Tsisqan Lodge held their Workshop Weekend on February 23-25, 2018 at Camp Baker. 

Photo Credit: Brent Adams

Workshop Weekend was the first event of the year for Tsisqan Lodge and one of two fellowship-oriented weekends during the year. The weekend was full of training, crafts, and activities to improve and enhance Order of the Arrow program and ceremonies.

Saturday morning was packed with training sessions including intro to ceremonies, advanced ceremonies, adult ceremonial mentoring, PVC flute making, hand drum making, Elangomat training, brotherhood attainment, and a mountain man display. 

The afternoon offered a variety of crafts and activities for Arrowmen. Native American drumming, beading, Capote making, Native American games, chokers, moccasins, and leggings were among the opportunities available to Arrowmen. 

For those that were not into the training and crafts, several service projects were performed during the weekend. Arrowmen replaced a window in a camp building, removed an old outhouse, and more. 

New this year was the addition of Ordeal ceremony auditions. The lodge is forming an elite Ordeal ceremony team. Members of the team will get to wear a special set of regalia and perform the Ordeal ceremonies for the lodge’s two Induction Weekends. 

The evening concluded with a wonderful dinner and the presentation of the 2017 Founder’s Award recipients. Mason Robbins (youth) and Mackenzie Marquardt (adult) were the recipients. 

Over 90 Arrowen attended Workshop Weekend including the Section W-1S Chief Christopher McCracken and Secretary Ethan Jones. 

Overall, Workshop Weekend was a success and Tsiqan Lodge is preparing for their Service Weekend back at Camp Baker on April 20-22, 2018.