You don’t usually hear from me, as a strong believer in a youth led program, I try to stay behind the curtain and just advise. But we have some important upcoming events and I want to extend you my personal invitation to join us.
First, we have the section Conclave, the annual gathering of the five lodges that make up our Section, W-1N. This is a great opportunity to meet new Brothers, greet old ones, learn new skills and have a lot of fun. You also get a reminder that there is an OA world outside T’Kope-we are part of something greater than ourselves. As a special incentive Chapter Adviser David Wilding has donated some King crab that will be part of a special meal prepared by Chef Chief Torin and myself for the Chapter that brings the most members. We had an Ordeal this weekend that brought us 54 new Brothers, why not ask one of them to join you. Conclave is just three weeks away, April 25-27. I hope you can join us, sign up now!
The second item is our great conservation project, ArrowCorps 2014. You will have an opportunity to provide service on a very public level in Mt. Rainier National Park. We recently discovered evidence that there was a great BSA service project in the park in 1925. This is a legacy project that continues in that tradition. Please also know that we have a fair number of camperships available, so cost should not be a barrier to attending. There are not many places on earth more spectacular or beautiful than Mt. Rainier in August. I hope you can join us for an experience of a life time. Please sign up today.
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On the fence about registering for ArrowCorps2014? Don't be! A generous donor has stepped forward to provide 32 $125 camperships so that people like YOU can make it to the Mountain this summer. This means that you'll get to experience the brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service you've been looking forward to for half price! These camperships are available to all Scouts and Venturers who request them.
To apply, simply fill out the Chief Seattle Council Campership Application. This form can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Council, or given to project leaders at at any Lodge meeting or event. From now on, this campership form will also be attached to every ArrowCorps2014 confirmation email, making it easy to apply.
ArrowCorps2014 is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious and memorable events in years. Here's some highlights we can tell you about already:
- Seed collection and avalanche damage repair at Crystal Mountain
- Top-quality shows provided by our own Steve and Quinton Lum
- Meeting participants from as far away as Tennessee and Maine
- A possible visit by Congressmen Dave Reichert
The experiences we had at ArrowCorps502 and Conservation Leadership School are unforgettable. United in our desire to serve our community, nation, and planet, we had the most amazing time of our lives. Since 1925, Scouts and volunteers have been hard at work contributing to a rich legacy of conservation service and high adventure in the Mt. Rainier area. You have been an integral part of this history, and now we hope you’ll join us as we write the next chapter. Whether you're a youth, recently were a youth, or an adult, we have a place for you!
Dust off that hard hat and register today. Spread the word and tell your friends!
The April Ordeal is only eight days away, and we are still looking for four to five Elangomats to take part of the inductions process! Do you remember your ordeal? Do you remember the young man in a white sash leading you through the day? How would you like to be that person that will stick in the minds of the candidates for many years? Trust me friends, it is an amazing experience that you should experience. If you would like to sign up all you have to do is go to the "Online Registration" tab on the top right side of this page and click Ordeal Registration. Then you will need to select "Elangomat" from the staff list.
At this point you will find a nice surprise; you will see that your registration cost has dropped to, not $10.00, not $5.00, but FREE!
Make sure to register this week so that we can give our chef an accurate number of people to purchase food for!
Yours in Service,
Once again comes a very special time of the year for our Lodge. The month of April is the time for us to select the 2014 T'Kope Kwiskwis Vigil Honor Class, but we can’t do it without you! If you have someone in mind that has lived the scout oath and law in their lives, has been a brotherhood member for at least two years, and has paid their dues for this year then you should write them a nomination letter for this high honor. If you would like to write a letter to nominate a fellow scout they must be delivered to the council office by April 23, as no letters will be accepted after that date. All letters should be marked with “Vigil Selection Committee” clearly in the address. Letters can be hand delivered or sent through the US Postal Service.
To include in you nomination letter:
- A short history of a brother's scouting history
- Their involvement with the Order/Unit/ Camp Staff
- How they live the scout oath and law in their lives
- Why you think they should be considered for this honor
Thank you for a life of cheerful service!
Yours in Service,
Torin BergsmaLodge chief 2013-2014
Congratulations to our Lodge Brother, Mr. Toby Capps. Toby is one of the recipients for the 2014 Silver Buffalo Award.
“Created in 1925, the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth is awarded to those persons who give noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. This Award is Scouting’s highest commendation of the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth”.
Toby has provided a lifetime of service to not only the Order of the Arrow, but Boy Scouts of America as well. We are extremely proud of this recognition of his cheerful and selfless service. Well done!