Want to help plan 2017’s Conclave?
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.
Have you ever attended a national show at either a NOAC or a jamboree and think to yourself, “How did those Scouts get lucky enough to be on the shows team?” Well, think no more! The Jamboree Shows Team is actively looking for Scouts and Scouters to serve as actors and stage managers.
Happy Holidays Section W-1N!
No matter what holiday(s) you may celebrate, I hope you are having a wonderful day.
The leadership core has been busy for the last couple of weeks, shifting through the many good CVC applications, and although it was a tough decision, I am pleased to announce who the 2017 Conclave Vice Chiefs will be:
Hello Section W-1N,
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