One Day of Service

OneDay-Logo-e1353361204327The Southern Region’s One Day of Service program was started in 1996 to better meet the goals of the Order’s new strategic vision. One Day is an opportunity for every lodge in the region to do meaningful service in their communities – all on one day! One Day is a fantastic chance to get members involved, make a significant contribution to the community, and have fun with your fellow brothers! In 2011 each Lodge will be able to plan your One Day project at any time in the year to fit within your annual Lodge program.

Wondering about the benefits of the One Day of Service program? Well, in addition to performing cheerful service, One Day will allow local chapters and lodges the opportunity to give something back to their hometown. Benefiting hundreds of towns and communities across the nation, One Day will also increase the level of service performed by the Order of the Arrow as a whole.

Lodges may select any type of community service which is designed to benefit a community organization outside of the Boy Scouts of America. You want to make your project something that will be meaningful and worthwhile community service. The possibilities for service projects are endless. Here are a few ideas to help spark your imagination. Your Lodge One Day project needs to be something that the lodge can complete. The following list is a sample of One Day Projects that were completed throughout the Southern Region in 2010.

  • Building a house with Habitat for Humanity
  • Helping county emergency response team conduct a drill by “finding a body in a lake”
  • Helped the Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge by staffing an annual fall celebration which included helping staff a fish fry, releasing turtles into the wild, judging a photo contest, leading bird walks and nature trail walks.
  • Helping to plant approximately 700 Cypress trees to establish new growth after hurricane damage.
  • Cleaning a sidewalk in front of a hospital and picking up debris in a park
  • Cleaning brush at two nature centers and a cemetery as well as handing out food at a food bank
  • Collecting recyclable containers at football games, completing conservation projects, and collecting coats for the homeless.
  • Laying rock and concrete at the base of the fence surrounding Nalle Bunny Run Preserve to protect the rabbit population from coyotes
  • Performing maintenance at a youth conservation center and building duck blind boxes to teach youth how to hunt and participate in outdoor activities
  • Cleaning old cemeteries preparing thanksgiving food baskets for the needy, hosting a fund-raising event for charity, helping organize seasonal displays at a museum, and clearing trails and campsites at a national park
  • Replaced a retaining wall which held dirt back from a church playground, and constructing a wheelchair ramp.
  • Helped to rebuild the roof and yard of a needy family
  • Cleaning state parks, helping with a food drive, cleaning a cemetery, assisting with a St. Jude 5k, helping with hunter education
  • Adopting a road
  • Renovating over 13 miles of trail
  • Installing steps up the side of a ridge at a historical park
  • Helping with The Miracle League (similar to Special Olympics), landscaping at a church, clearing trails at a state park, and marking fire hydrants

Again, your project can be as large or as small as your lodge wants it to be, as long as it benefits the local, non-scouting community in some way. It is up to your lodge to coordinate the logistics of your projects and turn in a record of your project to your OA section Coordinator by October 31. If you have any questions or concerns, ask your Section One Day Coordinator or contact the Southern Region’s One Day of Service Coordinator at

Good luck, and have fun with your One Day of Service!

Click here for lodge and section forms and resources for One Day of Service.