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2013 Vigil Class
Saturday, 08 June 2013 12:29
VigilHonorTriangleThe Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those altArrowmen 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: T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or our Council's Camps.


T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge is proud to announce the 2013 Vigil Honor Class:


Stuart B.

Jeremy B.

Torin B.

Aldo E.

Jeremy F.

Iain L.

Nathan L.

James S.

Austin S.

Michael T.

Chris Z.


David Carbjal

Donna Daem

Gerald Erickson

Gerald Eysaman

Marty Kenney

Paul Kurrle

Thomas Lambert

Doug Mitschke

Richard Niemi

David Wilding


These worthy brothers will conduct their Vigil at the Spring Fellowship June 14-15. If you are a current Vigil Honor member and would like to help out at this important event as a sponsor or a guide please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Please join us in congratulating the 2013 Vigil Honor Class!

Officer Elections
Friday, 10 May 2013 11:53

Brothers, have you ever thought about becoming a lodge officer? Do you want to get more involved in the lodge and serve your brothers in the order? Well now is your chance! At the Spring Fellowship we will be electing a new slate of Lodge Officers. The positions available are: Lodge Chief, Lodge Secretary, Vice-Chief of Service, Vice-Chief of Inductions, Treasurer, and Vice-Chief of Activities. These are all very important positions that are open to all youth in the lodge. Being a lodge officer is a great experience that will let you grow as a leader and have fun doing it. The lodge officers attended 2 meetings a month other than events which are the Lodge Officer Meeting (first Wednesday of every month September-May), and the Lodge Executive Comity meeting (third Wednesday of every month September-May). If servant leadership is your thing than these position are for you! If you want to run for Lodge Chief there is only one requirement, you must come prepared to the fellowship with a plan book of your intentions for the coming year. We hope to see you all there!

Conclave 2013 Wrap-up
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:29

cwhaleOn the weekend of April 26th through the 28th 352 arrowmen gathered at Camp Pigott for this year Section W1-N Conclave. Conclave is yearly events were we celebrate the accomplishments of the last year, and plan for the new one. It provides a place for arrowmen to gather, learn, and have fun all in the same weekend. At Conclave we had huge accomplishments, from ceremonies, to section elections, to having a huge Brotherhood Ceremony. This year the Council of Chiefs made it a goal to conduct a Brotherhood Ceremony at conclave for all the lodges in the section correctly. Saturday morning 29 members of the section sealed their bond by going through the Brotherhood Ceremony (23 of them are members of T’Kope). Also the section conducted its elections for the 2013 officers. Section Chief, Chris Zantek, was re-elected to continue to lead the section in outstanding cheerful service. Nathan Lee was also elected to fill the role of Section Vice Chief. Congratulations to both of you on your accomplishments and thank you for your service.  From the Ceremonies side of things T’Kope ceremonialists received honors for their Pro-Ordeal and Vigil Ceremonies. It was an amazing weekend of fellowship and fun, Learning and growth. The only thing to say about it is that is it a great day to be T’Kope Kwiskwis! Hope to see you all there next year! Date and Location will be anounced in the comming months.

Vigil Selection and Letters
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 21:25

Brothers, every year each chapter sends one representative to the Vigil Selection Committee meeting held at the Scout Office in mid-May. The representatives go over every member of the lodge that is eligible for the Vigil honor. The committee is made up of young men that know many members of the lodge, so that they can make informed decisions in selecting the Vigil Class. This year the Vigil Selection committee will be meeting Saturday May 11th to select the members of the lodge that will be receiving the Vigil honor.  If you wish to write a letter to nominate eligible members of the lodge we need them ASAP. We will accept them as late as Thursday May 9, 2013. You can email you letter to the selection comity, and each letter will be read and discussed.


Send your letter to:

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May Ordeal 2013
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:29

conclave2010a001Hello arrowmen, 
Do you remember your ordeal? How about your elengamate? May 17-19 come and help give a new member the same memory. If you come as elengamate you get all the food and fun but for free! We will have the pleasure of helping camp brinkley get ready for summer.  This means we get to use the longhouse for our ceremonies and potlatch! Come serve and make memories at camp Brinkley for the May 17-19 ordeal!

If you have any questions or don't know how to register email the ordeal master Nathan Lee or the Lodge Vice Cheif of Inductions Quinton Lum.

Nathan Lee: n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Quinton Lum:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

T’Kope Kwiskwis Wins National Service Award!
Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:00

mt_rainiernatlserviceThe T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge has won the 2012 OA National Service award for our outstanding service event ArrowCorps502. ArrowCorps502 was a week-long conservation service project from July 31st to August 6, 2011, at Mt. Rainier National Park. ArrowCorps502 was a partnership between the Chief Seattle Council, T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, and the National Parks Service designed to leave a lasting legacy for future park users. Volunteers Built trails, restored campsites, and experienced the power and beauty of the Mountain firsthand. The 2014 ArrowCorps502 is just over a year away so join Scouts, Scouters, Venturers, and Sea Scouts from all over the country for an unforgettable adventure! Be a part of the legacy of service.

T’Kope Kwiskwis becomes the first lodge in our section to win this award and only the second lodge in Washington State.
Register Now for Conclave! Price Goes Up April 22nd
Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00
We're looking forward to seeing you at the greatest Scouting event of the year! Join over 300 Arrowmen from all over Alaska, Washington and beyond for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Enjoy tons of activities, inspiration and entertaining shows, great training classes, a multitude of Native American events, patch auctions - just to name a few! Conclave 2013 takes place April 26-28 at Camp Pigott.

Price: $40 ($35 for new arrowmen)


Start Time: Friday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
End Time: Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 am

On-Line Registration is now open


A hard copy registration form is also available - Click Here

First Ceremony In the Longhouse
Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

bh_ceremony01On March 23rd 2013 a historic ceremony was held by the lodge. We encourage everyone to congratulate our latest brothers who sealed their membership in the Order by going through the first ceremony ever held in the new Longhouse at Camp Pigott. Congratulations to our new brotherhood members!

Trent A
Murphy B
Samuel S
Jack T

The Ceremonies Chairman Nick T. awarded the privilege of the first ceremony to the Sunyakwa chapter Brotherhood team. This team traveled last summer to the National Order of the Arrow Conference for evaluation. Members of this team were also on the nationally ranked Pre Ordeal team from that conference. The four principles have been together for almost 5 years and it will be one of their last performances, as these fine Arrowmen will be moving on to life's other exciting opportunities. They solemnly conducted the ceremony wearing the lodge's Chilkat blankets. Three of these blankets are the original blankets of the lodge dating back to 1955! Traditionally the Chilkats were only worn for the Brotherhood ceremony. The members of the Sunyakwa chapter Brotherhood ceremonies team are:

Logan C
Tony M
Keith P
Clay E

If it's been 10 months since your ordeal and you want to step up to the Brotherhood, there are many opportunities, including all the ordeals, conclave, the longhouse dedication, Spring Fellowship, and some camporees. For more information contact your Troop/Team Rep, or your chapter leadership. If you are really interested in getting your brotherhood at one of the first ceremonies in the new Longhouse here are the dates and times:

Saturday April 27th - 7:00am before breakfast at Conclave
Saturday May 18th - May Ordeal at Camp Brinkley following Dinner

Registration is open for these events! Don't miss the opportunity and sign up today!

Yakala Provides Service
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:34
small_mw001On November 24th the Yakala Chapter planted plants as a service project. We logged 30 hours and 30 minutes planting in Frink Park. Frink Park is a Park in Seattle in the Leschi neighborhood. There were five of us-Christopher, Aldo, Gerry, James, and Darrell, a volunteer for the city. Frink Park was a park designed by the Olmstead brothers. The majority of the trees in the park are approaching the end of their lives. The park was overrun with English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberries. The goal of the service project was to plant native shrubs and trees in order to restore the forest. The invasive plants were removed before we got there. We planted 21 trees including Vine Maples, Tamarack Pines, Grand Firs, hemlocks, and Western Red Cedars. We planted 102 shrubs including salal, mock oranges, roses, a variety of ferns, currants, Oregon grapes, bearberries, serviceberries, and beaked hazelnut. On December 22nd we returned to Frink Park to do more planting. We planted on a plot next to the place where we planted on the 24th. We had seven people come, all of the people who came to the first one with the addition of Darcy, another volunteer for the city, and Dillon. Once we finished planting, we removed ivy, holly, and some non-native cherry trees. We logged around 29 hours. (This project ended at two while the first one ended at four.) We planted around 80 shrubs and 5 trees. We will be returning for more projects throughout the year. The picture shows Darrell, James, and Christopher digging holes. Aldo is planting. Gerry took the picture.
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