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 with any questions. 

Here is a message from the 2019 Auction Committee.

“Guardians and Patrons of Section W-1S,

Thank you for your past contributions to Section W-1S through the section auction. We continue to support the youth of our program through your generous contributions and donations.  We again need your help for 2019; we have a great Conclave coming up at Camp Meriwether on Sept 6-8. We are hoping you will make it and see the benefit of your donation to the section. Our auction this year will be a challenge with 2 different locations; however,fFun will still be had.

As you know, we cannot raise the funds necessary to continue our long tradition of investing in our youth Arrowmen without your help. So we are again asking if you will be able to contribute through donation or contribution to the section auction as you have in past years. If you are able to contribute at the Patron or Guardian levels, please let me know so we can also provide you the VIP seating and recognition you deserve. If you have other organizations or individuals that might be interested in making a contribution or donation, please let us know so we can also reach to them and help our section have a great event and auction.

Thank you again for your support of Section W-1S!”

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 manpower to pull off. 

We are still in need of volunteers to help staff different areas of conclave. Areas in need of help are listed below. If you are able to help out, please contact individual committee directly. 

Youth and adults are needed to help set-up and run the afternoon activities. Fill out the activities volunteer sign up form HERE or contact

Youth and adults are needed to help staff the section auction throughout the event. The auction is a very important part of conclave; allowing the section to run a top-notch program throughout the year. It is one of the busiest jobs during the conclave. Auction staff gets to play with all the cool Scouting memorabilia, set the starting prices of items, and help raise money for the section. Contact

The Comms Team is looking for some youth or adults that are interested in photography or videography to help capture conclave memories. Contact

The merchandising committee is looking for one adult and one youth to assist in the trading post during the event. Contact

Trainers are still needed to teach classes during conclave. If you are knowledgable in a subject and interested in sharing your experience, apply to be a conclave trainer today! Contact

National Vice Chief to Attend Conclave

National Vice Chief — Eric Harrison

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. 

Summer Photo Contest

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.

Contest Rules

  • 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.

This contest is sponsored by the Section W-1S Communications Team. Questions? Contact

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 with questions or to make arrangements to donate.

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.

New Arrowman Program

Arrowmen who have completed their Ordeal within the last 12 months have special opportunities at conclave with our New Arrowman Program.

New Arrowmen, also known as a Very Important Arrowman (or VIA), will sit with a group of other new Arrowmen at meal times and be lead in inspirational conversation by a special guest table guide. This year’s special guests include 4 national officers and several section chiefs from outside our section.

Friday night after the opening show, VIAs are invited to attend a special evening activity to help start off their conclave experience.

The main event of the New Arrowman Program is the VIA Luncheon. On Saturday, you will gather for a special lunch with guest speakers, an activity, and a special treat.

More information about each of these activities will be provided at check-in and at the opening show.


Conclave Activities Preview

Saturday afternoon at conclave will be full of fun activities. Here are just a few of the activities that will be available for Arrowmen to participate in at conclave this year.

  • Climbing tower
  • Zipline
  • Filed games
  • .22 Shooting

More activities will be added soon.

*Activities list is subject to change.

RVs and Trailers at Conclave

Due to the limited space for parking in camp, we ask that RVs and trailers are not parked in camp. If you must bring an RV or trailer, we encourage you to stay off site.

Darlings RV Resort is located right around the corner from Camp Baker and has a great relationship with camp. More information about reserving space at Darlings can be found at

If you have further questions about RV/trailer camping, please contact the host lodge at

Section Musuem

The 2018 Section W-1S museum will feature displays of patches and other Scouting memorabilia from throughout the section’s rich history. Come visit the museum and learn about Section 11-A, Section W1-A, Section W-1S, and the lodges and camps within the section. You can also get a signature for the spirit award just for visiting.

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Conclave Auction


The section auction is the largest annual source of funding for the section. Funds from the auction help cover section operating expenses such as the website, supporting the section officers, and scholarships. The silent auction will be open from 1-5pm on Saturday in the dining hall.

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Several VIPs to Attend Conclave

At this year’s section conclave, Arrowmen will have the opportunity to meet youth leaders in the Order of the Arrow from around the country. All our VIPs will play an important role in our new Arrowman programs this year and will be actively engaged with everything happening at conclave.  Make sure to take the opportunity to meet some of these guests as you enjoy your conclave experience.

Not Pictured: Hayden Mosher | Section W-2W Chief

Western Region Chief Attending Conclave- Meet Jordan Jefferis

Jordan Jefferis | 2018 Western Region Chief

Jordan hails from Portland, OR. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Wauna La Mon’tay Lodge. Previously, Jordan served as section chief for our very own W-1S. Jordan is a business administration major at Concordia University and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys watching The Good Wife, golfing, and traveling. A fun fact about Jordan is that he loves coffee, and wants to open a coffee shop when he retires.

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