Volume Eleven Number One

January 2014 - May 2014

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Hello Brothers,

Thank you all for having participated this year in our wonderful lodge. And even though we all have a bit left for school (some of us) left lets finish off the spring with a good a finish. So for that we have the BBQ in a couple of days which I am hoping all you will attend as it is a great time to meet people from our lodge as it is largest gathering of the year. The BBQ is also the time to run for office so if you want to, you should try and go for it. If you do, we can have an amazing lodge leadership this next term. And I also hope that if any of the youth out there are not busy this summer they would be serious in considering the OA backpacking trip this summer as I am. So lets get out there and show the world our clan of the Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, and Witahemui.

Yours in Brotherhood,
John Sprock

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge
2014 Event Calendar

Spring Lodge BBQ and Lodge Officers Elections
Joaquin Miller Park
6:00pm, June 8th, 2014

OA Backpacking 2014
Tentative July 27th - August 2nd, 2014

Lodge Business Meeting
August 24th, 2014
Sunday, 7:30pm
Piedmont Scout Basement

Webeloree Weekend
Gilespie Site, Tilden Park
September 13-14th, 2014

PoppiFest/Ordeal Weekend
Camp Augusta
October 10-12th, 2014

Lodge Annual Banquet
November 2nd, 2014
Gibson Center
Corpus Christi Church

Scout Tree Lot Setup
November 23rd?, 2014, 9:00am

Executive Committee Meeting and LLD Training
December 7th, 2014, 6:00pm
Piedmont Council Office

Scout Tree Lot Tear-down
December TBD, 2014, 9:00am

The OA Backpacking Trip

Emigrant Wilderness
July 27th - Aug. 2nd, 2014

The Lodge held its first annual backpacking trip into the Emigrant Wilderness last summer.
This July, we will hold another backpacking trip from the 27th - Aug. 2nd.
The Emigrant Wilderness is one of the great backpacking areas of the Sierras. The terrain is a high granite area, with lots of lakes. When we hike, we typically pass several lakes while hiking, and always stay at a lake each evening.
We will hold practice hikes to make sure you are in shape for the trip, and all attendees will participate in food planning, purchasing, and packing. We will have no more than 12 people on the trip, and each will carry some of the common gear.
This is an ideal opportunity to work on backpacking merit badge, as well as many of the requirements of the new cooking merit badge.
Sign-ups close June 15th, so register with Kevin Fischer as soon as possible.

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.

The weather was great with a little fog in the morning, and the crew had an easy time setting up and cooking a great dinner for the cubs. Cubs were hiked to the top of the ridge, treated to an awesome campfire with S'Mores and banana boats, the boys vibrated off to bed. In the morning, we had French Toast with strawberries, another hike up the hill, a quick clean-up, and everyone was on their way home by 11am. Easy service! Thanks for all your help!

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!

-- Forrest Y.

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!


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

Spring Ordeal and PoppiFest

Cub Overnight at Garin Park

Section W3S Conclave

Lodge Spring BBQ and Officer Elections

NOAC 2015

Did you know....

Upcoming Events:

Lodge Spring BBQ and Officer Elections
June 8th, 2014, 5:30pm, Joaquin Miller Park

Lodge Backpacking Trip
July 27th - August 2nd, 2014
Emigrant Wilderness

Lodge Business Meeting
August 24th, 7:30pm, Church Basement

Piedmont Council Webeloree
September 13-14th, Tilden Park, Gilespie Camp

Fall PoppiFest and Ordeal Weekend
October 10-12th, 2014
Camp Augusta

Lodge Fall Banquet
November 2nd, 2014, 6:30pm
Gibson Center - Corpus Christi

Lodge LLD Training and Exec Meeting
December 7th, 2014, 6pm, Scout Office

NOAC 2015

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!

During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.

The 2015 NOAC will be held from August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen can travel to NOAC with our lodge contingent, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending in the conference.

In the coming months you will find everything you need to know about NOAC 2015: how to go, what exciting opportunities await you, and the plans for the conference. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with information and announcements.

Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference will get a once in a lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash. These sashes will differ from those currently worn in that the colors will be reversed, with a white arrow emblazoned on a red sash. The rarity of the sash is noteworthy, as only those present at NOAC 2015 will receive them. Any extras produced will not be sold.

Don't miss out on NOAC in 2015, because the next one won't be until 2018! To reserve your spot in our lodge contingent talk to your lodge chief, lodge adviser, or lodge staff adviser today.

The NOAC 2015 conference fee is $475. Your contingent may have additional costs that include travel expenses. The key leadership for the conference was announced at the 2013 National Planning Meeting. More information is available here.

Did you know....

The OA has amazing High Adventure opportunities that cost a lot less than the council trips? Philmont, Northern Tier, Canadian Odyssey, and OA Ocean Adventure are very affordable as an OA youth. Look here for more information.

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