SummitCorps and Indian Summer

posted Jun 2, 2011, 3:02 PM by Michael Anderson   [ updated Aug 1, 2011, 11:53 AM ]


Order of the Arrow's National Events During the Summer of 2011

SummitCorps and Indian Summer

Since ArrowCorps5 many Arrowmen and Scouters have been asking when and what will be the next national Order of the Arrow service project. Arrowmen who attended ArrowCorps5 could not wait to go back and provide cheerful service to the United States Forest Service and those who missed the opportunity wanted another chance to experience the Order of the Arrow at its finest.


In 2010, the Order of the Arrow announced its second national service project: SummitCorps - The New River Experience. Based on the successes of ArrowCorps5 and the OA High Adventure programs, SummitCorps will combine cheerful service with adventure. The experience will take place over four weeks during July 2011: July 3-9, July 10-16, July 17-23, and July 24-30. SummitCorps will be held at the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia benefiting the National Park Service.


The goals of the project are to improve the Garden Grand Hike and Bike Trail which will link The Summit: Bechtel Family Scout Reserve, home of the new national scout jamboree site, with the New River. This critical link will give Scouts and Scouters access to outdoor recreation adjacent to The Summit as well as various activities on the river. The removal of invasive species will be a key component of this service project.


Participants at SummitCorps will be actively involved in both of these projects and still have plenty of time for recreation. Brotherhood will be strengthened as Arrowmen work and play together. Arrowmen will not want to miss out on this experience.


Arrowmen participating in SummitCorps will be able to experience a deeper understanding of the Scout Oath and Law and the Obligation of the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen will also learn about the importance of the service project and skills needed to develop and execute similar projects back in their home community. Over the course of a week, Arrowmen will meet, network, and leave with memories of the cheerful service that will last a lifetime.


SummitCorps will be staffed by youth and adult Arrowmen. The leadership for the month-long project will be provided by members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee using the Incident Command structure. The Order of the Arrow will hire approximately 40 Arrowmen to serve on the Instructor Corps who will lead and train SummitCorps participants working on the service projects.


Interested Arrrowmen should contact -- Brian Bennett at 214-215-7133 of by email to sign up today! To learn more about SummitCorps, visit today.

Have you ever experienced the magic of a perfect ceremony? Or watched in awe at the movements of a dance team? Or had to take a second glance at the intricacies of an outfit? Whether you simply appreciate these experiences, strive for them, or helped make them happen, Indian Summer is for you.


A weeklong event in Asheville, North Carolina, Indian Summer 2011 will expand your understanding of the American Indian culture. Depending on your interests, you will have the opportunities to focus on improving yourself as a ceremonialist, learning to dance, making outfits and crafts, and singing, among many other areas of the American Indian culture. You will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience with the most knowledgeable members of our organization and the best craftsmen in the Scouting movement.


If you are a new Arrowman don't be deterred because it's a national event. Talk to your lodge leadership about your interest in attending and start saving now. And if you are a seasoned veteran of Indian Affairs committees Indian Summer will be the perfect forum to share ideas, learn something new, and inspire the same enthusiasm in others.


While Indian Summer 2011 will focus on building your dance or ceremony skills, there will also be plenty of time to participate in other recreation. The Activities and Recreation Committee will sponsor a number of programs and events throughout the conference for all Arrowmen to enjoy. Participants will be divided into nations, each consisting of tribes and clans. Clans will be grouped by age while maintaining the diversity of our organization, giving you the chance to network and gain knowledge from numerous Arrowmen across the country.


Interested Arrrowmen should contact Kara Hodgkiss at 972-824-9702 or by email to  You can learn more about Indian Summer at and talk to your lodge or chapter leadership. Don't miss the opportunity to move your feet, catch your rhythm, or awake your principal!