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, in cooperation with the Florida Sea Base, is offering you an opportunity to provide cheerful service while experiencing the adventure and fun of one of the greatest ecosystems on our planet the Florida Keys and the waters which surround them. This ten day program will provide an array of service opportunities that include work helping to develop the Florida Keys Heritage Trail, removing invasive species in and around the Sea Base's Big Munson Island, and supporting both the Crane Point Nature Center and Marathon Wild Bird Center in preserving the Keys flora, fauna and wildlife. You will be camping at both Big Munson Island and Crane Point during the service portion of the program, after which you will move aboard a 40-50' sailing yacht for four days at sea. While afloat, you will experience the fun and excitement of life in the Keys from the unique perspective of a sailor as you sail, snorkel on pristine coral reefs, troll for sportfish, and swim in the warm waters of the Keys.

Your program is a 10-day experience in which you will experience wilderness camping, kayaking, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, team building (including a trip on a war canoe) and of course cheerful service. The program will be conservation-based and will seek to help protect the eco-system of the Florida Keys.

In addition to the conservation service, participants will strengthen leadership skills, learn about the Keys eco-system and its marine environment, experience life afloat and strengthen understanding of the Order of the Arrow.

Program Cost:

Participant cost is $500 for the 10-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 (May 28, June 3, 9, 15, 21, 27, July 3, 9, 15, 21, 27, and Aug 2 are the 2013 session starting dates), arriving at Sea Base at 5:00pm. The return trip leaves at 7:30am on your last scheduled day (June 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, July 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, Aug 5, and 11 are the 2013 session end dates), 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

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