDo challenge. How do you participate? It’s simple. Each day do an act of service, no matter how small, for the other people around you. Post about it on social media using the hashtag #DareToDo — and we’ll make America better, each day, together.