Eagle Congratulatory Letters

Do you know an Arrowmen that is a new Eagle Scout? This congratulatory letter from the section officers is a great addition to an Eagle Court of Honor.

Get the Section W-1S letter HERE.

You can also get a letter from the national chief, vice chief, and chairman HERE.

Wauna La-Mon’tay Rendezvous Recap

Wauna La-Mon’tay lodge concluded their annual fellowship, rendezvous, Sunday morning. The event, held at Camp Meriwether, was full of sunshine, fun activities, fellowship, and great food.

The weekend started with a fun night of fellowship as well as the lodge museum! Saturday morning started with breakout sessions featuring lodge leadership development training as well as some other classes. The youth elected Trevor Horine as their new lodge chief for the 2019-2020 lodge program year. After lunch, Arrowmen had the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun activities such as rock climbing, tomahawk throwing, an escape room, and more. They also elected their new lodge vice-chiefs. The evening finished with a banquet, featuring the presentation of the Leadership in Service awards, Founders’ awards, James E. West recipients, and the vigil callout.

Arrowmen said farewell on Sunday morning, a sunny, but still very cold morning. Wauna La-Mon’tay’s next event is the Meriwether induction where they plan to welcome many new Arrowmen!

OA Hackathon

Are you interested in technology? All members of the Order of the Arrow, regardless of technical skill, are invited to attend the 2019 OA Hackathon. This hackathon will focus on enabling Arrowmen to integrate technology and problem solving to meet new and evolving needs as the Order of the Arrow continues into its second century. This year, attendees can sign up for one of three different tracks based on their skill set, ensuring that they will be placed with others at similar levels of expertise.

When: June 26-30, 2019
Where: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Visit https://oa-bsa.org/hackathon/ for details.

New Online Trading Post

In January 2019, the Section W-1S Communications Team launched a new online trading post. This new online store will allow the section to sell merchandise items year-round and assist with inventory and order management. Plus, it is easy to use on any device.

Check it out at tradingpost.sectionw1s.org.

Conclave Auction Donations

The section is looking for donations for the 2019 conclave auction. The auction is the annual fundraiser to support the section’s year’round operations in supporting the lodge we serve.

All donations are welcome including patches, Scouting memorabilia, camping gear, and more.

Contact auction@sectionw1s.org with questions or to make arrangements to donate.

2019 Patch Designs

The section is looking for patch designs for the 2019 conclave patch set. Both youth and adults are welcome to submit designs.

All designs must meet the following criteria.

  • Include “Section W-1S” or “W-1S”
  • Include “Conclave 2019” or “2019 Conclave”
  • Must have at least one of the following
    • OA Arrowhead
    • “OA”
    • ‘WWW”
  • Be 10 colors or less
  • Be a standard geometric shape (i.e. circle, square, diamond, etc.)
  • Include the section beaver (preferred but not required)
  • Be related to the 2019 conclave theme “Conclave by the Sea: Shipwreck at the Cape” (preferred)
  • Avoid copyright/trademark material (including words/phrases)

In addition, any Order of the Arrow brand elements (logos) used must follow the Order of the Arrow brand guidelines (HERE) and any section logos must follow the Section W-1S brand guidelines (HERE).

All designs must be submitted as a PDF, .jpg, or .png file and sent via email to merchandising@sectionw1s.org by May 15th OR in person at the Council of Chief meeting on May 18th.

Questions? Contact merchandising@sectionw1s.org

Seattle NLS and DYLC

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) are national level training programs run by the region. Every year, the Western Region holds several of these leadership training weekends and on April 26-28, 2019 it is coming to Seattle, WA at Camp Pigott.

NLS is geared toward any youth or adult that is looking to enhance their leadership skills in Scouting and in other areas of their life. DYLC is for adults 21 and older that are currently in or soon to be in an adviser role in the Order of the Arrow.

The cost for this premier leadership experience is $175. The section provides lodges with scholarships to attend NLS, so talk to your lodge chief and adviser today to learn more about how you can attend this amazing training.

Learn more about NLS and DYLC HERE.

2018 Comms Retreat Recap

On the weekend of November 2-4, 2018, the Section W-1S Communications Team held their first ever retreat in Corvallis, OR. Members of the team, the section chief, and section adviser all gathered for a weekend of training, planning, and fellowship.

The comms team, led by Section Secretary Ethan Jones, set goals for the year, developed ideas for content, and discussed ways to improved overall communication in the section.

Some of the highlights from the retreat include:

  • Set expectations for members of the team to increase productivity
  • Developed new branding guidelines to help promote the section brand
  • Planned enhancements to the website including a new online trading post to be released in mid-2019.
  • Reviewed feedback from Arrowmen on ways to improve the team and section communications
  • Made plans for expanding the team
  • Committed to being more proactive and work more closely with other section and lodge leaders throughout the year.

While there is still a lot of work to be done, the comms team is ready for 2019 and is committed to providing the best customer service to the Arrowmen of the section and members of the scouting community.

To learn more about the comms team, visit sectionw1s/org/comms.

2018 Conclave Recap

On a quiet Friday afternoon in September, nearly 500 Arrowmen from around the Pacific Northwest descended on the beautiful Camp Baker in Florence, OR for a weekend of fun and fellowship at the annual conclave.

The weekend kicked off with the introduction of our VIPs at the opening show on Friday night. In attendance this year was National Chief Anthony Peluso, Northeast Region Chief Justin St. Louis, Southern Region Chief Zach Callicutt, Western Region Chief Jordan Jefferis, Section W-1N Chief Antonyo Mitchell, Section W-1E Chief Chris Craig, Section W-3N Andrew Zucker, and Section W-2W Chief Hayden Mosher. Friday concluded with an amazing cracker barrel of bratwurst sausages and a special new Arrowman activity.

Saturday morning was filled with training sessions on a wide variety of topics including ceremonies, Meet the Man, social media, dutch oven cooking, merchandising in the OA, flute making, and even animal skinning. Arrowmen who attended at least three classes and filled out a short evaluation received a degree from Ktemaque University, the conclave training college of the section.

Newly inducted Arrowmen got a unique experience at the Very Important Arrowman (VIA) Luncheon. These Arrowmen visited VIPs and received a special treat.

After a delicious lunch, dozens of fun and engaging activities kept Arrowmen busy. Field games, a bounce house, shooting sports, tomahawk throwing, and climbing were among the popular activities at this year’s event.

Throughout the weekend, the section museum displayed memorabilia from throughout our section’s history and from NOAC 2018. The silent auction also ran throughout Saturday afternoon with Arrowmen bidding on items from patches to knives.  All worn out from the activities, participants enjoyed a fantastic meal of smoked pulled pork with all the fixings.

The weekend wrapped up on Saturday night with an entertaining “Jurassic Conclave” theme show, recognition, and awards. Vincent F. Bishop was announced as the new section adviser, replacing Roy Walter Jr. who vacated the position in June. During the evening show, past advisers and chiefs of the section recognized and thanked Roy for his three years of service and dedication as the section adviser.

The highlight of the Saturday evening show was the presentation of the Arrow of Honor, an award that Section W-1S awards to recognize Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to the section. This year’s recipients are Christopher McCracken, Jordan Jefferis, and Dick Phillips.

During the weekend, the youth elected the group of section officers that will lead Section W-1S through the 2019 conclave. Christopher McCracken and Ethan Jones were both re-elected for a second year as section chief and section secretary, respectively. James Verheyden of Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge was elected as section vice chief.

On Sunday, participants said their goodbyes and put,  “Jurassic Conclave” behind them as they marked their calendars for next year’s conclave, September 7-9, 2019 at Camp Meriwether near Tillamook, OR.