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 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!
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 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.
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!
On the weekend of February 22-24, Tsisqan Lodge held their Workshop Weekend at Camp Baker. With over 90 Arrowmen in attendance, Tsisqan exceeded their expected participation! This weekend was full of fun training, activities, and fellowship. Read More…
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.
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.
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!
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.