Section Campfire

Section Campfire

  • Matthew Shumway
  • May 5, 2020

Join us for our first ever Section W-1S Campfire!


When: Sunday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM PDT

Who Is Invited: Everyone! You do not even have to be an Arrowman.  

How to Watch: The campfire will be broadcast live on the Section W-1S Facebook page. If you do not have Facebook, you can still watch it without a Facebook account using the link at sectionw1s.org/live.

What Will Be Happening: Your section and lodge leadership will provide updates on programs, answer questions, conduct a giveaway, and announce something exciting about the 2020 Section W-1S Conclave. There will even be an appearance from the 2020 Western Region Chief Gavin Cho! 

How to Participate: You can participate in the Section Campfire by engaging with us on social media. You will have the chance for your questions to be answered by our leadership panel LIVE during the Q&A portion of the program. 

Questions can be anything from OA programs to random topics. Just remember that a Scout is courteous and clean – keep the questions Scout appropriate. 

There are several ways to submit questions for our panel. 

  1. Post your question on social media using #W1SCampfire or tag us @sectionw1s
  2. Email your questions to communications@sectionw1s.org 
  3. Ask it in the comments of the livestream
  4. Use this form

You are highly encouraged to submit a question. (HINT: This may help you during our giveaway). 

Agenda:

The agenda for the campfire will included: 

  • Section program updates
  • Lodge program updates
  • National and region program updates
  • Q&A 
  • Exciting Conclave Announcement
  • A special giveaway

We are excited to provide this special program for all Arrowmen and hope you gather ’round the campfire with us. 

Intro to the Comms Team – A Section W-1S Webinar

Intro to the Comms Team - A Section W-1S Webinar

  • Matthew Shumway
  • April 5, 2020

The Section W-1S Communications Team would like to invite you to join us for our first-ever webinar, held via Google Hangouts Meet. 

Our first webinar, “Intro to the Comms Team,” is an introduction to section communications — what we do and how we do it.  

When: Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Who: All current members of the section comms team, anyone interested in joining the team, and anyone interested in learning more about what the section comms team does and how it operates is invited to join us for this webinar. All Arrowmen are welcome. 

Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/hxm-pccg-nwi 
(or join by phone at ‪+1 575-394-8504‬ PIN: ‪149 614 906‬#)

Topics that will be covered include what the comms team does, how it is organized, available positions and their duties, skills and time commitment, the content creation process, resources, and more. We will also have a Q&A so come with your questions. 

Interested in using your skills or learning new skills to help the section? The Section W-1S Comms Team may be the perfect fit for you. 

We are looking for people with the following skills (all experience levels welcome):

  • Graphic design
  • Video Production
  • Social Media
  • Digital Marketing (email, social media, add, etc)
  • Writing and Editing
  • Web & Mobile App design, HTML & CSS coding
  • Photography & photo editing

We have tools and resources available to get you started if you have no experience.

Contact us with any questions at communications@sectionw1s.org.

Tsisqan Update

Tsisqan Update

  • Dustin Graves
  • March 29, 2020

Hello Everyone!

Tsisqan gives you all a warm welcome nearing the end of the month. As the 2020 lodge chief, I wanted to push out a message to you all. As you all know, the recent circumstances regarding COVID-19 has made Scouting difficult this past month. I understand what is happening and am here to remind you all that we must continue as Scouts and Scouters no matter what is in front of us. Rain flies exist on our tents to ensure we stay dry while the weather isn’t perfect. Work on the merit badges you need for your ranks past first class, finish that eagle project plan (I know I should), and if it comes to it use the emergency preparedness kit our families have made. Stay connected with your unit, stock up on what you need, and stay home. I hope to see a lot of you at NOAC this year and I can’t wait for this all to pass so we can continue what is the source of joy in many of our lives.

Yours in Service,

Dustin Graves
2020 Tsisqan Lodge Chief

2020 Wauna La-Mon’tay Rendezvous Recap

2020 Wauna La-Mon'tay Rendezvous Recap

  • Kaitlyn Crowley
  • March 29, 2020

On March 6-8, Wauna La-Mon’Tay Lodge spent the weekend at Camp Meriwether for their annual Rendezvous. At Rendezvous, Scouts met to elect lodge officers, give awards and spend time with their fellow brothers.

The New Lodge Officers are as follows:

Benjamin Flores, Lodge Chief
Cole Thomas, Service Vice Chief
Jeff Kenyon, Membership Vice Chief
Mason Lewallen, Program Vice Chief
Richey Baumann, Administrative Vice Chief
Sam Hohn, Ceremonies Vice Chief

This year’s recipients of the Lodge Service Award are Benjamin Flores, Maria Flores, Jeff Kenyon, Ron Stankye and Julia MacDougall.

This year’s recipients of the Founder’s Awards are Trevor Horine, John Mudd, Bryce Horine, and Nick Wagner.

This year’s recipients of the James E. West Fellowship Award are Doug Kaup and Lori Horine.

During the day on Saturday, Scouts were able to participate in inter-chapter competitions, games and more. Saturday night the annual banquet was held and an amazing evening program that combined award and recognition with the style of an Academy Awards show.

Chiefly Speaking

Chiefly Speaking

  • James Verheyden
  • March 29, 2020

Brothers,

Let me give my best wishes to everyone as we go through this difficult time. As we practice social distancing, virtual school, and hand washing, lets not forget who we are. We are the brotherhood of cheerful service and our actions can help uplift each other in this stressful time. Be the light to others closest to you and together we can get through this. To ensure the utmost safety of our members, the Section Comms Retreat and conclave onsite have been rescheduled. However, we are more committed than ever to support the three lodges of our section. We encourage lodges and chapters to reach out to those who are isolated in this time of need and welcome lodges to talk to us on how to best serve their members.

Yours in Brotherhood, 

James Verheyden
2020 Section W-1S Chief

Lo La’Qam Geela Update

Lo La'Qam Geela Update

  • Daniel Stockton
  • March 28, 2020

Brothers,

I hope that all of you are staying home and staying safe at this trying time. Down south in our lodge, we have been forced to cancel our spring fellowship event due to COVID-19, although we remain optimistic about other events. All are welcome at our events (except Vigil weekend) and I hope to meet as many Arrowmen as possible at each of them.

Yours in Service,

Daniel Stockton
2020 Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge Chief

2020 Tsisqan Workshop Weekend Recap

2020 Tsisqan Workshop Weekend Recap

  • Matthew Shumway
  • March 28, 2020

On the weekend of February 21-23, 2020, over 85 Arrowmen gathered at Camp Baker in Florence, OR for the Tsisqan Lodge Workshop Weekend. Workshop is a fellowship event with the focus of training and workshop-style classes and activities. This year’s theme was “Fellowship at the OA Corral,” and was centered around the wild west. 

The event kicked off on Friday night with some patch trading, cornhole and a western movie. 

On Saturday, Arrowmen had the opportunity to participate in a variety of crafts and activities including choker making, capote making, lassoing, tomahawk throwing, archery, drumming and dancing, and more. 

Over the winter, a large tree fell through the camp’s rifle range structure. A small group of adults spent the weekend cheerfully serving the council by removing debris from the crushed building and cutting up the tree. 

During Workshop Weekend, Tsisqan Lodge holds their Vigil selection. The lodge chose six individuals to receive the Vigil Honor this year. They will be called out and complete their Vigil Induction during the lodge’s Spring Induction Weekend in June.

A few out-of-lodge guests were in attendance including Section W-1S Vice Chief Dirk Smelser and Lo La’Qam Geela Treasurer Thackery Moreland. Dirk promoted the 2020 conclave to the members in attendance. 

Six Arrowmen sealed their membership in the Order during the weekend by completing the Brotherhood ceremony. The ceremony was well-performed and was regarded as one of the best performances in recent years by many lodge members. 

In addition to a great program and awesome fellowship, the lodge released a new flap for members to purchase up to one per honor level. The flap features a scene from Camp Baker’s shoreline, a first for the lodge. 

Overall, the first event for 2020 and the new officers was a huge success. The officers learned a lot about running a lodge event and are excited for what is to come in 2020.

Coronavirus Updates and Disease Prevention

Coronavirus Updates and Disease Prevention

  • Matthew Shumway
  • March 12, 2020
Last Updated: May 18, 2020 at 6:05 PM

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers and guests is our top priority. We understand that there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect national, region, section, lodge and chapter Order of the Arrow and local Scouting programs within the areas served by Section W-1S. Section leadership is developments regarding COVID-19 through our local councils, national council, our charter partners, state restrictions and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will do our best to updates this page with relevant event cancellations and postponements. We encourage you to consult your local council for specific information on your Scouting events. 

Event Status and Cancellations

As a result of current restrictions and in the interest of the health and safety of all our members and the general public, the following events have been canceled or postponed: 

Section Events

  • Section conclave scheduled for September 11-13, 2020 has been CANCELED. Please see the full statement here.

Region OA Events

  • All national and regional events through June 15, 2020 have been POSTPONED. 

National OA Events

  • The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) scheduled for August 3-8, 2020 has been CANCELED. Details can be found here.
  • OA High Adventure programs DELAYED.  Details can be found here. 

Additional information for the Order of the Arrow.

Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge & Crater Lake Council Events

  • Council Service Centers and stores will be closed to the public until May 31st. Orders can still be placed. 
  • May 21: All District Roundtables — Virtual
  • May 23: WR Boatnik — CANCELED
  • May 30: 2020 Council Annual Dinner — POSTPONED; date TBD
  • May 30: Council Annual Meeting — Moved to June 10th
  • May 30-31: OA Spring Induction Weekend — CANCELED
  • All council Cub Scout and Scouts BSA summer camp programs have been CANCELED.

Additional information for Crater Lake Council.

Tsisqan Lodge & Oregon Trail Council Events

  • Council Service Center and Scout Shop open, please call ahead.
    • Council staff are still available to serve via phone and email. Scout Shop will continue to take orders.
  • June 6: Baker Beaver Day — CANCELED
  • June 19-21: OA Spring Induction at Camp Baker — CANCELED
  • July 17-19: OA Summer Induction at Camp Melakwa — CANCELED; an alternate induction opportunity may be made available at a different location. 
  • August 9-14: NYLT — CANCELED
  • District Recognition Dinners — District will decide whether to postpone to October or hold virtually. 
  • All Cub Scout Day Camps have been postponed to August. Decisions will be made whether to hold camp on July 3rd. 
  • Camp Baker Summer Camp — CANCELED
  • Camp Melakwa Summer Camp — CANCELED
  • All Scouts BSA & Cub Scout summer resident programs at Camp Baker and Camp Melakwa are CANCELED
  • Council Fall Rendezvous — CANCELED
  • Except for Camps Baker and Melakwa, our properties will be available for use. We are ensuring units safety by scheduling a 72-hour period in between use by each unit. Groups that are interested need to fill out the proper paperwork and submit their plans on how they will maintain social distancing if approved for use.

Additional Information for Oregon Trail Council. 

Wauna La-Mon’tay & Cascade Pacific Council Events

  • Scout Offices — CLOSED until further notice
  • Nor’West Scout Shop closed until further notice 
  • All CPC Camp Properties — CLOSED until June 7
  • Sea Scout Regatta — CANCELED
  • All council summer camping programs canceled for 2020

BSA Policies to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. 

  • Stay at home when you feel sick. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc. 
  • Avoid shaking hands. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 
  • If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID_19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. 

Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach to the appropriate individuals:

  • For national and region Order of the Arrow events, contact concierge@oa-bsa.org or your region leadership. 
  • For section events, contact info@sectionw1s.org.
  • For lodge events, contact you lodge leadership. 
  • For district and council events, contact you local district executive. 

Conclave Trainers Needed

Conclave Trainer's Needed

  • Matthew Shumway
  • January 11, 2020

The conclave training committee is looking for Arrowmen to be trainers for this year’s conclave training program. If you have a special skill or knowledge of a subject that you think other Arrowmen may be interested in learning more about, then being a trainer if for you. 

Apply to be a trainer today by filling out the application.

Donate to the Conclave Auction

Donate to the Conclave Auction

  • Matthew Shumway
  • January 11, 2020

The auction committee is looking for donations of items for the silent and live auctions at this year’s conclave. The auctions raise money to help support the section’s year-round operations including providing scholarships, sending section officers to the Western Region Gathering and National Planning Meeting, section communications, and supporting the lodges we serve. 

Donations of all sorts are welcome including patches, Scouting memorabilia, camping equipment, and more. 

Those who donate to the section a value of $50 or more will receive a special donor patch. Youth who donate $150 or adults who donate $300 in value will receive a special Patron patch. 

If you would like to donate, contact auction@sectionw1s.org.

Patch Designs Wanted

Patch Designs Wanted

  • Matthew Shumway
  • January 11, 2020

The section is looking for patch designs for the 2020 conclave patch set. Both youth and adults are welcome to submit designs. 

You do not have to have a special graphics design program or skill to design a patch. All you need to do is meet the criteria below, and if needed, we have people who can help clean up your design for production.

All designs must meet the following criteria.

  • Include “Section W-1S” or “W-1S”
  • Include “Conclave 2020” or “2020 Conclave”
  • Must have at least one of the following
    • OA Arrowhead
    • “OA”
    • ‘WWW”
  • Be 10 colors or less
  • Be a standard geometric shape (i.e. circle, square, diamond, etc.)
  • Include the section beaver (preferred but not required)
  • Be related to the 2020 conclave theme “Thriving Into a New Decade” – based on the roaring ’20s (preferred)
  • Avoid copyright/trademark material (including words/phrases)

In addition, any Order of the Arrow brand elements (logos) used must follow the Order of the Arrow brand guidelines (HERE) and any section logos must follow the Section W-1S brand guidelines (HERE).

All designs must be submitted as a PDF, .jpg, or .png file and sent via email to merchandising@sectionw1s.org by April 30th. The designer of the selected patch set design will receive a free set of patches. 

Questions? Contact merchandising@sectionw1s.org

2020 Conclave Theme Announced

2020 Conclave Theme Announced

  • Matthew Shumway
  • January 10, 2020

The theme for the 2020 Section W-1S Conclave is “Thriving Into a New Decade” and will be based around the Roaring ’20s.

Make sure to mark your calendars and make plans to join us on September 11-13th at Hoodoo Ski Area!

National Vice Chief to Attend 2020 Conclave

The 2020 National Vice Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Noah Smith, will be a special guest at this year’s conclave at Hoodoo Ski Area! 

Noah is a Vigil Honor member from Brookland, Arkansas. After serving as the Quapaw lodge chief, Noah served for two terms as the Section SR-8 chief. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, as well as the Founder’s Award. Noah intends to major in business management at the University of Central Arkansas. During his leisure time, Noah enjoys playing soccer and partaking in high adventure opportunities. 

Come meet Noah at conclave on September 11-13, 2020!

2019 in Review

2019 in Review

As 2019 comes to a close, we take a look back at the amazing year that we have had.

2019 was a year of growth, a year of excitement, and above all else, a year of growth.

In February, the Order of the Arrow opened its doors to more units, now conducting unit elections in Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships. The same month, Scouts BSA was launched and the Order of the Arrow began welcoming its first female youth members soon after.

This was also a year of celebration with all three lodges in the section having a major anniversary year.

Wauna La-Mon’tay celebrated their 25th anniversary this year during their annual Rendezvous at Camp Meriwether in March.

Tsisqan, the oldest lodge in the section, celebrated their 75th anniversary in Eugene, OR in March. The 3-day event consisted of a variety of activities, a Trade-O-Ree, auction, banquet, and special Vigil gathering. The keynote address was delivered by the National Order of the Arrow Chairman, Mike Hoffman.

 Lo La’Qam Geela also celebrated their 25th anniversary this year during their annual Fall Fellowship at Camp McLoughlin in November.

In August, Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge hosted ArrowCorps 2019. Over 100 Scouts and Scouters gathered for the week-long service project partnered with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Check out their week in review video

In September, Section W-1S returned to Camp Meriwether after more than two decades for “Conclave by the Sea: Shipwreck at the Cape.” 540 Arrowmen were in attendance including a contingent of over 50 Arrowmen from Nisqually Lodge in southwestern Washington. During conclave. Arrowmen attended training classes, participated in fun activities, and joined together in fellowship.

The National Vice Chief, Eric Harrison, and Western Region Chief, Antonyo Mitchell, were also in attendance speaking with Arrowman throughout the weekend.

During the Saturday night show, the section presented the Arrow of Honor award to two individuals for their dedicated service to the Section W-1S. The first was Bo Griffin of Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge. The second was Kevin Padrick of Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge. Unfortunately, earlier this year, Kevin passed away from a plane accident. The award was presented to his wife, who said Kevin would have been honored to receive it. Kevin was a huge asset, not just to Section W-1S and Lo La’Qam Geela, but to all of Scouting and he will be missed.

Hoodoo Ski Resort

Conclave came to a close with the announcement that the next conclave will be held September 11-13, 2020 at Hoodoo Ski Area.

Faced with a significant membership decline, the Order of the Arrow held its first ever national webinar in October. “Thrive: A National Webinar, A Local Commitment” gathered over 5,00 chapter, lodge, section, and national leaders to come together and tackle the challenges the Order is facing and to commit to make sure the Order of the Arrow doesn’t just survive, but thrives for years to come. The webinar introduced new programs, initiatives, and resources to help lodges become high performing. A high performing lodge has a 90% unit election rate, 90% induction rate and a 50% activation rate according to the Lodge Performance Measurement Program, which replaced the Journey to Excellence program earlier this year. During the webinar, each lodge made 90 day goals that will help start them on the path to become high performing.

This year, as part of the Thrive webinar, the role of the section was revised. The section will now play a greater role in helping lodges become high performing. One way it will do this is by hosting an annual ACT Conference which will bring lodge leaders from around the section together to Adapt, Collaborate, and Thrive.

2019 was an amazing year for Section W-1S. All across the section, the spirit of our Order is alive and well. It is this excitement and enthusiasm for our brotherhood that sets the tone for our future. While 2019 was great, we believe that the best is yet to come in 2020.

Thank you for an amazing year!

*For more conclave photos, visit our 2019 Conclave photo album

Western Region Gathering Recap

On October 25-27, Section W-1S officers and advisers attended the annual Western Region Gathering at Camp Kuratli in Boring Oregon. Gathering, hosted in our section this year, saw the assembly of all the sections in the region. Arrowmen received training, information, and broke out to start planning the year in each section. Continuing the momentum of Thrive, and the new ACT (Adapt, Collaborate, & Thrive) training were major points of discussion. Overall the event was a success and we are excited for another great year in Section W-1S.

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Wauna La-Mon’tay College of Youth Leadership Recap

On November 2nd, Wauna La-Mon’tay hosted Collge of Youth Leadership(CYL) for the future youth leaders in Cascade Pacific Council. CYL is an annual event that the lodge host every year to provide an opportunity for youth to learn about leadership. CYL offers three different tracks: Intro, Advanced, and OA Track. Each track is lead by a youth OA member in the lodge. This year, the lodge offered OA track: brand new leadership training targeted specifically to those who are interested in being an upcoming leader in the OA. In this event, total of 227 people went through the training and left as a leader of the council.

76 Arrowmen from Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge staffed for the event to teach classes, as well as help as ServiceCorp members. This event was a huge success! Special thanks to everyone who staffed as well as all the advisors who made this event possible.

Tsisqan Lodge Officer Retreat Racap

Over the weekend of November 8-10, the newly elected Tsisqan Lodge officers met for a weekend of training, planning, and program development. The officers learned about goal setting, effective communication, how to use their resources and event planning, among other topics. Each officer spent Saturday morning with their respective adviser to learn their job, set expectations of each other, and develop personal goals. After lunch came setting the lodge’s goals for the Lodge Performance Measurement Program and creating the lodge budget. The weekend wrapped up with planning some upcoming events including the Chapter Officer Training in December and Workshop Weekend in February. The officers also decided a thematic for Annual Fellowship, “Back to the 80s.”  

Much of the weekend revolved around one central idea; becoming a high performing lodge. The officers and adviser used the information they learned from “Thrive: A National Webinar, A Local Commitment” to drive their discussions and planning. 

After one very long and exhausting weekend, Tsisqan Lodge is ready to make 2020 one for the record books. 

Lo La’Qam Geela Fall Fellowship Recap

Lo La’Qam Geela finished off their 25th anniversary with a record breaking Fall Fellowship. With 100 attendees, lodge members participated in activities such as escape rooms, capture the flag and a variety of board games.

Five new Vigil honor members were inducted. 

  •     Matthew Blankeship
  •     James Verheyden
  •     Paula Buckner
  •     Andrew Rambo
  •     Erin Rambo

The youth of the Lodge also elected their new Lodge Officers

  •     Lodge Chief – Daniel Stockton
  •     Vice Chief of Programs – Niko Bucann
  •     Vice Chief of Activities – Gage Ford
  •     Vice Chief of Administration – Eric Verheyden
  •     Vice Chief of Membership – Jonathan Morris
  •     Treasurer – Thackery Moreland

The new Lodge Adviser, Doctor James Verheyden, was also installed. Overall, it was a very successful event for Lo La’Qam Geela. 

Conclave Vice Chief Application

Want to help plan the 2020 Section W-1S Conclave at Hoodoo Ski Area? Become a Conclave Vice Chief (CVC) today!

The section is currently recruiting youth (under 21 as of September 13, 2020) from all three lodges to serve as CVCs. 

As a CVC, you have the opportunity to work with Arrowmen from around the section to create the best possible conclave experience. Each CVC is in charge on their own conclave committee and works with an adviser to plan, develop, and execute their part of conclave. 

We are looking for CVCs for the following committees:

  • Activities
  • American Indian Affairs
  • Host Lodge (Lo La’Qam Geela members only)
  • My Chapter Rocks
  • Shows
  • Special Events
  • Training
  • OA High Adventure
  • Registration 
  • Promotions and Communications

Interested in helping out? Fill out the CVC interest form below.