Adventures » What is OA Ocean Adventure?

This page features general information about the OA Ocean Adventure program, as well as some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).

General Information

The Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure program is a 7-day program conducted in the Florida Keys. The service portion of the adventure will be primarily based out of the Dry Tortugas National Park located 70 miles from Key West. The Order of the Arrow is partnering with the National Park Service to bring more meaningful and long-term projects to the Ocean Adventure program. Conservation will be the main focus of the service portion of the adventure.

Participants will have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, paddle board and swim. In addition to this, there is a major focus on reflection on this adventure and nightly discussions will be held with the crew discussion topics from stewardship to character traits to leadership. Come to the Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure to experience the best the wonderful Florida Keys has to offer.

Program Cost:

Participant cost is $500 for the 7-day experience. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required with this application. The balance of the fee is due at the time of acceptance as a participant in the program. This fee covers food, housing, and all other program related expenses. Additional expenses, including travel to and from Sea Base 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 canceling 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.

Travel to Ocean Adventure:

A shuttle is available from the Miami International Airport to Sea Base's Brinton Environmental Center located on Summerland Key, 23.8 miles north of Key West, Florida. The shuttle leaves the airport at 2:45pm on the day of your starting date, arriving at Sea Base at 5:00pm. The return trip leaves at 7:30am on your last scheduled day, arriving at Miami International Airport at 9:30am. Plan to arrive at Sea Base no later than 5:00pm on your starting date. Shuttle information and registration forms will be included in your acceptance packet (we estimate the round trip shuttle fee will be approximately $60.00). Participants are strongly encouraged to find a travel companion from their home council to ease the process of traveling to the base.

Lodge and Council Responsibilities:

Lodges and councils should only approve those youth Arrowmen who meet all of the qualifications for this program. The OA Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base is not an easy experience and is a risk for those not physically prepared for the challenges of the Florida Keys and Atlantic Ocean.

National OA Ocean Adventure 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.

  • Wear my full official BSA uniform when required.

  • 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 living space clean and dispose of trash in its proper place.

  • Be considerate of other participants and staff at the Florida Sea Base at all times.

  • Understand that 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 Florida state law regulations will apply at all times.

  • Respect the laws of the State of Florida, Monroe County, and the Florida Sea Base rules. These regulations include a prohibition on the use of fireworks, firearms, and gambling; any violation of which will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program at the expense of the participant.

Medical Requirements

Philmont height and weight restrictions do apply. For more information Click Here