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.
The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:
The Alabama-Florida Council, headquartered in Dothan, Alabama, will receive $1,500 to convert the OA lodge building at Camp AlaFlo into a multi-purpose building.
The Tukabatchee Area Council, headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, will receive $1,000 to maintain the swimming docks at Camp Tukabatchee.
The Gulf Stream Council, headquartered in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, will receive $1,500 to help construct a multi-purpose recreational court at its scout camp.
The North Florida Council, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, will receive $1,000 to assist in the construction of a multi-purpose pavilion at Camp Shands.
The Coastal Carolina Council, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, will receive $1,000 to help create “Bohicket Towne”, a new program area at Camp Ho Non Wah that will mirror an 18th century colonial village.
The Cape Fear Council, headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, will receive $1,100 to renovate the council campfire arena at Camp Bowers.
The Blue Ridge Council, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, will receive $1,600 for the renovation of the staff cabin at Camp Old Indian.
The Circle Ten Council, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, will receive $1,000 to assist with the repair of the hiking trail at Clements Scout Reservation.
The Shenandoah Area Council, headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, will receive $1,200 for the development of the new Virginia Backwoods Rendezvous program campsite at Camp Rock Enon.
The Stonewall Jackson Area Council, headquartered in Waynesboro, Virginia, will receive $3,320 to construct a new first-year camper program area at Camp Shenandoah.