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2016 Western Region Chief

New Items Featured In Western Region Trading Post

Elisha Valladares-Cormier

The Western Region Trading Post is back - and with new items too! In addition to the ever popular and eye catching Western Region Belt Buckle, the Western Region Trading Post is proud to present the 2016 Western Region patch set.

First on the list is the 2016 Western Region Chenille Patch. A beautiful patch set on a white background, it features the majestic mustang at the center of the patch, which represents the region’s totem. This is definitely a must for someone looking to decorate a jacket or blanket!

Next is the 2016 Western Region Back Patch. Measuring 4” by 8.5”, it is a bit longer and slimmer than the Chenille Patch. Centered on the patch is the national logo of the Order of the Arrow, the mustang is featured above and the words “Western Region” are emblazoned below the national logo, all of which is set on a black background.

And finally is the 2016 Western Region Pocket Patch. This patch is approved for field uniform use. Set on a black background with a red border, a red arrow across a white strip is centered horizontally on the patch. Again, the region’s totem of the mustang is featured above the arrow and the words Western Region below it. This is a great way for Arrowmen to represent the Western Region at any Scouting event.

Be sure to check these items and more here to find the item that best suits you to represent the Western Region!

Help Wanted: Western Region Communications

Help Wanted #WesternRegionCommunications

Are you interested in writing, editing, graphic design, photography, analytics, web development/design or social media? The Western Region OA Communications Team is searching for Arrowmen, both youth and adults, who are interested in helping to spread the Order of the Arrow’s message. Check out the staff interest form to apply!


E. Urner Goodman Camping Award

A group of scouts use shovels to work on the trail

The E. Urner Goodman Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order of the Arrow's founder E. Urner Goodman. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council. Awards are presented to two outstanding lodges in each region annually. You can read the full list of the 2015 award recipients on the national Order of the Arrow website.

As we enter the next century of the Order of the Arrow, the award requirements have been updated to place an increased emphasis on quality as well as the material and manpower support that each lodge contributes to their council program.

If you would like to apply for the E. Urner Camping Award, the petition is available on the OA National website.


Wauna La-Montay Lodge ArrowCorps 2016

A group of scouts use shovels to work on the trail

Wauna La-Montay Lodge will be hosting one of the largest OA Service Projects that Cascade pacific Council has ever promoted: ArrowCorps 2016. Spanning multiple Ranger Districts in two National Forest, projects will be varied, challenging, and satisfying. The projects include trail maintenance, fence construction, orphan campsite maintenance, and projects at Ranger Stations. An enrichment program, enhanced by the natural classroom environment, will be a part of the week long experience so you can learn many new skills while you give meaningful, visible, and long lasting service to the mt. Hood and Willamette national Forests. The event commences on August 14th, 2016 and will conclude on August 19th. Participants will be placed in different work crews, assigned specific projects, and over several days give cheerful service with logistical support from the ArrowCorps staff. On the 19th we will enjoy a day of fun at mt. Hood Ski Bowl, playing mini golf, using an Alpine Slide, and exploring the Terrain Park on two wheels.

ArrowCorps is open to any member of the Boy Scouts of America ages 14 and older. Membership in the Order of the Arrow is not a requirement to participate.

Cost: $105.00 per person for a Full Week $75.00 per person for a Half Week (Sun-Wed or Wed-Fri)

Two scouts take a break in a large hole Dates and Locations:

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016: Aubrey Watzek Winter Lodge
  • Monday - Thursday: Base Camps - Aubrey Watzek, Camp Baldwin, Camp Pioneer, Nanitch
  • Friday, August 19, 2016: Mt. Hood Ski-Bowl Fun Day


Important Notes:

  • Participants will receive two long-sleeve event shirts and a hard hat as part of the requried PPE for Forest Service work. Please indicate in the Notes section during registration your shirt size. Adult sizes available: S, M, L, XL, Other (indicate size if other)
  • There will be a Participant Skills Survey sent out 90 days prior to the event.
  • Staff training/development scheduled for May 13-15 at Nanitch Lodge. All Field Staff required to attend.
  • Current BSA Medical Form required, Part D encouraged, restrictions not applied. Download Medical Form(s) below.

 

The ArrowCorps page on our website is https://www.cpcbsa.org/arrowcorps. Along with the long sleeve shirts and hard hats for attending each participant will receive special patches given only to those who attend ArrowCorps 2016, have the option to receive T-shirts, and additional ArrowCorps items. We are currently working on getting a national officer at the event as well as a congressman and/or senator. Anyone flying in should email ahead of time so coordination is possible to make sure they are picked up and the airport and that they get back in time for their return flight. I am working on getting pictures of previous ArrowCorps and should be able to email them to you in the coming days. ArrowCorps 2016 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Arrowmen and Scouts to continue the legacy of service that was started so long ago.

A senic group photo in front of a mountain

2016 Western Region Service Grant Recipients

The 2016 OA Service Grant recipients have been announced. Here are the councils from the Western Region that will receive grant money towards camp or service center projects:

Redwood Empire Council - Santa Rosa, California
$2,100 to acquire a 3D printer for the council’s STEM MakerLab

Golden Empire Council - Sacramento, California
$2,300 for the replacement of sleeping tent platforms at Camp Winton

Mount Baker Council - Everett, Washington
$1,300 to complete the initial ground work needed for the new Aquatics Center at Fire Mountain Scout Camp

Great Alaska Council - Anchorage, Alaska
$1,100 for the new campfire bowl at Denali High Adventure Base

Greater Wyoming Council - Casper, Wyoming
$1,800 to support a new aquatics area building for changing, instruction, and equipment storage at Camp Buffalo Bill

Oregon Trail Council - Eugene, Oregon
$1,020 for the construction of a waterfront boathouse and instructional facility at Camp Baker

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