Adventures » What is Summit Experience?

General Information

The Order of the Arrow Summit Experience program is an eight-day adventure at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve bordering the New River Gorge National River Area.

While experiencing over 10,000 acres of adventure, you have the opportunity to explore the Summit like no one else, while blazing trail with the first year of the Order of the Arrow Summit Experience Program.

Four days of the program will be focused on building or maintaining trail around the Summit, and the New River Gorge National River Area. The remainder of the experience will revolve around white water kayaking and rafting, along with mountain biking, climbing, and participation in other Summit activities. Participants will not only build trail, but also bonds of brotherhood as they start their High Adventure journey.

The program is designed to entice younger Arrowmen to participate in High Adventure. Lodges and Chapters are encouraged to participate as a crew. Arrowmen ages 14 but not yet 18 will have the opportunity to explore all that the summit has to offer in terms of adventure, brotherhood, and cheerful service.

Program Cost

Participant cost is $250 for the eight day experience. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with the application. The balance of the fee is due within 60 days of acceptance into the program. Additional expenses, including travel to and from the Summit as well as miscellaneous purchases, are the responsibility of the participant.

Those applicants not accepted as participants in the program will have their deposit returned. Participants cancelling acceptance will be eligible for a refund if notification is received to the national office by May 15. No shows are not eligible for a refund. Please visit for information to help you plan your trip.

Shuttles will be available from the Charleston, West Virginia Airport to the Summit. Note: Shuttle times and fees will be made available in the spring of 2015. Participants are strongly encouraged to recruit a travel companion from their home council to ease the travel process.

Lodge and Council Responsibilities

Lodges and councils should only approve those youth Arrowmen who meet all of the qualifications for this program. The Summit is not an easy experience and is a risk for those not physically prepared for the rigors of the mountains of West Virginia.

National OA Summit Experience Code of Conduct

The general welfare of any group depends on the conduct of each individual member. This ensures the success of our national service project and provides the maximum benefit to every participant. As an Arrowman, I understand this and support the reasonable demands of conduct expected of me.

As a member of the Order of the Arrow I will:

  • Live the Scout Oath and Law and Order of the Arrow Obligation.

  • Observe, respect, and strive to live the Boy Scout Outdoor Code.

  • Observe the rules of the Summit and my Foremen.

  • Wear my full official BSA uniform or work clothes as required. Unofficial decorations are not part of my official uniform.

  • Attend and participate in all functions of the program.

  • Be personally responsible for damage or loss of property.

  • Respect all safety procedures and learn to use equipment properly.

  • Observe quiet hours.

  • Keep my tent clean and dispose of trash in its proper place.

  • At all times, be considerate of participants and staff at the Summit.

  • Understand the purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or illicit drugs at any time during the program will not be permitted and will result in dismissal from the program at the expense of the participant. This standard shall apply to all participants. Compliance with state law regulations will apply at all times.

  • Respect the laws of the State of West Virginia, the city of Bradley, and the Summit rules prohibiting the use of fireworks, firearms and gambling. Infraction of these regulations will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program at the expense of the participant.

Additional Information

For information about the Order of the Arrow Summit Experience Program, contact the Order of the Arrow at 972-580-7846 or email