Every chapter and their lodge strives to complete 100 percent of their unit elections each year. For unit visitation teams, this only requires a short drive. However, the Far East Council spans the Pacfic ocean with different districts across Asia and encompassing groups of Arrowmen on different continents. Edgar LaBenne, chapter adviser in Achpateuny Lodge, shared his story on how the youth are able to conduct unit elections across the Pacific.
All across the country, chapters conduct service projects at local camps and parks in practice of cheerful service. Typically, these service projects can take a few hours or a few days. For the past two years, the Hnu-Ra-Con Chapter of O-Shot-Caw Lodge has been working on a large-scale, unique service project that they take lots of pride in. Last year, they were given the opportunity to build a primitive campsite at Zoo Miami. In a new tradition, the chapter works to build and maintain this campsite each year as their annual service project.
Regalia - the first impression the Order of the Arrow leaves upon its newly inducted brothers. So often it is neglected how influential the indigenous cultures are within our Order. They shape, define, and grant us an identity as a brotherhood of service and caretakers of the outdoors. The traditions of our ceremonies are the first impactful experiences a candidate has in the OA. The question then becomes: Why do we not capitalize more so on this unique opportunity to engage newly inducted Arrowmen?
Each and every Arrowman at some point in their Scouting career wishes to leave a legacy within our Order, wishes to make their voice known, and wishes to make a positive, lasting impact for generations to come. Each has a great idea waiting to be implemented into our organization, however, many go unheard. This past January, Section NE-5 leadership recognized this invaluable opportunity to obtain perspective, and coordinated a leadership conference to foster a positive environment for their lodges to exchange best practices.
Within the Greater Los Angeles Area Council (GLAAC), many youth gathered together along with the Tuku’ut Lodge Chief, Ben Deveau. Ben currently serves as the Section W-4N Vice Chief and is a Vigil Honor member of Tuku’ut Lodge and had the opportunity to speak before the fifteen members of the Governing Board of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains and Conservancy (RMC).