Letter to Parents


Dear Parents,

Congratulations on your child’s membership in the Order of the Arrow (OA).  Their election shows that the other members of their Boy Scout troop felt they exhibited Scouting’s principles and would give cheerful service to others. As you may know, most of the OA events in which your child will participate will take place locally with the OA lodge. Once each year, the six lodges in Virginia (called a “section” or “Section SR-7A”) gather at a Boy Scout camp for a fun-filled weekend called “Conclave.”

The 2019 SR-7A Conclave will be held the weekend of April 26 – 28 at Camp T. Brady Saunders in Maidens, VA and is expected to be attended by over 1,000 Arrowmen from across Virginia.

If your child has expressed an interest in attending the 2019 SR-7A Conclave, consider allowing them to attend.  Conclave is the premier event for both youth and adults and one of the highlights of the OA year!  Conclave is a full weekend of activities and experiences designed to take Scouting to the next level for your child.  A large group of Arrowmen from your local area will be traveling to Conclave together.  When you complete the online registration process to sign-up for Conclave, you can indicate if your child needs a ride to Conclave and he will be contacted by someone from their local lodge to make those arrangements.

During the Conclave weekend, your child will experience specialized leadership training, learn more about the Order of the Arrow, have the opportunity to participate in friendly competitions, and have a lot of fun!  This year, Conclave participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a unique service project benefiting local Virginians.

As you can see, the 2019 Conclave will be an action-packed and fulfilling event, just like it has been for more than fifty years.  Your child is sure to have a fantastic weekend and grow as an individual and leader.  They will have the chance to make new friends their age from across the state of Virginia and make memories that will last a lifetime.  We hope you will consider permitting your child to enjoy the 2019 SR-7A Conclave.  If you have any further questions about Conclave, be sure to visit the Frequently Asked Questions segment of this website or feel free to contact one of us directly.


John “JT” Thomas
Section Adviser
Mark Pennington
Section Staff Adviser