OA High Adventure

Philmont OA Trail Crew

The Order of the Arrow is offering you an opportunity to join other Arrowmen in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the trails of  Philmont Scout Ranch. Under the direction of the Philmont Conservation Department, experienced Philmont staff members with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on the two week trail crew and trek.

The program is a fourteen day experience. The first week focuses on trail construction   and maintenance under the guidance of Philmont trail crew foremen. The second   week is a seven day backpacking trek that is designed by the participants. The   program is not simply building trail and hiking though, the OA Trail Crew is   ultimately a journey that challenges Scouts mentally, physically, and spiritually.

 

Trail building is tough. The worksite experience is full of long, strenuous   days requiring a great deal of physical effort. Participants are expected to   work with great diligence as the trail that is being built is designed to last   over 75 years and protect the beautiful landscape of Philmont Scout Ranch. Other   than trail building techniques, Scouts will strengthen their leadership skills,   learn advanced wilderness and low-impact camping skills, observe and participate   in group wilderness safety, good judgment, and motivation activities, and receive   special OA instruction.

 

The project's mission is to maintain, reinforce, and enhance the purpose of   the Order of the Arrow by using Scout camping traditions. Participants are expected   to use their experience to benefit their troop, chapter, lodge and council programs.   Camping is a method of Scouting that enhances and builds stronger programs and   people.

 

For more information on the OA Trail Crew, see the OA   Trail Crew Information Site.

 

 

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Northen Tier Wilderness Voyage

 

The National Order of the Arrow is offering you an opportunity to join Arrowmen   from across the country in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood   on the pristine US/Canadian Boundary Waters. Under the direction of the United   States Forest Service, experienced Charles L. Sommers staff members with strong   Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on a two week voyage into   the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

The program is a fourteen-day experience inspired by the traditions of the   French and Canadian Voyageurs who ventured the northern wilderness during the   1700-1800's. Traveling thousands of miles by water and portage, these Voyageurs   were hired to haul goods and furs to trade with Native Americans and Europeans.   In the spirit of these adventurers, Arrowmen will embark on a voyage that is   twofold. One-half of the OA Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage focuses on portage   trail and campsite maintenance within the Boundary Waters. The remaining expedition   is spent on a canoeing adventure that is planned and chosen by the participants   in the program. In other words, each crew plans their own voyage! However, the   program is not simply portage trail work, camping, and canoeing. The OA Northern   Tier Wilderness Voyage is ultimately a journey that challenges Scouts mentally,   physically, and spiritually.

 

Portage trail work is tough and serious. The worksite experience is full of   long, strenuous days requiring a great deal of physical effort. Participants   are expected to work with great diligence as the tasks being accomplished are   designed to benefit generations of Scouts and non-Scouts in the Boundary Waters   Wilderness. In addition to mastering portage trail maintenance techniques, Scouts   will strengthen their leadership skills, learn advanced wilderness and low-impact   camping skills, learn wilderness safety techniques, participate in many motivational   activities, and receive special OA instruction. The project's mission is to   maintain, reinforce, and intensify the purpose of the Order of the Arrow through   Scout camping traditions. Camping enhances and builds stronger programs and   people. Participants are expected to use their experience to benefit their troop,   chapter, lodge, and council programs.

 

For more information on the OA Wilderness Voyage, see the OA   Wilderness Voyage Information Site.

 

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 Florida Sea Base Ocean Adventure

 

 The Order of the Arrow, in cooperation with the Florida Sea Base, is offering Arrowmen an opportunity to cheerfully serve the greatest ecosystem on our planet--the ocean. Under the direction of the National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), experienced Florida Sea Base staff with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on a two week scuba diving adventure in the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys.

The program is a 13 day experience in which participants will have the opportunity to explore and serve the undersea world. One-half of the Ocean Adventure program will be PADI SCUBA training and certification, which will be held at the Florida Sea Base. The remaining portion of the program will focus on rendering cheerful service to the ocean marine life and coral reefs of the Florida Keys.

PADI SCUBA certification requires a significant amount of independent study, which will need to be completed prior to arrival at the Florida Sea Base. The service will consist of a variety of projects, as defined by the National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA, some of which will be underwater cleaning or monitoring projects. In addition to SCUBA certification and undersea service, participants will strengthen leadership skills, learn more about marine environments, strengthen understanding of the Order of the Arrow, and explore the history of the beautiful Florida Keys.

Participant cost is $250 for the 13 day experience. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with the application. The balance of the fee is due at the time of acceptance as a participant in the program. This cost covers PADI SCUBA certification, food, housing, and all other program related expenses. Additional expenses, including travel to and from Sea Base as well as miscellaneous purchases, are the responsibility of the participant.

For more information on the OA Ocean Adventure, see the OAOA   Information Site

 

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