Words from the Chief
2011 - 2012 Event Calendar
Fall Lodge Banquet
Piedmont Council Tree Lot Set-up
Lodge Executive Meeting
Piedmont Council Tree Lot
Lodge Business Meeting
Spring 9th Annual
Section W3S Spring Conclave
Piedmont Council Spring Camporee and OA Callout
Spring Lodge BBQ and Lodge Officers Elections
Did you know....
The Lodge has a FaceBook page, where current information is posted. It is a invitation only page, so if you would like to see what is going on, please email Kevin or Forrest for access.
OA High Adventure
Do you need an escape from that 9-5 job, summer classes or the monotony of staring out of your bedroom window longing for something new? If your answer is yes, the Order of the Arrow has the answer for you. Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs whether its wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base; maybe hiking is your passion, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience. Have you ever given thought about what the Native Americans and early explorers did to be avid traders, maybe the OA Voyage is for calling. Whatever your summer aspirations may be, these National High Adventure bases have put together a multitude of options for you. Along with your one week trek completely designed by you, each Arrowmen will be afforded the opportunity to leave their mark in history by helping to sure up portage trails, backpacking trails or coral reefs. Aside from providing a good deed to each of these high adventure bases, every participant will have the opportunity to work closely with Arrowmen from across the country, who have a similar interest in the future of both the program and the adventure base.
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On the weekend of October 14th, scouts and brothers traveled up to Camp Augusta for Hungteetsepoppi's fellowship event; Poppifest. Poppifest had been rescheduled from a previous date due to date conflicts, but the new date yielded an impressive turnout with over 35 youth and adults! Both an ordeal and a brotherhood ceremony were held, and with graceful and magnificent execution, produced 7 new brotherhood members and 11 new ordeal members! On Saturday the entire lodge and camp staff worked together to complete two major service projects, railings and trail work to Fanny Falls and steps from the main lodge to the lake. The irksome tasks were enjoyable and fulfilling, and helped to make the terrain safer for summer campers, camp staff, and our lodge members.
After brothers received their new honors in the early evening, the lodge as a whole enjoyed a magnificent feast and commenced in poppi-festivities. Youth tried their luck and skill at various games to win the big Faison bucks, then took home items from the prize-roulette that ranged from candy and toys, to computer bags and backpacks. As the lodge left camp in the morning, they held fast to the memories from the weekend with building excitement for next year!
Cub Webeloree Overnight
September in Tilden Park
On September 10-11th, the cubs held their Webeloree at Gillespie Group Camp in Tilden Park. Lodge youth members helped on Saturday, and lodge adults provide breakfast on Sunday morning. Many thanks to all those that helped out!
Section W3S Conclave
On the weekend of September 23rd, Hungteetsepoppi arrived at the Presidio of Monterey for the section W3S Conclave. Although the drive was irksome, it was well worth it, because the annual Conclave is always an epic event, but this year there were over 300 arrow men signed up, including our neighbor section's, W3N, section chief, the current national chief, and a few more important mentions like past national chiefs and section vice chiefs.
The weekend was packed full of exiting competitions from dodge ball to Indian dancing. Our lodge, Hungteetsepoppi, placed top 3 in some of the Indian dance competitions and first in dodge ball. Aside from the events, Conclave held a patch auction that raised $4600 for the section, topping the amount from last year. As night fell, all of the arrow men went to the closing campfire, which included a Tuskegee airman as a guest speaker and a flag retirement.
To conclude the weekend, the section conducted an election, mediated by the current national chief, to select the new line up of section leadership for the upcoming year. After heart-wrenching speeches and votes, Indy Nelson from Achewon-Nimat, Forrest Yeh from Hungteetsepoppi, and Monchen from Miwok were elected to the positions of section chief, vice chief, and secretary, respectively. Our Lodge will be playing an active part in the planning of next year's Conclave, which will be held at the Fresno Zoo, and we plan to keep up with our spirit and skill to win the Conclave award next year!
Lodge Banquet Recap
On the night of Sunday, November 6th, Poppi brothers gathered at the Corpus Christi auditorium to feast on the flesh (Forrest, have you been reading too many zombie books?) of deliciously prepared ribs and chicken.
With special guests Joe Barton, section W3N chief, and Indy Nelson, section W3S chief, the night was full of chatter and fellowship. However, as Scott Stewart came to speak, there fell a solemn silence o'er the brothers in our circle. Mr. Stewart shared his experience of working in the World Trade Center during September 11th and opened the hearts and minds of all of the members. We greatly thank and appreciate Scott for using his time to come share his story. To conclude the evening the lodge awarded Mary Carter with the Founder's award. For all of her time and dedication, we thank her deeply. Overall, the Banquet was a success, and we will be eagerly anticipating next year.
-Forrest Y., Vice Chief of Communications and Finances.
Next summer, July 30th - August 4th, the National OA will hold NOAC, at Michigan State University. Hungteetsepoppi will be sending a contingent!
NOAC is a great chance to meet Arrowmen from across the country and abroad. Making new friends and catching up with old ones is a great tradition at NOAC. You can meet the 2012 national officers at a Meet the Man session and there is no doubt that when you head home from Michigan State University you will have met many new friends that will last a lifetime.
It is time to begin planning your trip to the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conferences. Pack your bags, grab your buddies and get ready for the biggest event in the Order. From July 30 through August 4th, 2012 more than 8,000 Arrowmen from across the country and around the world will gather at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
More information is available here:
OA High Adventure
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You may be thinking that this is a daunting task but it is an experience unlike any other afforded to you in scouting in that it takes you out of your world and places with people, who want to do something different. Its not everyday that you can tell your friends that you climbed into Cyphers Mine, watched the Northern Lights from a canoe or went scuba diving in the Florida Keys. These programs help to insure that the future of scouting has a place to live, work and interact. This summer, try something new or do something you thoroughly enjoy, but do something with the Order of the Arrow High adventure opportunities. For more information about these High Adventure programs, please visit Adventure.oa-bsa.org or talk to your lodge chief. Your destiny awaits you
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