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Buffalo National River Trail Crew

Join Arrowmen from across the country for a high adventure and national service experience. May 29- June 3, 2017.  Located in the beautiful Ozark National Forest and Buffalo National River Valley on Camp Orr Boy Scout Base near Jasper, AR.

Hosted by Order of the Arrow Southern Region Section 8, and Wachtschu Mawachpo Lodge.

Registration is on $80 for a whole week of program and 14 meals; an unbeatable price!

Read about us in the February issue of OA Today.

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The first 50 people to register will receive a free Arrowman Conservation School Patch and Pin!

We are still looking for Trail Crew Leaders.  You can express interest on the Buffalo National River Trail Crew registration. Requirements include being an Arrowman of at least 18 years old, and previous trail building experience.

 This is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door with conservation, or to grow your current experience level in leadership and trail construction.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings the BNRTC Staff will provide additional conservation training from 7-9 PM. We highly encourage all participants to take advantage of these additional training opportunities. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there an age restriction?
A: There is no age limit for participation. All participants and staff must be a registered member of the Order of the Arrow and the Boy Scouts of America, have a valid Class C physical, and able to handle up to 50 pounds. Adults must have current BSA Youth Protection training. There is no age restriction to canoe for recreation- Arrowmen under 14 years old will be accompanied by at least one adult in a canoe.

Q: Are there any other fees or cost associated with the program?
A: It really is only $80, no other secret costs! Due to generous donations from the Walton Foundation towards the mountain biking trail, we are able to keep costs extremely low. Other personal costs will include travel to and from the project.
The cost of registration is $105 after May 14th. You may register until May 29th.

Q: I’m on staff, how does that affect my registration process?
A: You will register at and pay the same fee as participants.

Q: Can I come for just part of the project?
A: Yes, but you will have to pay the full $80. We do prefer you be there the whole time, however any days you can attend, you will be welcome!

Q: Do I have to bring my own food?
A: No, all meals will be provided from dinner on Monday May 29 to breakfast on Saturday June 3rd. This is a total of 14 meals, including cracker barrels. 

Q: Do I have to bring my own tent?
A: No, everyone will be staying in canvas wall tents provided by Camp Orr. You will need to provide your own sleeping bag, cot, mat, clothes, work boots, and other personal camping/toiletry items.

Q: What kind of water facilities will be available?
A: Potable drinking water will be available during the duration of the project. Be sure to bring several water bottles so you can always have some on hand during the day. There are private indoor showers with heated water available as well. You will need to bring your own towel and shower products as none will be provided.

Q: Are there any previous experience requirements?
A: There are no experience requirements to be a part of the project. In fact, there will be trail building classes offered each evening as well on on-site opportunities for learning. If not already involved, this is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door with conservation.
***Please note that for those choosing to canoe on their recreation day, swim checks will NOT be conducted at BNRTC. Participants wanting to go canoeing on their recreation day will need to complete a BSA Swim Check prior to arrival and present proper documentation during BNRTC in-processing.

Q: I took great pictures from the project, how can I share them?
A: Use Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #BNRTC to share your photos in one central place. Please remember that sharing photographs of other adults and children that have not signed a Photo Release is not permitted.

Please email the Public Information Chief, Bryan Huntsman, at or the OA Section 8 Leadership at INFO@SR8MAIL.ORG with any additional questions.

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                 All participants will spend a whole day recreating in the beautiful Buffalo River Valley.  Below the options are listed, first and second choices will be indicated on your registration form.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Canoeing on the Buffalo National River
          - Upon arrival, must provide documentation of completed BSA swim check within last year
          - Anybody under the age of 14 will have an adult in the canoe
Day on Ropes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Rock Climbing and Repelling on the climbing tower and on real rock features in the valley
Hemmed-In-Hollow Hike                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - See the upper Buffalo River Valley and the highest waterfall between the Appalachians and Rockies. Approximately 10 mile hike round trip. 
Short Hikes near Camp Orr                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               - Twin Falls, Castle Rock, Kyle’s Landing, Indian Creek, Moss Falls, Living History Cabin, Gar Hole Bluff, Antenna Pine Bluff
Fishing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     - Learn about the local fish and cast your line in the beautiful Buffalo National River
           - Must have a current Arkansas Fishing License if 16 or older -- see the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website
Geocaching                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Follow coordinates to different points around the valley and learn about conservation along the way

Mountain Biking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Try out the newly created mountain biking trail around Camp Orr