Class of 2015 Vigil Honor Members
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.
The class of 2015 candidates were nominated by peers and selected by the lodge Vigil committee comprised of youth Vigil members. We grew our circle by 13 members during Vigil Weekend at Bovay Scout Ranch on November 14th and 15th. They will be recognized and receive their certificate at the banquet on January 16, 2016.
From left to right: Andrew Austin, Marschal Lacsamana, Garrett Werner, Bernie Kent, William Carmichael, Henry Furler, Bob Steubing, Steve Smallwood, Anthony Wiley, Bradley Vanarsdel, Raquel Collins, Jerry Cochran, and Blain Blanchard
December 29, 2015
Bovay Scout Ranch
After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and after fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order of the Arrow. Brotherhood is an opportunity for members to evaluate their past service to Scouting (camping and unit involvement) and to their lodge, and to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. There is no charge for the Brotherhood Walk or ceremony.
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Due December 31, 2015
Arrowman Achievement Award
Dabney Kennedy, former Colonneh Lodge adviser, created the Arrowman Achievment 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. Applications are due December 31, and awards are presented at the Colonneh Lodge banquet in January.
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Applications for clan sashes are due December 31, and the sashes are presented at the Colonneh Lodge banquet in January.
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
Apply by December 31, 2015
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
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Lodge Leadership Development (LLD)
January 16, 2016
Cockrell Service 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. Check-in and the opening activity start at 8:00 am. The program will begin at 9:00 am.
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January 16, 2016
Cockrell Service 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.
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American Indian Weekend
January 22-24, 2016
American Indian Weekend (AIW) is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. There will be a variety of classes including beadwork, finger weaving, fan construction, moccasin construction, ribbon shirt construction, dance, singing, ceremony workshops, and regalia workshops. The Indian Lore Merit Badge will be offered (limited to 25). Saturday night will include an American Indian Pow Wow with past and present champion dancers, competitions and intertribal dances.
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NLS and NLATS
February 26-28, 2016
Cockrell Scout Center
NLS and NLATS are hosted by the Southern Region and are being held in Houston for the first time since 2009. The fee to attend is $210 which includes all of your meals and lodging. Registration is now open. Registration for both events is on a first come first serve basis; space is limited to 65 NLS participants and 35 for NLATS. Take advantage of the close proximity of the training offered in February. There are several other lodges in Texas that are already registering people, so do not wait to register!
National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and characteristics of successful leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow's key youth and adult members, as they seek to improve their service to the Boy Scouts of America and their communities.
Lodge officers, key youth lodge committee chairs, and up-and-coming lodge youth leadership are encouraged to attend. It is recommended that youth participants be at least 14 years of age, and completion of the LLD program is recommended, but not mandatory.
In addition, selected adults with key roles in lodge leadership are encouraged to attend, as they will better understand their role as advisers to youth leadership after studying the leadership skills presented. The course is designed for one-time participation, and is limited to 60 participants per NLS.
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National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective adult volunteer and professional staff advisers. It is intended primarily to enhance an adviser’s knowledge of and connectivity with the OA’s strategic plan, program and resources, while emphasizing personal skills that are essential to the development of effective youth leadership and ultimately the OA’s service to the council.
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Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
March 6, 2016
Cockrell Scout Center
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. The LEC is held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
SHACCorps 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.
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|February 19-21, 2016
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|May 27-29, 2016
||El Rancho Cima
|September 9-11, 2016
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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.
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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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