2016 Western Region Chief
Joe is from the Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix, AZ. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Wipala Wiki Lodge.Meet Joe
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. W-1N, boasting the nation’s largest section by area, put on this year’s event as the furthest-north section Conclave held across the nation in 2016 (and the second most northern in the Order’s history). The far-out (and far-north) location, however, proved to be only part of fun.
In June of 2016 more than 1,300 arrowmen from all around the country travelled to the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in West Virginia in search of an event that would not only help them capture a deeper understanding of what it means to be a part of the Order, but also as a chance to gain a taste of Jamboree 2017, which will be taking place at the same location. 8 separate, 4 day sessions provided participants with a once-in-a-lifetime Scouting experience.
The 2016 Section W-1S took place in September at Antique Powerland Historical Park in Salem, Oregon. We were joined by Hunter Scott, 2016 National Chief, Trip Jackson, W-1N Chief, Kyle McCaffrey, W-1N Secretary, and Nathan Lee 2015 Western Region Chief.
Our event kicked off with an awesome opening show on Friday night featuring lodge adviser lip-sync battles and videos with members of our section singing and entertaining us all. After breakfast on Saturday morning the over 500 attendees had 55 unique training sessions to choose from. Topics like using pyrotechnics in ceremonies, preparing for a Philmont trek, and blacksmithing.
The newly formed Communications and Technology Committee is a group of youth volunteers and adult advisers, along with section secretaries that choose to join the team. The goal of the committee is to engage arrowmen in the Western Region using social media and to create and deliver valuable content that is delivered on the Western Region’s website, which is in turn promoted on social media platforms to keep arrowmen informed of region events, leadership, training opportunities, and more.
From October 21-23, section chiefs, advisers and staff advisers will descend upon Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, CA for the annual Western Region Gathering.
This past August almost 100 scouts, scouters, and venturers from Cascade Pacific Council and Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge converged on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests for a week of service. Special guests in attendance of this event include Central Region Chief Logan Greene and National Vice Chief Tyler Inberg.