Donate to the Conclave Auction

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. 

If you would like to donate, contact auction@sectionw1s.org.

Patch Designs Wanted

The section is looking for patch designs for the 2020 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 2020” or “2020 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 2020 conclave theme “Thriving Into a New Decade” – based on the roaring ’20s (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 March 25th OR in person at the Council of Chief meeting on March 28th.

Questions? Contact merchandising@sectionw1s.org

National Vice Chief to Attend 2020 Conclave

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!

2019 in Review

2019 in Review

As 2019 comes to a close, we take a look back at the amazing year that we have had.

2019 was a year of growth, a year of excitement, and above all else, a year of growth.

In February, the Order of the Arrow opened its doors to more units, now conducting unit elections in Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships. The same month, Scouts BSA was launched and the Order of the Arrow began welcoming its first female youth members soon after.

This was also a year of celebration with all three lodges in the section having a major anniversary year.

Wauna La-Mon’tay celebrated their 25th anniversary this year during their annual Rendezvous at Camp Meriwether in March.

Tsisqan, the oldest lodge in the section, celebrated their 75th anniversary in Eugene, OR in March. The 3-day event consisted of a variety of activities, a Trade-O-Ree, auction, banquet, and special Vigil gathering. The keynote address was delivered by the National Order of the Arrow Chairman, Mike Hoffman.

 Lo La’Qam Geela also celebrated their 25th anniversary this year during their annual Fall Fellowship at Camp McLoughlin in November.

In August, Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge hosted ArrowCorps 2019. Over 100 Scouts and Scouters gathered for the week-long service project partnered with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Check out their week in review video

In September, Section W-1S returned to Camp Meriwether after more than two decades for “Conclave by the Sea: Shipwreck at the Cape.” 540 Arrowmen were in attendance including a contingent of over 50 Arrowmen from Nisqually Lodge in southwestern Washington. During conclave. Arrowmen attended training classes, participated in fun activities, and joined together in fellowship.

The National Vice Chief, Eric Harrison, and Western Region Chief, Antonyo Mitchell, were also in attendance speaking with Arrowman throughout the weekend.

During the Saturday night show, the section presented the Arrow of Honor award to two individuals for their dedicated service to the Section W-1S. The first was Bo Griffin of Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge. The second was Kevin Padrick of Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge. Unfortunately, earlier this year, Kevin passed away from a plane accident. The award was presented to his wife, who said Kevin would have been honored to receive it. Kevin was a huge asset, not just to Section W-1S and Lo La’Qam Geela, but to all of Scouting and he will be missed.

Hoodoo Ski Resort

Conclave came to a close with the announcement that the next conclave will be held September 11-13, 2020 at Hoodoo Ski Area.

Faced with a significant membership decline, the Order of the Arrow held its first ever national webinar in October. “Thrive: A National Webinar, A Local Commitment” gathered over 5,00 chapter, lodge, section, and national leaders to come together and tackle the challenges the Order is facing and to commit to make sure the Order of the Arrow doesn’t just survive, but thrives for years to come. The webinar introduced new programs, initiatives, and resources to help lodges become high performing. A high performing lodge has a 90% unit election rate, 90% induction rate and a 50% activation rate according to the Lodge Performance Measurement Program, which replaced the Journey to Excellence program earlier this year. During the webinar, each lodge made 90 day goals that will help start them on the path to become high performing.

This year, as part of the Thrive webinar, the role of the section was revised. The section will now play a greater role in helping lodges become high performing. One way it will do this is by hosting an annual ACT Conference which will bring lodge leaders from around the section together to Adapt, Collaborate, and Thrive.

2019 was an amazing year for Section W-1S. All across the section, the spirit of our Order is alive and well. It is this excitement and enthusiasm for our brotherhood that sets the tone for our future. While 2019 was great, we believe that the best is yet to come in 2020.

Thank you for an amazing year!

*For more conclave photos, visit our 2019 Conclave photo album

Western Region Gathering Recap

On October 25-27, Section W-1S officers and advisers attended the annual Western Region Gathering at Camp Kuratli in Boring Oregon. Gathering, hosted in our section this year, saw the assembly of all the sections in the region. Arrowmen received training, information, and broke out to start planning the year in each section. Continuing the momentum of Thrive, and the new ACT (Adapt, Collaborate, & Thrive) training were major points of discussion. Overall the event was a success and we are excited for another great year in Section W-1S.

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Wauna La-Mon’tay College of Youth Leadership Recap

On November 2nd, Wauna La-Mon’tay hosted Collge of Youth Leadership(CYL) for the future youth leaders in Cascade Pacific Council. CYL is an annual event that the lodge host every year to provide an opportunity for youth to learn about leadership. CYL offers three different tracks: Intro, Advanced, and OA Track. Each track is lead by a youth OA member in the lodge. This year, the lodge offered OA track: brand new leadership training targeted specifically to those who are interested in being an upcoming leader in the OA. In this event, total of 227 people went through the training and left as a leader of the council.

76 Arrowmen from Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge staffed for the event to teach classes, as well as help as ServiceCorp members. This event was a huge success! Special thanks to everyone who staffed as well as all the advisors who made this event possible.

Tsisqan Lodge Officer Retreat Racap

Over the weekend of November 8-10, the newly elected Tsisqan Lodge officers met for a weekend of training, planning, and program development. The officers learned about goal setting, effective communication, how to use their resources and event planning, among other topics. Each officer spent Saturday morning with their respective adviser to learn their job, set expectations of each other, and develop personal goals. After lunch came setting the lodge’s goals for the Lodge Performance Measurement Program and creating the lodge budget. The weekend wrapped up with planning some upcoming events including the Chapter Officer Training in December and Workshop Weekend in February. The officers also decided a thematic for Annual Fellowship, “Back to the 80s.”  

Much of the weekend revolved around one central idea; becoming a high performing lodge. The officers and adviser used the information they learned from “Thrive: A National Webinar, A Local Commitment” to drive their discussions and planning. 

After one very long and exhausting weekend, Tsisqan Lodge is ready to make 2020 one for the record books. 

Lo La’Qam Geela Fall Fellowship Recap

Lo La’Qam Geela finished off their 25th anniversary with a record breaking Fall Fellowship. With 100 attendees, lodge members participated in activities such as escape rooms, capture the flag and a variety of board games.

Five new Vigil honor members were inducted. 

  •     Matthew Blankeship
  •     James Verheyden
  •     Paula Buckner
  •     Andrew Rambo
  •     Erin Rambo

The youth of the Lodge also elected their new Lodge Officers

  •     Lodge Chief – Daniel Stockton
  •     Vice Chief of Programs – Niko Bucann
  •     Vice Chief of Activities – Gage Ford
  •     Vice Chief of Administration – Eric Verheyden
  •     Vice Chief of Membership – Jonathan Morris
  •     Treasurer – Thackery Moreland

The new Lodge Adviser, Doctor James Verheyden, was also installed. Overall, it was a very successful event for Lo La’Qam Geela. 

Conclave Vice Chief Application

Want to help plan the 2020 Section W-1S Conclave at Hoodoo Ski Area? Become a Conclave Vice Chief (CVC) today!

The section is currently recruiting youth (under 21 as of September 13, 2020) from all three lodges to serve as CVCs. 

As a CVC, you have the opportunity to work with Arrowmen from around the section to create the best possible conclave experience. Each CVC is in charge on their own conclave committee and works with an adviser to plan, develop, and execute their part of conclave. 

We are looking for CVCs for the following committees:

  • Activities
  • American Indian Affairs
  • Host Lodge (Lo La’Qam Geela members only)
  • My Chapter Rocks
  • Shows
  • Special Events
  • Training
  • OA High Adventure
  • Registration 
  • Promotions and Communications

Interested in helping out? Fill out the CVC interest form below. 

Thrive: A National Webinar

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Order of the Arrow will host its first ever national webinar entitled, “Thrive: A National Webinar, a Local Commitment.” 

The webinar will address the redefined role of the section, deliver new concepts focusing on key performance indicators, lay out a 3 year plan for lodges to reach the status of “high performing,” and issue and organization wide call-to-action. 

It is will require every single national, regional, section, lodge, and chapter leader on board to correct the course of our organization. If we fail to intervene, the Order of the Arrow will cease to exist. We can choose to live in a future where the Order of the Arrow is THRIVING. 

Talk with your lodge leadership about how to view the national webinar. 

More information about the Thrive webinar is available at https://oa-bsa.org/article/thrive-national-webinar-local-commitment.

 

How to Earn the Section Comms Team Patch

Created in 2018, the Section W-1S Communications Team patch is given to those Arrowmen who support and contribute to section communications. Due to the high demand for this patch, the Comms Team created a list of criteria to earn the patch.

Anyone who completes the criteria can earn the patch. There are some instances where the Section Secretary will release a patch for a special giveaway or fundraiser auction. 

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.

Judging

  • 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.

Prize

  • 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 communications@sectionw1s.org.

Seattle NLS & DYLC Recap

On the weekend of April 26-28, 2019, Arrowmen from around the nation (yes, the nation!) gathered at Camp Pigott in Snohomish, Washington (in Section W-1N) for a weekend full of amazing food, great fellowship, and important lessons in leadership. 

Attendees of the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and the Developing Youth Leaders Conference (DYLC) kicked off the weekend of leadership training on Friday, followed by a delicious crackerbarrel.

Saturday morning started off bright and early as Arrowmen ate breakfast and headed off to a day packed full of training on important leadership skills. By Saturday night, NLS participants were ready to use their new skills to attempt to summit Mount Everest; two groups summited, but everybody had a fun time and learned from mistakes.

Sunday morning, both courses concluded their training, followed by a recognition ceremony and banquet.

As Arrowmen departed Sunday afternoon, they pondered the many ways their newly learned skills could be used to strengthen the Order. If you weren’t able to attend NLS or DYLC, make sure you attend the next one that is near! Talk to your lodge advisers if you have anything stopping you; both courses are an amazing experience that you will not want to miss!

Tsisqan Service Weekend Recap

On the weekend of April 26-28, 2019, Tsisqan Lodge held it’s annual Service Weekend at Camp Baker. Over 70 members gathered for the weekend, providing over 600 hours of service to the council.

Projects for the weekend included cutting and splitting wood, removing a tree from a campsite, demolishing an Adirondack, replacing electrical outlets, pressure washing buildings, and more.

Eight Arrowmen sealed their membership and became Brotherhood members.

The weekend wrapped up with a prime dinner.

Overall, Tsisqan’s third event of their 75th Anniversary was a huge success.

Tsisqan 75th Recap

On the weekend of  March 22-24, 2019, Arrowmen from around the section and country gathered in the Eugene area to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Tsisqan Lodge.

The celebration kicked off on Friday at the Lane Events Center Auditorium with a variety of fellowship activities and events. The Trade-O-Ree stayed busy with Scouts and Scouters trading patches and other Scouting memorabilia. The Tsisqan Museum had several “relics” of lodge history including patches, photos, documents, and the original lodge charter. Arrowmen that weren’t trading patches stayed busy at the Tsisqan Casino where they could win free prizes. The evening wrapped up with a cracker barrel and everyone heading home to their hotels to rest up for a big day on Saturday.

Saturday was open to the public with activities for all ages. Outside, guests could participate in field games like cornhole, ladder ball, and rain gutter regatta or throw a tomahawk or knife in the range. A small Indian Village was set up with a tipi and a Native American drumming group. Over by the parking lot, a Dutch oven cooking area was set up where volunteers were demonstrating Dutch oven cooking methods and serving up samples of delicious meals.

Inside, guests could visit the Trade-O-Ree, check out the Tsisqan Museum, bid on items in the silent or oral auction, learn about OA High Adventure, or play games like Tsisqan Jeopardy.

On Saturday night, Tsisqan Lodge opened the doors to the Wheeler Pavilion and invited a crowd of over 200 to join them for a banquet 75 years in the making. The banquet kicked off with a fellowship hour for guests to find their seats and catch up with their brothers. After a brief welcome and joining Lodge Chief Aidan Jewett in the OA Grace, guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet-style dinner.

After a great meal, Aidan introduced the special guests in attendance, including current and former section and national officers, lodge chiefs and advisers from neighboring lodges, and National Order of the Arrow Chairman Mike Hoffman. Also among the guests was charter members Donovan Kimball and Jim Vitus, who received a standing ovation.

Guests then heard a video message from Tsisqan’s first lodge chief, Jim Vitus. Paul Kelly presented a special proclamation of “Tsisqan Lodge Day” issued by the City of Eugene mayor.

Aidan introduced the first speaker of the night, Oregon Trail Council Scout Executive, and Supreme Chief of the Fire, Scott Impecoven. Scott talked about Tsisqan’s dedication to the council camps and the countless amount of service the lodge provides to the council. After a few words, Scott introduced the keynote speaker for the evening.

Mike Hoffman, National OA Chairman, flew out from Arizona to take part in the Tsisqan 75th Anniversary Celebration. His keynote speech included the topics of change, our Order’s future and the role that Tsisqan Lodge plays in it.

After a powerful keynote, the room got quiet at the sound of flutes playing and the start of the theme show. The 8-minute video show touched on the important role Tsisqan Lodge has played in the history of Scouting in the northwest, dedication to service, and challenged Arrowmen to take the reigns. The entire evening touching on the theme of the entire celebration, “Many Fires, One Light.”

Tsisqan Lodge Adviser Chris Graves addressed the now inspired audience with his thoughts on the celebration weekend, the future of the lodge, and the Tsisqan Lodge Legacy Project.

The evening closed with a rededication ceremony to remind Arrowmen of their role in the Order.

On Sunday, Vigil Honor members gathered at the Holiday Inn in Springfield for brunch and a special Vigil Gathering event. All participants received a special Vigil medallion. The keynote speaker was National OA Historian Bill Topkis who shared a great presentation on the history of the Order and the Vigil Honor.

The celebration weekend finally came to a close. 75 years of history and over three years of planning came together for the biggest event in Tsisqan’s history.

Founded in 1944, Tsisqan became known as the “Grandfather Lodge of the Pacific Northwest,” for being the oldest remaining lodge in the area and for their role in helping form and establish new lodes in the region.

Lo La’Qam Geela Spring Fellowship Recap

Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge held its Spring Fellowship on April 5-7 at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass, OR. About 30 members attended the event and participated in patch trading, activities, training, and fellowship.

The lodge issued its second 25th Anniversary “dangler” patch and released a new version of their general flap.

 

 

 

 

 

Training and activities during the weekend included a variety of games, capture the flag, football, trivia, Unit Elections, Elangomat, and activation training.

 

 

 

 

Lo La’Qam Geela is gearing up for Induction season which kicks off with their Spring McLoughlin Induction Weekend on May 31-June 2 at Camp McLoughlin.