ArrowTour is one of many programs and initiatives that comprise a year-long celebration of the Order of the Arrow's centennial anniversary. In the summer of 2015, four delegations of youth Arrowmen will travel to council camps and Scouting events to bring our national centennial experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities throughout the country.
ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order's Centuries of Service, both past and future. The Order of the Arrow is excited to partner with councils to provide this program accessory at Boy Scout summer camps, service centers, and Scouting events.
Youth leaders from around the country are already hard at work building the ArrowTour program. The program has been designed for all Scouts, OA members and non-members alike. Whether a first year camper or a seasoned volunteer, the ArrowTour program will offer something for everyone.
The ArrowTour program will be customized to best meet the needs and capitalize on the unique features of each site. Some of the planned ArrowTour programs include:
Exploration: History displays, interactive timelines, and program videos
Centuries of Service Gathering: A program that will recognize the Order’s rich 100 year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin. This gathering will be offered at most venues.
Activities: Silk screening, hat/belt branding, and recreational games.
ArrowTour will be delivered by four teams of Arrowmen. Each team will travel throughout one of the Boy Scouts of America’s four regions, making stops at council camps and Scouting events along the way. Each team’s route will be strategically planned to reach as many Scouts and communities as possible. Each stop along the tours will be open for several hours with program being offered.
At the end of the summer, the four teams will meet to conclude ArrowTour at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. The ArrowTour programs will be on display for all conference guests.
Each of the four ArrowTour teams are led by a crew chief. These crew chiefs, who are also the elected 2014 OA region chiefs, are responsible for managing the delivery of the ArrowTour program in each region.