Section News

Auction Donations Needed

We are still in need of donations for the section auction at conclave. The section auction supports year-round section program and operations and helps deliver the best possible experience to Arrowmen.  Consider donating today. Contact auction adviser Todd Hatfield at ...

Thrive: A National Webinar

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Order of the Arrow will host its first ever national webinar entitled, "Thrive: A National Webinar, a Local Commitment." The webinar will address the redefined role of the section, deliver new concepts focusing on ...

Conclave Staff Needed

Conclave is just around the corner and preparations are underway for over 450 Arrowmen from around the section to gather for a weekend of fun and fellowship at Camp Meriwether on September 6-8. Events like these take a lot of ...

How to Earn the Section Comms Team Patch

Created in 2018, the Section W-1S Communications Team patch is given to those Arrowmen who support and contribute to section communications. Due to the high demand for this patch, the Comms Team created a list of criteria to earn the ...

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Secretary Statement

As summer approaches, I am reminded that Conclave 2019 is coming fast. This year has gone by at an incredible speed and there have been many amazing things happening that make it even better.

On February 1st, the Boy Scouts of America launched their new program, Scouts BSA, welcoming girls into what was the Boy Scout program. This has been a huge step forward for the BSA, and the Order of the Arrow has reflected these changes as well as welcoming Venturing and Sea Scouts members into the brotherhood. This is an exciting new step, giving even more youth the opportunity to join an organization that exemplifies the points of the Scout Oath, Law, and spirit, builds strong connections between members, and lifelong leadership skills.

In April, I attended the new NLS program. I call it new because when I attended as a new Arrowman in 2015, the program was much different. Let me tell you, the revamped program is an amazing experience that I believe all Arrowmen should attend to improve their leadership skills (which they will carry with them their whole life). I encourage all Arrowmen to speak to their lodge chief or lodge adviser if they have any questions about attending NLS!

Another wonderful thing that has happened since my last update, is the Order of the Arrow has recently changed the program a little; as many of you have seen, the new brotherhood requirement is 6 months of service, as opposed to the previous 10 months. This will increase membership, providing more opportunities for Arrowmen to improve themselves out of love for one another.

I am excited to see how much these changes improve the experience of the Order of the Arrow for thousands of Arrowmen. I would also love to hear from YOU, how these changes have impacted you! Feel free to reach out to me at ejones@sectionw1s.org.

I am excited, as always, to see everybody at conclave this year at Camp Meriwether in September! Don’t forget to register ahead of time so you don’t get a late fee! New Arrowmen will receive a discount if they register online, so make sure to do so soon. Feel free to contact me, or anybody in the Council of Chiefs, if you have any questions or if you are unsure if you want to attend conclave.


Ethan Jones
Section Secretary


General Information

September 6-8, 2019

Regular Registration: $45
New Arrowmen: $40
Onsite: $55

Camp Meriwether
Cloverdale, OR

Open online now!
Closes Sept. 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm

“Conclave by the Sea: Shipwreck at the Cape”

Host Lodge
Wauna La-Mon’tay.

What is Conclave?

Each year, all three lodges in Section W-1S gather for a weekend of training, fellowship, shows, and fun at the annual conclave. Arrowmen will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other Arrowmen from around the section and learn new skills to improve their Scouting and Order of the Arrow programs.

Conclave Attendance Goals

*Last updated: 8/22/19 9:31 pm

Lo La'Qam Geela
Goal: 30 63.3%
Goal: 50 40%
Wauna La-Mon'tay
Goal: 375 52.3%

Very Important Arrowman (VIA)

What is a VIA?
A VIA is an Arrowman who has attended his or her Ordeal induction since the last conclave. 

What is the benefit of attending conclave as a new Arrowman? 
There are several. New Arrowmen get a $5 discount on their conclave registration. There are also special events just for VIA’s such as the VIA Luncheon. Learn more about opportunities for new Arrowmen at conclave HERE

Conclave Training

Saturday morning is filled with training in a variety of topics including ceremonies, leadership, communications, crafts, and fun skills. Every Arrowman who attends training during all three sessions can earn a “degree” at the Ktemaque University. 

Learn more about the conclave training program and available classes HERE.


Afternoon activities may be one of the best parts of conclave. Learn more about the activities that will be offered at this year’s conclave HERE

Conclave Commttees

Who plans the conclave? Learn more about the conclave committees HERE.

Order of the Arrow High Adventure

The Order of the Arrow is the best way to experience scouting’s High Adventure Bases. There are currently 5 different options open to youth Arrowmen that are registered members of both the Boy Scouts of America and Order of the Arrow. For more information visit adventure.OA-BSA.org.


The Section has scholarships available for youth to attend OA High Adventure programs.  More information about the Section High Adventure Program Scholarship is coming soon.

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Upcoming Events

Region & National

  • Thrive: A National Webinar | October 19, 2019 | 1-5 pm Eastern | Details


  • Conclave | September 6-8, 2019 | Camp Meriwether

Lo La’Qam Geela

  • Fall Makualla Induction | September 20-22, 2019 | Camp Makualla
  • Fall Riggs Induction | September 27-29, 2019 | Camp Riggs-Johnston
  • Fall McLoughlin Induction | October 4-6, 2019 | Camp McLoughlin


  • Annual Fellowship | October 18-20, 2019 | Camp Baker

Wauna La-Mon’tay

  • ArrowCorps 2019 | August 18-23, 2019 
  •  Fall Induction Weekend | October 11-13, 2019 | Butte Creek Ranch
  •  College of Youth Leadership | November 2, 2019 | Mt Hood Community College