Nanuk Lodge #355 is the Order of the Arrow lodge associated with the Great Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The goal was to establish these as lifelong guidelines, and to encourage continued participation in Scouting and camping. Influenced in part by camp traditions, and Indian folklore, the OA uses “safeguarded” symbols, handshakes, and ceremonies to impart a sense of community.
The camps we serve and promote within our council are:
- Eagle River Scout Camp located 28 miles north of Juneau; this camp provides both Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. 262 acres on Lynn Canal.
- Chilkoot High Adventure Base located in Haines; this camp is operated in conjunction with International Wilderness Leadership School
- Denali High Adventure Base located mile marker 133 on Parks Hwy. 2,158 acres on Blair Lake
- Rasmuson Scout Reservation located just 23 miles north of Anchorage, home to two camps.
- Camp Carlquist on Edmonds Lake was established in 1993. 69.45 acres hosts a the long-term resident camp for Cub Scout age boys7 through 10 years of age with facilities and activities designed specifically of this age group.
- Camp Gorsuch on Mirror Lake has been in operation since 1955. 230 acres hosts a long-term resident camp for Boy Scouts ages 11 through 14.