The conclave training committee is looking for Arrowmen to be trainer’s for this year’s conclave training program. If you have a special skill or knowledge of a subject that you think other Arrowmen may be interested in learning more about, then being a trainer if for you.
The auction committee is looking for donations of items for the silent and live auctions at this year’s conclave. The auctions raise money to help support the section’s year-round operations including providing scholarships, sending section officers to the Western Region Gathering and National Planning Meeting, section communications, and supporting the lodges we serve.
Donations of all sorts are welcome including patches, Scouting memorabilia, camping equipment, and more.
Those who donate to the section a value of $50 or more will receive a special donor patch. Youth who donate $150 or adults who donate $300 in value will receive a special Patron patch.
The 2020 National Vice Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Noah Smith, will be a special guest at this year’s conclave at Hoodoo Ski Area!
Noah is a Vigil Honor member from Brookland, Arkansas. After serving as the Quapaw lodge chief, Noah served for two terms as the Section SR-8 chief. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, as well as the Founder’s Award. Noah intends to major in business management at the University of Central Arkansas. During his leisure time, Noah enjoys playing soccer and partaking in high adventure opportunities.
Come meet Noah at conclave on September 11-13, 2020!
Eric is a Vigil Honor member from Taylorville, Illinois. After serving as the Illinek lodge chief for two terms, Eric served as section vice chief and section chief for Section C-3B. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, as well as the Founder’s Award and James E. West Award. Eric intends to major in marketing at the University of Illinois - Champaign. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with friends and family.
We are excited for Eric to join us in the Pacific Northwest for our 2019 Conclave at Camp Meriwether on September 6-8.
Share your spring and summer photos with us on social media for a chance to win some cool prizes!
How to Enter
Post your photo(s) on Facebook or Instagram and tag the section @sectionw1s in your photos or post OR include #SectionW1S in the post.
Your photos must be entered by August 5th.
Photos must be taken by the person submitting them
Photos are encouraged to be Scouting or nature related
It is encouraged that photos be taken from within the boundaries of Section W-1S, though not required.
Each week, we will select a few of our favorite photos and feature them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Followers will be encouraged to react (i.e. like) or comment on the photo(s) that they like the best.
The photos with the most reactions each week will move onto the semi-finals.
The semi-finalists will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram during August 7-11.
The semi-finalists with the most reactions will move onto the finals.
Finals will take place August 12-15.
The winning photo will be announced by August 18th.
The winning photo will be featured on our website and the winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to the section trading post.
*Gift certificate will be valid for the trading post at the 2019 Section W-1S Conclave only. Only valid on Section W-1S merchandise.
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.