The OA Summit Experience (OASE) is the newest addition to the OA High Adventure programs. The concept of OASE stemmed from the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve as a way to serve the Summit and surrounding community.
OASE launched in the summer of 2014 with 80 participating Arrowmen. The program is designed to serve as an introduction to OA High Adventure, the Summit, and to further an Arrowmen’s understanding of the Order. As such, the program’s eight-day duration and activities are geared for scouts between 14 and 17 years old.
During the first four days, Arrowmen build trails around the Summit Bechtel Reserve or in the surrounding terrain of the New River Gorge National River Area. Through this service, Arrowmen learn what it means to cheerfully serve in another capacity that is far from home by giving back to the BSA, as well as to the citizens of the neighboring communities. The final four days of the trip are filled with high adventure activities including whitewater rafting, zip lining, mountain biking, rock climbing, and mountain boarding.
The OA Summit Experience inspires commitment to the OA, the outdoors, and instills the values of selfless service to others through a specially designed program for the newest and youngest Arrowmen in Scouting.