NOAC 2018 Patches
NOAC
2018 Lodge Officers

Vice Chief of Inductions - Ethan Plumley
Vice Chief of Program - Reed Czarny
Vice Chief of Service - Jose Chapela
Chief - Ethan Roberts
Vice Chief of Admin - Tyler Green
Vice Chief of Chapter Ops - Evan Silva

2018 Lodge Officers

NOAC Patches Available for Everyone!

The two patch "Trader" set (council shoulder patch and lodge flap) is only $10. The sale of these patches helps to defer the costs of attending NOAC for delegates.

The eight-piece "Scholarship" set is a total of four sets (delegate, trader, scholarship, and ghost) of two patches each (council shoulder patch and lodge flap) and is available for $100. The sale of scholarship patch sets benefits the NOAC scholarship fund which helps send youth in need of assistance to NOAC.

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Fall Pow Wow

September 21 – 23, 2018
Bovay Scout Ranch

OA Fall Pow Wow is Colonneh Lodge's premier event. It is a combination of sports, games, expos, shows, ceremony competitions, Native American crafts, Pow Wows, and so much more. OA Fall Pow Wow is held at Bovay Scout Ranch, and is three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. 2019 lodge officer elections will be held and don’t miss the annual Vigil call out following the Saturday evening show.

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OA Troop Representative Summit

This year, the OA Troop Representative Summit will be at Fall Pow Wow, September 21 – 23, 2018.

The OA Troop Representative Summit is a training experience for OA troop representatives and their advisers. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop representative adviser.

The summit emphasizes how the OA troop representative is a jack of all trades in his various leadership situations. The course also revolves around the OA Unit of Excellence Award and will give Arrowmen an opportunity to develop a plan for their troop to achieve this recognition. Finally, Arrowmen will begin to think critically about crafting their own goals regarding service to their unit.

Lead Your Unit. Be The Catalyst. Inspire Others.

The OA troop representative is a leadership position held by an OA member. He serves as a liaison among the unit, chapter and the lodge. Practically speaking, this gives your unit a voice in the OA and is the avenue through which your troops questions or requests of the OA are addressed.


Membership Update

Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

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Official Arrow of Light and crossover ceremonies

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The National Order of the Arrow Committee after months of collaborative work with ceremonialists and lodge leadership representatives announces the following policy change. This policy change will apply to ALL Order of the Arrow lodges and chapters.

We know that lodges and chapters are frequently asked to perform Arrow of Light and crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs, which is an appropriate service in support of our packs. That said, we have had many complaints surrounding these ceremonies from various American Indian tribes due to the manner in which they are conducted as well as the inconsistent nature in which they are performed.

Beginning January 1, 2019 lodges and chapters that are asked to conduct Arrow of Light or crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs will only be permitted to conduct them using the new approved official ceremonies which can be found in the OA Inductions Portal. These ceremonies are to be conducted in a Scout uniform and are no longer permitted to be done in American Indian regalia.

We appreciate your adherence to this new policy. 

Cub Crossover ceremony        ​Arrow of Light ceremony


Golden Ticket

Golden Ticket graphicThe Golden Ticket is an access pass to lodge events and unlimited Ordeal staffing. For one low price of $137 receive $200 of event registration value plus a limited quantity Golden Ticket patch. Golden Ticket patches will be available for pick up at Arrowman Bash trading post. Purchase your Golden Ticket today! Lodge events included:

Purchase 2018 Golden Ticket!


Lodge and Vigil Name Tags

Colonneh Lodge Arrowmen can order lodge name tags (red). Vigil Honor members can also order green name tags. Name tag(s) can be picked up from the trading post at lodge event, picked up from the council office one week after the event or mailed for an extra charge. The name tags are ordered from the vendor one month before the following lodge events: • Arrowman Bash •  Banquet / Lodge Leadership Development • Fall PowWow • Vigil Weekend.

Order Name Tags


Limited Edition Lodge Flaps Honoring El Rancho Cima and Celebrating Camp Strake

Limited edition set of the patches honoring El Rancho Cima and our celebrating our new Lodge home at Camp Strake. All proceeds from the sale of these limited edition Lodge Flaps will go to building OA program facilities at Camp Strake. A two patch numbered set with metallic thread borders is available for $50. The individual patches (without metallic thread borders) will be sold for $15 each. All online orders must be paid for at the time of order; any additional patches available after the online ordering period will be made available for sale in person. The patches will be available for pickup at Fall Pow Wow (November 3-5, 2017) at Bovay Scout Ranch or at the Cockrell Scout Center beginning November 6, 2017, during business hours. You can choose to have them shipped for an additional $5 per order.

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 NOAC

July 30 - August 4, 2018
Indiana University

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 8,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!

Due to expected high interest coupled with capacity constraints at Indiana University, the National Order of the Arrow Committee instituted a quota and are enforcing a 3:1 youth to adult ratio as well as a delegation size limit. So register early, so you don't miss out!

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Time to Pay your Dues

Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually online. Dues are $20 per year.  Back dues do not have to be paid, pay the current year to get current. For questions regarding dues status or pocket flap orders, contact dues@colonneh.org. Don't wait, remember you must be a dues-paid member to participate in lodge activities.

Pay Dues

The Order of the Arrow, Scouting's Honor Society, is made up of thousands of great Scouts and Scouters like yourself, who were elected to the Order by their fellow Scouts because they saw something in you, something special - those qualities of trust, leadership, friendship, brotherhood, and a desire to serve others - that set you apart.

You undertook the Ordeal to prove your dedication to the high ideals of service that is the hallmark of our Order. Perhaps you have achieved an even greater understanding of Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui by sealing your membership through the Brotherhood, or even now keep the flame of cheerful service alive through leadership in service. You are an Arrowman and we ask that you continue your support for the Order of the Arrow and its worthy goals which are more important now than ever.

An active member in Colonneh Lodge is someone who is a currently registered Scout or Scouter in the Sam Houston Area Council with current dues paid. With active membership, you are entitled to attend all functions of the lodge appropriate for your honor level. It also entitles you to wear your OA flap. Technically, if you don’t pay your dues, you are not a member, and the flap should be removed from your uniform.

Think back on your Ordeal. Remember the Obligation and Admonition. Remember ... "The ones, who chose you, need you."


Lodge Texting Service

remind graphicColonneh Lodge is taking communications to a new level! Remind is a program that allows us to safely and efficiently interact with Arrowmen about upcoming events. All personal information is kept private.

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Text the message below to 81010 (to opt-out reply with 'unsubscribe'):

@colonneh General lodge announcements
@fallpowwow OA Fall Pow Wow announcements
@txconclave Section Conclave lodge contingent announcements
@ab137 Arrowman Bash announcements
@noac NOAC lodge contingent announcements

Raucous Raven

Raucous Raven newsletter graphicThe Raucous Raven is the lodge newsletter that is sent to all lodge members several times per year.

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Troop OA Representative Program

Troop representative patchThe OA troop representative is a youth serving his troop as the primary liaison to the troop’s lodge or chapter. He meets the unit’s needs by providing a communication and programmatic link to and from all Arrowmen, Scouts who are not presently members of the Order, and adult leaders. These efforts are meant to assist the unit and its members in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and at the same time fulfilling the lodge’s role in the Strategic Plan of the Order of the Arrow of being an integral part of the council. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit.The OA troop representatives and their adviser are encouraged to register with the lodge to receive important updates and information.

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Native American dancing pictureNative American Singing and Dance

The Order of the Arrow is rich with Native American culture. The Colonneh Lodge Native American Committee provides dance and singing instruction, from beginner to advanced levels. Arrowmen can learn the different dance styles, and receive help building their dance clothes. The committee meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm at the VFW Post 8905, 21902 Northwest Frwy (290), Cypress, Texas 77429. Map


Ordeals

ordeal sashBoy Scouts who were elected into the Order of the Arrow by their troop must complete an Ordeal within one year, in order to become a member of Colonneh Lodge. Please keep in mind that weekends in the fall are full of football games, band competitions, and other outside obligations, so please plan to attend one of the Ordeal earlier in the year, if possible. A candidate can only complete his Ordeal in our lodge. 

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