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Shown above: Scouts from Pine Tree Council play gaga ball at the Camp William Hinds ArrowTour stop. Photo credit: Mitchell Heisler
They always say there’s no place quite like home.
My summer travels have taken me to some pretty wild places this year. I vacationed in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I experienced a rewarding OA Wilderness Voyage Trek through Ontario. I was even able to join the Central Region’s ArrowTour Road Crew, where, under the leadership of crew chief Ricky Angeletti, I helped to bring our national centennial experience to Arrowmen from Canton and Cleveland in Ohio, Wheeling, West Virginia, and even at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. But after that, I found myself flying back into the Northeast Region—the place I call home—to join them for a week’s worth of their travels.
It was great to be able to catch up, hang out, and run a great ArrowTour program with five of my closest friends and brothers from my home region in the Order of the Arrow. I joined the NER ArrowTour Road Crew in Binghamton, New York just before their stop at Onteora Scout Reservation. Called the “land in the sky,” Onteora provided a beautiful home for my first stop with this road crew. The stop also did not come without its difficulties: I grappled with learning the ropes (literally) as I aided in tethering our banner to the box truck and securing the vinyl panels to the tents. After leaving the brothers of Buckskin lodge in New York, our trip turned northward. We visited Chippanyonk Lodge at Camp Resolute in Massachusetts , celebrated with Grand Manandock Lodge at Camp Wanocksett in New Hampshire, bonded with Ajapeu Lodge at Mount Norris in Vermont, and rounded the trip off with Madockawanda Lodge at Camp William Hinds in Maine.
While I enjoyed every minute, ArrowTour was no vacation. Setting up each day on both the Central and Northeast Road Crews required hard work. Waking up early to shovel tents, equipment and (of course) patches out of the box truck each day took strength and commitment. The words “cheerful service” resonate with me when I consider how each road crew and host lodge member alike came together to work hard, set up the exhibit, and enjoy the tour together. The Scouts and Arrowmen I met on my journey—young and old alike—really made this experience special. These men and women make me proud to call the Order of the Arrow my home. I can’t wait to continue my interactions with some great Arrowmen later this year. But for now, I look forward to traveling back to my actual home near Scranton, PA, for some rest and relaxation before the largest event the Order has ever seen: the 2015 NOAC.
- 2015 National Vice Chief Donnie Stephens
Shown above: Silk screened T-shirts on display at a Northeast Region ArrowTour stop. Photo credit: Bob Black
One of the big pillars of ArrowTour is to connect with the opportunity the Order of the Arrow and Scouting have to offer. Of course, as brothers in the OA we’ve all connected with members of our lodges through some incredible fellowship. However, opportunities to connect with brothers outside our lodges can be rarer. I got to experience one such connection while I was staffing the silk screening tent at Owenco Lodge’s ArrowTour stop at Camp Sequassen. As I silk screened a shirt for nice couple, they inquired where I was from. When I mentioned I’m from West Chester, PA, they immediately recited the name of the street I live on. As it turned out, they were related to my old senior patrol leader Greg, who lived right down the road from me. In that moment, I had the opportunity to reflect on many great summer camp experiences with Greg that I had in Troop 65 of Exton, PA. Meeting someone who knew Greg so far from home, and who had the interest in me to strike up a conversation made my experience at ArrowTour just that much more incredible. Even better, they too shared my passion for Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. I never know who I have the opportunity to connect with on ArrowTour, but everyday I meet knew Arrowmen, see old friends and connect with Scouting in new and amazing ways!
- Northeast Region Road Crew Member Alex Hughes
Shown above: An up-close shot of the ArrowTour brands at a Central Region stop. Photo Credit: Matthew Koch
10 stops down, and the Central Region ArrowTour Crew has already had a summer we will never forget! From Nebraska to Ohio, we’ve explored the very heartland of America. While the sight of the Gateway Arch, the vast Great Plains and the rolling Appalachians have been thrilling, our experiences with local Arrowmen and volunteers have been even more inspiring. Rolling into our first stop at Camp Cornhusker, we were welcomed warmly at the camp, and given a camp tour and good food. Friendships were kindled, stories shared, and after years of planning, it was amazing to see our national centennial experience take shape.
Nearly three weeks have passed now, and the adventure continues. Every lodge we come to, we see new faces, learn more about its specialties and traditions, and see cheerful service at its finest. This program is completely dependent on the service and support of our host lodges, and seeing them jump at the opportunity to help has rekindled our appreciation for our brotherhood.
Some highlights stand out among our travels: our first stop suffered a major thunderstorm which tested us thoroughly. We ended up wet, but spirits were high, a testament to the cheerfulness of our Order. In Bloomington, Indiana we visited Indiana University, the host of numerous past NOAC’s. As we retraced our history, we heard stories from the past from those who were there, only increasing our excitement for our conference in just over a month!
As we get ready for the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s ArrowTour stop and evening fireworks display, our thoughts go to all the friends we’ve made so far, many who are probably doing much the same. ArrowTour is special not just for the history and program it brings, but the broad and nationwide brotherhood it represents. I already know that when I look back on this summer someday, I will think most fondly on the inspiring lodge chiefs, officers, advisers and servant leaders I’ve met, and will continue to befriend. Our Order is a brotherhood above all else, and ArrowTour is proving that point to its core.
- Central Region Crew Chief Ricky Angeletti
A Day in the Life: A Typical Thursday
8:00 AM: Rise and Shine
I wake up to the wonders of Spotify, take a shower, get dressed, and eat a bagel. Also, vitamins are a must.
9:10 AM-10:30 AM: Specialized Writing
I was very fortunate to be able to fit my classes between Monday at three and Thursday at 4:30. This allowed me to miss minimal classes and travel on Fridays. My first class was the easiest and one of the most beneficial. It focused on how you should and should not, communicate in a business environment.
10:30 AM-3:00 PM: Office Hours
I work at the University of Akron Office of the Controller. Basically, I work with accountants to help manage the finances of the school. The work I do on a daily basis is dependent on the time of the month and departmental needs. I do things like payroll adjustments, voucher corrections, journals, and running reports. I also do administrative tasks like filing, scanning, and being a department mail around campus.
3:15 PM-4:30 PM: Supply Chain
This class is a core requirement for the school of business. Think of the Sequence of Events session from the National Leadership Seminar (NLS). That’s basically what it is.
4:30 PM-6:00 PM: OA “Office Hours”
After class, I usually catch up on emails, texts and messages in the concourse of the business school for an hour. I also check into my flight for the next day and hatch out any outstanding action items I needed to get done before the end of the week. Then I’ll meet up with a friend or two around 5:30 PM to grab food.
6:00 PM-8:00 PM: Phi Delta Theta Study Hours
Every member of Phi Delta Theta has required academic study hours in the library. During this time I turn my phone off and focus on my classwork and studying. This gives me the opportunity to finish all of my schoolwork so I can focus on Scouting for the weekend.
8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Swim Club Practice
I am a member of the Akron Swim Club that trains every night of the week. This is my one outlet for exercise and gives me a time to reflect on what happened over the day.
9:30 PM-10:30 PM: Central Region Conference Call
Every Thursday there is a conference call in the Central Region. It rotates between ArrowTour, NLS, communications and section chiefs. The goal is to keep everything on track and make deadlines for all projects in the region.
10:30 PM: Bedtime
- 2014 Central Region Chief Ricky Angeletti
C-1A’s Section Conclave is one that I will remember for a long time. The location of the event at The Ripley Minnesota National Guard Base brought unique programs that are not normally offered at typical Scout events. For example, I slept in a barrack and explored the base’s live fire training center. Interestingly, the military base had every type of building you would see in a small town ranging from a church to a gas station.
My favorite event at C1-A’s Conclave was the powwow, as it was fascinating to see everyone enter the circle and participate in the inter-tribal dances. It was led by Wally, a Native American, and newly inducted Ordeal member. Wally is a pillar of the Section C-1A community. He has dedicated his time towards teaching Native American culture for years. He had such a kind and generous heart. I enjoyed listening to his description of Native American culture and his explanation of the powwow.
Through casual conversation during the powwow someone asked me if I owned any regalia. I told them that I didn’t, but I had no problem dancing in my field uniform since I had done so at previous powwows. Later that evening I was graciously given my own set of full grass dancer regalia. To say I was speechless would be an understatement. The kindness of the members of Section C-1A is incredible. After spending only a weekend with them, I feel part of their family. I had a blast and I know that everyone else that attended the conclave did as well!
- 2014 Central Region Chief Ricky Angeletti
I had the pleasure of joining 2014 National Chief Nick Dannemiller and 2014 Southern Region Chief Wesley Seaman for an outstanding time at the SR2-3S Lone Star Fellowship last month. The weekend’s theme was “Arrowman State of Mind,” and we gathered at Texas State University to reflect on what it means to be an Arrowman in Scouting and non-Scouting life.
Due to our early arrival in Texas, we had the chance to experience some of the local favorites. We saw the capital, tasted local BBQ and played a short game of mini golf before arriving at the university. We then went to the opening show, where we became oriented with what to expect during the weekend.
We hit the ground running early Saturday, and I had the chance to deliver a keynote address at the Vigil Breakfast. There, I shared that even we, members of the Vigil Honor, must look to the 100th anniversary as an opportunity to strengthen our Arrowman State of Mind through committing to redouble our service and inspiring others to do the same. Following breakfast, we broke up and delivered different training cells, including a Chapter Leadership Summit, and spent time at the EPICenter. During my time as section vice chief of SR-7A, I developed a syllabus for the Chapter Leadership Summit; it was very refreshing to see this tool utilized beyond my personal use. The EPICenter was made up of an assortment of booths ranging from a fire truck, to a police tactical vehicle, and even a NOAC promotions area. Before we jumped in to the afternoon activities, we attended the VIA luncheon for conclave and lodge leadership, along with each lodge’s youngest Arrowman. Wes delivered remarks on his Arrowman State of Mind during the meal.
The afternoon was spent partaking in many awesome activities. Several hundred participants and guests tubed down the San Marcos River that runs through campus. This was both a great time to relax and a cultural experience, as tubing around campus is common practice for locals. We then went on to check out the paint wars where Arrowmen took their silk screened shirts from that morning and flung paint at one another. Talk about a crazy mess!
That evening, we all participated in a gathering where we had the opportunity to watch a section election and a theme show. Congratulations to the 2014-2015 officers (Alex Call, section chief; Rod Reyna, section vice chief; Lane Randall, section secretary) who were elected that night. The evening concluded with the Arrowman Bash where lodges served fried oreos, sausages, root beer and more. They also held activities like music/lasers and a game of ga-ga ball.
The weekend was filled with ingenuity, inspiration and fun as we worked together to find our Arrowman State of Mind. Best of luck to the newly elected officers as they plan their centennial conclave!
- 2014 National Vice Chief Taylor Bobrow
Attendees and guests from SR2-3S’s Section Conclave, the Lone Star Fellowship, during the weekend of July 16-18th are very excited for the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference!
Where will you be on August 3rd, 2015? Share with us your centennial plans!
I had an incredible time participating in the OA Ocean Adventure program at the Florida Sea Base! Before arriving at base camp, I had no idea what to expect from this program. I was pleasantly surprised with an outstanding program during which I was challenged from beginning to end.
Our week of service consisted of giving service to Munson Island by creating an erosion barrier. The crew gathered rocks near the shoreline to build the barrier on the upslope of a trail. Lunch in the shade was welcomed after working for most of the morning. One of our days of service was spent hunting for lionfish, an invasive species of fish found to be disrupting the ecosystem of the Florida Keys. It was great to get out in the water and dive into some reefs while still having the opportunity to serve! We found another opportunity to give service at Camp Sawyer, a nearby camp operated by the local council. The crew helped out by clearing lumber out of a garage, working on a turnpike heading toward the dock and sledging concrete out of tires which had been placed on the beach. During the afternoon, our crew enjoyed a few coconuts we had gathered from a tree within the camp.
When our workweek concluded, we prepared for our time aboard, “The Green Olive.” The time at sea flew by as the hours were spent snorkeling, fishing and sailing. Our crew dived at Alligator Reef and the wreck of the San Pedro, to name a few. One of the best parts of our trek was a stop at Indian Key, an island rich with history dating back hundreds of years. During our time on the ship, I learned a very important lesson about sunscreen: it works best when applied before going out into the sun. Although my back burned redder than my swim trunks, I still had an awesome time getting out into the water every day to dive in world-class reefs!
It was a privilege to be a member of crew 714. The memories, friendships, and experience I had will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thanks again to the OAOA staff for providing the program and allowing the program to provide! Now that I’ve finished my OAHA trips for the summer, it’s back to planning for ArrowTour and the Gathering of Leaders!
- 2014 Northeast Region Chief Kyle Piper
“We arrived as strangers, we worked together as friends, and we left, as brothers.” – OA Trail Crew 622 | 2014
There are few things in this life that cause us to step back and reflect on where we are and who we are. I had no idea when I sat down in a small van at the Denver airport that I was about to embark on such an experience. I remember watching the sun disappear behind the tall, majestic peaks of the Rockies as I struggled to keep my eyes open, tired from a long day of travel. What would happen over the next two weeks would redefine my thoughts about where I am right now, what my priorities are and where I need to go as a person.
We Arrived as Strangers
Sunrise is one of the most beautiful times at Philmont Scout Ranch. The entire sky shines as the massive rock faces of the mountains light up brilliantly in the sun’s golden light. Scouts from all across the country can be seen starting to move, emerging from their tents, getting ready to hit the trails or heading home from their unique adventure. A small group of us, mostly complete strangers to one another, gathered in a circle beside our tents. There was some talk, a few shy introductions and plenty of curiosity about what the coming program would entail. We had no idea, but we were now together for an experience that would challenge us in ways we never anticipated.
Soon base camp becomes a bustling city. Crews of Scouts move this way and that, checking out gear, gathering supplies, returning used items from their treks, making last-minute runs to the trading post, all the while preparing to depart one way or another. As we made our way through all of this ordered chaos, our crew didn’t seem much different than the others. True, we came together from many places across the country, but as individuals we were still just Scouts. We wore the same uniforms, went through the same program, and arrived at Philmont with the same purpose. In that way we were connected to everyone else there.
We Worked Together as Friends
Order of the Arrow Trail Crew (OATC) begins with a week of building trail. I had built trail before as a part of Summit Corps in 2011, so I had some idea of what to expect. What I did not expect, however, was the amazing beauty of the location. We made our way from base camp to 10,500 feet above sea-level where the high-pine forest almost completely replaces the swaying aspens. Our work site was located on the back of Mt. Phillips, where the Order has set out to build a new trail from Clear Creek Camp up to the summit of the mountain. Once it is completed, this trail will be about four miles long and rise about 1,500 feet in elevation through untouched wilderness.
“Worked” may not be quite the right word. Building a trail is a lot of hard physical work, but our crew was having such a great time - it really didn’t seem like work at all! There is something satisfying about looking back, seeing a smooth hiking trail and realizing that there used to be nothing there but rough forest terrain. The process of making that happen is so much fun! I remember coming across a boulder almost bigger than me, and then figuring out how to move it with some of my fellow crew members. Three hours, a broken sledge hammer and two rock bars later, we managed to remove the rock from the trail. Through experiences like that, I came to know my fellow crew members. I learned that many of them, like I, had interests in engineering and science. I also learned that some of them have the same hobbies as I do, such as writing and video gaming. The experiences we shared brought us closer together. We were not a bunch of individuals going out to the work site every day to do our own part and return when time was up; we were a group of friends pioneering a pathway through the woods, exploring together, helping each other and returning when our job was done.
We Left as Brothers
To attempt to describe what happened on our trek seems almost hopeless. The sheer power of what we did, what we experienced and what we accomplished is difficult to describe in words alone. All of it now floats through my head like a string of stills or short moments captured in time during the experience. I remember singing and clapping and laughing with my crew members as back-country camp staff performed “Wagon Wheel” for us at the Cyphers Mine Stomp. I remember laying on a rocky cliff as massive bursts of thunder above my head shook the ground around me, and echoed through the canyons and valleys below me. I remember the sun’s first light touching the tip of the Tooth of Time as our crew cheered for having made it all the way up with full packs on. I remember our voices joining together in the Philmont hymn, as we travelled into our final sunset together.
Many things happened on the trail. We built it. We traveled along it. We grew with it. For a small crew of young Arrowmen gathered from the furthest corners of our country, we lived by it. Together, we depended on each other to make it through our adventures. Two weeks spent together in the wild backcountry of Scouting paradise would come to help define who we are. While circumstance brought us together, our time spent together and the experiences we shared would bind us as brothers.
My time on OA Trail Crew stuck with me. OA Trail Crew was one of the most challenging experiences of my life - both physically and mentally. It was that challenge, however, that made the experience all the more powerful. Each amazing person I met and each personal story they told moved me to rediscover something in myself. Detaching myself completely from the outside world, spending time with such inspirational people and getting to know them reminded me of a promise I made to myself before heading into that election room those many months ago: “Never forget who you are”. While the responsibilities of the world, and the power of our positions seeks so heavily to distract us, we must always remember that we are people inside too. Don’t forget to pay attention to that little person inside of you. It is important to take the time to just be you, and always be true to who you are. Because of my OA Trail Crew experience, I now know that being true to oneself is something I will never forget.
- 2014 Western Region Chief Michael Kintscher
So You Want to Be Chief?
Song of the day: “Fever” by The Black Keys
Whether from burning issues at a National Leadership Seminar or from ‘Meet the Man’ sessions at a section conclave, I’ve been asked a wide variety of questions so far in my term. Out of all the questions I have answered, one of the most frequent and interesting is simply, “How do I become national chief?” Now the procedural answer is easy (e.g. you must be a section chief, not turn 21 during your term etc.), but the answer of how you get elected to the position, or any officer position in the Order for that matter, is a lot harder. In short, there really isn’t a surefire method or really a right answer; however, there are some pieces of advice (found below) I do like to offer up to any youth interested in running for a leadership position.
- Should you run? This is a dilemma a lot of Arrowmen face when deciding whether or not to run for an officer position. In my experience, if you think you could succeed in the position, bring in fresh ideas, and be a positive force for the Order in that role, go for it!
- First position? No problem! We all start somewhere. For me it was vice chief of membership in my chapter. Just because you may not currently be in an elected office doesn’t mean you aren’t qualified to run for one.
- Do your job, and do it well. Every elected position in this organization is important. If you find yourself currently in one of those positions with the hope to move on to a different position (note not ‘higher’ or ‘better’), you first need to make sure you are committing your time and energy into that role. How well you carry out the duties of your current office will speak louder then any election speech.
- Know the Territory. Have a good understanding of what the job entails (i.e. know what meetings you have to attend/run, what activities/events you must plan etc.). Ask current officers, “has-beens” (immediate past officers), and advisers what is expected.
- Have vision and passion. What could the chapter/lodge/section/national do better? How can you contribute to this if elected? Be enthusiastic and engaging. Show them why you are excited about this organization.
- Be yourself, and don’t forget your roots. We each have our own Scouting/OA story. Embrace it. Don’t change to fit some image or idea of what you think a chief should look like or do. Above all, remain humble and grateful. Appreciate every youth and adult who helped you get to where you are today, both in Scouting and outside of it.
- 2014 National Chief Nick Dannemiller
Happy 99th anniversary, OA!
Today we celebrate the 99th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow and reminisce upon how we have learned to incorporate the principles of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service into our daily lives.
Shown above: The Friday night kick-off video for SR-7A’s Section Conclave at Camp Shenandoah, featuring SR-7A Section Chief AJ Kelly, 2014 Southern Region Chief Wesley Seaman, NE-6B Section Chief Brant Portner, and NE-5B Section Chief Michael Shostek. Video Credit: Section SR-7A
In April, I had the amazing opportunity to attend conclave with Arrowmen in Section SR-7A. With nearly 1,100 Arrowmen in attendance, this event offered great food, an OA High Adventure area, and spectacular shows. This was an experience that will not be forgotten. One of the highlights of the weekend was doing my part in the SR-7A Conclave’s service project. That Saturday, Arrowmen had the opportunity to fill the care packages for the Virginia Chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project. Over 6,000 bags were filled with stationary, hot sauce, and other items to provide care to wounded veterans recovering from amputations and other injuries right in their own state. It was a great outlet for lodges to come together and serve! The lodges of SR-7A engaged in a great weekend of fun, service, and fellowship. Conclave in Virginia was truly a great experience!
- 2014 Southern Region Chief Wesley Seaman
The Section C-6A Conclave was held at Vinsences University in Indiana. My attendance at this event marked the first time I had ever been to a Conclave on a college campus! Vinsences is quite an old university, dating back to 1801. Age, however, did not keep Conclave attendees from utilizing some modern amenities including bowling, a zip line, and a state-of-the-art swimming facility.
The theme for the event was “Quest for the Golden Sash” – an adventure-based weekend filled with challenges, clues, and riddles. One could frequently discover groups of Arrowmen running around campus on the hunt to find the next riddle they needed to solve. Everyone was on a quest to find their golden sash. Just like any other Conclave, this one had trainings, lodgeball, ceremonies competitions, and an opportunity for the highest bidder to pie me in the face.
My favorite part of the event was the ceremonies competitions. Sakima Lodge reported on Friday night at the Council of Chiefs meeting that their ceremonies team wouldn’t be able to compete because one of their ceremonialists was no longer able to attend Conclave. This gave me the opportunity to be part of a ceremonies team! It was great to be accepted by their lodge and be able to compete for the first time in a Conclave ceremonies evaluation/competition.
We had a blast conducting the ceremony, and it was a great learning experience. What made the weekend super rewarding for me was that the Sakima Lodge Ceremonies Team came in 1st place in the competition! This event will stand as one of my favorite Scouting experiences thus far!
- 2014 Central Region Chief Ricky Angeletti
I’ve just returned from the adventure of a lifetime! During the last weekend of April, the Northeast Region Key Three traveled to visit our brothers in Black Eagle Lodge and the members of the Transatlantic Council during their camporee commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Activities kicked off from the moment we arrived on Friday with a visit from the BSA National Leadership to each campsite. As evening fell, I caught up with ceremonialists from Black Eagle to conduct Vigil Honor Call-Outs late into the night.
The next morning, the Northeast Region contingent attended the Prayer for Peace service held in the Bayeux Cathedral. Scouts from across the world gathered to reaffirm our dedication to bringing peace through our words, and actions. After the service, participants returned to the Omaha Beach for the campfire program. I was able to participate in a Webelos Crossover ceremony; this opportunity was one of my personal favorites from the entire experience. Following the campfire was a multi-media presentation highlighting the memorial on Omaha Beach for those who fell during the D-Day invasion. After the inspirational show, it was time to head back for dinner and fireworks on the beach!
Morning rose and Scouts made their way to the American Cemetery Colleville Sur Mer for the final activity of the camporee. Keynote speakers addressed the Scouts before flowers were laid upon gravestones throughout the cemetery. It was truly an honor to be present for this solemn occasion.
Before heading home, I was able to take a quick tour around Paris to see some of the most famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the home of Voltaire, the Louvre and Pont de l'Archevêché. I even attended my first Catholic mass at Notre Dame! To see pictures of these landmarks is one matter, but to be in Paris and experience the sights and sounds of this historic city is an experience all its own.
I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. This experience will always be one of my most cherished memories. Thanks to Northeast Region chairman Mark Chilutti and Northeast Region Staff Adviser Brian Gray for traveling along with me, and to the Transatlantic Council and Black Eagle Lodge for their hospitality!
-2014 Northeast Region Chief Kyle Piper
Last weekend, I had a blast watching lodges duel it out in friendly competition at the SR-6 Conclave Gameday. Held at Camp McKee with Kawida Lodge serving as the host lodge, the weekend was met with clear skies and a ton of spirit. Saturday morning, I enjoyed administering Meet the Chief and Centuries of Service training sessions. A highlight of the weekend was no doubt the Quest Event, which featured great competitions like Jello eating, doughnut passing, and football. Witnessing the immense amount of lodge spirit was quite refreshing. After an action packed day, I had the pleasure of kicking back in the dunking booth and getting soaked. Section Chief Aaron Shepherd made sure he got me with a great dunk. Saturday evening capped off with an awesome campfire with Matt Brown, Damon Miller, Sam Lyons, and I portraying sportscasters and giving a play-by-play of the championship football game. Sunday brought with it the end of Conclave, and a new set of officers installed: Nick Oliver, Section Chief; Hunter Jones, Section Vice Chief; Nathan Vick, Section Secretary. Congratulations to the new SR-6 Officers, and to Aaron Shepherd and Noah Robertson for a very successful terms. This Conclave was no doubt one for the history books!
- 2014 National Vice Chief Taylor Bobrow
Shown above: VIA Luncheon attendees at C-7 Section Conclave meet 2014 Central Region Chief Ricky Angeletti for an inspirational meal.
While attending the C-7 Section Conclave, I had a really great opportunity to connect with my childhood dream of being a secret agent. The theme for the weekend can best described from the official hashtag #C007. It was great to be able to connect with my inner James Bond throughout the weekend and the theme resonated through the event. The activities, games, trainings, signage, and the shows had their own secret agent aspects to them.
The Conclave took place at the Stoughton County Fairgrounds in Wisconsin. The facilities included a skatepark on which attendees could play and even meet some members of the local community. Most of the Conclave activities took place in a building that housed the local ice arena. With its ice removed, the arena was rearranged to form a great open building for us to eat all our meals in as well as play a full game of ultimate frisbee.
There was so much stuff going on at this Conclave that there was no way to participate in everything. I delivered two training sessions about the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, took part in a “Meet the Man” session with the other special guests at the event, speak at the VIA luncheon, and dance in the powwow. There were two fun activities that were probably the most memorable for me. The first was allowing Arrowmen the opportunity to dunk me in a dunk tank. The second event took place on the inflatable joust where I was victorious against my predecessor, the 2013 Central Region Chief Mike Gray.
I had a blast this weekend and it was great to be able to be there with my adviser, Mr. Dan Segerson. I took the opportunity to introduce him to the iPhone app called Snapchat. It was great to finally be able to teach him something for a change!
- 2014 Central Region Chief Ricky Angeletti
During the last weekend of March, I was able to pay a visit to Section NE-1’s inaugural Lodge Excellence Summit in Andover, Massachusetts. During the seminar, participants were allowed to choose between several program tracks which corresponded to their individual roles within the lodge. A contingent from Section NE-3A was present to observe and participate in the seminar in hopes of adopting this training method in the next year’s program. An all-star staff was able to provide an excellent program. Guest trainers included Mitchell Heisler, Michael Shostek, Zach Sager, Forrest Gertin and myself. A special thanks goes out to the Section NE-1 Leadership Team for facilitating an outstanding weekend!
- 2014 Northeast Region Chief Kyle Piper
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to staff the Western Region National Leadership in Cedar Glen, California, which is situated in the mountains outside of Los Angeles. As NLS is a national program, not much was different from the seminars we hold in the Southern Region. However, the subtle differences there made it distinct and great to have been apart of. One of my favorite opportunities I had at NLS was being a table guide for 7 youth Arrowmen from local L.A. area lodges. Hearing best practices and lodge operations in the Western Region was very insightful. I also highly enjoyed the camaraderie I had with the staff of the seminar and the songs we sang together. I’m grateful for the experience I had in the West this weekend, and I would be mistaken to forget what will stay with me forever from the weekend, the Oscar winning song from the film Frozen, “Let It Go, Let It Go, Let It Go.”
- 2014 Southern Region Chief Wesley Seaman
Photo Credit: Longs Peak Council
Song of the day: “All the Pretty Girls” by Fun
Last Thursday, I had the privilege to attend the 2014 Larimer Leadership Breakfast, which was hosted by the Longs Peak Council in Loveland, CO. The breakfast serves as a major fundraising event for the council and is attended by various members of the community. Besides enjoying a delicious breakfast and meeting a variety of Scouting supporters, I participated in the program by sharing a testimony of how my time in Boy Scouts has not only provided me incredible opportunities, but also has helped me chart a path for my life.
However, the real highlight of the breakfast was hearing Jim Davidson speak; Jim tells the incredible story of how after summiting Mt. Rainier, he and his climbing partner fell into a crevasse on the descent down to their cars. His partner inevitably died from the fall and Jim, alone and injured, was faced with an extremely difficult climb out of the crevasse. Consequently, Jim made it out of alive, which is a feat he credits to resilience. Now resilience may seem like a just another word or idea, but through the time I spent with Jim, I quickly learned it could make all the difference. Whether it’s climbing out of an 80-foot crack in a glacier or starting a new ceremony team for your chapter, resilience (which Jim define as a powerful mixture of passion and action) can be the force you harness to succeed. So whatever life throws at you, or wherever it takes you, just remember to rally your resilience.
- 2014 National Chief Nick Dannemiller