For 7 days in August 35 members of the T’kope Kwiskwis Lodge participated in ArrowCorps 2014, continuing the legacy of ArrowCorps502 and the other projects that came before it.Three crews of Arrowmen completed projects within Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, while joining in shows and friendly competitions back at Camp Sheppard.
Strike Team Paradise A led by Cameron Devine traveled to the Paradise picnic area for grounds cleanup and trail maintenance projects, cutting back brush that had crept uncomfortably close over the past decade. Paradise B crew led by Leland Shields also performed trail work along the Wonderland Trail near Reflection Lake. Their work included using weed whips to clear encroaching bush fro the trail and learning how to operate a crosscut saw. As one crew member said, “the view was spectacular and we made it better”. Outside the park, Crystal Mountain Strike Team led by Matthew Gates, nickname the “pickup-stick crew” engaged in seed collection for re-vegetation efforts and cleaning up sticks at a local visitors center for fire prevention and visual beautification. After 2 days of irksome tasks the crew got out on the trail for boardwalk maintenance and trail improvement.
At camp, attendees were entertained by the Lum’s who performed songs each night and led teams in friendly competitions of physical strength and wit. The running theme of the week, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was incorporated in all the games and encouraged horrid English accents for the rest of camp.
By the end of the week scouts dreary from lack sleep and hard work yet energized by great food from the kitchen crew left behind the work gloves and hard hats for recreation activities like field games at camp and hiking around Sunrise. All in all, ArrowCorps2014 was a huge success, with over 620 volunteer service hours completed. We look forward to continuing our service in 2017!
The first of July marked the New Year for the lodge; as such unless you went through your ordeal in 2014 your dues are now expired! Now is the time to renew your commitment to the order by renewing your lodge dues. It is fast and convenient by using our on line service.
Now is also the time to ensure your BSA registration is in good standing. Your OA membership is only valid with a current BSA registration.
2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of The Order of the Arrow. As such, T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge is creating a Lodge History for the OA Centennial celebrations and is asking members if they have anything from the past to contribute.
Articles, documents, artifacts, photos and stories from the 60 years of T'Kope Kwiskwis would be greatfully received.
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather and are able to spend time with your family and friends. I also hope you have some great summer Scouting Adventures planned for this season as well.
If you do not have ArrowCorps on your calendar, there is still time to sign up. Service to others is at the core of the mission of the Order of the Arrow. What better way to provide public service and have fun than to spend a week in Mt. Rainier National Park or the surrounding National Forest.
You can register on line through the Lodge website at tkopekwiskwis.org. The cost is $250, which covers about everything. Please remember that we also have some Camperships available, everyone should be able to attend. ArrowCorps2014 is open to ALL BSA registered people 14 and above.
Hope to see you at ArrowCorps 2014.
Lodge Chief: Torin B.
Lodge Secretary: Charles M.
Lodge Treasurer: Jacob T.
Lodge Activities Vice Chief: Matthew R.
Lodge Inductions Vice Chief: Trent A.
Lodge Service Vice Chief: Thomas L.
If you see one of these honored brothers, be sure to congratulate them on their achievement. The activities and programs of the past year were made possible by the efforts of Torin B., Murphy B., Charles M., Thomas L., Trent A., and Jeremy B., Thank you and good luck to our outgoing 2013-2014 officers!
Two-term Lodge Chief Torin and Lodge Adviser Mike.
Spring Fellowship was a blast! From Lodge elections to trying out the new Lodge Canoe, Arrowmen had an amazing time on the weekend of June 20th - 22nd. Some of the events were movies, games, lodge elections, Frisbee golf, ladder ball, the lodge canoe, Marmot Party, the 60th Anniversary Banquet, silent and live auctions, and the 60th anniversary Ceremony held in the Longhouse. The food was amazing and there was always enough to eat, the trading post was filled with great snacks, and the 60th patch looks spectacular.
Lastly, congratulations to all those elected to be the 2014-2015 Lodge Officers and thank you to all who attended.