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 of rain in a weekend have left cars almost completely submerged, dams breaking, and a destroyed infrastructure. As a response to the disaster, Region Chief Alex Leach tasked SR-5 to relaunch Southern Region ReliefCorps 2015: Operation Carolina Relief.

The vision of ReliefCorps is to give aid to those affected by the recent natural disasters in the Southern Region. ReliefCorps is a Southern Region program sponsored by Section 5 in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. As previously sponsored by Section 9 in 2011 and Section 8 in 2013, this will be the third IMG_7028taskforce established. All lodges are encouraged to participate.

The program has two components: a lodge service project and a fundraiser. To commemorate our recovery efforts, a special gold mylar bordered patch has been designed and can be obtained by participating in a lodge organized service project. The only requirement for the lodge service project is that the project must benefit the community and not the BSA or any council. Any OA member who participates in the lodge service project and contributes 5 or more hours of service will receive the special patch. At the conclusion of the service project, the lodge should complete the Lodge ReliefCorps Report (available here) and submit it electronically by November 30, 2015, to Reed Powell at After the Lodge ReliefCorps Report is received, the patches will be sent to the Council Service Center for distribution.IMG_9065

Additionally, a silver mylar bordered patch may be purchased for $10.00 and the proceeds from these sales will be given to the American Red Cross. There is no service requirement to purchase the fundraiser patch. Patches may be purchased by going to by November 30, 2015. All purchased patches will be mailed to the Council Service Center along with the patches from the service project. Please help reach out to the victims of these natural disasters by participating in this program and remember that “he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows, greatest”.

Yours In Service,

Reed Powell

OA ReliefCorps Coordinator