Order of the Arrow
As mentioned last week:
Order of the Arrow Election results and Vigil nomination Forms are due on or before March 15, 2018. Please email election results as well as the forms: OA Vigil Petition Form 2018 (linked here) to Mark Pishon, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having difficulty opening the Petition form using the link above, try this:
- Make sure you have the latest copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your device (see http://www.adobe.com/go/reader_download);
- Open Adobe Acrobat Reader and go to menu commands File => Open;
- Copy this link: https://oa-bsa.org/uploads/resources/forms/vigilpetition-2018.pdf and paste it into the “File name: ” box at the bottom of that screen, then hit Open.
- Print or save the finished form to a .pdf and then send that file to Mr. Pishon at the email address listed above.
Updates as provided by Lowaneu Allanque Chapter of OA Advisor Mark Pishon:
Time to Pay 2018 Dues – The Link is https://scoutingevent.com/160-oadues.
Jaccos Towne Lodge Update – The Lodge has asked chapters develop Brotherhood programs and ceremonies for District Camporees. This will make it very convenient for those going for Brotherhood
OA Unit Elections – All units will be conducting OA Elections before March 15th. Please email election results to Mark Pishon at LOAAdviser@jaccostownelodge.org. The candidate cost to attend an OA Ordeal should not be a reason anymore for not joint Order of the Arrow. Our lodge has established a scholarship committee for candidates to confidentially petition for financial help. Please ask your unit Scoutmaster if there are concerns with candidates that might need assistance.
The lodge has designed a brand new lodge website so check it out at: jaccostownelodge.org.
Please welcome new Arrowmen. New brothers check this link out: http://www.jumpstart.oa-bsa.org/
Jaccos Towne Lodge Spring Fellowship – March 16 to 18, 2018.
Our annual Lodge Spring Fellowship will take place March 16 to 18 at Camp Krietenstein. This is a really fun weekend for all units to attend. You do NOT need to be in OA and your unit will receive service hours. The theme is TV Game Shows. Bring your best “A Game” and card skills. Here is the link for registration: https://scoutingevent.com/160-2018OASpringFellowship
From OA Chapter Advisor Mark Pishon:
Dear North Star Unit Key 3:
The Jaccos Towne Lodge expects units to hold OA Elections prior to March 15, 2018. Remember to have elections for youth and adults; they have different forms (see links at bottom). We would like you to use the new forms which now include email addresses are fillable PDF documents. My past experience tells me that a fair number of the Candidate Letters never get delivered because we can’t read your handwriting. Please fill in the form using a computer so it is legible.
I have also attached the National Order of the Arrow Guide to Unit Elections for your ready reference.
The results should be emailed to both your LOA Chapter Adviser (LOAAdviser@jaccostownelodge.org) and the lodge (Elections@jaccostownelodge.org). All election results must be turned in by March 15, 2018.
We would appreciate it if you get them turned in early so we can see where we are.
Please let the OA Adviser Mark Pishon know when they are on the calendar. LOA would like to send a representative if you do not have an OA Representative who is participating in OA Monthly meetings.
The Spring Camporee has not been fully scheduled out as of today but the dates are April 20-22, 2018. I suspect it will be at Camp Kikthawendund.. I will let you know once we know for the Candidate Call Outs.
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:
- Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
- Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
- Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
- Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Through Unit Elections, worthy Scouts are recognized and elected as Ordeal candidates. Arrowmen are needed to serve on Unit Election teams in their Chapter. Contact your Chapter Chief and volunteer! Most units do their elections in the first months of the year, so contact your Chapter Chief as soon as possible. Forms are available on the Lodge’s website under Resources. Please make sure copies of Unit Elections and Adult Nominations are turned into the Lodge.
It is an Arrowman’s responsibility to help promote camping through his unit, district, and council. This may be done through camp promotions to Cub Scout and Boy Scout units. Information and resources are available from the Council to help you make presentations on camping opportunities in the Crossroads of America Council. Doing a unit election and camp promotion at the same time for Boy Scout units is an efficient way of offering cheerful service and helping both the BSA and the OA!
Yours in Brotherhood,
Download his attachments here:
For college-aged Arrowmen, there is a great opportunity to provide service to scouting in the warm weather of Florida Keys and Puerto Rico. For all Arrowmen that register and can pay the costs of transportation to Miami International Airport or San Juan Airport, you can have a free week stay at Sea Base or the Puerto Rico summer camp reservation.
Both of these locations were hit by Hurricaine Irma and they have clean up remaining. The National Scout Office and the Northeast Region (home to Puerto Rico’s council) have arranged to cover the cost of ground transportation from the airports, room, and board.
The schedule is difficult for Indiana high schoolers, being early in March 2018. For college aged Arrowmen, this could be perfect.
Please help North Star serve these camps!
Lodge Chief James Colter emailed today to emphasize that going out of council is only an option if specific, “extenuating circumstances” cause the need to go out-of-council — to another lodge’s ordeal. He uses the example of a religious obligation. While we have tried to emphasize this point, we never used the phrase “extenuating circumstances.” If you do seek to go out of council, know that your letter requesting to go out-of-council must describe the nature of this extenuating circumstance. Inadequate explanation of the extenuating circumstance or an inadequate basis are both good cause for the request to be denied. Reading between the lines,
I sense that a conflicting extracurricular activity may not meet the extenuating circumstances test. In that case, you can write the letter and try to get it approved, but start with a pessimistic expectation. A religious prohibition or conflicting date is likely to be accepted with no questions asked. For example, my son had his confirmation Sunday on the day of his first opportunity to attend chapter ordeal, although he made Lodge Ordeal. Remember, just because the scout cannot make chapter ordeal, he will still have September’s Lodge Ordeal. Letters describing extenuating circumstances should deal with scheduling conflicts for both offered ordeals in order to be complete.
In our previous post, we told leaders to gather information about the scheduling conflict. This information just clarifies that this same information about extenuating circumstances needs to be in the letter requesting an out-of-council ordeal in order for permission to be granted by either lodge.
Do you ever tire of recognition for your adults or streamers for your troop flag? If not, I have some additional opportunities for you.
In an effort to promote the Order of the Arrow, the National Boy Scout Honorary Society, the National Council has created the OA Unit Award of Excellence. Related to the unit award are separate recognitions for the youth OA Troop Representative (or Crew Representative), the scoutmaster, and the Assistant Scoutmaster tasked with OA liaison responsibilities. (Both the troop rep and ASM have special position of responsibility patches.)
To learn more about these awards, take a look at the record sheet on the OA website.
UPDATE 4/26/17: Lodge Chief James Colter emailed today to emphasize that going out of council is only an option if specific, extenuating circumstances cause the need to go out-of-council. While we have tried to emphasize this point, we never used the phrase “extenuating circumstances.” If you do seek to go out of council, know that your letter requesting to go out-of-council must describe the nature of this extenuating circumstance. Inadequate explanation of the extenuating circumstance or an inadequate basis are both good cause for the request to be denied.
Due to the confusion over the Order of the Arrow Ordeals in 2017, I spoke with Jaccos Towne Lodge Chief James Colter. We wanted to make sure that some of the confusion could be laid to rest in advance of this weekend’s Tap-Out Ceremony at the Spring Camporee at Camp Ransburg.
First things first: there will be a Fall Lodge Ordeal in 2017. More on that in a minute.
James is the current chief of Jaccos Towne Lodge, that covers all of the Crossroads of America Council. James comes from Troop 335 in North East District. He is currently a student at Ball State University. As such, he also serves a troop in Golden Eagle District while at school.
Each Council has one and only one Lodge. A lodge can then be divided into chapters. North Star District has its own chapter.
James explained to me that the Ldoge is trying to redesign its programs so that stronger chapters can help support struggling chapters. Part of this plan is to have chapters carry out more of their efforts together. While Council’s overall restructing into three section, Lodge is following a completely different alignment of chapters based on the characteristics of the chapters, not their georgraphy.
From May 19 to 21, 2017, the Lowaneu Allanque (LOA) Chapter of North Star will be joining with the Kickapoo (KPO) of Wabash Valley District (Terre Haute area), the Tatankaskah (TAK) Chapter of Sugar Creek District (Crawfordsville area), and the Wundchenneu (WUN) Chapter of Hou Koda District (Plainfield area). This will be held at Camp Krietenstein a/k/a Camp K West.
UPDATE 4/19/17: For newer information see article posted April 18, 2017. with an interview of the Jaccos Towne Lodge Chief James Colter.
UPDATED 4/26/17: Lodge Chief James Colter emailed today to emphasize that going out of council is only an option if specific, extenuating circumstances cause the need to go out-of-council. While we have tried to emphasize this point, we never used the phrase “extenuating circumstances.” If you do seek to go out of council, know that your letter requesting to go out-of-council must describe the nature of this extenuating circumstance. Inadequate explanation of the extenuating circumstance or an inadequate basis are both good cause for the request to be denied.
As the Order of the Arrow tap-out ceremony is coming up at Spring Camporee, Scoutmasters are looking ahead to when and where the Ordeal ceremonies will be.
This year the Council’s Lodge has chosen to have all districts’ OA chapters hold their Ordeals on the same weekend: May 19-21, 2017. (Our LOA chapter is with Central Section at Camp Krietenstein.) For families with scheduling conflicts, this presents a problem.
Remember ordeal candidates must complete their Ordeal within 12 months of being tapped-out for candidacy. Otherwise the offer of membership expires. The scout then has to be re-elected to candidacy.
There is traditionally a Lodge Ordeal in the fall. On the current calendar it shows at September 15-17, 2017. UPDATE: 4/16/2017: Chapter Advisor Mark Pishon is being told from the Lodge that no Lodge Ordeal will be held, despite the calendar. Both Jaccos Towne Lodge Chief James Colter and Council Director of Programs Lee Murdoch confirm that there will be a Fall Lodge Ordeal as posted on theLodge website. More details in my upcoming interview with James this week.
Regardless whether there is a Lodge Ordeal, some families will still have scheduling conflicts. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
LOA Chapter Adviser
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.
In the BSA, there is a long tradition of members of the BSA’s national scouting honor society, 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:
- Do you need a OA Ceremony Team this year? Y N
- The number of boys transitioning:
- Date of Crossover?
- Time of Event:
- Time of ceremony:
- Location of the Crossover event:
- Point of contact name, email, and telephone #:
- Yours in Brotherhood,
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.