Order of the Arrow

Preparations for Order of the Arrow Call Out Have Begun

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From our chapter Order of the Arrow Advisor Mark Pishon:

Dear Troop Key 3:

Please send me your troops OA Election results ASAP.  Call-Outs are April 22 [at Spring Camporee].  Forms are attached.

Mark Pishon
LOA Chapter Adviser

  1. OA Inductions – Adult Candidate Form
  2. OA Inductions Unit Election Form 2016

Since Troops 72 and 180 have worked as part of OA chapter in the past, the March 29th approval of district changes should not affect these units. Other T’Sun Gani units will need to be in contact with Pioneer’s Order of the Arrow Chapter for Call Out procedures in April. Please share this information with them, so that they are not confused.

Interest in Boy Scout Assistance in Webelos to Scout Cross Over Ceremonies?

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In the BSA, there is a long tradition of members of the BSA’s national scouting honor images-1society, the Order of the Arrow, sending ceremony teams to pack’s Blue and Gold Banquets. These ceremonies are run by teenagers to symbolize the movement of the Webelos from an adult-led program in Cub Scouts to a youth-led program in Boy Scouts.

For an example of these ceremonies can look, see some of these YouTube videos from around the country.

Packs are strongly encouraged to use the Order of the Arrow teams. OA teams’ involvement build excitement for adventures to come for all Cub Scouts, not just those Webelos crossing over. To that end, here is a communication from the incoming OA Chapter Advisor Mark Pishon to all Packs.

Dear Pack Leadership:

My name is Mark Pishon.  I’m the new Order of the Arrow Lowaneu Allanque Chapter Adviser (LOA).

I’m reaching out to you to schedule a ceremonies team for each Pack’s Crossover event..

Please reply back the following or let me know you are working on it:

  1. Do you need a OA Ceremony Team this year?  Y   N
  2. The number of boys transitioning:
  3. Date of Crossover?
  4. Time of Event:
  5. Time of ceremony:
  6. Location of the Crossover event:
  7. Point of contact name, email, and telephone #:
  8. Yours in Brotherhood,

Mark Pishon
LOA Chapter Adviser

For more information about Order of the Arrow, the Jaccos Towne Lodge in Crossroads of America Council and the Lowaneu Allanque Chapter in North Star District, click on each link.oa_seal_fullcolor

OA/Firecrafter Cook Out at Marrott Park

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Welcome back from a busy summer with Scout Camp, Firecrafter Rituals and back to school!
We will have our September Chapter Meeting on September 11th (this Sunday, due to Labor Day Weekend) from 1:00 to 3:00 at Marott Park.  The park address is 7350 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  This is a joint Welcome Meeting with the Firecrafterser to welcome our newest OA Brothers and Firecrafters.  Colts fans, please note. . . .the game is at 4:30 so you can’t use that as an excuse : )
We will be having a cook out with Hot Dogs provided.  If you would bring something to contribute as listed below based on first letter of last name:
A to H – chips or side dish
I to R – cookies or dessert
S to Z – Tea or Soft Drinks
Please RSVP at the following link so we can have an accurate headcount.
Also, since September 11th is the 15 year anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, we will be having a small ceremony.   Adults, if we have anyone that has a connection to the events of that day, any public safety officials, or any military members that would like to speak, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please let me know and I can fill in details and make a list of speakers.
Finally, PLEASE make sure all OA members (Firecrafter) members in your troops know about this event, including the newest members.  The OA attendance at recent OA events has been very disappointing and we need to improve membership attendance.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
John Ruggles
LOA Chapter Advisor

OA Chapter Tepee report

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As many of you know, and some do not, the LOA Chapter has a tepee that can be set up for OA and scouting events.
It has not been used in at least 5 years.  The tepee canvas itself is in good shape and is in covered storage (in my garage).  However, we need to replace the poles.
That, in itself, is not a problem.  Thanks to Mr. Hoyes and Mr. Pishon, we have a line on a reasonable price for the poles.  The issue I have is indoor storage.  I  do not want to have these stored outside in the elements.
Is there anyone out there connected to OA that has indoor storage available that we could use?
Mr. Hoyes and Mr. Pishon recently put in time and energy to get the trailer in working order.  I’d really like to have that effort not be in vain.
Thank you in advance.
John Ruggles
LOA Chapter Advisor

Congratulations to our new OA Members

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IMG_2711I just got home from our OA induction ceremony. We had a great spring 2016 class.

They will all have stories to tell and mysteries to uphold.

Remember candidates who missed this weekend can other chapter ordeals next week or the Lodge ordeal later this fall.

OA Ordeal Weekend May 13-15

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From OA Advisor John Ruggles:


Whether you are a Brotherhood candidate or a general member, we would love to see you at Ordeal weekend in two weeks (May 13 – 15 at Camp Kikthawenund).
Attached are the registration forms and letters.  If you plan to come, please follow the instructions in the letters.
Hope to see you there.
John Ruggles
Chapter Advisor

Order of the Arrow Election Reminder

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Remember that February is the month for Order of the Arrow elections in your boy scout troop and venturing crew.

If you have any questions, contact the Chapter Advisor John Ruggles.

Planning: Winter Camporee

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Since we just completed Fall Camporee, it seems odd to be writing about Winter Camporee. Unfortunately, we have only a handful of weeks until the holiday and year-end crush begin. When all are back from Christmas Break we will only have another couple of weeks.

Camporee Theme: Solicitation of Ideas

At last check, Stu was still seeking themes for the Camporee. Please let us know your thoughts.

Classes at Camporee

The District Commissioner in association with the District Training Committee will be offering several training courses again.

  1. Scoutmaster Specific Training (we will not offer Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, which is also required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, because it will be offered at the University of Scouting the week preceding camporee).
  2. For future patrol leaders and senior patrol leaders, we will be offering Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. This is a prerequisite for White Stag/National Youth Leadership Training and is the first part of the youth leadership training continuum.
  3. Other classes requested by Troops. (Remember Den Chief training is typically offered at the University of Scouting, too.)

Events by Firecrafter and/or Order of the Arrow

Since the Firecrafter event at the Fall Camporee was very well received, both honoraries are looking at expanding their offerings. Members of our Ember and OA Chapter should be in touch with the chapters’ leadership with ideas and their availability to serve in these projects. We would like to have at least one Spark (a troop’s youth representative to the Ember) and one OA Representative from each troop to participate in planning. Ideally these are two separate scouts for position of responsibility purposes.

Planning for representation now will build on recent successes.

Cooking Competitions

Historically, camporees included a Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Cooking Competition. We are looking for sponsorship for this event to be renewed. (Hint to Willie Gillies: the North Star Wood Badge Alumni Association.)

District Commissioner Awards

At the past Camporee, the District Commissioner announced awards for patrol system use. When the inspections were done, it was clear that the criteria were confusing and hard to implement. As a result, no announcements of the results were made, since a Scout is Cheerful.

The idea was commended for its ideals by several scouters but never on its implementation. As a result, this award will be offered again but with some revisions.

Packs: Cross-over Ceremonies

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Since Order of the Arrow, the scout honorary society, provides ceremonial teams as part of its cheerful service to Cub Scout Packs, our District’s chapter needs the Packs’ assistance.

The Chapter is looking for information from the Cub Scout Packs about when their Blue and Gold Banquets or Cross-over Ceremonies will be. The Chapter needs to put these dates on their calendar as soon as possible.

The purpose of providing ceremonial teams is to provide the young Webelos with their first taste of how Boy Scouts differs from Cub Scouts. The Boy Scouts provide the ceremony, not the parents. The Boy Scouts welcome the Webelos into Boy Scouts, not the Scoutmaster. The Webelos are welcomed into the boy-led fraternity of Boy Scouts.

Since many of the ceremonial team performers are in high school, their schedules are already heavily booked. The Chapter needs scheduling information to be able to put together a team to serve your pack. The Chapter also needs to know how many performers it needs to recruit to successfully serve all interested packs.

Using an Order of the Arrow ceremonial team is not required of Cub Scout Packs, but it is strongly recommended.

Please help your OA Chapter better serve you, by sending your Blue and Gold Banquet and/or Cross-over Ceremony dates, times, and locations to District Commissioner Jeff Heck as soon as possible.

To get a feel for what a cross-over ceremony might look like, here is an example from a different chapter of what they did with the idea.

Order of the Arrow: recruiting ceremony teams

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At yesterday’s meeting, the chapter began planning for the upcoming year.

Since several of our packs are looking for Blue & Gold Banquet/Cross-over ceremonies from OA, the chapter is seeking Ordeal and Brotherhood members who wish to be part of these ceremony teams. This is a great way for a group of boy scouts to help make a more memorable experience for their Cub Scout kin. Remember, “WWW.”

Participants would be expected to attend the Lodge Winter Gathering January 8-10, 2016 at Camp Kikthawenund as part of their training.

More information at the Lodge and Chapter websites.

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