Over the weekend of November 9-11, the newly elected Tsisqan Lodge officers met for a weekend of training and planning. The officers were able to guide much of the weekend, beginning with discussing what traditions the lodge has, what they would like to keep, and if there were any that could be improved. This set the stage for the rest of the weekend training sessions.
These training sessions included clarifying the responsibilities each lodge officer has in their individual roles and as members of the Lodge
Executive Board. Officers took breakout sessions with their advisers to discuss the plans they have for the upcoming year before reconvening to share with their fellow officers.
One of the topics that was covered was Tsisqan’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2019 and how each officer can support that. This includes the anniversary banquet event on March 22nd-24th and how the theme of the anniversary, “Many Fires, One Light” can be featured in all lodge events for the year. Throughout the weekend, each officer showed an enthusiasm for the upcoming tasks and how they can lead the way in brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service.
They now are preparing to lead similar trainings for the chapter officers in December.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 athttp://darlingsresortrv.com/.
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.
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.
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.
New Ordeal members are vital to the successful future of the Order of the Arrow. Our section’s special events committee is working hard to provide the best experience possible for our VIA’s (Very Important Arrowmen). Check out this video to learn what we have in store and register for Conclave today HERE!
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 Universityand 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.
The Section W-1S Communications Team operates the website, social media, mobile app, and texting service for the section. The team’s mission is to spread the Order of the Arrow’s message and connect, share, and inspire Arrowmen across the section.