Order of the Arrow

Reflections on an Amazing Journey

By Don Young
Lodge Adviser

In 2004, I did my Ordeal at Beaumont Scout Reservation as an adult. I will admit my Ordeal experience was not pleasant and I would become one of the dreaded ‘sash and dash’ Arrowmen.

It would be nine years before I put my sash on again. I was asked to become the Lodge Adviser for Cuyahoga Lodge 17 in the fall of 2013. I was introduced at the winter banquet that year and given a great opportunity to help this lodge get back on its feet.

Thirty-six people attended that year, but more importantly only six were youth members of the lodge.

I had three goals I wanted to focus on during my tenure as Lodge Adviser.

The first was to not only increase new membership, but to retain it. At Spring Ordeal this year, we had a record number of Ordeal candidates and eight others who sealed their membership by attaining Brotherhood.

We have established communication practices with candidates who have been elected but who have not completed their Ordeal, as well as a distribution list of Arrowmen who are eligible for Brotherhood.

My second goal was to return the lodge to being run by the youth members of the Top 5. They would be responsible for planning and running the Top 5 meetings, monthly lodge meetings, and lodge activities.

I think they have done a very good job at doing just that and I think the themes, program, and attendance reflect that.

Lastly, I wanted to improve communication with members of the lodge, youth and adult Ordeal candidates, and units within the Greater Cleveland Council.

Our communications team has done an amazing job with Teepee Talk in not only making it informative, but publishing it on a regular basis.

Our Lodge Chief has begun using text messages to communicate important dates to the members of the lodge.

And finally, our Vice Chief of Communication has begun an overhaul of the lodge website that we hope to unveil soon.

The lodge has reestablished its presence within the Greater Cleveland Council. Our summer camp callout is amazing and the OA ice cream social is a popular event.

We have a Cub Scout program that recognizes kids for their attendance at summer camp. We have been invited to participate in Cub Scout Arrow of Light and bridging ceremonies.

The programs we deliver at Ordeal and Fellowship weekends are getting better every time. The lodge has put on Den Chief training at BPI the last two years to service the needs of units in our council.

Lodge members have served on staff for events at Beaumont Scout Reservation, Section Conclave, ALTC, NOAC, district camporees, and summer camp.

The patches that have been designed for lodge events have spurred sales in the OA trading post.

Last summer, we took a contingent of 20 youths to NOAC at Michigan State University.

Attendance at the winter banquet (now called the Red & White Banquet) has increased from 36 to 95 to 150 in the last two years. Our goal for the upcoming banquet this December is 200.
Looking forward to the next 100 years of the Order of the Arrow, I think the future is bright for Cuyahoga Lodge 17 and the OA.

Changes are on the horizon that could greatly expand our lodge in terms of membership and territory.

The focus of the youth Top 5 will continue to be seeking to add and maintain new members, enhance our communications with lodge members and the units that we represent, and increase our presence in the Greater Cleveland Council.

The Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society, will continue to be a place where youth and adult members can expand their leadership responsibilities, have opportunities to serve others in our council, attend BSA High Adventure through the OA, and have fellowship with the other members of the lodge.

I am very proud of where the lodge is right now, but I am just as confident that the best is yet to come.

This month, the lodge will be electing new leaders for the coming year, as well as looking for youths and adults who would like to be involved in helping set the direction for the lodge.
Why not get out front and help lead us to even better things?

Members Enjoy 007 Ranges Conclave

Cuyahoga 17 members join other conclave attendees performing an old Neil Diamond anthem, “Sweet Caroline,” during the opening show.

Arrowmen from six lodges in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia gathered at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation May 13—15 for the annual Section C-4A Conclave.

Cuyahoga Lodge 17 sent 13 youth and seven adult members for a fun-filled “007 Ranges” spy-themed weekend.

The weekend activities included a covert spy challenge, an assassin game, rock wall climbing, shooting sports, Ga Ga Ball, patch trading, card games, and much more.

Multiple training sessions were offered focusing on inductions, social media, patch design, OA history, and technology.

A highlight of the weekend was a keynote talk by National Chief Hunter Jones, an Eagle Scout from the Middle Tennessee Council.

Hunter also chatted with members about his duties as national chief and what it’s like to balance Scouting with his college studies.

The Cuyahoga delegation bested other lodges in an escape room challenge, winning in 18 minutes.

Led by Chief Greg Kondas, Cuyahoga Lodge sent Adam Bator, Joey Bonacci, Sam Borick, Alex Choi, Chris Choi, Aaron Doerner, Joey Fletcher, Matt Gantzer, Quentin Kaminski, Gavin Lever, Joe Miklosovic and Kyle Schloemer.

Adults in attendance were Pete Daymon, Jeffrey Gifford, Bob Jensen, John Kochis, Michael Umstead, Norm Wells and Joe Wollet.

Outgoing Section Chief Michael Schloemer ran the elections for new section officers.

JJ Conklin of Portage Lodge is the new section chief, Ben Pycraft of Portage Lodge is the section vice chief, and Josh Squirrell of Sipp-O Lodge is the new section secretary.

Plans are underway for the 2017 Conclave, to be held next May 19-21 at Manatoc Scout Reservation.

Indiana Gathering Sets Course for Order’s Second Century

Crew 60

Jack Hess, left, president of the Longs Peak Council in Greeley, CO, and a member of the national Order of the Arrow committee, leads a debriefing of adult Arrowmen in Crew 60 following the final training session of NEXT at Indiana University.

More than 1,400 Arrowmen from around the country gathered at Indiana University July 30-Aug. 3 to chart the course for the Order of the Arrow’s second century.

While last year’s National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) celebrated our Order’s first hundred years, the NEXT: A New Century Conference was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for attendees to talk about what’s next.

A major theme of the conference was innovation, with training sessions designed to empower Arrowmen to become “Leader X,” someone with skills to facilitate decisions through a three-phase process:

  • Explore — brainstorm areas for improvement, called pain points.
  • Dream — think outside the box to derive innovative ways to solve problems.
  • Discover — build consensus on a path forward.

Greg Fraley, a well-known creativity and innovation consultant, inspired attendees with a TED Talk challenging Arrowmen to develop new ways of thinking, like marrying peanut butter and chocolate.

Drew Mitchell, founder of Rent Like a Champion, explained how a small idea in college became a career and a major business with national exposure, including an appearance on Shark Tank.

Speaking of Shark Tank, NEXT had its own challenge, called The NEXT Factor, in which lodges competed for $500 prizes. Northeast Ohio’s Wapashui Lodge was one of the finalists.

Using the tools learned during NEXT, Arrowmen were encouraged to lead change within their lodges.

In addition, the national OA committee has multiple areas of focus for improvement, including leadership development, sustainable membership, brand and identity, reaching our audience, and stewardship.

2017 Stag Pass Now Available

Cuyahoga Lodge 17 is offering Stag Pass again in 2017. For $65.00, any member can lock in costs for 2017 events at 2016 prices. In addition to price protection, Stag Pass enables members to pay for a year’s worth of activities in one transaction. (Note: Stag Pass members still must register for each event).

Stag Pass registration includes:

  • 2017 Lodge dues
  • 2017 Spring Fellowship
  • 2017 Fall Fellowship
  • 2017 Red & White Banquet

To sign up, use the following link: http://gccbsa.kintera.org/stag2017. Members may also pay at the Greater Cleveland Council Service Center.

New Member Orientation – August 29th

All members who were inducted in 2016 are invited to attend along with one parent. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about our Order and how new members can get involved. Please see the flyer for complete details or register online at http://gccbsa.kintera.org/oanewmember16.

Time for ALTC

The time has come for our annual Area Leadership Training Conference (ALTC) on November 4-6th at Camp Lazarus in Delaware, OH. I am excited to announce that we will have Central Region Chief, Logan Greene in attendance. ALTC will promise a renewed curriculum and a continuation of the track system. We listened to your feedback, and have tried our best to offer a series of tracks to best fit your needs. This year, we will be offering the following courses:

Leading into the Second Century: Designed for the youth and adult leadership from each lodge , this track will be restricted to three youth leaders and two adult advisers as designated by the lodge chief. This track will focus on preparing future and current officers for their roles within the lodge.  

Programming the Future of your Lodge: Designed to challenge participants to discover and develop ways to plan and run engaging lodge events. This track will focus on a perspective of an organizer who needs to put it all together. Everyone who wants to make sure events are fun and impactful are all welcome to this experience.  

Tailoring Your Ceremonies to Succeed: Designed to develop a lodge’s overall ceremonies experience ranging from improving your ceremonies ring to improving the experience of members participating in the ceremonies. If you are interested in ceremonies or never served in a ceremony role, come to expand yo ur knowledge.

Furthermore, we will be adding quick, thirty minute sessions in the afternoon that you can pick and choose from to learn more about a wide variety of topics in our order ranging from OA High Adventure, regalia, being a section officer, and more! Our faculty ranges from foreman from every high adventure base to leaders at every level within our organization. Each and every member of the team is currently hard at work in preparing relevant, engaging sessions for members of all ages to enjoy. It is our goal to give you the tools you need to better your leadership skills.

All you need to do is register by visiting the ALTC website. Registration by October 28th will greatly enhance your ALTC experience.

Yours in Brotherhood,
Nate Steele
2016 Conference Chairman

Help Wanted at Boo-Mont for Cub Haunted Weekends

Join your brothers in a fun-filled weekend of service this month at Boo-Mont Scout Reservation. Each year, our council hosts Cub Haunted Weekends for our young boys in blue. Our Lodge supplies a lot of the manpower to entertain the Cub Scouts.

Two Cub Haunteed Weekends are offered this year:

  • Fri.-Sun., Oct. 14-16
  • Fri.-Sun., Oct. 21-23

There is no cost for Arrowmen to attend this fun weekend. Meals and lodging are provided. Earn service hours for volunteering. If you can’t come out Fri. night, you may arrive Sat. morning and depart Sun. morning. Some of the events include pumpkin chuck’n, pumpkin carving, BB guns, glow-in-the-dark archery and wrist rockets, Zyclone shooting, a haunted hayride and a costume contest. Arrowmen who attend are guaranteed to have a great time while having fun with the Cub Scouts.

To sign up, contact Lodge Chief Quentin Kaminski.

Luau Fellowship Weekend

Sign up now for Cuyahoga Lodge 17’s August Luau Fellowship Weekend. Register online at: http://gccbsa.kintera.org/oaluau16

Summer Camp Ordeals

Order of the Arrow Summer Camp
Ordeal Opportunities

Who: All Order of the Arrow Ordeal candidates elected this year who have not yet completed an Ordeal.
You do not need to attend summer camp to participate in any of these Ordeal experiences.

When: Choose from one of the following sets of dates:

  • Thurs. June 30 — Fri. July 1
  • Thurs. July 7 — Fri. July 8
  • Thurs. July 14 — Fri. July 15
  • Thurs. July 21 — Fri. July 22

Where: Arrival 6:30 p.m. Thursday — Pick-up 8:30 p.m. Friday
Augustus Training Center, Beaumont Scout Reservation

Cost: $35 per person for Ordeal candidates (new members) who are not attending summer camp
$25 per person for Ordeal candidates (new members) who are attending summer camp

What to bring: BSA medical form, BSA uniform, sleeping bag, ground cloth, rain gear, water bottle, work gloves

Register: Online:  http://gccbsa.kintera.org/oasummer2016

In person or by mail: Greater Cleveland Council, BSA, 2241 Woodland Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Please register no later than one week prior to your arrival date.

Spring 2016 Teepee Talk

The Newsletter and Trail Marker versions of the Teepee Talk are now available on the website.

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