Vigil Honor Nominations
Nominations due August 10, 2015
Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation.
The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.
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 of office to one or more of the following:
- Order of the Arrow
- Scouting community
- Scout camp
Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.
Any member of the Order of the Arrow registered in Scouting and in good standing in a regularly chartered lodge is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor provided that, at the time of the recommendation, the individual has been a Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years. A lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their registered Arrowmen once a year, through the Vigil Honor petition, found in the annual re-charter packet. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination.
Nominations for the Vigil Honor are due August 10. Vigil candidates are announced at the OA Fall Pow Wow. A list of all Colonneh Vigil Honor members is available in the Vigil Honor database. Download the 2015 Vigil eligible list sorted by chapter and sorted by name.
Section Conclave Awards
Colonneh Lodge and a number of its Arrowmen earned numerous awards at Section Conclave.
- 1st place lodge mascot
- 1st place lodge representation of centennial year
- 1st place lodge social media
- 1st place lodge website
- 3rd place lodge history display
- 1st place team dance
- 2nd place team singing
- 1st place novice straight dance - Alex
- 1st place senior fancy dance – William
- 1st place senior grass dance – Zach
- 1st place senior traditional dance – Edwardo
- 3rd place senior traditional dance – Dominique
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
August 16, 2015
Cockrell Scout Center
2:00 - 4:00 pm
The Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) meets several times a year to facilitate the business matters of Colonneh Lodge. All lodge officers and chapter chiefs (or designee) and their advisers are required to attend the LEC; however, all Arrowmen are welcome to attend this important planning and business meeting.
OA Troop/Team Representative Summit
August 16, 2015
Cockrell Scout Center
6:30 - 8:00 pm
The OA Troop/Team Representative Summit is a training experience for OA troop/team representatives and their advisers from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop/team representative adviser.
The summit emphasizes how the OA troop/team 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/ream 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.
Election Team Training
August 16, 2015
Cockrell Scout Center
4:00 - 6:00 pm
The OA elections must be conducted by a trained election team. Election Team Training is offered after the August lodge executive committee (LEC) meeting for chapter election teams.
September 1 - November 16, 2015
Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA, but only youth members are elected. Assistant Scoutmasters under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes. New members are voted on by every youth member of the troop present at the election - not just the OA members.
Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled.
The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, OA troop/team representative and unit leader.
Request a Unit Election
Lodge Texting Service
Colonneh 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. This is a brand new number. Subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. To receive messages via text, text @colonneh to 81010. You can opt out of messages at any time by replying, 'unsubscribe @colonneh.'
Trouble using 81010? Try texting @colonneh to (832) 726-1649 instead. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.
The Raucous Raven is the lodge newsletter that is sent to all lodge members several times per year.
Check out the July eRaven lodge newsletter.
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Registered OA members in good standing with the BSA, SHAC and Colonneh Lodge will be able to commemorate our organization’s centennial by working to complete the Arrowman Service Award. This award, which some are referring to as “the sash patch,” will be recognized as one of the few patches that have ever been approved by the national Order of the Arrow committee to be worn on an OA sash.
The purpose of the Arrowman Service Award (ASA) is to encourage Arrowmen to recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, increase their level of service to their local unit and council, and participate in the 100th anniversary celebration of the OA. The award will have three categories of criteria with various requirements that Arrowmen can complete. These include components of personal growth, service to Scouting, and participation in the centennial celebration. Youth requirement cards / Adult requirement cards
Apply for Arrowman Service Award
August 3 - 8, 2015 at Michigan State 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 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun! During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference that includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs. The adult contingent spots are filled. Adults can register to serve on staff at noac2015.org. We anticipate that a few youth spots may become available. Please email the NOAC adviser to register.
Contingent members need to attend the contingent meeting on June 28 at the Cockrell Service Center at 2:00 pm.
The OA troop/team 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/team representatives and their adviser are encouraged to register with the lodge to receive important updates and information.
Native 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
Boy 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.
2015 Lodge Officers
Pictured from left to right
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