Date: Sunday, August 18th
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Council Office
Anyone who is servings as (or who is interested in becoming) a youth OA Troop Representative or Assistant Scoutmaster for OA is invited to attend the annual OA Troop Representative Summit.
The Summit is designed to:
- Provide training on how to be successful in your troop OA position
- Explain how to have OA Elections in your troop
- Show OA Troop Representatives how to participate in National High Adventure programs only available to OA members
- Introduce OA Troop Representatives to their Chapter Chief and Chapter Adviser
- Create a venue for OA Troop Representatives to network with other OA Troop Representatives in his district
- Give OA Troop Representatives an opportunity to ask questions
The OA Trading Post will also be open at this event, so OA Troop Representatives can get stocked up on OA patches, neckerchiefs, gear, and other OA memorabilia.
Mark your calendars!
When the Boy Scouts of America launched the new strategic plan, a transition was made to a new program to measure unit, district, and council performance. Following the Boy Scout's transition, the national OA committee adopted the Journey to Excellence program to replace the National Quality Lodge program. Journey to Excellence places emphasis on continuous improvement. Just as the Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence program recognizes each level of the organization (Unit, District, Council), the OA's program creates Journey to Excellence recognition for chapters, lodges, and sections.
Tall Timbers (Chapter of the Year)
Dear Ordeal Candidate,
Congratulations! You have been elected as a candidate for membership in the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society. Its purpose to:
- Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrant similar recognition.
- Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
- Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
- Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Read more: Colonneh Lodge Ordeals
The time has come upon us again to begin the process of nominating those Arrowmen who are deemed worthy for consideration for our Order's higheset recognition, the Vigil Honor. We encourage you to look closely at the Scouts and Scouters in your chapter or committee who have devoted themselves to the ideals and purpose of the Order in their actions, and in turn warrant the cheerful spirit and devotion to service that is inherent in the character of a brother in the Vigil Honor.
Due August 1, 2013.
It is very important to attach a photograph to the nomination form, and please include a recommended Vigil name and a short explanation for the Vigil name. The explanation will make it easier for the Cherokee translation.
If you have any questions contact Colonneh Vigil Adviser, Bob Christopher
Please note that 2012 nominations are due at the Cockrell Service Center by 4:30 PM on August 1st. This deadline is firm.
Vigil Honor Nominations
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
c/o Colonneh Lodge #137
PO Box 924528
Houston, TX 77292-5428
2013 Vigil Nomination (369.13 kB)
Please forward this article to other OA members on your address books, so we can get the word out to as many Colonneh members as possible.
Attached is the 2013 Vigil Eligible list. It is Lodge Policy not to send the addresses and phone numbers out in such a large distribution, so please contact your Chapter advisers for the necessary information.
2013 Vigil Eligible List - By Chapter (731.08 kB)
2013 Vigil Eligible List - By Name (757.65 kB)
Colonneh Lodge Native American Committee along with Crew 32 provides entry and advanced opportunities in these skills. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 3:00-5:00.
VFW Post 8905, 21902 Northwest Frwy (290), Cypress, Texas 77429
We will also have opportunities to learn the dance styles and build your dance clothes.
Links: Map Flyer
Now, more than ever, the Troop/Team Representative is at the height of its effectiveness. The National Order of the Arrow Committee has recently tailored the program's focus to meet the needs and goals of units, Chapters, Lodges, and Councils. The duties of the Troop/Team Representative are now more specific and in harmony with a focus on service. Several of the additions are highlighted here. A Troop/Team Representative should:
- Make at least one high adventure presentation to the unit annually
- Coordinate the Ordeal induction process for newly elected candidates
- Participate in unit members’ paths to Brotherhood
- Lead community service projects for the unit
- Advocate environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace camping
A complete list of duties is located online at http://www.oa-bsa.org/programs/ttr/troop.php. The website also includes links to resources a Troop/Team Representative can use when assisting with a unit election. With these new refinements in place, the OA Troop/Team Representative program will continue to serve its integral function as a way to enhance the experience of youth in the Order of the Arrow. The program also aims to help communications among the unit, Chapter, and Lodge thrive. Use the opportunity now to take your unit, Chapter, or Lodge to the next level by making involvement in the Troop/Team Representative program a priority!
Please register your OA Troop Rep with Colonneh Lodge by clicking here: http://bit.ly/OATrRep