I hope you all are planning on attending our 3rd annual PoppiFest gathering. This is a very fun event that is essentially our practice for the Conclave so we may win for yet another time in a row (4 hopefully... this is just getting ridiculous).
What happens at PoppiFest, for all the newcomers to it, is in the morning, we do classes (OA and Lodge History) which is what our lodge helps out with at the Conclave as well, followed by sandpainting and/or ideas (such as drawings) for sandpainting. We then have lunch usually and then go on to the physical activities: The sports (which we dominate at the Conclave with). There is Indian Handball and Ultimate Frisbee, and Dodgeball. If you don't know the rules for any of these games they will be explained to you at PoppiFest (that's what it's for) and they are all a ton of fun.
Then at night we have the carnival where we play games for "money" such as cards and carnival type games and then have an auction for items, (which is really more like a lottery). This is a great event and isn't super-active so there is resting time and is overall a great relaxing weekend.
Click here for the PoppiFest Sign up sheet. Sign-ups must be received by March 1st, 2006
This year we go for the 4th win in a row and are going to get this 4th win. The people at the conclave have been trying to make it harder for us to win, but no matter what, we shall prevail. If you do not know what the Conclave is, it is the gathering that we attend once a year where all the lodges in our section (W3A) meet at and compete at. This is a very fun event and you should all go to it if you haven't been to it before and even if you have been to it you should know that it is fun and you should go and like it.
The Conclave is basically a composition of a weekend where you go and compete in different activities. Every year, for most of Saturday, the Conclave is home to the highly acclaimed Uncas University program. This year, there will be a heavy emphasis on quality of training, as opposed to diversity of classes, ensuring that every Arrowman will return to his lodge enthusiastic and ready to apply that which he learned at Conclave. Arrowmen can choose the college under which they wish to study, such as Native American History, Leadership, or Communications to name a few. Later Saturday afternoon, break out your running shoes, because it's the Activities Committee has a killer lineup of games and exciting competitions to keep every Arrowman on his feet!
Other events, such as sand painting, dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee, Indian handball, and Indian dance of assorted types.
We would really like to win the Indian dance award this year although it would be tough but that plaque is AWESOME!!! If you would like to participate in the Indian dancing which is super fun, contact Jacob Andreas and help us bring home that giant plaque.
WHEN: April 28-30th, 2006
COST: Only $35
WHERE: Cutter Scout Reservation,
How do I register? Click on this link, and register on-line. It's quick and easy.
If You didn't know...
NOAC is the National Order of the Arrow Conference that happens every-other year. This next NOAC is going to be at Michigan State University and will be July 29th through August 3rd. If you haven't been to a NOAC yet, this is something you don't want to miss. This is a Conclave on the nation wide scale.
It is insane. For a week, all you see is a campus filled with OA members (scary, I know) but you will get a giant boost if you are interested in patch trading (our patches are like gold). If you are interested in helping out, you should contact Patrick and help design the set for 2006. NOAC costs $335 per person (according to the National OA Website), but there will also be a charge for transportation. A $100 deposit is due in the Scout Office no later than February 15th along with the NOAC sign-up form which is on the "Downloadable Forms" part of the Website. You will need to have a Class III Medical form due by May 15th and obviously a parent / guardian signature.
We hope to have a large turnout at NOAC 2006 and we hope to do well in the sports again and not get messed up because they scheduled every event at the same time.
If you are interested in this outing, visit NOAC 2006 (click on this link or the NOAC 2006 banner to the right) for more information.
If you would like to download the Sign Up Sheet, click here
LODGE SERVICE PROJECTS:
Last November and December, many members from the Lodge participated in Service Projects for the Council. In November, Arrowmen assisted in the "Scouting For Food" drive, by organizing and carrying out the "second pickup" of food bags in the community. That same day, a large number of members spent the day helping in the construction of the Council Tree Lot. On December 23rd, another large lodge group assisted in the Tear Down of the Tree lot for much of the day. By my estimation, almost 75% of the crew were lodge members.
Many thanks to all the Arrowmen who helped with this! Now, read the article below on the Leadership in Service Award.
LEADERSHIP IN SERVICE AWARD - GET STARTED ON YOUR 2006 SERVICE!
(From the National OA Website)
In recognition of the Order of the Arrow's heritage of service,
the National Order of the Arrow Committee created a new three-year
Leadership in Service Program which was announced at the 2004
NOAC. The Order strives to strengthen Scouting's foundation of
service by further fostering in Arrowmen the ethic of servant
leadership. By promoting and rewarding service that benefits the
Boy Scouts of America's outdoor program, and the communities in
which Scouts reside, the Order will be acting to support Scouting
at the most important level.
Leadership in Service
It's not that difficult to earn, and you'll only be able to get it during the next two years. The requirements are that you:
* Give 8 hours of service participating in a lodge, chapter,
or council service project benefiting a local council camp (lodge
induction weekends do count). Service may be split over two or
* Give 6 hours of service doing a community service project planned and run by the lodge or chapter.
Many Hungteetsepoppi members have already earned it for 2005. Now is the time to start working on it for 2006. Plan on joining in wit your fellow lodge members and work on it at any of the e projects and the Ordeal in 2006.
If you want to apply for the Leadership in Service award, just contact any of your Lodge Officers. For more information, check out the Leadership in Service website at http://main.oa-bsa.org/misc/anr/lis/.
A Leadership In Service Award Sign-Off form is available for Arrowmen to use to report the completion of this award to their lodge.
UPCOMING EVENTS TO WATCH