2015 Lodge Officers
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2014 Chapters of Excellence
The Journey To Excellence is a recognition program adopted by BSA and the Order of the Arrow as a way to measure performance. Each chapter has the opportunity to achieve one of three different levels of recognition: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Points are received in five categories: finance, membership, program, council service, and leadership and governance. Membership impact and brotherhood conversion are both required items to qualify for Journey to Excellence. Congratulations to the chapters that received the 2014 Chapter of Excellence.
February 20-22, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch
May 15 - 17, 2015 at Camp Brosig
May 29-31, 2015 at El Rancho Cima
SHAC (Scouts Helping At Camp) Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. The Order of the Arrow is leading this opportunity, but this service project is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Campers only need to bring their personal camp gear. Camp is providing the food and a special council shoulder patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas for activities. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individual Arrowmen (OA members) may register for this free event. Deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the event.
Register for SHAC Corps
OA Trail Crew
March 13-17, 2015
OA Trail Crew is an opportunity to provide cheerful service to El Rancho Cima during spring break. Arrowmen will spend three days improving trails used for weekend campouts, orienteering, Philmont shakedowns, and summer camp “death marches."
OA Trail Crew is not all about work. Arrowmen will spend time each day giving service to the camp’s trails; however, afternoons and evenings will be about brotherhood and fun (e.g., zip lines, looking at stars from Sentinel Peak, shooting sports, horseback rides). The day will end with reflection time and great food cooked in the quiet of the camp. The cost is $45 for food, fun and cheerful service. Come help the OA do some service for the trails at El Rancho Cima that you have enjoyed, but more importantly, make it better for the Scouts who have not yet enjoyed the experience.
Register for OTC
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
March 1, 2015 at Cockrell Service Center during LLD
The LEC meets several times a years 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.
2015 OA Dues
Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually. Dues can be renewed online or through the mail.
Pay dues online
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."
The Golden Ticket is your 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.
Purchase 2015 Golden Ticket!
Lodge events include with your Golden Ticket:
- 2015 Arrowman Bash
- 2015 Fall Pow Wow
- Staff all 2015 Ordeals
- 2016 Lodge Leadership Development Conference
- 2016 Lodge Banquet
- 2016 American Indian Weekend
The Golden Ticket patch will be available for pick up at 2015 Arrowman Bash trading post. Purchase your Golden Ticket today!
March 27-28, 2015
Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008)
The Houston Trade-o-ree is an event held for the primary purpose of buying, selling, or trading Scout memorabilia. All proceeds from the trade-o-ree go to the Colonneh Lodge National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) scholarship fund which helps send youth, in need of assistance, to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. The event will also be held March 18-19, 2016.
Register for Trade-o-ree
May 1-3, 2015
Arrowman Bash is a weekend event held each spring, that allows Arrowmen to recommit themselves to the principles of our order: brotherhood, cheerfulness and service. Saturday morning focuses on service to camp, while Saturday afternoon and evening are filled with awesome food, exciting activities, and lots of fellowship opportunities (e.g., games, competitions, Pow Wow).
July 17-19, 2015 at Texas State University
Section Conclave is an annual event, where nine lodges from Southern Region Section 2-3 South get together for fellowship, competitions, and lots of fun while celebrating the traditions of the Order of the Arrow. Known as the Lone Star Fellowship (LSF), Arrowmen will have a blast participating in the numerous special events, games, over the top activities, ceremony and dance competitions, tubing on the river, awesome shows, patch trading and so much more.
This year the LSF is busting out several new and exciting programs including the EpicCenter. The EpicCenter is an area with almost 50 booths covering topics from dutch oven cooking to the Trail to Eagle and even college and career opportunities. There will also be an Adviser Scurry where the youth are in charge of building a cardboard raft using nothing but ducktape and cardboard and the advisers have to race down the river!!
You'll also have the opportunity to meet national officers. Colonneh Lodge is working hard this year and trying to have the biggest attendance we have ever had at Conclave.
July 18, 2015 at Texas State University at Section Conclave
ArrowTour is one of three programs that comprise a year-long celebration of the Order of the Arrow’s centennial anniversary. In the summer of 2015, four delegations of youth Arrowmen will travel to council camps and Scouting events to bring our national centennial experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities throughout the country.
ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order's Centuries of Service, both past and future. Youth leaders from around the country are already hard at work building the ArrowTour program. The program has been designed for all Scouts, OA members and non-members alike. Whether a first year camper or a seasoned volunteer, the ArrowTour program will offer something for everyone. Some of the planned ArrowTour programs include:
- Exploration: History displays, interactive timelines, and program videos
- OA Evening Show: A camp-wide program that will recognize the Order’s rich 100 year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin. We will end the show with a camp-wide social.
- Activities: Silk screening, hat/belt branding, inflatable obstacle course, and recreational games.
- Service: ArrowTour Team service project, alumni outreach to benefit local councils.
New OA Camp Promotions Video
All Arrowmen should be committed to camping promotion. This is one of the Order’s most important commitments to Scouting. Every Order of the Arrow lodge has the responsibility to do a good job of promoting Scout camping. Arrowmen should be the number one camping promotion people in the troop or team. They should set the example for fellow Scouts by being the first to sign up for camp. They lead the way in planning for year-round camping events. They talk camping on a person-to-person level with all Scouts.
An Arrowman’s first duty is to his unit. We must always keep in mind that a primary role of the Order of the Arrow is to strengthen units and help units to succeed, particularly in the outdoor phase of their program.
Please share this video with your unit and district.
For nearly 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has purposefully recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Therefore, our organization’s centennial provides a unique opportunity to commemorate those among us who are exemplars of the “high ideals and purpose of the Order of the Arrow.” The Centurion Award aims to highlight “Hometown Heroes,” or Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing and ongoing operational excellence of their local council’s lodge, and who, in doing so, inspired others to follow in their footsteps.
This award is a one-time recognition associated with the centennial anniversary of the OA that is bestowed by the national Order of the Arrow committee. It is modeled after a similar program in the BSA’s 100th anniversary celebration, the 2010 National Hall of Leadership. Accordingly, this recognition is an opportunity to highlight lodge development over the last century and the many individuals, both youth and adult, who were instrumental to this success. These honorees will serve as exemplars of leadership, modeling to others a commitment to cheerful service as the Order of the Arrow enters its second century.
Apply for Centurion Award!
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 following meetings:
- April 12 at the Cockrell Service Center at 2:00pm
- 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.