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Lodge Ledger: Nawakwa and Portage Lodge Receive National Recognitions

<p>Nawakwa Lodge and Portage Lodge were each recognized with the National Service Award and E. Urner Goodman Camping Award. To receive just one of these awards is a great honor, but for a lodge to receive both recognitions in the same year is almost unheard of.<br /> <br /> The national Order of the Arrow website describes the National Service Award as a recognition that "was established in 1999 to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service, both in a qualitative and a quantitative sense, to their council." The E. Urner Goodman Award is described as a recognition that "was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order's founder, E. Urner Goodman. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council."<br /> <br /> During the summer camp season of 2012 at Firelands Scout Reservation, the Portage Lodge Chief, Matt Bernotas, and his staff adviser were walking around camp when they both noticed a great deal of erosion around a large drainage pipe beneath a land bridge. They set out to fix the problem for the camp. Over the course of the next two ordeals, the lodge worked with the ranger to construct a retaining wall on both sides of the pipe. Sections of telephone pole were driven into the soft lake bed to support the backfill of stone and dirt. Clans of 10 people provided over 100 man hours to finish the project over two ordeal weekends. The wall has stopped the erosion around the pipe. Now, Scouts can walk onto the flat top of the two retaining walls rather than a slippery metal pipe to fish. This project, along with a number of other smaller projects, earned Portage Lodge the National Service Award.<br /> <br /> At the beginning of 2012, the Camp Promotions videos for Firelands Scout Reservation were outdated, so Portage Lodge's camp promotions committee set a goal to make new videos for camp. Their adviser works with a local news station and was able to get professional equipment to use for the videos. The adviser and two youth committee members made new videos for both the Cub Scout side and Boy Scout side of camp over the course of 55 man hours. They then organized a series of unit visitations to present the videos. Their efforts in the area of camping promotions earned Portage Lodge the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award.<br /> <br /> The fourth year of the Nawakwa Trail Crew kicked off over the April 5-7 2013 weekend and brought the Lodge's service home to the Heart of Virginia Council at their own Albright Scout Reservation. The goal at the reservation was to create a five mile loop hiking trail with a handicap accessible Adirondack shelter. The Trail crew was able to get a great start on the loop trail and the foundation for the shelter has been set. More work on the shelter is scheduled to get it completed this year. Nawakwa was received the National Service Award for this project and was awarded the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award for their efforts in promoting camp. Michael Lynch, Nawakwa Lodge Trail Crew Adviser, said "we expect to have one fantastic area where Scouts, Cub Scouts, Ventures and our local community can experience an AT style trail experience right in their backyard."</p>

Jun 20, 2013   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Early Ideas for Promoting NOAC 2015

<p>NOAC in 2015 will be the most attended National Order of the Arrow Conference in history. Given the awesome opportunity to celebrate the Order's 100th anniversary with thousands of other Arrowmen, we want to make sure you have all the resources to recruit as many people from your lodge as possible.<br /> <br /> First, lodges need to stress the importance of going to NOAC and the opportunities that come with gathering together with thousands of Arrowmen. To bring the objective into perspective, NOAC holds the best trainings around the nation, the most exciting games ever conceived into the minds of Boy Scouts (which is saying something), flash mobs of epic proportions, and so much more. Added to this are the contributions of your lodges with the greatest ceremonialists around the nation and well-known dancers of all divisions. Such dancers may be juggling around rings in a hoop dance or doing backflips in the fancy dance. All around, NOAC is the greatest event put on anywhere by the Order of the Arrow.<br /> <br /> It is messages like these that persuade members to sign up. Start a NOAC 2015 committee now and begin polling for interest in the program while pushing the exciting events of previous years through your own programs and publications. Starting early is also very important in maximizing membership at NOAC 2015. This time, the OA is using the <a href="/article/lodge-ledger-centennial-blaze-1-centennial-challenge">Centennial Challenge program</a> to help lodges bring as many Arrowmen as possible to the conference. Additionally, lodges should provide scholarships when possible to allow more Arrowmen an opportunity to attend.&nbsp; Some lodges take money left over at the end of each year and contribute it to their scholarship fund. NOAC has the ability to heavily impact lodges on the large scale and have the ability to go deeper inside the Arrowman and unlock his potential and passion for the OA and for Scouting in general.</p>

Lodge Ledger: National Trails Day 2013 to Give Lodges Chance to Get Outdoors, Give Back

<p>Looking for a great lodge or chapter service project? Do you want to help build trails for everyone to enjoy? If so, you will probably be interested in participating in the 2013 National Trails Day on June 1, 2013. The Order of the Arrow is teaming up with the American Hiking Society to offer our Scouts and Scouters more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. For years, it has been our purpose to enjoy the outdoors as well as to be its stewards.</p> <p>Now we have a chance to build upon the great work that our high adventure programs and <em>SummitCorps</em> have been able to accomplish. With this new partnership, we are asking for your support. The AHS not only promotes hiking and the outdoors but they also work to restore its beauty.</p> <p>To be a part of a project larger than ourselves is something greatness hinges upon. We ask that you take advantage of this opportunity by becoming a part of stewardship and outdoor enjoyment.</p> <p>Arrowmen can check out the AHS website <a href="http://www.americanhiking.org/" target="_blank">www.americanhiking.org</a>. On the web site you can find out how to become a part of American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® activities. Your lodge, chapter, troop, or Scout unit can be leaders in your local area by participating in NTD now! The official day is June 1, but groups are not limited to completing their project on that specific day. This project is a great way to rack up service hours for your lodge or chapter to use towards Journey to Excellence!</p> <p>To read more testimonials or get more information about how your lodge, chapter, troop or council can get involved in this event, email the OA NTD team at <a href="mailto:NTD@oa-bsa.org">NTD@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p>

May 19, 2013   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Wahunsenakah Lodge 333 Helps Local Tribe Restore Repurchased Lands

<p>Wahunsenakah Lodge 333 based in Newport News, Virginia recently had a unique opportunity to extend their service to the community by helping a nearby Iroquoian tribe improve their lands. The tribal powwow scheduled for May 5, 2013 was quickly approaching and many tasks still had not been finished. In light of the great need, more than 75 Arrowmen showed up to serve; lodge members traveled on average of about an hour to get to the village. Arrowmen contributed more 375 hours of service to the tribe.</p> <p>The Cheroenhaka tribe recently repurchased their lands in Portland, Virginia, and the project involved doing various tasks to improve their living space, almost like setting up camp. "They already had the list of projects. We were just there to get it done," said Wahunsenakah Lodge Chief Aaron Stewart, who headed the planning of the project.</p> <p>During the weekend of April 12-14, 2013, the Wahunsenakah Lodge helped with building several things, including the skeletal frames of the longhouses, some fencing, and a canoe rack. They also helped to clear out the stream next to the village and plant the three sisters: corn, beans and squash for the tribe. Since the project was done over a weekend, the lodge slept on the Native American grounds as well. "It was really incredible. Not every Scout or Scouter has an opportunity to sleep on those grounds."</p> <p>One of the vice chiefs of the tribe contacted Stewart late last year, but they really started planning the specifics of the project in February as other lodge projects came to a close. Stuart, the lodge chief, described the joint project with the local tribe as a success and hopes there will be other chances to partner in the future. "We were really fortunate to have the opportunity given to us," he said. "The moral of the story is to take the opportunities that are given to us."</p> <p>This project was open to the units as well. "First off, we wanted to get the proper number of people out there. We exceeded that. We also wanted to strengthen the relationship with the unit."</p>

May 19, 2013   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Philmont Training Adviser Conference

<p>Dear Fellow Advisers,</p> <p>Your are receiving this letter because another Order of the Arrow adviser has passed on your name and address as a possible attendee at the Order of the Arrow Adviser Conference for 2013. This week-long event is held annually at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, NM. Our conference dates are June 16-22, 2013, and we hope you will give serious consideration to joining us.</p> <p>The distinctive part of this 2013 conference is that you will be getting the most current and relevant information about the Order's content that is not available at a NLS, NLATS, or NOAC. In fact one of the features at our conference will be to ask for your input to issues and solutions being considered by the national OA committee. Another feature used last summer will be the exchange of challenges among our conference attendees in their Order of the Arrow roles at home. This session was expanded during the 2012 Conference at the request of our participants, and it proved to be one of the best parts of our week together. Great ideas can come from you just as well as the national committee!! We have lined up an excellent faculty of experienced, proven national committee and national sub committee Arrowmen to assist you during the week. We anticipate having one national officer join us as well.</p> <p>Consider recruiting other advisers from your lodge/chapter to join you next summer and use that time to strengthen friendships and spend creative time to find and develop ideas to improve your program at home. The current schedule at Philmont Training Center allows for family time around cafeteria meals, in the evening, and a half day Wednesday. See why Philmont is referred to as "Scouting's Paradise" by visiting their site at <a href="http://www.philmonttrainingcenter.org">www.philmonttrainingcenter.org</a>. This will give you specific details on all the activities available beyond the conference.</p> <p>Registration is now open to all registered advisers who want to improve their lodge and chapter programs. Prior council approval is no longer required. NLS and /or NLATS attendance is not necessary but will be very helpful if you have already attended one of these training opportunities. Please consider joining us June 16-22, 2013, and once you do decide, you can register on-line at <a href="https://my.scouting.org">my.scouting.org </a>and click on Event Registration.</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Jack Butler<br /> OA Faculty Lead</td> <td>Ray Capp<br /> National Chairman</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div>

Apr 13, 2013   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: OA LodgeMaster 3.0

<p>OA LodgeMaster&nbsp;has recently made an upgrade with version 3.0, with a brand-new and exciting interface. Each lodge in the Order can use this software system to track membership data, leadership positions, event attendances, lodge finances and everything else your lodge needs to be successful.</p> <p>LodgeMaster is free to all lodges. Arrowmen in charge of maintaining the system can run LodgeMaster with multiple users, so updated information says synchronized. This system includes two products that stem from the main project: LodgeMaster Desktop and LodgeMaster Online. In the Desktop application of LodgeMaster, members of a lodge's leadership team can manage the lodge's database and can edit the information within the system. A number of reports can be accessed and created as well, such as financial budgets, membership rosters, or event attendances. The Online version of LodgeMaster operates on the web browser and can be accessed by committee or chapter leadership of the lodge. While not as powerful as LodgeMaster Desktop, members can access roster lists for such things as chapter rosters.</p> <p>With this impressive management system, lodges can organize their data and accomplish their goals easier!</p>

Apr 13, 2013   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Laying the Foundation: Contingent Leader(s) and Contingent Advisers

<p>Although NOAC 2015 is over two years away, planning has already begun because this Conference will also be the celebration of 100 years of the Order of the Arrow. This NOAC is going to be the biggest in the history of the Order, with plans for 10,000 Arrowmen attending.</p> <p>To prepare your lodge for this event, the planning process on the lodge level should begin now as well. As a first step, the lodge should consider appointing a Youth Contingent Leader and a Contingent Adviser. Starting the planning process two years in advance may seem like a long time but having the right people creating and refining a plan to get your lodge to Michigan State for NOAC 2015, well in advance of the event, can maximize attendance from your lodge. Planning and executing this large long term goal can be an excellent chance to develop the organizational and leadership skills that can make outstanding future leaders, both youth and adult.</p> <p>With initial leadership identified, your lodge should start formulating a goal of how many Arrowmen your lodge is going to bring to NOAC 2015. As this conference celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, this goal should reflect not only the importance of the event, but a desire to make this event the best ever. How many more Arrowmen can your lodge bring over previous conference attendance? Can your lodge double its participation? Once this goal has been established, the Youth Contingent Leader and Contingent Adviser will have a defined objective on which they can focus their planning and efforts. In addition, the Order of the Arrow will assign your lodge a Centennial Guide, an experienced and enthusiastic Arrowman to help provide your lodge additional guidance and support on achieving your goal.</p> <p>The appointed Centennial Contingent Leadership can then build a team of youth chairmen and advisers to handle all the facets of making NOAC 2015 a huge success, including promotion, recruitment, fund raising, transportation, and specific event participation (such as ceremony evaluation). Having the details organized in advance has contributed to the success of many lodge contingents, maximizing the fun and allowing Arrowmen to experience all there is to see and do at NOAC.</p> <p>All adults that attend the Conference should do so as advisers, that is, they should be recruited and attend knowing that they will each have specific roles in ensuring the success of the contingent in support of the youth leaders. Delegation of duties across a team of advisers ensures available guidance to make sure that all the youth who attend have sufficient support and are able to maximize their NOAC experience.</p> <p>NOAC 2015 is going to the biggest and best NOAC ever! By starting the planning process now in establishing your Centennial Contingent leadership and by setting your lodge attendance goal, your lodge will be on the path to Michigan State August 3-8, 2015!</p>

Apr 13, 2013   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: 2012 E. Urner Goodman Camping Award Recipients

<p>The E. Urner Goodman Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order's founder. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council. Awards are presented to two outstanding lodges in each Region annually. The following lodges are being recognized for their 2012 accomplishments.</p> <table align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong><u>Central Region</u></strong></p> <p>Jaccos Towne Lodge<br /> Crossroads of America Council #160<br /> Indianapolis, IN</p> <p>Portage Lodge<br /> Heart of Ohio Council #450<br /> Ashland, Ohio</p> </td> <td> <p><strong><u>Northeast Region</u></strong></p> <p>Gyantwachia Lodge<br /> Chief Cornplanter Council #538<br /> Warren, Pennsylvania</p> <p>Lowwapaneu Lodge<br /> Northeastern Pennsylvania Council #501<br /> Moosic, Pennsylvania</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Southern Region</u></strong></p> <p>Nawakwa Lodge<br /> Heart of Virginia Council #602<br /> Richmond, Virginia</p> <p>Quapaw Lodge<br /> Quapaw Area Council #18<br /> Little Rock, Arkansas</p> </td> <td> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Western Region</u></strong></p> <p>Papago Lodge<br /> Catalina Council #11<br /> Tucson, Arizona</p> <p>Wiatava Lodge<br /> Orange County Council #39<br /> Santa Ana, California</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

Apr 13, 2013   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Centennial Blaze #1 - Centennial Challenge

<p><img alt="Arrowmen arrive at the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference" src="//www.oa-bsa.org/uploads/events/100th/arrival.jpg" />To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow in 2015, plans are being made to host the biggest and and most exciting National Order of the Arrow Conference in history. The goal is to provide as many Arrowmen as possible the chance to hang out with 10,000 of their closest friends; in this spirit, the Order is launching its Centennial Challenge!</p> <p><strong>How this works:</strong></p> <p>Every lodge across the country is eligible to bring as many Arrowmen as they can to NOAC 2015, which will be held from August 3-8 at Michigan State University. The first step in the Centennial Challenge is to set an attendance goal for your lodge. Here are a couple of suggested goals for your lodge to seek maximum participation:</p> <ol> <li>Bring at least 6% of your 2013 recharter membership; or</li> <li>Bring 15% more than your lodge’s participation at NOAC 2012; after all, fifteen blazes led us to the circle!</li> </ol> <p>Select the option that best fits your lodge and its members. The key is to provide every opportunity to as many of your members as possible to attend NOAC 2015. For those few lodges that were unable to attend NOAC 2012, consider a realistic and attainable goal that fits your lodge. If you need help, consider checking with your section adviser or Centennial Guide (details below).</p> <p>The Order is heavily committed to your lodge and its success at recruiting for NOAC 2015. A few resources have been developed to assist you in the Centennial Challenge:</p> <ol> <li>To assist lodges' journeys to the 2015 conference, every lodge has been assigned a Centennial Guide who, like Kitchkinet, can "guide" your lodge throughout the Centennial Challenge. This guide will be in contact in the near future with your lodge to discuss goals and plans.</li> <li>Centennial Updates will be emailed to key lodge leadership on a regular basis between now and NOAC 2015. These updates will be packed full of the best ideas from around the country on how to recruit more lodge members for NOAC. They will also include promotional materials for lodges to use.</li> </ol> <p>Updates and more ideas on how to reach your Centennial Challenge goal and share the fun and excitement of NOAC 2015 will be coming in the near future!</p>

Mar 27, 2013   Centennial 2015, Lodge Ledger