Volume Eight Number One

January 2011 - March 2011

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Hello Brothers,

My term as chief has been better than I could have imagined. Its great working with all of you in cheerful service. Poppifest was postponed, but this just builds up the suspense and we will enjoy it just the same!
Recently, we have sent representatives in Native American regalia to help dens perform their Arrow of Light ceremonies. Conducting Webelos Arrow of Light ceremonies are one of the best cub outreach services we offer. They are loads of fun! If you are a good shot with an arrow and interested in trying it out, contact a chief or adviser.
Remember, This year is Hungteetsepoppi’s 60th anniversary, which means it is an extra special year for our lodge! After many designs, we have finally pinned down a design for our 60th anniversary lodge flap! We are aiming to have these patches available for you ASAP.
I know this is going to continue to be an amazing year!
Yours In Brotherhood,
Forrest Y.
Lodge Chief 2010-2011

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge
2011 Event Calendar

8th Annual PoppiFest Fellowship - Ordeal/Brotherhood Weekend
April 29th - May 1st, 2011
Camp Augusta

Lodge Business Meeting
Piedmont Community Church Basement - May 8th, 7:30pm

Piedmont Council
Spring Camporee
May 20-22nd, 2011
Bort Meadows

Lodge Spring BBQ
and Officer Elections
June 5th, 2011
Joaquin Miller Park

Section W3S Conclave
September 23-25th, 2011
The Presidio at Monterey

Fall Ordeal Weekend
Camp Augusta
October 14-16th, 2011

Fall Lodge Banquet
Gibson Center - 6:30pm
November 6th, 2011

NOAC 2012

The National OA Conference has always been my favorite OA event, and I've now attended NOACs at six different college campuses. The 2012 NOAC will be at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. The tentative date for the 2012 NOAC is July 30th through August 4th, 2012
This NOAC is being held three years after the last NOAC, rather than the traditional two, so that the following NOAC, 2015, will fall on the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. MSU hosted NOAC in 2006 and they have outstanding resources and a campus that is very easy to navigate.


Spring PoppiFest and Ordeal Weekend Re-scheduled

It didn't look good going into the week before the scheduled PoppiFest a couple of weeks ago. Persistant rain was falling, and the ground was saturated and muddy. A quick email to Camp Augusta confirmed that conditions were sloppy, even days before the weekend. Weather reports indicated rain and possible snow from Friday through the weekend. Forrest, Rick and Kevin pondered the potential outcome for the weekend, which included a miserable experience for the candidates, little possible work, indoor ceremonies and more. On the Wednesday night before, we reluctantly called the weekend due to rain.

Luckily, the weatherpeople were correct, and the weekend was a major storm. 5" of rain here at home, and snow and rain at camp.

The solution was to reschedule PoppiFest to the weekend of April 29th to May 1st. We know that this interferes with a Troop 1 outing , and we appoligize for the conflict! We hope you will consider joining us on the new date. Ordeal and Brotherhood ceremonies will be held, and of course, the Carnival on Saturday night. Sign-up forms are on the lodge website!

Cub Overnight at Coyote Hills

On February 12-13th, several lodge youth and adults headed down to Coyote Hills for the annual Cub Outreach Overnight. While the Cub turnout was slight, and the OA youth outnumbered the cubs, we all had a great time. The weather was great, and Forrest, Kellan, Tom and Carson led the cubs on hikes and a campfire. Dr. Byl brought his knot trainer, and taught the cubs basic knots. Dinner was a Dutch Oven feast, with S'mores and brownies for desert. After the campfire, we all sat around the dwindling fire and enjoyed S'more and conversation.

Renzo joined us early Sunday morning, and after an early breakfast, we all packed up and headed home. Many thanks to Forrest, Tom, Kellan, Carson, Renzo, Misters Faison, Clark, Stewart, Turner, Fischer, and Dr. Byl for their time and dedication!

For years, the Order of the Arrow has pioneered the concept of the service adventure with the OA High Adventure Programs. In 2008, the Order its first national service project, ArrowCorps5. Now in 2011, the Order of the Arrow is providing another opportunity to blend the bliss that comes from cheerful service and the personal growth that can only come from a high adventure opportunity. Service to the New River Gorge National River is the focus of SummitCorps, but the fun from recreation, brotherhood, and being in the wilderness will make the experience that much richer.

The site of the SummitCorps – The New River Experience is a part of the National Park Service of the US Department of the Interior. More than 70,000 acres surrounds the New River where there is an abundance of flora and fauna, recreational opportunities, and natural surroundings to enhance the experience of Arrowmen attending SummitCorps in 2011.

SummitCorps will be offered in four identical one-week sessions (July 3-9, 10-16, 17-23, and 24-30). The program will be centered on trail building and environmental conservation projects and is intended for arrowmen and adults who are healthy and able to provide cheerful service throughout the day in an outdoor environment. Philmont health and weight standards apply. Lodges are able to send contingents to the program week of their choice (space available, of course). Each one-week session is $250 per participant, plus the cost of transportation. Participants must register and travel as part of a council/lodge contingent. Visit the SummitCorps 2011 national event site at www.event.oa-bsa.org.

New Lodge Pocket Flap

Lodge Chief Forrest has been hard at work designing a new patch for our 60th year as a lodge.... Here is a preview of the artwork...


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

Spring PoppiFest and Ordeal Re-schedule

Cub Overnight at Coyote Hills

SummitCorps 2011

New Lodge Pocket Flap

Did you know....

Upcoming Events:

Spring PoppiFest and Ordeal Weekend
April 29th-May 1st, 2011
Camp Augusta

Piedmont Council Spring Camporee
May 20-22nd, 2011
Bort Meadows

Lodge Spring BBQ and Officer Elections
June 5th, 2011
Joaquin Miller Park Picnic Area

Section W3S Conclave
September 23-25th, 2011 Camp Chesebrough

Mark your calendar for the Lodge Spring PoppiFest and Ordeal on April 29th. Lots of fun, good service, great food, and the carnival Saturday night!
We hope you plan to attend!

Conclave 2011
September 23-25, 2011
The Presidio of Monterey

Conclave this year will be held at the incredible Presidio of Monterey. The registration site will open in April, so plan on joining us at this great event and an amazing sight.

Conclave 2012
Conclave 2012 will be held on a new - old weekend. The 2012 event will be back at the end of April. More information soon.

Did you know....

The Lodge has a FaceBook page, where current information is posted. It is a invitation only page, so if youn would like to see what is going on, please email Kevin or Forrest for access.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions regarding the content of this newsletter, please contact us. Send an email to adviser@OA466.org.