Volume Four Number Four

October 2007 - December 2007

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Our Chief...

Dear Arrowmen,

Hello fellow Arrowmen,

I hope everyone had as good of a time at the Ordeal as I did. It was a great success with a huge turnout. This year we inducted 14 new Ordeal members and converted 6 new Brotherhood members into our lodge. Because of the great turnout, everyone had a great experience. That said, if you want to have fun in the OA, you have to show up, if you don’t you can’t have fun. For those of you who couldn’t go to the Ordeal, you missed a great time with lots of explosions and fire, with lots of cheerful service to Camp Augusta, they really appreciate our help.

The Annual Dinner was on November 11th with Mr. Harvey as our guest speaker. There was great food, and lots of lodge memebrs. It was good to see you all there.
We also had the Cub Overnight on November 10-11th at Coyote Hills. Despite the rain, everyone had a great time at the overnight.
Yours in Brotherhood,

Yours in Brotherhood,
Jim W.

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge
2007-8 Event Calendar

Lodge executive Meeting
December 16th

Tree Lot Teardown Service
December 29th


Lodge Business Meeting
January 27th, 2008

5th Anual PoppiFest
February 29-March 2nd, 2008

Lodge Business Meeting
April 13th

Section W3A Conclave
April 25-27th
Coast Guard Island

Lodge Summer BBQ and Meeting, Juaquin Miller Park
June 22nd, 6:30pm

Shasta - Trinity National Part
July 12-19, 2008

Philmont 2008
July 27- August 8, 2008

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier high-adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.


Philmont Scout Ranch, set in the mountains and mesas of northern New Mexico is 137,493 acres in size with elevations from 6, 000’ to 12,441’. Deer, elk, mountain lion, bear, bobcat, buffalo and antelope can be seen within its’ forested mountains and grassy plains from the 330 miles of horse and hiking trails. Philmont is a working cattle ranch where over 250 head of Hereford cattle graze in its’ pastures. One hundred burros and 300 saddle horses are maintained for summer packing and riding. Some say “Philmont is to Scouting as Everest is to mountaineering.”.

The twelve-day backpacking expedition (plus two travel days) will consist of mountain climbing, technical rock climbing, archaeological excavation techniques and blacksmithing, as the Scouts travel from backcountry camp to camp. Scouts will have an opportunity to ride western saddle horses and pan for gold.

The cost per Scout will be $560 (plus transportation fees which are estimated at $425 and spending money). A first non-refundable payment of $50/Scout and application form is due ASAP. The final payment due February, 2008. All applicants will be interviewed and their Scoutmaster consulted as to their maturity and stamina for the rigorous trip. Final decisions will be made by Mr. Rich Harms and the three other ASMs.

Contact Mr. Harms if you are interested in going to Philmont!


Ordeal 2007

14 New Ordeal members inducted

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge welcomed 14 new Ordeal and 6 new Brotherhood members at the Fall Ordeal on October 19-21. On a chilly, rainy Friday night, Lodge members and Ordeal candidates made a lengthy drive up to Camp Augusta. The rain stopped when the ceremony team performed the opening Ordeal Ceremony. On Saturday, after a chilly night, the rain went away and the remainder of the weekend was nice and sunny. Saturday, 42 cheerful Lodge members and silent Ordeal candidates worked on irksome tasks that included projects like: replacing wood panels around a dumpster that was destroyed by a tree, moving the floating dock to the boathouse for the winter, winterizing the garden and planting a cover crop, and removing the gate to the road below the garden path. Because of the rain on Friday, control burn conditions were ideal. So OA members had lots of fun clearing the burn pile and it was amazing to use an arrow and gasoline to light the pile on fire. Then later that evening, we finished off the day with the Ordeal and Brotherhood Ceremonies. The ceremonies were followed by a well-deserved dinner. Having completed their weighty responsibilities, OA members decamped after Sunday morning breakfast and headed back to Piedmont.

Yours, in Brotherhood,
Will C.
Lodge Vice Chief Communications& Finance

2007 Lodge Fall Banquet

On Sunday, November 11, Hungteetsepoppi Lodge held its annual banquet. Several new members, recently inducted by their Ordeal, joined the familiar faces around the table. After the attendees got their delicious dinner of ribs, chicken, corn muffins, and pie, the main segment of the meeting began.
First off was the calling out of dedicated OA member Jacob A. for the prestigious honor of Vigil. Jacob accepted this with honor as the crowd raucously applauded. Also given were two Founder’s Awards, to Jim Faison and Kevin Clark, for their continued service efforts beyond what is required of them in the OA.

After a promotional video for the camping and service opportunities of Arrowcorp 5, guest speaker Peter Harvey delivered a presentation on the work he has done for NASA. He first showed videos of the complicated process of launching a spacecraft. It was fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes when preparing a small, highly technical machine for the harsh conditions of the upper atmosphere and outer space. Mr. Harvey followed this with some rather unsettling information. He told the stunned crowd that the earthquake that led to the tragic tsunamis in Asia in 2004 may have been caused by a sudden cosmic energy burst that completely destroyed countless planets, and caused a gravitational disturbance on Earth. With this humbling example he stressed the importance of “eating dessert first.”

Derek D.

Lodge member and distingushed NASA Project Manager Peter Harvey, gives a fantastic presentation on the satellite systems that he has been responsible for, and what they have learned from them.

Coyote Hills Cub Overnight Pictures

A portion of the Cubs and parent assemble for a pictures on Sunday.

The lodge members who attended and helped on the overnight.


Shasta - Trinity National Forest
July 12-19th, 2008

Shasta - Trinity National Forest

One thousand Arrowmen will descend upon Redding, California for one week, beginning July 12, 2008, as the Order of the Arrow undertakes its largest service opportunity in Scouting history: ArrowCorps5.
ArrowCorps5 is a once in a lifetime program. The event is the largest volunteer service effort ever undertaken by the Boy Scouts of America. A Scout’s duty to country calls us all to help preserve the beauty of treasures like national forests.
Though there are five sites available for attendance, our council has chosen to send a contingent to Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has set aside some of the highest priority projects in the most beautiful landscapes in America.
Located in northern California, Shasta-Trinity National Forest covers 1.5 million acres. Our contingent will join other participants in significant trail maintenance, repair, and reconstruction to reduce and eliminate soil erosion.
The project will result in the maintenance and reconstruction of more than 150 miles of trails. Improvements will drastically reduce trail erosion, create a safer, more enjoyable route, encourage greater use and the experience of visitors, and reduce impact on wildlife by keeping users on the trail.
The project will also help to repair damage to a number of facilities, including a lookout station and four comfort stations. Without this much-needed work, these facilities would eventually be closed because of the lack of funding for maintenance and repairs. The project will allow continued use of the facilities and associated campgrounds, stop building deterioration, and reduce rodent infestation.
Join our council contingent as we rededicate ourselves to the tenants of the Order: cheerful service. There are only a few hundred place left, so we will need to send in deposits as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Adviser Kevin Fischer.


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

Fall Ordeal 2007

2007 Fall Banquet

2007 OA-Cub Overnight to Coyote Hills

ArrowCorps5 Shasta-Trinity Trip in 2008

Fall Service Projects

Piedmont Council Philmont Trip in 2008

Did you know....

Upcoming Events:

Fall Service Project
December 29th
Scout Christmas Tree Lot - Teardown - 8:30am

Lodge Business Meeting
January 27th
Sunday, 7:30pm
Church Basement

5th Anual PoppiFest and Ordeal Weekend
February 29-March 2nd
Camp Augusta

Lodge Business Meeting
April 13th
Sunday, 7:30pm
Church Basement

W3A Conclave
April 25 - 27th
Coast Guard Island

Cub Overnight 2007

Coyote Hills

Over the weekend of November 10th and 11th, the lodge sponsored a Cub Scout overnight at Coyote Hills. We arrived at 2:00pm Saturday, set up camp and the cubs and lodge members went on a hike. It was drizzling but the boys didn't seem to notice. The cubs were happy to have the chance to hike with the big guys. After the hike there was a demonstration about backpacking equiptment and then we served a hamburger dinner. After was time to gather with hot cocoa around the campfire. Up until then there were light showers but nothing too rough. Before bed the bigger scouts took some younger cubs on a night hike up the hill where some saw owls.

Later, everyone went to bed and then the skies opened up and the wind howled. Some got wet that night but everyone had a good time. In the morning, hot chocolate and another campfire welcomed the day. The campout ended with breakfast, a lot of sun, and a hilltop hike with spectacular views of the bay.

See a couple of the pictures of the overnight to the left.

Did you know....
that at the Fall Ordeal, that we had three generations of Meaghers, who are all Hungteetsepoppi lodge members?

James M. III (middle) was inducted into the lodge at the Ordeal, while Seamus and Jim Sr. became lodge members back in the dim ages.

What is OAOA?

General Information

The Order of the Arrow, in cooperation with the Florida Sea Base is offering you an opportunity to cheerfully serve the greatest ecosystem on our planet; the ocean. Under the direction of the National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), experienced Florida Sea Base staff with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on a two week scuba diving adventure in the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys.
OA Ocean Adventure

The program is a 13 day experience in which participants will have the opportunity to explore and serve the undersea world. One-half of the Ocean Adventure program will be PADI SCUBA training and certification, which will be held at the Florida Sea Base. The remaining portion of the program will focus on rendering cheerful service to the ocean marine life and coral reefs of the Florida Keys.

The Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure program is the OA's newest and hottest High Adventure program. Don't miss out on your chance to join the adventure! While OAOA is full for 2008, consider signing up now for 2009.
More information is available here......

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