Volume Twelve Number Two

July 2015 - December 2015

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Hello fellow arrow men and happy new year! I first want to thank all of you who participated in the takedown and/or set up of the tree lot, it was a success because of you! Second, we have a great year ahead of us. With all sorts of new activities planned for this coming spring! Hope everyone is getting excited for all that is to come.
Yours in Scouting,

Chief Mitch W.

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge 2016 Event Calendar

Lodge Business Meeting
January 24th, 2016, 7:30pm, Piedmont Church Basement

Lodge Spring PoppiFest and Ordeal
March 18-20th, 2016
Camp Augusta

2016 W3S Conclave
April 22-24th, 2016
Camp Royaneh

Fall Spring BBQ and Officer Elections
June 5th, 6pm
Joaquin Miller Park

Lodge 2016 Backpacking Trip
Location and Dates TBD

Tree Lot Service

November 22nd and December 20th, 2015

Once again in the fall of 2015, the OA made the Council Tree Lot one of its major service projects.
On Sunday, November 22nd, the OA provided 33 members who helped move materials from the container to the lot, set-up the tree-shoot, electrical, lighting, and work benches, and placed signs and banners. Most members helped over the 5 hour process, and in the end, a total of 113 service hours were completed in an effort to bring the lot close to operation-ready.

As soon as the lot had sold out and ceased operation, another 21 members arrived on the morning of December 20th to help with the disassembly. All of the same items worked on in November were carefully taken down and packed away in the container for use next year. A total of 44 more service hours were logged.
Over the past several years, the OA has become the primary service crew for the tree-lot, and much of our efforts for November and December are centered around these two activities.

The 2016 national event, NEXT: A New Century, will be truly unlike anything the Order of the Arrow has ever seen. Youth leaders from across the nation will gather at Indiana University from July 30 to August 3, 2016 in order to learn, grow and be inspired as we proceed into a new century of service. This hands-on, high-energy event will focus on membership, program and innovation at the local level, which will subsequently empower participants to return home and be powerful agents of change.

Youth and adult leaders who attend will be able to work with Arrowmen from all across the country, providing a unique opportunity to discuss lodge operations and network. The program will also feature a model induction process, comprised of innovative methods designed to increase efficacy and retention. Youth leaders will be provided with feedback about current programs within their lodge and aided in brainstorming new ones. Participants will develop their leadership and ideas, while sharing these ideas and other best practices with their fellow Arrowmen.

Each lodge will be able to send 3 youth and 2 adults: its lodge chief, another lodge officer and one additional youth member, as well as the lodge adviser and one associate adviser. For those interested in attending this event, talk to your lodge chief and adviser today! Stay tuned for more information about this event, especially towards the end of 2015. With a new century before us, the Order has limitless possibilities. Will you be responsible for the NEXT big thing in our history?


NOAC 2015 Re-Cap

August 3-8th, 2015, Michigan State University

This last August, nine Arrowmen traveled to the Michigan State University campus for NOAC 2015, and two lodge adult members served as conference staff. The six days flew by quickly and a great time was had by all who attended. Below are some comments from Ben and Ayden:

When I signed up for NOAC, I personally did not know what I was getting myself into. I knew about the many events, the awesome shows, the dorm-living, and multifarious activities, but as soon as I arrived at Michigan State University my whole perception of NOAC 2015 was superseded by the reality of this conference. NOAC 2015 was a special NOAC. Although this was my first NOAC (and certainly not the last), I could tell that the fact that this NOAC rested upon the 100th anniversary of the Order made this NOAC stand apart from all of the others. Most of NOAC 2015 events and activities were all tailored to commemorate the 100th year of the Order, and because of this I learned a lot about the history, the present, and the possible future of the Order. Since I came to this conference acting as Lodge Chief for Hungteetsepoppi, I got to participate in the National Council of Chiefs, where I got to participate in a Q&A session with some of the biggest names in Scouting, such as Robert Gates. NOAC was a time where I could truly explore all of my interests in Scouting. From discovering the hobby of patch trading to making a neckerchief slide out of plastic and learning about the history of the Order in the GEO, being at NOAC 2015 gave me a whole new perspective on Scouting. Despite all of these awesome activities, however, I enjoyed talking and relating to Arrowmen around the country the most. While at NOAC, I got to room with a fellow Arrowman from Georgia and meet others from around the nation, as far as Puerto Rico and as close as Alameda. We all had many different perspectives on politics, religion, and other personal beliefs but the fact that we were still able to connect on the central fact that we are all Arrowmen solidified my own identification as Scout and Arrowman. All in all, NOAC 2015 was a truly life changing and unique experience. It was unlike anything I have experienced in Scouting before, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity I had to go to this event.

--- Ben K

I had a great time at NOAC, it was one of my best outings I have ever been on. Everything seemed to go well for that  week, the weather was great, not too hot, not too cold. One of my favorite things that I did was definitely patch trading. whether it was walking around and trying to find a particular patch or setting up camp and waiting to see what others had to offer, it was still great. There was many fun activities to do as well, my favorite was called OA Warrior, a take on the TV show American Ninja Warrior. Scouts had to run through a series of obstacles as fast as possible. The only problem that I had at NOAC was that I couldn't stay longer.
-- Ayden

2015 Fall Ordeal and PoppiFest

October 2-4th, 2015, at Camp Augusta

On October 2-4, the lodge held the Fall Ordeal and PoppiFest at Camp Augusta. The weather was great, and we performed service in the garden and on the trails on Saturday.

Nine new Ordeal members were inducted, including . Nine Ordeal members sealed their membership and became Brotherhood members, including .

We held the traditional PoppiFest Carnival on Saturday night, with lots of prizes and fun.
On Sunday morning the team departed for Piedmont, tired, but we accomplished a lot of great service to the camp.

Webeloree Breakfast

September 13th, 2015, at Gilespie Camp

On a Sunday in September, an intrepid group of lodge adults journeyed up to Gilespie Youth Camp in Tilden to make breakfast for the Webelos and adults attending the Webeloree.

The team served up the traditional French Toast to the group. The weather was great, and the crew had an easy time setting up and cooking. Lots was consumed, and the team had completed, cleaned up, and was on the way home by 10am. Easy service!

Lodge Fall Banquet

November 8th, 2015, at Gibson Center

Hungteetsepopi lodge held its annual fall banquet at Gibson Hall, Corpus Christi. A great turn out along with great food and fun discissions all added up to a great night.

Newly inducted members to the O.A. Brotherhood came and met many new faces and learned more about their future lodge. Mid-way through the night, an exciting presentation was given on the Piedmont Police and crime in Piedmont. We were joined by Officers Stephen Hill and Brian Castillo, who explained the ins and outs of policing in Piedmont.

Once again we had a great dinner orchestrated my Mary Carter, with support by Will and Mike, and other adults in the lodge.

A fun and full night, everyone went back home with new friends and full stomachs.


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

NOAC 2015

Fall Ordeal and PoppiFest

Lodge Fall Banquet

Tree Lot Service

Webeloree Breakfast



Upcoming Events 2016:

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

Lodge Spring Ordeal and PoppiFest
March 18-20th, Camp Augusta

Section W3S Conclave
April 22-24th, at Camp Royaneh


Attend Prism, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for youth and adults at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Prism is a four-day, three-night experience at the SBR. Both youth and adults are invited to attend, and will have access to all of the adventure
in the Scott Summit Center, and give back to SBR through a small service project. Prism’s defining experience will be the inaugural rededication ceremony at the Summit Circle.
The Summit Circle is the original ceremony circle from Treasure Island. In 2015, the site of the Order’s founding was transported piece- by-piece to the Summit, and was combined with the rocks donated by lodges past and present to create a timeless experience that presents the Order across its 100-year history.
Prism guests will be the first Arrowmen to experience the new national ceremonies grounds.
Each session of Prism will be hosted by a region, and the program will run through the summer of 2016, only. Guests may attend any session.
Prism’s capstone will be a personal experience at the Summit Circle, the OA’s new national ceremony grounds. Each guest will participate in an inaugural rededication ceremony at the circle and reflect on the Order.

Beyond the ceremony, guests will engage with the SBR in a way no others have.
One day of Prism will include access to all of the Scott Summit Center: BMX, mountain biking, skateboarding, archery, climbing and more. Participants will spend the other day of Prism doing a service project for the Summit to leave their mark on Scouting for generations to come.
Prism’s $180 fee for youth and adults includes all housing, meals and a special commemorative patch for this once-ever event. A beam of light passing through a prism transforms into the full spectrum of color.
This program will create the same experience in Arrowmen, giving them new perspective on the Order and transforming them in the process.

Hungteetsepoppi 2015 Centennial Year in Review

This past year, the lodge had a large number of events and service projects. These include the following:
We had a great PoppiFest in March
We hosted the Section W3S Conclave at Coast Guard Island
We had a BBQ and Officer Elections in early June
We hosted ArrowTour in July at Coaches Field
A number of our members attended NOAC 2015 at Michigan State University with 15,000 other Arrowmen
The lodge adults served up a great breakfast at the Webeloree in Tilden park
Another great Ordeal and PoppiFest in October that inducted 9 new Ordeal member and 9 new Brotherhood members
We had an awesome Fall Banquet in early November
And we preformed sevice at the Council Tree Lot in November and December.
We put in over 800 service hours helping others!

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