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2015 Western Region Chief

2013 OA Service Grant Recipients

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each Region to receive matching service grants. For 2013, 20 lodges in Councils across the Nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $40,000 dollars in matching grants via the 2013 OA Service Grant program.

The following grants were awarded within the Western Region:

  • The Cascade Pacific Council (Wauna La-Mon'tay Lodge) headquartered in Portland, Oregon, will be awarded $1,259 dollars for bench replacement at the Camp Baldwin Campfire Bowl.
  • The Longs Peak Council (Kola Lodge) headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, will receive $2,474 dollars for the winterization of the Camp Jeffrey Kola Lodge building at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.
  • The Pikes Peak Council (Ha-Kin-Skay-A-Ki Lodge) headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will receive $1,857 dollars to develop an environmentally sustainable ATV program at Camp Alexander.
  • The Sequoia Council (Tah-Heetch Lodge) headquartered in Fresno, California, will be awarded $2,220 dollars to install prefabricated washstands at Camp Chawanakee Scout Reservation.
  • The Southern Sierra Council (Yowlumne Lodge) headquartered in Bakersfield, California, will receive $1,132 dollars to rebuild the shotgun range at Camp Kern.
  • The Yucca Council (Gila Lodge) headquartered in El Paso, Texas, will receive $2,111 dollars to replace damaged water lines at Camp Dale Resler.

2013 National Officers Elected

Matt Brown elected as the 2013 National Chief. Matt is from Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge, Middle Tennessee CouncilSection SR-6, Southern Region. Matt will lead the remainder of the Order of the Arrow National Planning Meeting as well as the Order of the Arrow as a whole in 2013 including planning for Project 2013 at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Matt was elected by the Order of the Arrow Section Chiefs after many rounds of voting at the National Planning Meeting in Dallas, TX.

Jordan Hughes elected as the 2013 National Vice Chief. Jordan is from Lowwapaneu Lodge, Northeastern Pennsylvania Council.

David Dye elected as the 2013 Western Region Chief.

NOAC 2015 will take place at Michigan State University August 3-8, 2015.

Mike Bliss, Western Region Chairman, receivied the Hornaday Gold Medal for his work, especially with ArrowCorps5 & SummitCorps. "The William T. Hornaday Gold Medal is a national level award presented to adult Scouters who have provided significant leadership in conservation on a national or regional basis over a period of at least twenty years." We are honored to have Mike serve as our Chairman. Congratulations Mike!

New! Follow along with the 2013 National Planning Meeting in realtime by visiting our Social Pulse page.

FOG 2013

Brothers of the Western Region,

Did you know that the Field Officers Guide 2013 has been updated for 2013?  The changes that have been made to the document are as follows:

  • The appendices have been updated and renumbered due to the removal of Appendix 5 Summary of Insurance Plans
  • The material about accident & sickness liability insurance in chapters 2 and 4 have been updated
  • Changes have been made to the section conclave report and the sample conclave final financial statement.

Check out these important changes on the Resources for Section page.

Yours in the WWW,

Western Region

New Update to the Western Region JTE Guide


In celebration of our upcoming JTE year, the Western Region has made some updates to the Western Region Journey To Excellence Guidebook released earlier this year. This revised edition has corrections to the old document as well as some new content to give you the best possible experience with the new JTE program. We at the Western Region wish you good luck with JTE 2013 and want to remind you that West is Best!!!


Scouts Helping Scouts: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Brothers of the Western Region,

Hurricane Sandy caused lots of damage all across the Northeast Region, and we, as Arrowmen, feel that we need to help. In addition to homes being affected, Scout camps across the region have also suffered severe damage. Many camps are closed until further notice as it is too soon for the extent of the damage and destruction to even be assessed.
Your Regional Key 3 is calling upon individual Arrowmen, Lodges, and Sections to join us in our aggressive campaign to raise money that will be awarded to lodges to help their councils complete projects at their camps. We believe that the powerful combination of money and manpower from members of the Order of the Arrow can overcome any devastation that Sandy left behind. This money will be awarded in a process similar to the National Order of the Arrow Service Grants.
Our goal is to raise at least $20,000, and we strongly believe that we can do more if everyone helps in some way. Please see the attachment for details on how you can play a part and join us in our campaign.
We are calling it Scouts Helping Scouts, because that's what we are all about.
Yours In Service,
Eric Bush, Mark Chilutti and Brian Gray
North East Region Chief, Chairman and Staff Adviser
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