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Conclave 2014: Beyond the First Step!
Saturday, 08 February 2014 13:38

Once every year Arrowmen from all over Western Washington and Alaska get an opportunity to meet for a weekend of brotherhood and fun. Last year we held an amazing Conclave at Camp Pigott with record breaking attendance, not only for the Section, but for T'kope as well.

This year it's up to us brothers, while we are not hosting Conclave this year. Let's show our Lodge spirit by keeping T'kope attendance strong and proud. Join us at Camp Thunderbird from April 25th to the 27th, registration is now available on the section website ( ) and I will see you there brothers.register_now_195
Nominations for the 2014 Vigil Honor Class
Saturday, 08 February 2014 08:56
VigilHonorTriangleMy fellow brothers in the Wimachtendienk W. W., it is with great pleasure to announce to you the beginning of the search for the 2014 T'Kope Kwiskwis Vigil Honor Class. This process over the next few months will allow you, the members of the lodge, to nominate eligible candidates for consideration by our committee.

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following: the T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or our Council's Camps. Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.

Recommendation letters to the committee must be typed, explain how the member has contributed to one or more of the four areas listed above, and why you think that person deserves the highest recognition that our Order can bestow. All recommendation letters must be turned into the Council's Scout Office by April 23rd 2014. Although it is not required, please include your name and contact information on the recommendation letter so we might contact you if we have any questions or seek further input. If you can please include English suggestions of an appropriate and honorable Vigil name for the nominee so the committee might make better and more enlightened decisions when bestowing names upon the new Vigil class. If you are a Vigil Honor member please note if you would be willing to sponsor the candidate at the time of their Vigil.

Spotlight on: Ashuk T'salil
Friday, 07 February 2014 18:55

Located near the Northern boundary of the Lodge, Ashuk T'salil includes the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Duvall, Carnation, and surrounding areas northeast of Seattle.

Ashuk T'salil is known for their recent completion of their totem pole which was finished and raised at the most recent Fall Rally. The totem pole became the first one to be completed in nearly 50 years, its raising was celebrated with ceremonies and festivities sponsored by the chapter.

Ashuk T'salil's Chapter Chief, Peter Sohn intends for his chapter to be more involved with Cub scouts in the coming months.

The current Lodge Chief, Secretary and Lodge Vice Chief of Activities are all members of Ashuk T'salil.

Section W1-N Totem Pole Progress
Friday, 07 February 2014 18:26

In March 2013 the Hyiu Chuck Chapter was given the opportunity to design and carve a totem pole with carver Sam Eng. Working with the lodge, Marty Kenney, chapter carving advisor, came up with a plan to represent our Section W-1N and with this Sam produced a beautiful Haida style design.

The 9-foot pole includes a killer whale on top symbolizing W-1N, and a marmot below for the T’kope KwisKwis lodge. Our pole is being housed in Darcy Neidermeyer’s carport in north Seattle where the chapter hosts weekly carving parties. We invite all Arrowmen of the lodge to join us as we finish up our project.

Along with Ashuk T’salil’s new pole, we hope that this experience will encourage other chapters to take steps at carving their own pole. Every Arrowman in your chapter can help in building a totem pole and it’s a great activity for developing leadership and brotherhood. If you and your chapter are interested in leaving your own legacy in T’kope and scouting, the lodge has many resources that can teach you design and carving skills necessary for a great adventure.

For more information contact Marty at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and look out for carving party invitations via email.


AC2014 Discounted Registration Extended!
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:00

mt._rainierGreat news from the ArrowCorps2014 Planning Committee! We are happy to announce that we are extending our early-bird discount to the first 30 registrants. That's right- you can experiance ArrowCorps2014 for just $235, a discount of $15. Spots are quickly filling up, so claim yours today.

ArrowCorps2014 is shaping up to be an extraordinary experiance, thanks to the hard work of our youth and adult organizers. Spend a week on the trail with your friends and meet people from around the country. Learn about how our national public lands came to be and experiance the power and beauty of the Mountain firsthand. Be part of history and leave a lasting legacy in one of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic places. Register for ArrowCorps2014 today- we'll see YOU on the Mountain this summer!


OA Northern Tier
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:09
oahighadventureThis year, Arrowmen have an exciting opportunity to live and experience the Minnesota wilderness. Join a group comprised solely of Arrowmen for two weeks of brotherhood and adventure. Need more reasons to go?

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Applications to join this amazing experience are available, talk with your lodge chief or lodge adviser for more information.
Conclave 2014: Beyond the First Step
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:58
"There is only one annual event where arrowmen from many lodges come together for fellowship and training. There is only one annual event where you can meet an arrowman from Alaska to Olympia, and have so much in common with them. There is only one annual event where you can be inspired to take an idea “Beyond the First Step”. There is only one annual Section W-1N Conclave, and you want to be there.” – Chris Zantek, Section W-1N Chief

As 2013 comes to a conclusion, Section W-1N is on the augmentation of planning and mobilizing Washington States’s largest Order of the Arrow event of 2014.  After the monumentally successful Conclave 2013: “One Great Light” held at Camp Pigott back in April, they can only keep the ball rolling with Conclave 2014: “Beyond the First Step”, and that is exactly what they plan to do. While “One Great Light” was only a vision of what the five lodges of the section could accomplish together, it’s the process necessary to attain that vision that is just as important.

At Conclave 2014: “Beyond the First Step”, various training courses will be offered to either improve ceremonial skills and leadership skills, give you a jumpstart as a new arrowman, or expand your horizons on outdoor adventure. There is, however,  one important aspect that all of the colleges of Teaquan Wask University have in common. They are meant to give you the skills necessary to take your vision “Beyond the First Step”. Another important aspect of the conclave program are the fantastic shows, where you can find comedy, fellowship, and inspiration all within one evening show. One moment all of the lodges will be yelling their lodge yells at one another, and the next moment we’re all joined together singing “Sweet Caroline” or  “Don’t Stop Believin’”. One moment we’ll be watching a dance put on by the nationally recognized ceremonies programs in the section, the next moment the Section Chief, Chris Zantek, is empowering us to take what we’ve learned at conclave back to our lodges, chapters, and units to make sure our vision of success goes “Beyond the First Step”.

Registration will open for this hugely popular event on January 1st, 2014 for just $45 and $40 for arrowmen who went through their ordeal after Conclave 2013. Brothers, I can’t stress enough the importance of this event, and how great of an experience it is. Attending many conclaves myself, I can personally attest that this event will be big, this event will be awesome, and this event will be one of the highlights of your Scouting career. You won’t want to miss Conclave 2014: “Beyond the First Step”. Register today at, and I’ll see you there!

Yours in Brotherhood,
Torin Bergsma
Lodge Chief
Wanted: Ceremonialists!
Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:53

The lodge has had a number of ceremonialists age out or relocate for school recently resulting in a lack of ceremonialists to perform at lodge functions. If any of you want to become a part of the lodge ceremonies program, Lodge ceremonies meetings, hosted by Sunyakwa chapter, are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays of the month at Jubilee Reach center (Address: 14200 SE 13th PL Bellevue, WA).

Some reasons you would want to be a ceremonialist include:

1. You get to noac9wear cool Native American regalia

2. You get well known by those in the lodge and it is great if you want to run for a position in the lodge

3. It is an easy way to give back

4. You can become better at speech giving


These are just a few of the reasons why so many people enjoy being on the ceremonies team.

Unit Elections Reminder
Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:33


This is just a reminder that election season has kicked off, and you should all begin scheduling your unit elections in the coming weeks. This is a very important time of the year for our lodge and we can’t make it successful without your help! If you are having a hard time getting started here are a few helpful hints to get you on the road to a very successful elections season:

  • Make 3 points of contact with unit leaders (email, phone, and if possible face to face contact)
  • Organize multiple election teams (so that no one group has to do all of the elections)
  • Create a schedule for units to sign up for a spot on the calendar, and make sure to have an election team scheduled to conduct the election
  • Make sure to keep accurate records, and submit data to the lodge website as soon as possible after the election
  • Work with adult members of your chapter to coordinate carpools to election locations

If you have any questions about the unit elections process please feel free to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Just remember that election results are due by March 19, 2014. Thank you for all of your service!

Yours in Service,

Torin B.

Lodge Chief 2013-2014

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