Posted: July 17, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

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On a surprise visit to Redding, California, President George W. Bush presented Order of the Arrow National Chief Jake Wellman, Western Region Chief Mark Hendricks, and Youth Incident Commander for the Shasta-Trinity project Alex Braden with the President’s Volunteer Service Award on Thursday, July 17, 2008.

“This recognition is a strong testament to the incredible work Arrowmen have been doing all summer long and the impact we have already made on America,” said Wellman, “West is Best!”

The Volunteer Service Award was presented to the three leaders for their influential role in ArrowCorps5 – the largest service project the Order of the Arrow has ever undertaken. Over the course of 5 weeks in the summer of 2008, nearly 5,000 Arrowmen from across the nation will provide more than 250,000 hours of volunteer service to our National Forests.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created at the President’s direction by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Award is available to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. For more information, visit <a href=></a>.

The official press release from The White House is available <a href=>here</a>.