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2016 Western Region Chief

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

Project 2013

Have you signed up for Project 2013 yet!?!?!?Jamboree Poster

Project 2013 is the Order of the Arrow Staff for National Jamboree 2013, and promises to be the largest set of staff the Order has provided for a Jamboree in it's history! With a predicted 700 people attending the Jamboree on OA staff, it is going to be a BIG deal. 

So why should you sign up for Project 2013? It's Simple! The Project 2013 Corps offers several opportunities to arrowmen, including Jamboree Trek Guide, The OA Service Corps, and the Day of Service Guides. In addition to providing cheerful service at these staff positions, Project 2013 Corps members will be able to participate in evening recreation, visit jamboree program areas, staff the jamboree arena shows, and meet Arrowmen from around the country!

Read more: Project 2013

Lodge Charter

It's that time of year again! The 2013 Lodge Charter Renewal Application is now available online from the Western Region Resources for Lodges section. Directions on how to use the 2013 Lodge Charter Renewal Application are a part of the Lodge Charter Renewal Kit mailed out to Lodges and can also be found online.

Remember you need to fill this out and submit electronically, as well as print and send with signatures and check.

We strongly suggest you get your Charter started today. Every year several lodges wait until December 15th (or later) and then discover the council office is closed until after the 1st of the year. As a result neither a signature nor a check can be secured and remember, checks often take two weeks (or more) to process from the time they are requested. Don't delay!

Let's see to it that all of the Western Region lodges submit their paperwork before the other regions and make sure they remember that WEST IS BEST!

Western Region's Journey to Excellence Guidebook

Brothers of the Western Region,WestIsBest

In concurrence with the change from Quality Lodge to Journey to Excellence, the Western Region started an initiative to create a guidebook to help our lodges in the West to successfully navigate the waters of the daunting JTE requirements.

A regional committee, chaired by Section W6W chief Sam Bellomy, set out to develop a guidebook that will specifically aid the lodges of the West, which we know are much different from the rest of the nation. We understand that the lodges of the West have different issues and concerns than the lodges of the other regions, and therefore wanted to create a replacement for the Western Region's Quality Lodge Handbook.

I am proud to announce the completion of this initiative, and the release of the new guidebook!

The First Edition of the Western Region Journey to Excellence Guidebook and the Western Region Backdating Calendar is available now.

Read more: Western Region's Journey to Excellence Guidebook

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