Operation Arrow


Operation Arrow continues the Order of the Arrow's rich legacy of providing cheerful service in support of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Over 750 youth Arrowmen will serve as part of the Trek Guides, Service Corps and Indian Village.


Service Corps
The OA Service Corps will return in 2017 - its 18th consecutive national jamboree. The Service Corps will help support the jamboree program by providing manpower to service projects all across the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The corps will be divided into several chapters that will be assigned a diverse array of tasks each day. The corps' versatility offers each Arrowman the unique opportunity to see the entire jamboree while exemplifying the OA devotion to 'service with a smile.'


Trek Guides
The OA Trek Guides will lead jamboree participants on an all-day adventure beginning at the unit campsite and ending at the highest point at SBR, Garden Ground Mountain. Every unit will have the opportunity to experience the Arrowmen-led jamboree trek on one of the five trek days. The Trek Guides will provide an incredible program filled with discussion and reflection throughout the unit's journey. Once on top of the mountain, Trek Guides will help provide various activities for participants including buckskin & carnival games as well as field sports. At the conclusion of the trek day, Trek Guides will lead units down the trail for a final debrief of the day's activities and the journey they completed together.


Indian Village
The OA Indian Village will again provide jamboree participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in American Indian history in fun and interactive ways. The Indian Village staff will teach participants about Indian craft-making, dance styles and survival methods of different tribes throughout the nation. In addition, the staff will be working with the Lewis and Clark Trust to teach the history of Lewis and Clark through storytelling and blacksmithing. The Indian Village staff will construct a teepee village and full-size dance arbor, which serve as home to daily dance demonstrations. Participants will walk away from the Indian Village with increased knowledge of American history, and self-made souvenirs to remember their experience.

Other Opportunities


In addition to Operation Arrow's primary program areas, there will also be select opportunities for Arrowmen as part of the recreation, program, Summit Center exhibit and shows staffs.


A limited number of adult roles will be available on the Operation Arrow team as an adviser with one of our program areas. Additionally, a 30 member, adult-only team will support the jamboree medical organization by providing non-emergency medical transportation. Interested adults should apply following the instructions provided below. Given the limited space, a completed application should not be considered a guarantee of placement.

What to Expect

Serving on OA staff at a jamboree is a demanding, yet rewarding experience. Staff members should be prepared to work a full day on most days, with at least one full day off to enjoy the exciting jamboree program. Youth staff members have access to evening recreation opportunities at the Echo staff base camp, along with special programming exclusive to OA staff.


The "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt Foundation and the Order of the Arrow will grant a limited number of scholarships to assist youth Arrowmen committed to serving the OA and Scouting as members of the Operation Arrow staff. Applications must be submitted no later than December 31, 2016. Learn how to apply.


Interested Arrowmen should apply to join the Operation Arrow team through the BSA jamboree registration system and pay the required deposit.

In addition to jamboree staff requirements, prospective Arrowmen must:

  • Be at least 16, but not yet 21 years of age by July 19th, 2017
  • Be able to commit to the full length of the jamboree (staff session 1)
  • Be physically fit and meet the BSA height & weight guidelines
  • Obtain approval from their lodge adviser

When applying, please make sure to have your BSA member ID accessible. Arrowmen should choose Session One (July 15th-29th, 2017) and select one of the following staff teams in order to be considered:

  • 6211 - Program - OA Service Corps
  • 6221 - Program - OA Jamboree Trek Guides
  • 6231 - Program - OA Indian Village Staff
  • 6213 - Program - OA Medical Transport Corps (Adult-only)

Visit www.oa-bsa.org/jamboree for more information!