Words from the Chief
First off, I would like to thank you all for participating during this year. 2011 was great for the lodge, and 2012 will be even better. NOAC 2012 is coming around the corner in the summer so everyone who can go should! Also this year there are some great OA high adventure programs for the summer as well! PoppiFest will be happening in March, and it will be a good one. Like usual there will be games and awesome prizes. (iPod Touch, 32GB anyone?). I am looking forward to the new year and working with all of you!
Yours In Brotherhood,
Lodge Chief 2011-2012
2012 Event Calendar
Lodge Business Meeting
January 22nd, 2012
Piedmont Scout Basement
Spring 9th Annual
March 16-18th, 2012
Section W3S Spring Conclave
Chaffee Zoo, Fresno
April 27-29th, 2012
Piedmont Council Spring Camporee and OA Callout
May 18-20th, 2012
Spring Lodge BBQ and Lodge Officers Elections
Joaquin Miller Park
6:00pm, June 3rd, 2012
Michigan State University
July 30th - August 4th, 2012
After a year without an Order of the Arrow high adventure program, the Florida Sea Base will be offering an Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure program to service-oriented Arrowmen in the summer of 2011. The new Ocean Adventure has been revamped and will provide a significantly different experience to participants. The new OAOA will introduce Scouts to an environment found only in the magical world of the Florida Keys. Working among tropical islands, coral reefs, and majestic shores Arrowmen will grow and learn together with Scouts from around the nation, working as one in cheerful service.
After arriving at the Sea Base's Brinton Environmental Center on Summerland Key, adventurers will embark on a trip marked with various service experiences around the Keys area. Mobilized by boat, sea kayak, and war canoe, OAOA work crews will provide service and conservation work to a number of different environments, working on trails, islands and fragile habitats for tropical fauna and flora. After 5 days of island hopping and cheerful service, Arrowmen will grab their sea legs and depart on a 5 day cruise of the world's largest wilderness- the deep blue sea. With the help of an OA staff member and a boat captain, Scouts will navigate the Gulf of Mexico in a sailing yacht, developing team skills and leadership while learning all the more about themselves, their crew and life at sea aboard a sailing vessel (e.g., fishing, snorkeling, swimming, celestial navigation). The world's oceans remain its largest mystery. Your ocean adventure will lead you to new discoveries about yourself and the world you live in.
A ten day adventure in the Florida Keys awaits you. Discover what servant leadership means to you. All Arrowmen who will be at least 16 and under 21 next summer are invited to apply. Spots are limited in this inaugural year, so don't wait to apply. The 10-day program costs $400.
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.
NOAC 2012 and OA High Adventure Issue
National OA Conference 2012
July 30 through August 4, 2012
The 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be one of your most memorable Scouting experiences. NOAC 2012 will be held at Michigan State University from July 30 through August 4, 2012 and is projected to be one of the largest in the Order's history with more than 8,000 Arrowmen 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.. Highlights such as the Founder's Day festivities including the Founder's Day Parade, the Grand Hodag, and the inter-Region dodge ball battle are some of the exciting events at NOAC.
Arrowmen can participate in service projects, high adventure opportunities, leadership training, American Indian Activities training, and much more. While enjoying the various activities, Scouts will have a great time meeting new brothers and sharing their experiences with people from around the nation.
Our lodge will send a contingent to NOAC 2012 and you won't want to miss out. To sign up, contact Blaise, Kevin, or Forrest to sign up today. Visit http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/n2012/ for more information and to learn about NOAC 2012.
One of the great portions of NOAC is the incredible stadium shows in the evenings. Here is a picture of part of our contingent at a show.
The Hungteetsepoppi contingent in front of Armstrong Hall (campus dorms) where we stayed.
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.
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. It's not everyday that you can tell your friends that you climbed into Cypher's 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
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights or portaged a canoe? If not, then the Order of the Arrow has the opportunity for you to participate in the OA Voyage Program at Northern Tier Canoe Base in Ely, Minnesota.
Since 1999, the Order of the Arrow has provided Arrowmen between the ages of 16 and 21, the opportunity to explore and service the Boundary Waters and some of the most pristine wildlife seen by few. Even if you have portaged a canoe or participated in the program previously, there are other opportunities available to you.
All participants in the program are placed into crews that will service a portage trail for one week as it is imperative as members of the Boy Scouts of America to leave things better than we found them.
After learning how to use a variety of tools and how to effectively perform a J-stroke, you and your crew will design your very own trek. These treks are unique in that many of them are longer and travel to un-chartered territory than the normal crews that leave the base.
Not very many people whom you go to school with or work with can say that they have paddled 185 miles by canoe to International Falls or portaged the final 4 miles that leads to Lake Superior.
These examples are experiences that will live with those crew members, who made some of the Voyage's memorable journeys. Experiences are what shape the people we will become in the future. Sign up today for a journey, you will surely not regret.
For more information about this program or any of the Order of the Arrow's High Adventure programs, please visit Adventure.oa-bsa.org or talk to your lodge chief. Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime and try something new. Discover the hidden gem of the BSA, discover the OA Voyage at Northern Tier!
Watching the sun rise upon the mountain horizon of Mount Baldy is a memorable experience that one will remember for the rest of their life. The Order of the Arrow wants to provide you with the chance to experience that moment and to explore the backcountry of the Philmont Scout Ranch where Arrowmen from across the country gather each summer to take part in fellowship, fun and service.
All Arrowmen who arrive are separated into crews led by OA Trail Crew Foremen who have been trained in various conservation techniques used to assist in solidifying in the pristine ness that is Philmont.
During the first week, participants will labor with the other participants to provide service to the Ranch with each other by engaging in trail building and to help rebuild some of the area destroyed in past wildfires. After this week, crews design their very own trek that is unique to those involved in the experience.
As a participant, what you say is what you do. Some choose to climb to the heights on Mount Baldy, others choose to enjoy the sights from Mount Phillips and still some choose to explore historic Philmont with its caves, mines and villas.
Maybe what you are looking for is the final descent from the Tooth of Time upon base camp. Whatever your fancy, Philmont has what you are looking for but only through the Order of the Arrow will you be given the opportunity to utilize the synergy of brotherhood that will take you Philmont's ultimate depths.
For more information about the Trail Crew program or any of the other Order of the Arrow sponsored High Adventure programs, please visit Adventure.oa-bsa.org or ask your lodge chief. Sign up today!
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.
In this Issue:
Words from the Chief
OA High Adventure
Did you know....
Lodge Business Meeting
January 22nd, 2012
Spring PoppiFest and Ordeal Weekend
March 16-18th, 2012
Section W3S Conclave
April 27-29th, 2012 Chaffee Zoo, Fresno
Lodge Spring BBQ and Officer Elections
June 5th, 2012
Joaquin Miller Park Picnic Area
Five reasons you should make NOAC 2012 your next stop!
By Kevin M., National Promotions Team - October 23, 2011
As the countdown to the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University begins you may be asking yourself why should I go? What is there for me at NOAC? Worry not here are some of the top reasons you should make the trip to Michigan State University for NOAC 2012!
1. Meet Arrowmen from around the nation and the world.
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.
2. Learn about the latest in the Order, leadership, high adventure and more!
Want to learn about how to best way manage your chapter? Interested in learning American Indian dance? Then the training at NOAC is for you. Sessions at NOAC are taught by the best trainers in the Order and will provide the latest information and best practices to help you be successful.
3. Watch the best shows in Scouting!
Four evenings of the conference will feature an arena show produced by the NOAC Shows Committee. Imagine walking into an arena filled with eight thousand of your fellow brothers, the sight may just take your breath away. The four shows will include the opening show, the history and recognitions show, the American Indian show, and the closing show. The evening shows are not to be missed.
4. Experience what is new to you.
Have you ever tried SCUBA diving? How about mountain boarding? If you want to try these activities and more The Outdoor Adventure Place (TOAP) at NOAC has you covered. TOAP is a place for Arrowmen to experience new activities that you may not be able to do at home, while under the supervision of trained individuals. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the three BSA high adventure bases and talk with the staff who will be there to show off their skills.
5. The next NOAC is not until 2015. NOAC Doesn't Happen Everyday
After NOAC 2012 there won't be another national conference until the 100th anniversary of the Order in 2015! Don't miss out on NOAC 2012! NOACs are a highlight to any Arrowman's experience in the Order. Getting to spend a week with 8,000 Arrowmen is unforgettable. Your chance to attend is now!
Are you ready for NOAC 2012? To register, talk to your lodge chief, adviser or staff adviser and sign up for this memorable event before it's too late! Arrowmen may only attend the conference with the lodge contingent or staffing a NOAC committee.