Words from the Chief
Lodge Business Meeting
Section W3A Conclave
Coast Guard Island
Lodge Summer BBQ and Meeting, Joaquin Miller Park
June 22nd, 6:30pm
Shasta - Trinity National Part
July 12-19, 2008
There are still a few slots left for the trip to Philmont this summer. Scoutmaster Mr. Harms would like you to know that you can still sign up for this summers trip.
Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier high-adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.
The twelve-day backpacking expedition (plus two travel days) will consist of mountain climbing, technical rock climbing, archaeological excavation techniques and blacksmithing, as the Scouts travel from backcountry camp to camp. Scouts will have an opportunity to ride western saddle horses and pan for gold.
The cost per Scout will be $560 (plus transportation fees which are estimated at $425 and spending money). A first non-refundable payment of $50/Scout and application form is due ASAP. The final payment due February, 2008. All applicants will be interviewed and their Scoutmaster consulted as to their maturity and stamina for the rigorous trip. Final decisions will be made by Mr. Rich Harms and the three other ASMs.
Contact Mr. Harms if you are interested in going to Philmont!
At Coast Guard Island
April 25th-27th, 2008
This year, Hungteetsepoppi will be hosting the Section W3A Conclave at Coast Guard Island (Alameda). This is a very fun event and something that all lodge members are encouraged to attend!
How do I register? Conclave registration is easy and fast. Just log onto the Conclave Registration Page, and follow the instruction. The registration is secure, so don't worry about doing it on-line. You can also do it by mail.
Lodge Meeting Sunday Night
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
Piemont Community Church, 7:30pm
This Sunday, at 7:30pm, in the Basement of the Piedmont Community Church, the lodge will have it's last pre-Conclave meeting. This is a critical meeting, and all youth and adult lodge members are asked to make sure that they attend.
4 New Ordeal members inducted
On the weekend of February 29 through March 2, Arrowmen, along with 4 new Ordeal members and 2 new Vigil awardees, traveled to Camp Augusta to participate in Hungteetsepoppis Poppifest. We arrived on a Friday night and stayed up late, assuring the Ordeal honorees were on their correct track.
There were two Saturday service projects for Camp Augusta. The first one was to cut back brush around camp. The major project was to build a chicken coop. Arrowmen used recycled sapling brush, chicken wire and multiple 50 pound bags of cement. Through intense effort and strenuous labor the Arrowmen worked, creating the frames of the chicken coop until late afternoon. Next, Scouts practice for Conclave by played Indian handball and dodgeball until it got dark.
After the daytime activities, we all retired to a great dinner provided by Mrs. Carter and her kitchen crew. After dinner, everyone headed down to the Ordeal Cermony, where Kevin R., Michael, D., Dick Carter and Brian Renner were inducted as the lodges newest members.
With the Dinner and Ordeal Ceremonies completed, the Poppifest festivities began. Arrowmen played poker, putting green golf and other games to win some great prizes. Sunday morning broke early, and the lodge welcomed in our newest Vigil members, Jacob A. and Chris Lee Sr.
After breakfastand a short picture gathering, the Arrowmen then traveled back to their homes. Most of the Arrowmen are excited about the upcoming Conclave. All OA Arrowmen should plan to come to Conclave at Coast Guard Island April 25-27. Be there! It will be epic!
Shasta - Trinity National Forest
One thousand Arrowmen will descend upon Redding, California for one week, beginning July 12, 2008, as the Order of the Arrow undertakes its largest service opportunity in Scouting history: ArrowCorps5.
Join our council contingent as we rededicate ourselves to the tenants of the Order: cheerful service. There are only a few hundred place left, so we will need to send in deposits as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Adviser Kevin Fischer.
Unit and Officer Elections, 2008
Elections to be held in April
Officer Elections to be held in May
This Spring, the lodge will hold unit elections at each of the troops. Vice Chiefs John and Derek wil be coordinating with each of the Scoutmasters to arrange appointments for the election. we encourage all arrowmen to support the elections in your troop!
On Saturday night of the Camporee, we will be calling out the newly elected Ordeal candidates.
In May at the Camporee, the lodge will hold new officer elections for the 2008-2009 officers. All arrowmen in good standing with the lodge are encouraged to run for office!
Did you know....
What is OA Wilderness Voyage?
To learn more about the OA Wilderness Voyage program at Northern Tier High Adventure Base, click here.
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