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Discussions for OA Members and those interested in Scouting's Honor Society. Also includes a private sub-forum for OA Members only.


  1. Western Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussions

  2. NOAC

    Been to NOAC? Heading there? Chat about the Order's bi-annual gathering

  3. Central Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussions

  4. Northeast Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussions

  5. Southern Region

    Sections, Lodges and local discussion


    • I liked what you wrote ...  That sounds exactly like our summer experiences.  Way more relaxed.  Way more freedom to create their own experiences.  Each year was a slightly different flavor, but each was for all troop aged scouts.  Each year brought something special ... the year the scouts discovered a short (????) cut from the group site to a gas station / ice cream shop.  ... an unused covered / enclosed 1910's era shelter used each night for magic the card game ... etc.   We also had the older scouts hiking and the formal high adventures, but that was a for a small selection of scouts.  
    • Some of our Scouts asked the same thing, they really liked our week long Troop summer camp last summer.  The leaders all tried to downplay that option, running a troop camp is a lot of work.  Not enough time for afternoon naps, etc.
    • It does take an involved cadre of leaders and involved parent leaders In 2019 out troop sent 3 crews to Seabase (6 leaders), 1 crew to Philmont (3 leaders), Summer camp in June (7 leaders) and Summer camp in July (5 leaders).  And as others have noted, 10 monthly campouts / events.  Good number of support leaders with reservations, medical form rechecks, finances, transportation, etc. This does take independent planning by the crew and summer camp leaders.  With the Greenbard our outdoor chair initiates the items, but then a key leader runs with the actual event. Traditionally we do two summer camps (June and July) and 1 HA trip (Seabase of Philmont) annually.
    • Been in a lot longer than 2005, and never knew there was a second verse.
    • We would be considered a "Hiking and Camping" troop, but add in Biking  We weekend camp every month except December ( Service project for CO and Day Trip), February ( 2 Weekends of Scouting for Food and  Scout Sunday), and the month of summer camp. I know of troops that will do two week+ long camping trips, but one is usually geared towards older Scouts and high adventure. Problem is getting enough Scouters to take the 2nd trip. Usually if they have to decide on one trip or the other.
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