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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 email@example.com.
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.
Save the Date
The 2020 Section W-1S Conclave will be held at Hoodoo Ski Resort on September 11-13, 2020.
Check back in January 2020 for more information.
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.
Region & National
- Thrive: A National Webinar | October 19, 2019 | 1-5 pm Eastern | Details
- Western Region Gathering | October 25-27, 2019 | Portland, OR
- Communications Retreat | November 15-17, 2019 | TBD
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
- Fall Fellowship | November 1-3, 2019 | Camp McLoughlin
- Annual Fellowship | October 18-20, 2019 | Camp Baker
- Lodge Officer Retreat | November 8-10, 2019 | Camp Baker
- Fall Induction Weekend | October 11-13, 2019 | Butte Creek Ranch
- College of Youth Leadership | November 2, 2019 | Mt Hood Community College