Left to right: Adam Kipust, Antonyo Mitchell, Mac Richards
You’ve been to Conclave before… but have you ever been to one outside the continental US? That’s what almost 200 Arrowmen got to experience this September at Section W-1N’s annual Conclave hosted by the Nanuk Lodge at Camp Gorsuch in Anchorage, Alaska.
Attention all Section members at Conclave: tonight’s opening campfire has been moved to the Long House. See you there!
Even though early registration is closed, you can still register for conclave onsite – just outside of the Camp Pigott dining hall starting at 6:00pm on Friday night.
Conclave registration will be open from 6:00-11:00pm on Friday night, and from 8am until Noon on Saturday. See you there!
Please arrive between 6pm-11pm on Friday or if you need to arrive on Saturday please arrive between 8am-11am. Please do not arrive earlier, as our staff will be working hard to get Camp ready for you.
When you arrive, staff will direct you were to park your car in the parking lot. Please note that you will be required to carry all of your gear to your campsite (1/8 a mile- 1/4 a mile). You will not be allowed to drive into camp.
Once you have all your gear and medical form you will be guided up to the dining hall where you will check in with the staff at the registration desk and receive your campsite assignment.
Each lodge will be given specific campsites, please only use your lodges assigned campsites. Campsites have adirondacks, open style cabin (sleeps 8), stents, small adirondacks (sleeps 3), and tent platforms, wooden Platform to set up a personal tent. Due to the limited number of stents and adirondacks, we do ask you to BRING YOUR OWN TENT if you have one. Camp has no mattresses so please also bring our own sleeping pad. In each campsite there are restrooms with flushing toilets and electricity however, showers are centrally located at the youth and adult shower houses.
In order to check-in you will be REQUIRED TO HAVE A BSA MEDICAL FORM PARTS A AND B. As always, a scout is prepared so take your 10 essentials, clothing for 2 days, your BSA Field Uniform with a sash, a tent and any other camping gear. Dinner will not be provided Friday so please bring your own or eat before.
As many of you know, this year at the 2017 National Jamboree the five pronged spear of Operation Arrow played a vital role in enhancing overall participant’s experiences and helping the Jamboree run smoothly and efficiently. The service corps was able to complete over 16,000 hours of service by helping in program areas all across the jamboree and provided security and crowd control at all the stadium shows and base camp bashes. The aerial sports team made sure that all the participants at all of the zip lines and canopy tours had a safe and enjoyable time, the medical transport team transported scouts in need, the trek guides gave scouts the inspiration and drive to reach the top of Garden Ground Mountain, and last but certainly not least the Indian village crew entertained and amazed scouts with their dancing and drumming skills. All in all, the Jamboree wouldn’t have been the same without the amazing service and support of those involved in Operation Arrow. If you ever get the opportunity to join those who make serving others their mission, look no further than Operation Arrow. If you missed out on serving in 2017, remember there’s always next time!
This years Conclave for section W1-N is September 15-17, 2017. However, many of you might be wondering “What is Conclave?” and “Why should I go?”. Conclave is the yearly gathering of all the lodges in section W1-N, where we come together for a weekend of fun and brotherhood. Some highlights include amazing daily shows, classes on just about anything you could ever want to know about the OA and scouts in general, fun and games, entertaining activities, and so much more. If you want to learn more about the Order of the Arrow and what it stands, for while having a fun time with brothers from all over the section, it would be in your best interest to go to Conclave this fall. If nothing else has sparked your interest, then you might as well come for the amazing food. Remember, September 15-17, 2017, sign up now for a fun filled weekend that you won’t forget anytime soon.
Operation Arrow is the Order of the Arrows way of helping out at the national jamboree since as early as 1950. This year an estimated 750 arrowmen will answer the call to assemble the largest jamboree staff team ever assembled by the Order of the Arrow. Operation Arrow members can serve in one of three positions, either as a part of the service corps, as a trek guide or as a part of the Indian village staff. The service corps will help at jamboree by providing manpower to various service projects around the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The service corps gives each arrowman the opportunity to see the entire jamboree and fully embody the OA devotion to service with a smile.
OA trek guides will lead participants on an adventure that starts at the units campsite and ends at the beautiful Garden Ground Mountain. Once on top of the mountain, the trek guides will lead their unit through various activities including buckskin and carnival games as well as field sports. At the end of the day the trek guides will lead the unit down the trail for a final debrief about the journey that they completed together. OA Indian village staff will give participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in American Indian history in fun and interactive ways. Staff members will teach participants about Indian craft-making, dance styles and survival methods of different tribes throughout the US. Participants will walk away from the Indian village with a plethora of knowledge in American history, and souvenirs they made themselves to remember the experience. For more information about Operation Arrow and its important role at the 2017 National Jamboree visit: http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/jambo2017/.
A few weeks ago, Toontuk lodge had their spring fellowship – also known as Woadstoak (like woodstock but with OA). The main events were held at Joel’s Place, a local skate park and worship center located in Fairbanks, AK. The first night was a blast that started with an amazing introductory ceremony and ended withparticipants playing various games late into the night. The next morning everyone was up bright and early and were ready to head off to their various program areas. Participants could either go to Birch Hill, a local ski slope (pictured below), or to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and enjoy the various activities that the university has to offer. The day concluded with a feast, followed by more games. All in all, the event was very successful and even attracted some brothers from Nanuk lodge down in Anchorage, AK. The patch given to all participants was a black and white patch, with a stylized caribou and polar bear, the totems of Toontuk and Nanuk respectively. A big thanks to the event chairman Stanley Rogers and everyone that helped him out for putting together a very enjoyable and memorable Woadstoak experience.