2018 OA Service Grant Recipients Announced

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants.  For 2018, 27 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.

The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:

Aracoma Lodge of the Black Warrior Council, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will receive $2,000 to erect two pavilions at Camp Horne.

Echeconnee Lodge of the Central Georgia Council, headquartered in Macon, Georgia, will receive $3,100 to construct four staff cabins at Camp Benjamin Hawkins.

Ini-To Lodge of the Flint River Council, headquartered in Griffin, Georgia, will receive $1,000 for construction of an outdoor chess and checkers area at Longhorn Scout Camp.

Yustaga Lodge of the Gulf Coast Council, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, will receive $1,000 for ventilation and sound system modifications of the Rainwater Lodge at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation.

Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge of the Longhorn Council, headquartered in Hurst, Texas, will receive $2,200 for its water improvement project at Hills and Hollows Camp.

Santee Lodge of the Pee Dee Area Council, headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, will receive $2,000 to remove and replace its main dock and floating dock at Camp Coker.

O-Shot-Caw Lodge of the South Florida Council, headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida, will receive $2,500 to complete the necessary construction to open Camp Sawyer again after damage from Hurricane Irma.

Zach Callicutt Elected 2018 Southern Region Chief

The 2018 Order of the Arrow southern region chief was elected Thursday morning at the 2017 National Planning Meeting. Congratulations to Zach Callicutt! Zach is a Vigil Honor member from Chicksa Lodge, Yocona Area Council in Oxford, Mississippi. He has served as the SR-6 section chief, and will serve as the 2018 southern region chief of the Order of the Arrow.

Spirit of Excellence – Preparing the Submission

With another year nearly finished, we can look back fondly on the trail we’ve blazed. We hope the inaugural Spirit of Excellence issues have helped orient your lodge for its 2017 JTE goals. Throughout the year, you have been equipped with the tools to succeed. In this edition, we will prepare you with all of the details needed for your submission. Thank you for joining the journey!

Read the December Spirit of Excellence Message.