Words from the Chief
Yours in Brotherhood,
2014 Event Calendar
Spring Lodge BBQ and Lodge Officers Elections
OA Backpacking 2014
Lodge Business Meeting
Lodge Annual Banquet
Scout Tree Lot Setup
Executive Committee Meeting and LLD Training
Scout Tree Lot Tear-down
The OA Backpacking Trip
The Lodge held its first annual backpacking trip into the Emigrant Wilderness last summer.
We are confident that we will have another spectacular trip. We hope you will plan on attending!
Spring Ordeal and PoppiFest
March 22-24, 2014, Camp Augusta
In March, all the scouts and adults piled into cars on their way to Camp Augusta for our Spring PoppiFest and Ordeal. Two new ordeal members went through the camp with good efforts in trying to become one of our new brothers. Congratulations Alec and Isaiah on your achievement. Three other members went through another ceremony to obtain their Brotherhood ranks. A great accomplishment Quinn, Braeden, and Sam!
Two of our "senior" members, Carson S. and Rich Harms became our latest Vigil members in an evening filled with quiet introspection. This is the highest honor in the OA, and a recognition of what they have accomplished and what is expected in the future.
While the weather was non-stop rain, the members found ways to do other helpful service projects. The main one that was focused on was scraping the paint of two of the four bath houses around the camp. The day was strenuous, but the food was great. After each day, we all woke up to a great, hardy meal, and at night went to bed with our stomachs full.
The PoppiFest was once again a great success. Several, if not all, of the members played in fun games to try to earn money for the auction. This is where the magic happened, for some. Prizes including full boxes of Twinkies, gaming headphones, and awesome glow swords, were given out to the people who called the spot the prize was laying on. Some went home happy, happier, or not happy at all with the prizes they won. All in all, it was a great Ordeal with two new members to call brothers and another great weekend in the books.
-- Sam W.
Two new Ordeal members were inducted. Congratulations Alec and Isaiah!
Cub Overnight 2014
April 11-12th, 2014
In April, the Lodge held the second Cub Overnight at Garin Park in Hayward. With the help of Mitch, Bentre, Tom, Isaiah, Carson, Josh, Reuben and Kevin, we were able to craft a great overnight and campfire.
Section W3S Conclave
April 25-27th, at Camp Warren McConnell
When was the last time you went to Piedmont Councils Camporee? Remember all of the young scouts running in the field and yelling at the top of their lungs? As a youth you were probably having the time of your life, joining in the chaos. But as an adult you were probably nearing the end of your rope, praying for Sunday to come. But do you know what is awesome about Camporee? The high attendance and being surrounded by likeminded scouts in a fun, adrenaline-filled weekend.
In late April, our very own lodge members participated as part of almost 300 attendees in the annual W3S Conclave. As an older scout who probably enjoyed the high attendance environment of Camporee, Conclave is your stress-free alternative! Each of the 7 lodges of Section W3S send representatives every year to compete in events from Native American Dance, Sand Painting, Dodge ball, Indian Hand Ball, and more. This year, our lodge took awards in various divisions of sand painting! Aside from competitions and awards, each conclave has trainings and events associated with that years theme. This years Band of Brothers theme held an air-guitar competition at the campfire show.
Regardless of your interests, there is an activity to suit you, whether it is rock-climbing or patch trading. The annual conclave is always a must-see, and an experience you will never forget! The host lodge responsible for organizing the conclave rotates each year among the 7 lodges. Next year, our very own Hungteetsepoppi lodge will team up with Kaweah Lodge from Alameda Council to host the next Conclave at Coast Guard Island. It will be all-hands-on-deck, so keep your ears out for details!
Lodge Spring BBQ and Elections
June 8th, 2014, at Joaquin Miller Park
This June 8th, the lodge will hold the annual Spring BBQ and Officer Elections. Lots of good food, and an opportunity for the youth to set the course for the lodge with the next year by electing the new lodge officers.
This year, there is no charge for youth to attend the BBQ, but there is a $5 charge for the lodge adults.
We are looking forward to seeing you on June 8th when you arrive, but we need to know you are coming no later than Wednesday, June 4th. Please reply to the evite or contact Kevin as soon as possible.. Lodge adults, please don't forget your $5. Thanks!