Arrowmen: Spend spring break helping rebuild BSA camps in Florida, Puerto Rico

Cheerful service to others is at the heart of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society.

In that spirit, Arrowmen are invited to spend their spring break helping BSA camps in Florida and Puerto Rico rebuild after last year’s devastating hurricane season.

There are two opportunities to serve, and each is open to all registered OA members. The opportunities coincide with spring break for many high schools and colleges.

With each opportunity, the BSA will cover all costs once Arrowmen arrive at Miami International Airport or San Juan Airport.

SeaBreak: Rebuilding the Florida Sea Base

SeaBreak, held March 4 to 10, 2018, is based out of the Florida Sea Base’s Brinton Environmental Center. Though the main Sea Base campus was largely spared during Hurricane Irma, there was damage to Big Munson Island, part of the Florida Sea Base. Each facility was hit hard, with camping facilities destroyed.

Arrival info: Arrive at MIA on no later than noon on March 4. Plan to depart MIA no earlier than 1 p.m. March 10.

Cost: The BSA will cover all onsite costs — food, lodging, tools and ground transportation. The only cost associated with SeaBreak is an individual participant’s transportation from his or her hometown to the Miami airport.

Requirements: Every participant must be at least 14 years of age by March 4, 2018, a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and an Order of the Arrow Lodge, complete a BSA Medical Form (Parts A, B, and C), and meet the height and weight guidelines listed within the Medical Form.

Learn more: At this site.

Note: While this event is being hosted by the Southern Region, Arrowmen from all four BSA regions are invited.

Arrowcorps Puerto Rico: Helping a beloved BSA camp

Arrowcorps Puerto Rico, held March 11 to 17, 2018, is based out of Camp Guajataka, part of the BSA’s Puerto Rico Council. The camp was badly damaged during Hurricane Maria.

Arrival info: Arrive at San Juan International Airport before 6 p.m. local time March 11. Depart after 10 a.m. local time March 17.

Cost: The BSA will cover all onsite costs — food, lodging, tools and ground transportation. The only cost associated with Arrowcorps Puerto Rico is an individual participant’s transportation from his or her hometown to the San Juan, Puerto Rico, airport.

Requirements: Arrowmen of any age are welcome. Participants must complete a BSA Medical Form (Parts A, B, and C), and meet the height and weight guidelines listed within the Medical Form.

Learn more: At this site.

Note: While this event is being hosted by the Northeast Region, Arrowmen from all four BSA regions are invited.

17 Comments

  1. What a great service opportunity! Too bad spring break in our area doesn’t happen until the week of March 25 – March 31.

    • Same here, if my son was off of school that week I’d be open to taking the time off of work to go. It sounds like a great time.

  2. Our area’s Spring break is not until the first week in April – probably the downside to waiting for Spring in Wisconsin! I thought most spring breaks coincided with Easter. Hopefully both camps get a great turnout!

  3. While participants at Sea Base or any other high adventure trek need to meet, what some consider the unrealistic height/weight requirements, the same requirements are asked to be met for this relief project? While “overweight,” someone like myself, or my 15 and 17 y/o boys could still be of some use. (Driving, Cooking, etc.) As a Native Floridian who spent the first 35 years of my life in South Florida, and being of Cuban descent, I am saddened that I am deemed unfit to help my hometown, or Puerto Rican brothers. Me and my 2 OA sons, the oldest, who happens to be our Chapter Chief, are free during that period, and are now 😢 in TX.

  4. My two son’s are interested however they are not an order of Arrow participant. 1 just recently completed his Eagle rank. The other is active towards that goal. Would they be able to participate?

    • I guess you have to answer this question. “Is the goal of this project to get the camps fixed, or find a project for Arrowmen?”

  5. Spring break for our son is first week in April. Please let us know if another opportunity opens up during that time period. Thank you

  6. Awww, our spring breaks are in April too. I know it will be a great time and lots of memories had-a happy ending to such devastating storms!!

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