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April 18, 2015
NRG Arena from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Lots of Arrowmen are needed to help provide service at Scout Fair. Arrowman or chapters can register for one or more shifts. Help is needed on Friday night to set up Scout Fair and on Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please check-in at the OA booth to get your assignment.
Sign up to help at Scout Fair
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You may vote once a day until April 19, 2015.
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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).
The first 137 youth members to register for Arrowman Bash will be entered into a drawing for a scholarship to the OA High Adventure Summit Experience at the Bechtel Summit Reserve ($250 value). You will have to provide your own airfare. For eight days, Summit Experience participants join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Summit in West Virginia has to offer.
The Golden Ticket is a registration option to consider. For one low price of $137 receive $200 of event registration value plus a limited quantity Golden Ticket patch. Lodge events included: 2015 Arrowman Bash, 2015 Fall Pow Wow, Staff all 2015 Ordeals, 2016 Lodge Leadership Development Conference, 2016 Lodge Banquet, 2016 American Indian Weekend. Purchase your Golden Ticket today!
Register for Arrowman Bash
Throughout the Order of the Arrow’s first century, Arrowmen have fulfilled the legend that Metu gave to us “[to] perpetuate the names of Brotherhood of Cheerful Service… Wimactendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui.” As the Arrowmen of the present and future, it is our duty to exemplify these principles not only while wearing the sash, but at all times. We have the opportunity to be the centurions of this next century by living the legend.
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
May 3, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch at Arrowman Bash at 9:30 am
The 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.
New Eagle Scout Reception
May 17, 2015
Crowne Plaza (8686 Kirby Dr at the corner of Kirby Dr and 610)
The New Eagle Scout Reception is a council event that recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and his guests. Lots of Arrowmen are needed to help run this event to assist with set-up, parking and manning the lodge booth. This is a great service opportunity and a way to show Scouts and their families attending that the Order of the Arrow has lots to offer after earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
We need volunteers from noon until 4:00 pm.
Sign up to help at the New Eagle Scout Reception
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!
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
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."
July 17-19, 2015 at Texas State University
One hundred years ago, the Order of the Arrow was founded at Treasure Island Scout Reservation. One hundred years later, almost everything about the Order has changed. Some things have changed only slightly, but some things have changed significantly. While we don’t wear the same sash or say the same obligation, one thing has remained the same – THE CONSTANT. To find out what it is, come to the 2015 Lone Star Fellowship, the centennial section conclave of Southern Region Section 2-3 South.
Join hundreds of your fellow Arrowmen from the nine lodges in south and central Texas for an incredible weekend of fun and fellowship. Discover the opportunities in scouting and other organizations at our new training experience, the EPICenter. Compete with the other lodges and show off your skills in promotions, ceremonies, dance, and more. And, of course, celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Order of the Arrow with exciting games, inspirational shows, special gatherings, and one of only two ArrowTour stops in Texas.
You don’t want to miss this is a once in a lifetime event, so make sure you’re at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX on July 17-19 for the 2015 Lone Star Fellowship. Learn more at conclave.sr2-3s.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Lodge Officers
Pictured from left to right