National Policy Updates
Brotherhood: Effective immediately, the waiting period between induction and eligibility for Brotherhood membership has been reduced to six months. All other requirements are unchanged. Source.
Journey to Excellence (JTE): The lodge program is being discontinued and immediately replaced with the new Performance Measurement Program. There are a small number of requirements and clear benchmarks for lodge achievement. The requirements are consistent with the former JTE to align with your lodge planning. Source.
National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
September 27-29, 2019
The Order of the Arrow is committed to providing quality in-person trainings for Arrowmen. The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is run by the region and held several times a year across the country. In September, it will be held at the Cockrell Service Center.
The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference to train lodge leadership in the skills and attributes of leadership. The program enhances the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow's key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format complements the longer, more detailed Junior Leadership Training program (for youth) and Wood Badge program (for adults). During the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills learned on projects in the lodge, council, and community. NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.
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Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLT)
September 27-29, 2019
The Order of the Arrow is committed to providing quality in-person trainings for Arrowmen. The Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLT) is run by the region and held several times a year across the country. In September, it will be held at the Cockrell Service Center.
The Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) will deepen an adviser’s capacity to develop youth leadership within the lodge and chapter. Conference topics will include fostering a growth mindset, promoting resilience, providing constructive feedback that leads to changes in youth behavior and creating a life-long coaching/mentoring relationship. Conference participants will gain insights necessary to successfully coach youth applying the leadership skills they gained during the National Leadership Seminar. The Developing Youth Leadership Conference will move beyond lodge mechanics and operations to establishing a lodge and chapter culture that grows youth who are capable of establishing goals, building teams, and guiding the lodge’s work to achieve Journey to Excellence. Prior participation in the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is encouraged, but not required.
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Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts who are elected into the Order of the Arrow by their unit must complete an Ordeal within one year of the election in order to become a member. A candidate from the Sam Houston Area Council can only complete their ordeal in Colonneh Lodge.
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Official Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies
The National Order of the Arrow Committee after months of collaborative work with ceremonialists and lodge leadership representatives announced the following policy change that applies to all 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. Lodges and chapters that are asked to conduct Arrow of Light or crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs can only 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. Source.
Cub Scout Crossover Ceremony Arrow of Light Ceremony
The 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. Purchase your Golden Ticket today! Lodge events included:
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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, Fall Pow Wow, Vigil Weekend.
Order Name Tags
Time to Pay Dues
Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually online. Dues are $20 per year. Back dues do not have to be paid. For questions regarding dues status or pocket flap orders, contact email@example.com. Don't wait, remember Arrowmen must be a dues-paid member to participate in lodge activities.
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."
Colonneh Lodge is taking communications to a new level! Remind is a texting program that allows the lodge to safely and efficiently interact with Arrowmen about upcoming events. All personal information is kept private.
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||Section Conclave lodge contingent announcements
||Arrowman Bash announcements
||NOAC lodge contingent announcements
||Service Weekend announcements
The Raucous Raven is the lodge newsletter that is sent to all lodge members several times per year.
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The OA unit representative is a youth serving his troop as the primary liaison to the unit’s lodge or chapter. They meet 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 unit representatives and their adviser are encouraged to register with the lodge to receive important updates and information.
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