In 2012, the Southern Region OA Committee developed the “We Support Camping Award”. The award’s purpose is to encourage and incentivize lodges to sharpen their focus on camping support within their council. As Scout camping is central to the Order’s purpose, the award criteria are
Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants. For 2016, 29 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.
Every year between Christmas and New Years, the Order’s top leaders convene in Westlake, Texas to recap the previous year, elect new national officers, and plan the program of emphasis for the following year. With everything going on, it can be difficult to keep up.
In early October 2015, Hurricane Joaquin unleashed unprecedented rain to the State of South Carolina. In what Governor Nikki Haley has described as a “thousand-year” event, over half a dozen fatalities have occurred with over 800 South Carolinians displaced so far. More than twenty inches