Words from the Chief
2012-2013 Event Calendar
Spring Lodge BBQ and Lodge Officers Elections
Lodge Business Meeting
Fall 9th Annual
Lodge Annual Banquet
Western Region NLS- NLATS
The PeppiFest That Didn't Happen...
Not again! In past years, there is often issue because of rain, however in many years, there is often very minimal amounts so that the weekend is still as fun and alive as it should be. However, this year was very unlucky in terms of weather. Poppifest's original date was on a weekend that was scheduled to have a very large downpour, which it indeed did. The lodge leadership made an educated decision to postpone the event to a later weekend, however, as the new date neared, weather was predicted to be the same. After a final decision, the leadership has decided to move this years PoppiFest to coincide with the Ordeal in the fall. At this date, weather is very rarely an issue, and it is already projected to be one of our highest attended events of the year!
Are we there yet?
National OA Conference 2012
July 30 through August 4, 2012
It's finally here! The 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be one of your most memorable Scouting experiences. The last NOAC was in 2009, and only occurs every few years, with the next in 2015 as the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. This years NOAC will be held at Michigan State University from July 30 through August 4, 2012 and is believed to be one of the largest in the Order's history with more than 8,000 Arrow-men in attendance! NOAC will feature a number of unique events, including national competitions for ceremonies, drum, and dance; evening shows; the OA history museum; and awesome recreation competitions such as soccer, basketball, and ultimate Frisbee
In past years, we have done exceptionally well in basketball, and in 2009, we were THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS in the mascot race, thanks to past lodge chief, Will Carter!
Highlights of the event include the Founder's Day festivities such as the Founder's Day Parade, the Grand Hodag, and the Inter-Region dodge ball battle are some of the exciting events at NOAC. This year, Forrest Y. and Evans H. will be assisting Indy N. as DJ's at Founder's Day!
Lodge BBQ & Officer Elections!
Its that time of year again! With summer approaching, we would like to again come together as a lodge to celebrate our successes, socialize, and enjoy free food! In June, The lodge will be hosting our annual lodge BBQ at Joaquin Miller Park.
It is here where we will hold elections for the New Years leadership! Elected positions available are Hungteetsepoppi Lodge Chief, Lodge Vice Chief of Programs, Lodge Vice Chief of Communications and Finances, and Lodge Vice Chief of Administration. If you have any interest in attempting to run for any of these positions, feel free to contact any of the current lodge officers to get an idea of the leadership expectations. All youth are encouraged to run, and the experience is one of a kind that will teach you life skills that can be used in the future.
WOW! What a great year! This years Conclave was full of many surprises and was revolutionary in re-engineering the options for future Conclaves. To start, this was the first Conclave EVER to be held at a Zoo. New events made available because of the location included free tickets to the zoos world-famous bird show and a lodge-competitive scavenger hunt, the winner of which was Toloma lodge. Although the overall attendance price was raised because of access to zoo commodities, it was definitely well worth the money!
With an exciting portion of the day dedicated to newly themed trainings, sponsored by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), W3S Conclave 2012 represented the cornerstone of STEM- sponsored Conclaves world-wide. Fitting to the STEM theme, the nightly shows displayed Combat Robot fights, sponsored by our lodge, where the section leadership fought to the death and poked fun at Section Chief Indy N.'s pink hair (result of a lost bet with Joe Barton, Western Region Chief).
With the close of another school year, troops are beginning to conclude their string of weekly meetings with planning for the summer festivities. Lodge Vice Chief Ryan Pike has been working hard with the troops to arrange ideal meeting dates to conduct Troop elections! All Order of the Arrow members are initially voted by their unit peers, and this process is a potentially life-changing opportunity for many scouts.
Did you know....
The Lodge has been a part of Piedmont Scouting for 61 years? Hungteetsepoppi Lodge has a proud tradition in Piedmont scouting, and the Piedmont community. Our lodge has been providing service to Camp Augusta since about 1980, long before it became a Piedmont Community Camp. After Camp Wallace Alexander closed in 1973, we searched for a camp to hold our Ordeals. After holding them at Camp Tamarancho for a few years, we settled into Camp Augusta when it was still a Campfire Girl Camp.
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