Nominations due August 1
After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a youth or adult Arrowman may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one Arrowman for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year. Nominations for Vigil are due August 1 and are announced at OA Fall Pow Wow. A list of all Colonneh Vigil Honor members are available in the Vigil Database. Vigil eligible list sorted by chapter. Vigil eligible list sorted by name.
American Indian Weekend
August 15-17, 2014
American Indian Weekend (AIW) is an opportunity to learn more about the American Indian culture and expand your dance and craft skills. Opportunities will be focused on learning to dance, making outfits and crafts, singing and many other areas of the American Indian culture. Participants will have an opportunity to gain hands on experience with some of the best craftsmen in the Scouting movement. AIW is open all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Activities will include classes (e.g., beadwork styles, fingerweaving, fan construction, moccasin construction, ribbon shirt construction), ceremony workshops, regalia workshops, dance classes, singing classes, Indian Lore Merit Badge (limited to 50), and a Saturday night pow wow with with past and present champion dancers, competitions and intertribal dances.
Pow wows will allow participants to experience singing, customs and traditions of the of the American Indian culture. From beginner to intermediate, AIW will provide Arrowmen with the skills needed to be successful. This is THE place to meet Arrowmen who share your interest and receive training from some of the best in the Order of the Arrow. Don't miss your chance to attend this awesome and inspiring experience.
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
August 17, 2014 at Cockrell Scout Center
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.
4:00 Election Team Training
TBD OA Troop Representative Summit
OA Troop/Team Representative Summit
August 17, 2014 at Cockrell Scout Center
The OA Troop/Team Representative Summit is a training experience for OA troop/team representatives and their advisers. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop/team representative adviser.
The summit emphasizes how the OA troop/team representative is a jack of all trades in his various leadership situations. The course also revolves around the OA Unit of Excellence Award and will give Arrowman an opportunity to develop a plan for their troop to achieve this recognition. Finally, Arrowman will begin to think critically about crafting their own goals regarding service to their unit.
Lead Your Unit. Be The Catalyst. Inspire Others.
The OA troop/ream representative is a leadership position held by an OA member. He serves as a liaison among the unit, chapter and the lodge. Practically speaking, this gives your unit a voice in the OA and is the avenue through which your troops questions or requests of the OA are addressed.
August 22-23, 2014 at Cockrell Scout Center
Colonneh Lodge is excited to announce the inaugural trade-o-ree, 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 NOAC scholarship fund which helps send youth, in need of assistance, to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. Order trad-o-ree patches as well as the 2015 NOAC Scholarship patch set: Flyer
Registration and Patch Orders
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.
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 2015 NOAC will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen attending the 2015 NOAC will get a once-in-a-lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash. Don't miss out on NOAC in 2015, because the next one won't be until 2018!
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. Summer ordeal registration