Centennial Update: As centennial approaches, regions to finalize ArrowTour plans

By Joey Dierdorf

Next summer, four convoys will embark on a journey to visit as many lodges as possible across the country as part of the Order of the Arrow’s centennial anniversary. ArrowTour will reach Scouts, Arrowmen and Scouting alumni in an entirely new way and provide an opportunity to reflect on the Order’s past 100 years of service and become a part of the next 100 years.

ArrowTour is unique in that the OA is partnering with councils to deliver the program, which means that ArrowTour sites will range from Boy Scout summer camps to council service centers, and other venues throughout the country. The ArrowTour team is working with each sponsoring council to determine a registration process that best accommodates the needs of the site. The ArrowTour leadership team is in the process of working with sponsoring councils to finalize tour stops. Keep your eyes open for an announcement in the Centennial Update e-newsletter this fall with more details. Though the locations have not been set in stone, one thing is certain which is the Order’s centennial anniversary will be unforgettable, and ArrowTour will be a big part of that experience.

As each ArrowTour site presents a unique opportunity, the leadership team is working with sponsoring councils to develop a customized program for each site. No matter which site you visit, though, you can expect to find informative historical showcases, interactive and fun activities and opportunities to contribute to the legacy of the OA’s Centennial Anniversary. The program will be supported by cutting edge technology, innovative materials and a top notch ArrowTour road crew in each region.

"Our national centennial experience will be defined by the people who are part of it," said Alex Call, ArrowTour's youth coordinator for public relations & marketing. "That’s why, more than anything else, I’m excited for the opportunity to share that experience with so many Scouts, Arrowmen and Scouting alumni next summer." While ArrowTour will have a dedicated road crew all summer, local Arrowmen and Scouts will be a huge part of site operations at each stop. Details on how you can get involved in ArrowTour will be made available in the coming months. For more information and updates, check out the ArrowTour website.

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