160 Arrowmen, friends and family turned out for the annual Lodge recognition banquet on October 18th 2014 where we honored those people who make the lodge tick. We said good bye and thank you to our old officers and then swore most of them back in as this year's leaders!
Master of Ceremonies Matthew R led the evening's celebration. We also honored our latest vigil class, reflected on ArrowCorps 2014 and promoted upcoming lodge and national activities. Very special thanks go to our guest speaker OA National Committee Member Terrel Miller.
We revealed the Founders Award recipients at the event.
A person very close to Taylon had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and survived. He wanted to carry out this project to honor this person.
Taylon designed and ordered the patches, then sold them at various OA and Scouting events, with all proceeds to go toward the Susan G. Koman foundation for the cure of this terrible disease.
On October 16th Taylon attended the Chief Seattle Council Executive Board meeting where he presented a check in the amount of $3500 to representatives of the Susan G. Koman foundation towards cancer research.
We congratulate Taylon on this outstanding project and are certainly proud to have this young man as a representative of T'kope.
Register now for this free event, lunch provided!!
Whilst you are registering for LLD why not join us for the OA Annual Banquet following the training sessions. Cost is $20 through Friday, October 10th, $30 after. Just check "Yes" at the bottom of the registration page.
The Annual OA Banquet follows the day of training and is still only $20. The price goes up to $30 on Saturday, October 11th so register now for the LLD and banquet!
The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!
During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.
The 2015 NOAC will be held from August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen will travel to NOAC with a contingent from their lodge.
In the coming months you will find everything you need to know about NOAC 2015: how to go, what exciting opportunities await you, and the plans for the conference. Follow OA-BSA on Facebook to stay up to date with information and announcements.
Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference will get a once in a lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash. These sashes will differ from those currently worn in that the colors will be reversed, with a white arrow emblazoned on a red sash. The rarity of the sash is noteworthy, as only those present at NOAC 2015 will receive them. Any extras produced will not be sold.
Plans are just starting for the OA event of the century, but you can save your seat. A deposit of $100.00 will reserve your spot!
The overall cost* will be approximately $1250 (youth) and $1350 (adult), this will include:
- Event fee
- transportation and meals
- T'kope KwisKwis contingent pack**
**This may include patches, T-shirt, pins and other items as voted by the youth leaders in the coming months..
***Payments can be made in installments. Final Payment will be due by February 28, 2015
****any scout who wants to sell popcorn to raise funds for NOAC can receive a full 50% of the popcorn sales. Contact the lodge leadership for details.
Don't miss out on NOAC in 2015. The link to register for this event will be live on the T'kope KwisKwis site soon.
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!