Lodge Leadership Development (LLD)
January 17, 2014 at the Cockrell Scout Center
All Arrowmen are invited to attend Lodge Leadership Development. This event is a dynamic, annual leadership training where participants learn more about the OA and Colonneh Lodge, and how to become a better leader. Youth and adult training classes include leadership development, event planning, goal setting, and other tools needed to improve chapters.
January 17 at the Cockrell Scout Center
Arrowmen gather for a night of celebration at the annual Colonneh Lodge OA banquet each January. Together, Arrowmen share appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, bestow awards on outstanding Arrowmen and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments. Each year Colonneh Lodge presents several recognitions to youth and adult Arrowmen including the Founder's Award, James E. West Fellowship Award and the Colonneh Lodge Numbered Certificate.
Register for LLD and Banquet!
The following awards are presented at the banquet. Applications are due December 31, 2014:
Arrowman Achievement Award
Dabney Kennedy, former Colonneh Lodge adviser, created the Arrowman Achievement Award to recognize those youth Arrowmen who do service to the lodge and chapter. The requirements for this award include attendance at chapter meetings and being part of ceremonial teams.
Application for Arrowman Achievement Award!
Service clan sash: The service clan sash requires that an Arrowman do a number of hours of service in his chapter, for his council, and for council camps. Service comes in a variety of forms, and a member of the service clan should exemplify a spirit or service. The service clan sash is a white arrow imposed on a green background.
Elangomat clan sash: Serving as a guide to a new member of the Order of the Arrow is one of the most important services an Arrowman can perform, and the Elangomat clan recognizes those who have done this at least three times. In addition, a member of the Elangomat clan has guided at least 50% of the candidates he is assigned through the ordeal, and through sealing their membership in the Brotherhood. They have also served on staff for an ordeal. The Elagomat clan sash is a white arrow imposed on a blue background.
Ceremony clan sash: The ceremony clan recognizes those Arrowmen who provide service to their chapters and to the lodge, by serving in the lodge’s ceremonies year-round. To become a member of the ceremony clan, an Arrowman must participate in each primary ceremony in the Order or the Arrow – Arrow of Light, pre-ordeal, ordeal, and brotherhood. The service clan sash is a white arrow imposed on a black background.
Dance clan sash: Our continuation of the spirit of our Native American heritage is an important element underlying the spirit of the Order of the Arrow, and the dance clan sash recognizes those individuals who have supported the Native American events program in Colonneh Lodge. Whether in traditional Native American dancing or in singing, these individuals have grown in their knowledge of the Native American culture. The service clan sash is a white arrow imposed on a red background.
Camp promotions clan sash: When founding the Order, Dr. Goodman saw the promotion of summer camp and camping as an important objective for the Order and for lodges. The camp promotions clan sash recognizes those individuals who have done camp promotion visits to local units, as well as creating a working display for camping promotions in their district. The service clan sash is a white arrow imposed on a blue background.
Application for Clan Sash!
Journey To 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.
Ralph Rivera Memorial Award
The award is presented to the chapter that best exemplifies the Native American spirit in drumming, singing, dance, ceremonies and service to our community, council and lodge. Applications will be available soon.
Chapter of the Year
The Virgil L. Smith Chapter of the Year award is presented to a chapter that continues to go above and beyond the expectations for a chapter in Colonneh Lodge, and sets the benchmark for chapter operations and delivering the program to their area of service. Applications will be available soon.
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
January 17, 2014 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.
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 on personal growth, service to Scouting, and participation in the centennial celebration.
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 17-19 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.
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
One Day of Service
To commemorate the organization’s 100th anniversary, the Order of the Arrow will host three national programs during a year-long celebration in 2015: the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), ArrowTour and a national “One Day of Service.”
Led by Arrowmen but powered by members and non-members alike, the One Day of Service is a call to action for each lodge to lead a service project in October 2015 in collaboration with its respective council and community partners. Each lodge will be responsible for developing the project plan, promoting the event, organizing the workforce, leading the project and reporting the results. At the same time, the OA will work collaboratively with their local council to engage the entire Scouting family and a community partner organization to carry out the work necessary to complete the project. More details will be available in the spring of 2015.
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.