noac_pic_2T'Kope Kwiskwis Ceremonialists performed so well and received so many "Honor" medals at NOAC the airline was considering charging us extra for the additional weight.

That might be an exaggeration, but to speak of the quality of ceremonies that the lodge has, is not! During NOAC the Inductions and Ceremony Events Committee (ICE) held two different activities. The first was an evaluation that was performed on ceremony teams for Pre-Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil. Once the evaluation portion was completed Pre-Ordeal and Vigil teams could continue on to the competition event. Brotherhood teams did not compete in the competition portion.

The Lodge had multiple teams in all of the categories. Teams whose members performed extremely well received "honors" recognition and a medal to show off their hard work. In the evaluations this year teams from our lodge received the following "Honors":

sundayshow06_del_awardMembers of the lodge sat in the second row in a packed Indiana University's Assembly Hall, site of the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference, and watched former long time T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge adviser accept the Legacy of Service Award. Del is only the fourth person ever to receive this honor. Current Lodge Chief Peter H. was on stage with Del while the award was being presented, the culmination of the evening's show.

2009fellowship027webOn the Saturday morning of the Spring Fellowship in June of 2009 members of the T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge finished placing two welcoming figures along the candidate trail that will lead to the new longhouse. The three part project started in November at Inductions weekend when members moved the poles from the longhouse site to near their final locations. Then at the May Ordeal a small team of dedicated longhouse enthusiasts poured the concrete and set the metal bracers. Finally at Fellowship mostly youth members did the final positioning and raising of the now welcoming figures.


The first is 10 yards from the road, on a corner of the path, just at a spot where the longhouse reveals it's self to the hiker, directly behind the pole. The second one is at the top of the switch back of the old access road where the candidate trail continues up the hill. The next time you are up at Camp Pigott check out the new monuments.

The Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America has been approved as an Official Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. Each of you may go to the PVSA website and sign up to track your volunteer service under the OA's record of service key. The Order of the Arrow's key is VGH-33042.

When you complete your profile on-line, simply insert the key number (VGH-33042), the reporting will be grouped under the Order of the Arrow and approval will be forwarded to the national office for review, approval, and ordering of the award. The website is

Lasty year, President George W. Bush recognized three youth leaders at the Shasta-Trinity ArrowCorps5 project with this award. We encourage all Arrowmen to investigate applying for this prestigious award.

allowat_sakima_parsons_smallWe encourage everyone to congratulate our latest brothers who sealed their membership in the Order by going through the Brotherhood Ceremony at Camp Parsons on June 6th and the Spring Fellowship on June 19th!

  • Chris A
  • Nick C
  • Keegan D
  • Harris E
  • Niccolo F
  • Ryan J
  • Jason M
  • Daniel P
  • Philip P

Congratulations to you all!

If it's been 10 months since your ordeal and you want to step up to the Brotherhood, the next lodge Brotherhood ceremony is the Saturday night of the Fall Ordeal at Camp Parsons, September 18-20, 2009. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact your Chapter Chief for more information.

bh_hood_burk_smallWe would like to thank those chapters that held their own brotherhood ceremony at their spring camporees this year. Members from three chapters had the opportunity and to seal their membership in the order by attending these convenient Brotherhood ceremonies. Way to go Sahaptin Mox Khan'-nice, Mox Kar-Po, and Sunyakwa!  We made our Brotherhood goal for Quality Lodge 2009 in large part thanks to these three chapters.

We also wish to congratulate those lodge members who went through their Brotherhood at those camporees in the month of May!

New Members Sing Song At Camp ParsonsFor the first time in the lodge's history, T'Kope Kwiskwis as met all the requirements for National's Quality Lodge program two years in a row! The final major goal was finished up last weekend at Camp Parsons where we welcomed 56 new members into the Order, thus giving the lodge positive growth for the year.

Congratulations to our entire chapter and lodge leadership who helped out and guided us this entire year.