The Order of the Arrow provides several national programs to benefit its members and Scouting. Find out the latest information on the different projects and activities the OA is undertaking or involved with in this section.
When the Boy Scouts of America launched the new strategic plan, a transition was made to a new program to measure unit, district, and council performance. Following the Boy Scout's transition, the national OA committee adopted the Journey to Excellence program to replace the National Quality Lodge program. Journey to Excellence places emphasis on continuous improvement. Just as the Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence program recognizes each level of the organization, the OA's program creates Journey to Excellence recognition for chapters, lodges, and sections.
In May 2011, the national Order of the Arrow committee approved the Get Kids to Camp Partnership, an initiative to financially support and help local Scouts get to summer camp. Unlike other Scouting camperships, this program works in partnership with local lodges and councils to create a matching grant program to cover camp fees for qualified and trained adults to serve as leaders for chartered or provisional units lacking adult leadership. This provides inactive Arrowmen, who are past lodge leaders, an outlet to support Scouting through an adviser/Scoutmaster role while increasing summer camp participation.
The National Program Calendar is published yearly and includes important dates for national events and programs. Each region, section, and lodge also publish calendars that are specific to the events and program in their area.
The National OA Endowment was formed more than 30 years ago as means for the Order to fund scholarships and special programs. The national Order of the Arrow committee oversees the annual program budget which is funded using the earnings from the national OA endowment.
The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development. Run by the Region Chief and his Advisers, it provides an in-depth look at leadership skills and techniques. An NLS discusses how these skills can be applied in your role in the OA and in other aspects of your life.
The National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective adult advisers.
The Order of the Arrow has teamed up with American Hiking Society (AHS) to offer our Scouts and Scouters more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. National Trails Day is the country's largest celebration of trails!
The Order of the Arrow Mentoring Program is a joint effort of the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arow. Its purpose is to identify and assist urban and rural Scout troops whose camping and advancement programs are below standard.
The Philmont Order of the Arrow Adviser Conference is for any currently registered adult Arrowmen of the OA, including professional Scouters. While at the conference, participants can enjoy the many benefits of Philmont Scout Ranch and the Philmont Training Center.
The National Committee of the Order of the Arrow ensured the organization's primary duty to a Scout's unit be maintained through the Troop/Team Representative program.