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Announcing the 2014 Vigil Honor Class
Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:45
VigilHonorTriangleThe 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: T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or our Council's Camps.

T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge is proud to announce the 2014 Vigil Honor Class:


Quintin B
Cameron D
Mitchell F
Danny L
Austin L
Jonathon N
Peter S
Lee T


Robert Allison
Lynn Butler
Dan Gelis
Tom Harto
Robert Meneghini
John Strong
Cathy Tillotson

These worthy brothers will conduct their Vigil at the Spring Fellowship June 20 -22 2014. 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 2014 Vigil Honor Class!

26 Seal Their Membership!
Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:36

allowat_sakima_parsons_smallWe encourage everyone to congratulate our latest brothers who sealed their membership in the Order by going through their Brotherhood Ceremony in April and May. These ceremonies were held at our two ordeals, Camporees and at the Section Conclave.

If it's been 10 months since your ordeal and you want to step up to the Brotherhood, there are several opportunities left this year. For more information contact your Troop/Team Rep, or your chapter leadership.

The last chance to get your brotherhood is on the Saturday of the Parsons Ordeal June 7th and the Friday of the Spring Fellowship, June 20th at Camp Pigott.

These are our laudable brothers:

Lost and Found!
Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:46
If you were at Conclave and lost a tent, we have it.  Please contact Mike Gaylord.
Conclave 2014
Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:27
A few weekends ago, our Lodge had the opportunity to join our fellow Lodges in the Section for a weekend of fun and brotherhood. It wasn't just watching our brothers struggle to spell 'Sikhs Mox Lamonti'  or the amazing classes in a multitude of subjects that made this event so special. It wasn't being able to dunk the section chief in a pool of water (twice!), it was all of the events, all of the brotherhood and friendships both in our lodge and outside that makes this event so incredibly awesome. Next year, will be the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow and the Conclave hosted by Sikhs Mox Lamonti at Camp Fire Mt will be a once in a life time event. I highly recommend going to this amazing event next year! conclave_017a

Crab feast!  Congratulations to SMK for winning our attendance challenge, 22 members.  Over all we had 130 Lodge members attend a great Conclave!

Elections! Over the weekend of Conclave, two members of T'kope Kwiskwis were elected by their peers to Section offices. Murphy B was promoted to Section Secretary and Nathan L was promoted to Section Chief! A big congrats to both of these fine arrowmen.
Northlake Totem Pole in Boys Life!
Friday, 11 April 2014 20:42
atspoleFellow Arrowmen, you might know that the Ashuk T'Salil (Northlakes) totem pole was featured in the April 2014 Boys Life magazine. The link below includes the Boys Life article, photos from inception to completion and stories from some of those who worked on it. Additional photos are also available.

Thoughts from the Adviser
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:31


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.


Mike Gaylord

Lodge Adviser

T’Kope Kwiskwis

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Go To ArrowCorps2014 For Only $125!
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:00

tillotson_ac502On 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!


April Ordeal: Elangomats Needed
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:18


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,

Torin Bergsma


Vigil Selection
Monday, 17 March 2014 08:04


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 Bergsma

Lodge chief 2013-2014
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