Operation Arrow

operation-arrow-graphicFuel Scouting’s Adventure as a part of Operation Arrow in 2017! 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 youth 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.

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!

OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR OPERATION ARROW: http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/jambo2017/


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Service Corps

The OA Service Corps will return in 2017 – its 18th consecutive national jamboree. The Service Corps will help support the jamboree program by providing manpower to service projects all across the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The corps will be divided into several chapters that will be assigned a diverse array of tasks each day. The corps’ versatility offers each Arrowman the unique opportunity to see the entire jamboree while exemplifying the OA devotion to ‘service with a smile.’

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Trek Guides

The OA Trek Guides will lead jamboree participants on an all-day adventure beginning at the unit campsite and ending at the highest point at SBR, Garden Ground Mountain. Every unit will have the opportunity to experience the Arrowmen-led jamboree trek on one of the five trek days. The Trek Guides will provide an incredible program filled with discussion and reflection throughout the unit’s journey. Once on top of the mountain, Trek Guides will help provide various activities for participants including buckskin & carnival games as well as field sports. At the conclusion of the trek day, Trek Guides will lead units down the trail for a final debrief of the day’s activities and the journey they completed together.

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Indian Village

The OA Indian Village will again provide jamboree participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in American Indian history in fun and interactive ways. The Indian Village staff will teach participants about Indian craft-making, dance styles and survival methods of different tribes throughout the nation. In addition, the staff will be working with the Lewis and Clark Trust to teach the history of Lewis and Clark through storytelling and blacksmithing. The Indian Village staff will construct a teepee village and full-size dance arbor, which serve as home to daily dance demonstrations. Participants will walk away from the Indian Village with increased knowledge of American history, and self-made souvenirs to remember their experience.

Getting involved in promotional efforts
There are a variety of ways to become involved with the promotional efforts for Operation Arrow, including our Street Team, which launched at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, as well as our Operation Arrow Ambassadors Program.

The Operation Arrow Ambassadors Program is a program for section and lodge level leadership. An essential component of the staff recruitment process, these youth leaders will work closely with a wide range of people across their section, and establish absolutely vital goals that will ensure the success of this lofty promotional effort.

Once section chiefs, in conjunction with their section adviser, have identified their Operation Arrow Ambassador, please submit their name and contact infoso they can be contacted with further instruction.

The Operation Arrow Street Team are the grassroots promoters of our recruitment efforts! The Street Team’s mission is to raise awareness of Operation Arrow among Arrowmen across the country, and to get them excited about joining our staff. Street Team members will promote Operation Arrow and recruit potential staff members at lodge and section events everywhere. As our “boots on the ground” in lodges and sections, they’ll be spreading the word (and giveaways too) for Operation Arrow! Project 2013 alumni, as well as accepted Operation Arrow staffers are strongly encouraged to sign up to be a grassroots promoter. To express interest in joining our Street Team,please send us your contact information


Other Opportunities

In addition to Operation Arrow’s primary program areas, there will also be select opportunities for Arrowmen as part of the recreation, program, Summit Center exhibit and shows staffs.

A limited number of adult roles will be available on the Operation Arrow team as an adviser with one of our program areas. Additionally, there will be two adult-only staff teams. The Medical Transport Corps will support the jamboree medical organization by providing non-emergency medical transportation at SBR. The Aerial Sports Team will assist the aerial sports program areas in delivering a safe and exhilarating experience to Scouts by supporting ground-based functions. Interested adults should apply following the instructions provided below. Given the limited space, a completed application should not be considered a guarantee of placement.

What to Expect
Serving on OA staff at a jamboree is a demanding, yet rewarding experience. Staff members should be prepared to work a full day on most days, with at least one full day off to enjoy the exciting jamboree program. Youth staff members have access to evening recreation opportunities at the Echo staff base camp, along with special programming exclusive to OA staff.

The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation and the Order of the Arrow will grant a limited number of scholarships to assist youth Arrowmen committed to serving the OA and Scouting as members of the Operation Arrow staff. Applications must be submitted no later than December 31, 2016. Learn how to apply.

Interested Arrowmen should apply to join the Operation Arrow team through the BSA jamboree registration system and pay the required deposit.

In addition to jamboree staff requirements, prospective Arrowmen must:

  • Be at least 16, but not yet 21 years of age by July 19th, 2017
  • Be able to commit to the full length of the jamboree (staff session 1)
  • Be physically fit and meet the BSA height & weight guidelines
  • Obtain approval from their lodge adviser

When applying, please make sure to have your BSA member ID accessible. Arrowmen should choose Session One (July 15th-29th, 2017) and select one of the following staff teams in order to be considered:

  • 6211 – Program – OA Service Corps
  • 6221 – Program – OA Jamboree Trek Guides
  • 6231 – Program – OA Indian Village Staff
  • 6213 – Program – OA Medical Transport Corps (adult-only)
  • 6311 – Program – OA Aerial Sports Team (adult-only)

Apply online now