Volume Five Number One

January 2008 - March 2008

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Our Chief...

Dear Arrowmen,

Hello fellow Arrowmen,

I hope that everyone had a great time over the past few months. We had a great time at Poppifest where the lodge inducted 4 new members. This year at Poppifest, including the Ordeal ceremony, we conducted several service projects with our new Arrowmen. Even with these additional activities, we still had time for our many traditional games. For everyone who doesn’t know what Poppifest is, it is the weekend where we go up to Camp Augusta to prepare for Conclave, have a lot of fun, and we always end with a big carnival where all youth lodge members in attendance win great prizes.
In the month ahead, our lodge is hosting the section W3a conclave. Conclave is a time where all of the lodges in our section get together and compete to see who is the best. It is the OA version of the camporee. This year, because we are the host lodge, it is on Coast Guard Island, which is between Oakland and Alameda. This means that it is 15 minutes away from your house. It will be a lot of fun for all the people who attend because there will be tours of the newest Cutter, the Sherman, and probably a rescue helicopter demonstration. To get in on all of this fun, you need to sign up and show up. Let’s get 50 people to Conclave this year!!! I will see you all there.

Yours in Brotherhood,

Yours in Brotherhood,
Jim W.

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge
2008 Event Calendar

Lodge Business Meeting
April 13th

Section W3A Conclave
April 25-27th
Coast Guard Island

Lodge Summer BBQ and Meeting, Joaquin Miller Park
June 22nd, 6:30pm

Shasta - Trinity National Part
July 12-19, 2008

Philmont 2008
July 27- August 8, 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!


W3A Conclave

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.

PoppiFest 2008

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 Hungteetsepoppi’s 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!

Yours, in Brotherhood,
Will C.
Lodge Vice Chief Communications& Finance


Shasta - Trinity National Forest
July 12-19th, 2008

Shasta - Trinity National Forest

So far, 9 lodge members have signed up to be part of ArrowCorps5 this summer! This should be one of the greatest OA service projects ever. There are still positions open to join the trip. What are you doing July 12-19th? There is still space available now!

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.


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

PoppiFest 2008

Conclave 2008

ArrowCorps5 Shasta-Trinity Trip in 2008

Unit Elections

Lodge Officer Elections

Did you know....

Upcoming Events:

Lodge Business Meeting
April 13th
Sunday, 7:30pm
Church Basement

W3A Conclave
April 25 - 27th
Coast Guard Island

Council Camporee
May 16-18th
Bort Meadows

Lodge Spring BBQ
June 22nd
Joaquin Miller Park

July 12-19th
Shasta-Trinity National Forrest

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....
that the Piedmont Council has an award winning website? You can find all the scout related information you could want, by logging on at: www.piedmontBSA.org

What is OA Wilderness Voyage?

General Information

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota has to offer.

The first week of the program is spent giving back to the Boundary Waters through portage trail restoration work. Participants have the opportunity to leave their mark on the Boundary Waters that will enable millions of visitors each year to better enjoy their experience. Trail work involves restoring and protecting trails that have existed for centuries and are in dire need or repair.

The second part of the program is a trek planned by the crew. From the 8-1/2 mile "Grand Portage" leading to Lake Superior, to the Height of Land, even the pictographs on Fishdance Lake, crews have done and seen all in the Boundary Waters.

To learn more about the OA Wilderness Voyage program at Northern Tier High Adventure Base, click here.

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