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Lodge Ledger: Elangomats Brave Weather During Ordeal Weekend

<p>Anyone who has spent a weekend camping knows all too well that foul weather can ruin even the most well-planned event. Sometimes these events can be postponed or cancelled, but many times the situation calls for renewed vigor and perseverance. Such a situation occurred at Lowwapaneu Lodge’s Fall Ordeal, which was plagued with an intense downpour that would have rendered any normal outdoor endeavor pointless. The Arrowmen of Lowwapaneu did not quit; rather, they joined together in brotherhood and pushed forward with the Ordeal, keeping intact a tradition far older than themselves.</p> <p>It all started on the first night; a light mist greeted the new Ordeal candidates and returning lodge members, but the lodge executive committee determined that the weekend should proceed according to plan. At approximately 5am the next morning, the skies opened and made a day that was designed to be filled with arduous labor even more intense. The intended project, breaking down camp sites, was scrapped. Instead, candidates focused on clearing the camp’s roads and improving the campfire circle, both of which were made all the more difficult with the additional challenges brought on by the day’s stormy weather.</p> <p>Despite the bleakness brought on by the weather, a shining example of what it means to be an Arrowman was found that weekend. The clans did not falter or become sluggish, instead they pushed through, fulfilling their pledges of cheerful service. At the head of this intense resolve and commitment to the meaning of the Ordeal were the lodge’s elangomat corps.</p> <p>Volunteering to experience the Ordeal again, this time at the head of a clan of candidates, each elangomat had already revealed that the true nature of the Order of the Arrow was inside them. This was amplified during the storm, when instead of hunkering down and taking the weather, the elangomats led their clans as normal. Lowwapaneu Lodge Elangomat Chairman Robert Hricko claimed that even though “Everyone was wet, and it was miserable… we didn’t quit because of the weather.”</p> <p>In an event where comfort is by no means expected, the fact that the additional, constant hardships brought on by severe weather could not stop an almost century’s worth of tradition is remarkable. The members of Lowwapaneu Lodge should be proud of their Ordeal, for what they did not only benefitted the camp and the lodge, but it also showed that the resolve of the Arrowman is stronger than the harshness of nature.</p>

Oct 28, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Tahosa Lodge Gets People Onto Hiking Trails

<p>On June 7, 2014, the American Hiking Society sponsored National Trails Day, an officially recognized national holiday which is devoted to our nation’s outdoor trails and conservation efforts. It is a celebration of America’s magnificent trail system that takes place each year on the first Saturday in June. National Trails Day features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host events on this day in order to share their love of trails with friends, family and their communities. It introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, bird watching and more. It is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes or special or threatened locations.</p> <p>This year, Tahosa Lodge, with a membership of approximately 1,300 in the Denver Area Council, sponsored a special hike to honor the occasion. Scouts, Cubs, Arrowmen, families and friends were all invited to attend this event, which featured two hikes: a family-friendly 2.7 mile hike and a more intense 6.9 mile hike to a scenic view at 7,200 ft. The event wasn’t just for people either. Scott Beckett, adviser for Tahosa Lodge, remarked that “it was a real human and doggie event. The mutts enjoyed the hiking!”</p> <p>Beckett said that the event was “the first of its kind for the OA” and that “there is a large opportunity for this event&nbsp;to be a catalyst to get more kids out into the community to hike and enjoy nature.” He hopes that other lodges will host similar events in their communities to celebrate nature and our country’s trail resources.</p> <p>So next year, be sure to join the celebration of National Trails Day on June 7. Happy Hiking!</p>

Oct 27, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Centennial Blaze #7 - A Toolkit for All

Promotions, publicity, PR, matter what you call it, telling the great stories of the upcoming 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) to as many Arrowmen that will listen is vitally important to getting your lodge to Michigan State University next summer.

Apr 20, 2014   Centennial 2015, Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Changes, more resources coming for Journey to Excellence

<p>After a successful year of Journey to Excellence (JTE) submissions in 2013, the national OA committee is continuing to improve the award in order to better serve lodges.</p> <p>Every lodge in the country participated in the JTE process in 2013; because of that, the Order has an ocean of information and data it is utilizing to help make the award a better tool for lodges and help improve the OA as a whole.</p> <p>Two new things are being implemented for JTE 2014. First, each lodge will receive a JTE insights report with helpful metrics that will allow Key 3 and LEC members to measure themselves relative to other lodges and in their region. Each region has a JTE coordinator to help lodges read through their report and use it to implement useful change:</p> <ul> <li>Northeast: Mike George (<a href=""></a>)</li> <li>Southern: Kevin Jura (<a href=""></a>)</li> <li>Central: Brian Chrzanowski (<a href=""></a>)</li> <li>Western: Steve Davidek (<a href=""></a>)</li> </ul> <p>The data collected through JTE is also being used by the committee to help inform NOAC trainings, support the membership retention task force and guide other initiatives to support lodges.</p> <p>The second new aspect for JTE 2014 is the benchmark for each award level (bronze/silver/gold). Each level has been adjusted to reflect the results from the past two years. Each level is set to a distribution (top 10% for gold, 50% for silver, 80% for bronze) and reflects the actual data received over the past two years.</p> <p>The JTE team has also released a new resource for chapters: the chapter JTE workbook. The new workbook is meant to help chapters set goals and work through the JTE award requirements progressively.</p> <p>All of the JTE resources are available in the <a href="/resources/ucl-support/journey-to-excellence">Journey to Excellence Program Section</a>. Chapters, lodges or anyone with a JTE question, criticism or suggestion can email <a href=""></a>.</p>

Apr 01, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Spots still available for OA High Adventure at Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier

<p><img alt="" src="//" />There is still time to sign up for OA High Adventure for this summer! Explore the Florida Keys at Florida Sea Base through OA Ocean Adventure or take in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota at Northern Tier with OA Wilderness Voyage or OA Canadian Odyssey. Sign up today, bring a buddy from your lodge, or other members of your chapter.</p> <p><strong>OA Ocean Adventure</strong></p> <p>The requirement to have attended another OA High Adventure program before attending the OA Ocean Adventure program has expired. &nbsp;Anyone regardless of past experience who meets the age requirements can attend this program. New for 2014, participants will take part in a water based service project that involves the removal of an invasive species called Lion Fish.</p> <p>"OA Ocean Adventure is unlike any other experience that I've had in Scouting,” remarked a participant of last summer’s OAOA experience. “The tropical atmosphere and adventure creates a phenomenal experience. While sharing in brotherhood and fellowship, it generated memories that will last a lifetime."</p> <p>Come join us for this exciting new adventure. The cost is $500 plus travel expenses. &nbsp;Apply today by visiting <a href=""></a></p> <p>The following sessions still have availability:</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tr> <td>June 8th – June 17th</td> <td>5 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 20th – June 29th</td> <td>6 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 26th – July 5th</td> <td>8 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 2nd – July 11th</td> <td>8 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 8th – July 17th</td> <td>7 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 14th – July 23rd</td> <td>5 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 26th – August 4th</td> <td>3 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 1st – August 10th</td> <td>5 spots</td> </tr> </table> </div> <p><strong>OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey</strong></p> <p>Have you always wanted to go to Northern Tier and participate in the OA Wilderness Voyage or OA Canadian Odyssey program? Now is your chance. Come experience the great northern woods.</p> <p>"Wilderness Voyage is an adventure unlike any other. While constructing portage trails and canoeing throughout the Boundary Waters, participants are challenged both physically and mentally from beginning to end. The leadership skills and friends I made are sure to last a lifetime." - An overjoyed Arrowman reflecting on his experience on Wilderness Voyage last summer.</p> <p>You can apply for OA Wilderness Voyage by visiting <a href=""></a> or OA Canadian Odyssey by visiting <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>The following sessions are available for OA Wilderness Voyage:</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tr> <td>June 4th – June 18th</td> <td>3 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 25th – July 9th</td> <td>5 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 2nd – July 16th</td> <td>5 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 9th – July 23rd</td> <td>3 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 16th – July 30th</td> <td>2 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 23rd – August 6th</td> <td>2 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 30th – August 13th</td> <td>5 spots</td> </tr> </table> </div> <p>The following sessions are available for OA Canadian Odyssey:</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tr> <td>June 4th – June 18th</td> <td>4 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 11th – June 25th</td> <td>3 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 18th – July 2nd</td> <td>4 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 25th – July 9th</td> <td>6 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 9th – July 23rd</td> <td>4 spots</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 16 – July 30th</td> <td>3 spots</td> </tr> </table> </div>

Mar 30, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: The early history of Semialachee Lodge

<p>Semialachee Lodge is a part of Suwannee River Area Council in Tallahassee, Florida. The lodge chartered on June 16th, 1943, and was named Suriarco Lodge at first before the name changed to “Semialachee” during a contest to decide on a new name for the lodge. Semialachee Lodge has had a small Arrowmen population traditionally. Normally, the lodge ranges from 50 to 100 total active Arrowmen.</p> <p>In their early years, Semialachee held their Ordeals on Wednesdays and Thursdays during summer camp at Orchard Pond, their council camp. During these events, they would have an Ordeal master, a youth OA leader who comes to the camp on those days during the summer, managing the Ordeal. Additionally, lodge elections occurred during summer camps throughout this time in their lodge history.</p> <p>In 1955, Semialachee hosted the Area 6-D meeting. Arrowmen from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama came to Tallahassee to attend this program. This event followed a similar structure to a section Conclave: it had ceremonies, a trading post, skill-building sessions, and a fellowship. Dr. E. Urner Goodman attended this event along with LeRoy Collins, the governor of Florida at the time.</p> <p>Semialachee has several lodge traditions such as making it mandatory for Arrowmen to wear regalia before entering a ceremony ring. Patch auctions are a common event that occurs at lodge events. &nbsp;The profits made from these occasions go towards lodge resources and contingents. The lodge also has a chief’s ring that gets passed down to each lodge chief – a tradition that they started in 1960.</p> <p>What are some of your lodge’s traditions? Let us know by sending an email to us at <a href=""></a> and you may be featured in an upcoming publication!</p>

Mar 30, 2014   Lodge Ledger
#TakeTheLead - Western & Central Region National Leadership Seminars: Are you going?

<p><img alt="" src="//" />In just a few short weeks on April 4-6, some of the Western Region’s up-and-coming leaders will be gathering at Forest Lawn Scout Reservation in Cedar Glen, California. Simultaneously, youth leaders with gather in Parkville, Missouri in the Central Region. This weekend will be the Western Region’s first National Leadership Seminar (NLS) weekend of 2014 and second NLS for the Central Region. The programs provided at this seminar will give Arrowmen an in-depth look at various leadership principles. These principles can be applied to their positions in the Order of the Arrow and throughout their lives.</p> <p>As with past years, both regions will continue their tradition of colorful demonstrations through various trainings. They will also reach out beyond the NLS weekend to encourage their participants to take home what they have learned. What will be new this year? The regions will be exploring new ways to present some of the sessions. They will also implement innovative techniques to better showcase the accomplishments of the NLS participants!</p> <p>With premiere trainers come a premiere program, and this is definitely no exception for the West. Earlier this year at a train-the-trainer event for NLS staff, the regions assembled a new talented and enthusiastic Arrowmen to bring their knowledge and experience to all the participants in the NLS program this year. “I enjoy learning with the participants of the NLS weekends. I do not know everything about the Order, and I often find that they have much more to teach me than I can teach them!” said 2014 Western Region Chief Michael Kintscher when asked about his past experiences on NLS staff. &nbsp;</p> <p>Those attending and learning are most definitely the next generation of leaders in our organization. However, nothing says that you cannot be a part of this group! &nbsp;There are no prerequisites to attend the weekend seminar.</p> <p>For all 2014 NLS opportunies held around the nation, be sure to check out the <a href="/program/national-calendar">OA National Calendar here</a>.</p>

Mar 30, 2014   Lodge Ledger
High-membership lodges create unique ways to communicate with chapters, members

<p>Have you ever noticed that a stream coming from the top of a mountain goes down towards a river or lake in the valley? Think of the stream as a flow of information; this represents the way that our lodges send down information to each of its members. Take an inside look at how Amangamek-Wipit Lodge from Bethesda, Maryland, and Nentico Lodge from Baltimore, Maryland, connect with their members effectively even with gargantuan membership levels.<br /> <br /> With over 1,700 members, Nentico Lodge uses its lodge executive committee as a key communications avenue to its chapters. The lodge can determine the progress of its programs through the operation reports collected from the chapters at each meeting. After meetings, the lodge uses social media and its website to keep the chapters updated. Chapter size is not an issue for Nentico Lodge, as explained by lodge chief Colin Ganley. "A chapter that has a strong core of leaders that can easily communicate internally and externally relative to the size of the chapter is the most efficient."<br /> <br /> Amangamek-Wipit Lodge employs a unique approach in dispersing information and work loads on approximately 4,100 members across southern Maryland, Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia. The lodge implemented a service area system to delegate major events. Each area has four to five chapters consisting of 150 to 400 members. "The area chief heads up the area's efforts, whether it be through coordinating an area leadership development conference (an LLD on a smaller scale), organizing JTE numbers, or anything in between," said Amangamek-Wipit Lodge Vice Chief of Communications Ben Press. He also added that the role of an area chief is a smaller version of a lodge chief, and area chiefs help the lodge chief handle sending down information to the twenty-three chapters.<br /> <br /> While chapters within large lodges have strong participation, they face their own unique issues. Communication starts to become a major challenge when reaching out to individual members. One such chapter is Old Dominion based in Fairfax County, Virginia. Old Dominion's chapter chief, Ben Washechek, says the Order of the Arrow Troop/Team Representative (OATR) program has been a useful tool for large chapters in reaching out to individual members, and he is using it to keep in contact with troops. "I have detailed one of my vice chiefs to gather important information at roundtables," said Washechek, "In this way, we will have a constant supply of current contact information flowing into the chapter."<br /> <br /> The flow of information from top down in a large lodge has been made easier by taking advantage of all available resources, along with innovative solutions. Lodges should have no issue with their large size, as long as they have dedicated leadership. Strong leadership in a large chapter will still work effectively as long as they have good camaraderie and the ability to effectively communicate what needs to be done.</p>

Feb 17, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: #TakeTheLead - Sign up for a National Leadership Seminar near you!

<p>Lodge leadership -<br /> <br /> Now is your time to participate in the best training offered by the Order of the Arrow! It's time to take the lead and sign up for a National Leadership Seminar (NLS) offered in the coming months at locations near you!<br /> <br /> NLS is a weekend jam-packed full of fun, fellowship and leadership training unlike any other youth-led program in the Boy Scouts of America. NLS is specifically geared to lodge leadership and Scouts just like you! In fact, every other January, NLS trainers from around the nation gather for a training designed specifically to help coach our staff in order to give participants the best experience possible! It is time now to get signed up with other leaders in your lodge. Check out the calendar below and we hope to see you #TakeTheLead!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>February 28 - March 1</td> <td>NLS/NLATS - CR (Rochester, IN)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>February 28 - March 1</td> <td>NLS/NLATS - SR (Antioch, TN)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>March 14-16</td> <td>NLS/NLATS - NER (Alpine, NJ)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 4-6</td> <td>NLS/NLATS - CR (Parkville, MO)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 4-6</td> <td>NLS/NLATS - WR (Cedar Glen, CA)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 11-13</td> <td>NLS - NER (Reading, PA)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 11-13</td> <td>NLS/NLATS - SR (Little Rock, AR)</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

Feb 17, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Dwellers of the prairie

<p>Not many lodges make it 50 years, let alone 75. Based in eastern South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota, Tetonwana Lodge is 76 years old. Tetonwana Lodge was founded in the year 1937 by John Bibby, from Brookings, South Dakota, who had been inducted into the Order of the Arrow while on a canoeing expedition at the Region Ten Canoe Base, which is now known as the Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base. Bibby wished to bring the Order back with him to eastern South Dakota. Since then, Tetonwana Lodge has seen its fair share of success, fame, and politics.<br /> <br /> How success within the Order is measured is subjective. Some consider continuous membership gain to be a sign of success. If that's the case, then Tetonwana Lodge is not successful. Tetonwana has been maintaining a humble size of about 350 members in recent years, but it has also seen membership in larger numbers especially in the 90s and early 2000s, which was a time when membership peaked at about 600.<br /> <br /> Success and fame in the Order is sometimes measured by the number of regional and national officers to which a lodge has been home. Tetonwana Lodge has been home to one region chief, Roger Hoyme, the 1978-1980 North Central Region chief, and one national chief, Jeff Hayward, the 2004 chief. In the year 1978, the Sioux Council, which at the time covered southeast South Dakota, absorbed Pheasant Council, which covered northeast South Dakota. Along with the councils, the Order of the Arrow lodges also changed. Pheasant Council's lodge, Lyatonka Lodge, was absorbed by Sioux Council's lodge, Tetonwana Lodge. Lyatonka Lodge was the home lodge to Clyde Mayer, the current national OA director, before it was absorbed by Tetonwana Lodge.<br /> <br /> Traditions are often lost and feelings are often hurt when lodges merge or are absorbed and the Lyatonka/Tetonwana absorption was no exception. As a result of the absorption, Pheasant Council's resident camp, Camp Lyataka, near Wilmot, South Dakota, was slowly shut down, and as a result it was not used as a primary venue for lodge Conclaves. The ceremonial procedures of Lyatonka Lodge were no longer with the location for which they had been designed, and the traditions found in the way Lyatonka Lodge held its ceremonies was lost. Tetonwana Lodge, at that point, held its annual spring Conclave at Lewis and Clark Scout Camp, near Tabor, South Dakota, the Sioux Council's residents camp, and its annual fall Conclave at one of two council camps, Camp Shetek, near Currie, Minnesota and Newton Hills, near Canton, South Dakota. As a result of the absorption, Camp Lyataka was inserted into a three camp rotation with Newton Hills and Camp Shetek, thus reducing its ceremonial usage to lodge ceremonies once every three years and to small calling-out ceremonies by troops or at district functions.<br /> <br /> As with almost all lodge mergers/absorptions, feelings were hurt when Tetonwana Lodge and Lyatonka Lodge merged. The absorption was a sudden move, and many individuals refused to take part in Order of the Arrow functions that fell out of the former territory of Lyatonka Lodge. It took many years for those from Lyatonka Lodge to become active within Tetonwana Lodge, and there are still hard feelings about the absorption today even though the absorption happened over 30 years ago. However, this is not something new to the Order of the Arrow, and it is something that has happened to many lodges throughout the OA's nearly 100 years of existence. Traditions have still formed since then even in the midst of mixed emotions, namely the campership program started in 1991.<br /> <br /> A campership is a fairly simple program. Money is raised for Scouts to go to camp. This money is put into a scholarship fund known as a campership fund. The money is then distributed to the Scouts who meet the requirements designated by the organization that issues the campership. Tetonwana Lodge began a campership program in 1991. To raise the money for the campership, a council strip is designed and created each year and then is sold at a price of $10 per patch. To help pay for the council strips, a walking stick also known as the spirit stick is auctioned off at the lodge's annual winter banquet. All proceeds go directly towards paying for the creation of the patches and the winners of the spirit stick are allowed to add one item onto the spirit stick. After a certain amount of years, a new spirit stick is created and the old one is placed into the Sioux Council's museum which is called the "Scouter's Attic." Not all traditions are based in dance teams, ceremonies, or conclave activities. Some traditions find roots in a legacy of cheerful service. This is especially true in lodges that cover large amounts of land but contain few members.<br /> <br /> In its 76 years of existence, Tetonwana Lodge has followed the constantly changing course of society fantastically. From being the home of a national chief to dealing with a territorial split, Tetonwana has seen its share of fame, drama, politics, and all around its fair share of the Brotherhood we know as the Order of the Arrow.</p>

Feb 17, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Lowanne Nimat Lodge revamps LLD

<p>Lowanne Nimat Lodge recently had 20 youth and 11 adult Arrowmen attend their lodge leadership development conference held at the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse, NY, the sixth largest mall in the country.<br /> <br /> Arrowmen arrived Friday and, after getting to know one another over dinner, started their training. Arrowmen who were not from the Syracuse area were invited to stay with families in the area. On Saturday, Arrowmen had a chance to learn about what it means to be a leader in the lodge. The youth were led to a 70-foot tall ropes course where they had to work together to get through. The resilience of the members of Lowanne Nimat quickly shined as many decided to take on the course blindfolded, walking backwards, or even both. This fun but challenging experience helped these growing leaders not only strengthen their sense of brotherhood but also learn from each other and take on new experiences.<br /> <br /> As the training came to a close, each Arrowman had to come up with goals they had for themselves and the lodge. After sharing their vision with the group, participants were given their new lodge hat and patch. Scott Armstrong, the lodge adviser, was extremely pleased with what lodge members dreamed up. "They weren't afraid to think big," he said, explaining that very few of the goals the youth leadership set were short-term. The team was not only shooting for a good lodge now, but also for a lodge that would continue to grow years into the future.<br /> <br /> Months later, the lodge has gone through a transformation to a group of Scouts with "a sense of pride in their lodge." News of what transpired at the LLD quickly spread throughout the lodge, and new Arrowmen quickly asked how they could become more active in the lodge. The lodge has also taken a prominent role in the council by adding the lodge chief to a position on the council executive board as people became more aware of the presence the OA had in the council.<br /> <br /> The Lowanne Nimat Lodge has shown us that with a little innovation and brotherhood, we can make big things happen in the lodge and beyond.</p>

Feb 17, 2014   Lodge Ledger
Lodge Ledger: Centennial Blaze #6 - Legacy Project

<h2>Lodge Legacy Rock</h2> <p>Each lodge was asked to provide a legacy rock during 2012. Why? Simply put, this act will provide a permanent way to commemorate the legacy each lodge has left during the first century of our organization. Currently, 240 rocks have been received, representing a participation rate of 85% nationally. Let's do our part to get the remaining 15% of the rocks sent in! The instructions to submit your piece of this legacy are <a href="/centennial/legacy-project/">here</a>. To see the complete list of rocks, <a href="" target="_blank"> follow this link</a>.</p> <p>In case you changed your mind, lodges will also be given the chance to submit a new rock. If you feel your original submission is not reflective of how you want your lodge to be remembered, here's your chance to make it right. Rocks could be subject to extreme temperatures, rain, ice and snow, so please keep that in mind.</p> <p>We know that all lodges don't have access to the same resources, and some may not have access to rocks at all. As such, the organization has partnered with a monument company to provide a turnkey solution. No shipping costs are required, and an <a href="">online form found here</a> can provide more information.</p> <h2>Legacy Lid</h2> <p>How's your lid looking? During 2013, each lodge was asked to further consider your legacy in the Order's first 100 years of service. In addition the legacy your lodge wants to make in a new century of service. Each lodge was given a Centennial Crate at NOAC 2012. Your lodge is charged with taking the lid to this crate and painting one side of it to reflect your lodge's legacy. Why not incorporate the design for your 100th Anniversary NOAC 2015 contingent flap into the design?</p> <p>Once your lid is complete, please take a high resolution color photo or make a high resolution scan of the lid. Please upload the image to <a href=""></a>. Images should be in JPG format and scanned with a resolution no larger than 1200 dpi. Your images will become part of the digital archives and will be used at NOAC 2015.</p> <p>We've received several awesome lids already. Check out the following <a href="" target="_blank">link to see if your lodge's lid has been received</a>.</p> <p>Your lid should be kept by your lodge and put in a safe place.</p> <h2>History Book</h2> <p>Tell us your lodge's story in 2014. Focus the year on preparing a written history of your lodge. Perhaps your lodge already has part of your history written down, or perhaps your lodge is just starting to record your history. Either way, please use 2014 as an opportunity to preserve your lodge's unique story for future generations of Arrowmen to enjoy!</p> <p>Each lodge is asked to submit the contact information of their lodge's chairman and adviser for this project through the following <a href="" target="_blank"> survey</a>. These lodge contacts will be sent monthly newsletters and helpful resources as they undertake this important project. Instructions are available to you on the website. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view the lodge history book instructions.</p> <p>Once you have a finished product please upload a PDF copy to: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Questions about the lodge history book milestone can be submitted to <a href=""></a>.</p> <h2>Centennial Fire</h2> <p>Now, let's turn up the heat. Each lodge is invited to fill their Centennial Crate with wood and bring it with you to NOAC 2015. The wood will be burned in a controlled ceremonial fire and each lodge that participates will have the opportunity to return home with some ash from that fire to commemorate the event.</p> <p>However, when transporting wood, certain rules apply. Consistent with the disclaimers that were present on the crate, please follow all applicable state laws when transporting wood. A few notes that must be adhered to regarding the wood:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Do not transport live wood.</strong></li> <li><strong>Do not transport pine or ash.</strong> We want to be very careful not to spread invasive species of insect, diseases or other contaminants!</li> <li><strong>NO bark.</strong></li> <li>Consider transporting <u>kiln dried wood only</u>. Examples include a piece of a fence, tent stakes, broken ax handle, part of an old door or shutter from your lodge building.</li> <li>Please adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace.</li> </ol> <h2>NOAC 2015 Lodge Legacy Display</h2> <p>Show us what you've got! At NOAC 2015, each lodge will be provided with a table to display the four milestone components of this project. This is going to be big. Lots of people are going to see these displays, so we really want all lodges to participate. We ask that you bring your actual lid, a hard copy of your history book and your kiln dried&nbsp;wood when you travel to NOAC 2015. The lodge rocks will be delivered and placed on your table.</p>