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ArrowCorps 2014: A Lodge Service Adventure

When we think of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service, we always expect Lodges to preform service their Councils, local Scouting and their community. But every now and then, a Lodge goes far beyond their call of duty and preforms services greater than that expected of a Lodge. 

T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge in Seattle, WA has spent the last three years organizing a follow-up to the very successful Arrowcorps5 within their Lodge. “After seeing the success of the ArrowCorps5 projects in 2008, rangers from both agencies started asking us why there was no such project here in the Pacific Northwest” said Ian Bellows, one of the project organizers from the lodge.

From August 3-9, 2014, Scouts from around the nation will again converge on Mt. Rainier for a week of brotherhood, cheerfulness and service. Based at Camp Sheppard in the shadow of the mountain, trail crews will complete a variety of projects under the direction of land management personnel and skilled youth and adult leaders. Participants will have the chance to learn expedition leadership, trail skills, and wilderness ethics while immersing themselves in the story of our national public lands. This exciting opportunity is open to all Arrowmen, Boy Scouts, and Venturers meeting criteria for participation in high adventure activities. From the earliest Eagle Scout trail crew projects in 1925 in to the projects of today, ArrowCorps2014 continues the rich legacy of Scout service in one of America’s most iconic places.

This project does much more than just provide some great service to our National Parks though. “We’ve found that participants working together in an outdoor setting gain self-confidence and leadership experience they can’t find anywhere else” explained Bellows. “They come back better prepared to lead themselves and others in their families, schools, and communities.” 

To learn more about this fantastic project, visit the event website at www.arrowcorps2014.org. or follow them on Facebook, Youtube, or SmugMug, or download the attached flyer

Whatever you’re seeking this summer, you’ll find it and much more on the trail. Challenge and opportunity await all ArrowCorps2014 attendees, and we hope to see you on the mountain this summer.

Attachments:
Download this file (ArrowCorps2014 Flyer Revised 10162014.pdf)ArrowCorps 2014598 kB

2014 Service Grant Recipients

The 2014 National Service Grant Recipients have been announced!

Every year, the Order of the Arrow chooses several Lodges to award up to $5,000 to complete a camp or service center project in their local council. This years recipients in the Western Region are:

  • The Catalina Council, Papago Lodge, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, will receive $2,165 dollars to renovate their chapel at Camp Lawton.
  • The Great Salt Lake Council, El-Ku-Ta Lodge, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, will receive $4,000 dollars to remodel the “Fort Area” structure at Camp Tracy.
  • The Western Colorado Council, Mic-O-Say Lodge, headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, will be awarded $3,250 dollars to construct an amphitheater at Camp We Can.

Congrats to our Western Region Service Grant Recipients and thank you to all the lodges who applied this year!

2014 National Officers

The results are in! The 2014 National Officer Elections at Dallas have concluded and we have the names of the youth leaders for this year! 

The 2014 Western Region Chief is Michael Kintscher, a Vigil Member of Ut-In Selica Lodge from Section W-3N. Michael has served two terms as the Section Chief and a term as Lodge Chief and has been on NLS Staff for the past two years.

The 2014 National Chief is one of our own; Nick Dannemiller, a Western Region Section Chief from Section W-1S in Oregon. Nick served last year as the JVC of Trek Guides at Project 2013. 

The 2014 National Vice Chief is Taylor Bobrow. Taylor was the Section Chief of Section SR-7A in Virginia and a past Lodge Chief of Blue Heron Lodge. 

The 2014 Northeast Region Chief is Kyle Piper from Section NE-3A

The 2014 Central Region Chief is Ricky Angeletti from Marnoc Lodge, Section C-4A

The 2014 Southern Region Chief is Wesley Seaman from Section SR-8

2014 Western Region Chief and Chairman

Introducing your 2014 Western Region Chief: Michael Kintscher! Michael is a Vigil Member of the Ut-In Selica Lodge in Section W-3N.

Joining Michael this year is Toby Capps, our new Western Region Chairman! Toby is from Seattle, Washington in Section W-1N.

Fall 2013 Mustang Now Available

Newly redesigned and full of the latest information from across the Region and National, the Fall Edition of the 2013 Mustang has just been released! Whether you want to gain useful information on ideas to better your Lodge or Chapter or are just looking for an interesting read on the latest Order of the Arrow news, the Mustang is one of the best resources you can find! Download now by clicking on the below attachment.

Attachments:
Download this file (Fall 2013 Final (Web).pdf)Mustang Volume XV Issue 11224 kB

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