NEXT: A New Century

NEXT National Event

Lodge leaders from across the nation gathered this summer at Indiana University to share ideas and lay the groundwork for our second century as an Order. Over thirteen hundred Arrowmen were in attendance, including representation from nine SR-9 lodges.

A unique element for this national event was the use of crews, much like at National Leadership Seminar. Lodges were broken up upon arrival and experienced the conference with one of sixty-three crews. Each crew included fourteen to sixteen delegates, all from different lodges, and one crew guide. The crew guide was a key component of the NEXT program delivering the training sessions and crew discussions every day. Section SR-9 had six brothers hand selected for this important role, and we want to thank Craig Barnwell, Ken Barton, Chris Brightwell, Clayton Carte, Frank Harper, and Tyler Stepanek for their hard work throughout NEXT.

Each day had a theme that the training and activities centered around. Day one was brotherhood day where the members of each crew bonded and began to know each other. Innovation day was second where all delegates were introduced to a new form of problem solving called LeaderX. This model may be used by attendees in any problem they face within or outside of Scouting. Next was membership day where delegates examined the problems we face across the nation in membership retention and brotherhood conversation. New ideas to address these problems were brainstormed and written down to be adopted on a national scale. Finally, delegates had program day showcasing leadership development, service, and ceremonies which give the OA our purpose. The closing program element was a massive bonfire in the center of campus.

Section SR-9 Chief Patrick Mapp was the experience conference vice chief for the event in charge of the overall schedule, crew guides and crew activities. He described serving in this role as “an opportunity I will never forget” having the chance to “impact Arrowmen across the nation on such a large scale.” Patrick worked long days throughout the event to ensure every delegate had a wealth of new ideas and knowledge to share back home.

NEXT created friendships and connections that will last for years, and the ideas shared will be implemented in lodges across the nation in the coming months and years.

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Nine SR-9 Lodges were represented at NEXT. The lodges were Alibamu, Chattahoochee, Coosa, Echeconnee, Egwa Tawa Dee, I-Tsu-La, Ini-To, Mowogo, and Withlacoochee.

NEXT Conference Vice-Chiefs including SR-9 Chief Patrick Mapp

NEXT Conference Vice-Chiefs including SR-9 Chief Patrick Mapp

SR-9 Officers and Lodge Chiefs found the Redbull

SR-9 Officers and Lodge Chiefs found the Redbull

Prism: Experience the Spectrum

Prism National Event
by Trey Patuka

I was privileged to attend the 2013 National Jamboree at the brand new Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. It was a great experience. I loved meeting Scouters from around the world, patch trading, and checking out our new high adventure base.  I was only 13 at the time, but I knew it was an awesome opportunity to be at the very first Jamboree held at our own property. There was so much to see and do that I simply could not take it all in, but overall, it was amazing!

I was sitting at the February lodge executive committee meeting and the lodge leadership announced the eight available spaces for the OA Prism. I knew I wanted one of those tickets.  I could not wait to go back and see The Summit again.  I wanted to see what was new and what had changed.  Plus, I knew it would be a great experience to be one of the first Arrowmen to see the Summit Circle.

My mom, my scoutmaster and his son, all fellow Arrowmen, went with me to the June 29 – July 2 session. We were not able to attend during the Southern Region week, but we enjoyed meeting new brothers from the Central Region.  We were fortunate to have beautiful weather the days we attended.  Pulling into the Summit Bechtel Reserve headquarters on the first day and seeing the visitor center was very cool.  It was not completed during my visit in 2013.  I was amazed at how large and empty the base camps looked when they were not filled with thousands of Jamboree tents.  It was like seeing SBR through a new set of eyes.

On my first full day, I participated in the Summit Center program areas.  My favorite was the climbing wall at Boulder Cove.  I also tried out the kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and shooting areas.  I always love crossing the CONSOL Energy Bridge and if you are at the Summit, you have to check it out.

The second day, we spent the morning doing a conservation project at the Summit Circle.  It was unique to do a service project at the ceremony site and know I made a difference that will last forever.  The Legacy Lodge Plaza and the Reflection Trail with lodge rocks and quotes from our founders and ceremonies lead to the Summit Circle, but they are special on their own. Walking the path and entering the circle for the first time made me excited to be an Arrowman and be part of our history. That night we participated in a special inauguration ceremony at the circle.  This is something I will never forget. Seeing the past and being part of the present makes me enthusiastic to be part of the future.

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Seven SR-9 Lodges were represented at Prism. The lodges were Alibamu, Chattahoochee, Coosa, Egwa Tawa Dee, Ini-To, Mowogo, and Withlacoochee.

Trey and his mother at the WWW Overlook in the Summit Circle

Trey and his mother at the WWW Overlook in the Summit Circle

Trey on the CONSOL Energy Bridge

Trey on the CONSOL Energy Bridge

July 2016 Lodge Events

This past month Section SR-9 lodges held two events. Check out the event articles and photos below from Aracoma and Waguli Lodges.

Aracoma Lodge Ordeal Weekend
by Matthew Levan

The Aracoma Lodge Ordeal weekend was a huge success! Out of the thirty-five candidates called out, we had thirty-two complete their ordeal. During the weekend we enjoyed various activities such as playing frisbee, patch trading, and hunting Pokemon. Our work projects included taking down tents from summer camp, clearing brush and debris, pressure washing picnic benches, and pulling weeds. The ceremony committee gave great performances in the pre-Ordeal ceremony and the Ordeal ceremony. We were very pleased with the event, and cannot wait for our fall fellowship.

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Aracoma Lodge Ceremony

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Aracoma Lodge Ordeal Candidates

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Weekend
by Samuel Pankey

I would first like to say this Ordeal weekend we accomplished much more than we previously expected. Everyone worked diligently and to their best ability to make sure we finished what needed to be done. Our new candidates awoke bright and early from their ground cloths. After a hearty breakfast we split up everyone into clans and began work. Whether it was picking up brush from the side of the roads, replacing the boards on our picnic tables, painting, staining, or organizing the pole barn; everyone completed projects they would find memorable for years to follow. There was also significant work done on the founders’ ceremonial ring. With drainage work and new steps this ordeal has put us two steps closer to its completion. This project is not only worth remembering for candidates, but will make a lasting impact on the lodge for generations to come. We would like to give our most cheerful welcome to all thirty-eight of our new brothers. In addition, we have seventeen new brotherhood members that will continue to add to the cheerful spirit our lodge possesses.

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Inductees

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Inductees

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Project

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Project

Conclave Vice Chiefs Annouced

The following youth are the 2017 SR-9 Conclave Vice Chiefs (CVCs). These 12 youth have been selected to be the leads on program elements at the section conclave in April.cropped-SR-9-LOGO-copy.png

Conclave Service Lodge – William Rud (Chattahoochee Lodge)
William is the current Chattahoochee Lodge Chief and will lead the host lodge in delivering the hospitality and service necessary for a great conclave.

Conclave Promotions – Mac Thompson (Alibamu Lodge)
Mac will coordinate the section’s efforts to promote conclave and provide tools to assist the lodges in their promotions.

Admin Events – Will Harper (Ini-To Lodge)
Will returns for a second year in charge of Admin Events. This position is in charge of competition judging for newsletter, planbook, lodge annual report, website, Facebook, and Twitter.

American Indian Events – Jesse Mayhall (Coosa Lodge)
Jesse will plan and deliver the pow-wow at conclave. The Pow-Wow includes judging of dance and drum aspects of the Order of the Arrow.

Ceremony Events – David Stokes III (Withlacoochee Lodge)
David will run the ceremony evaluations at conclave. This includes providing feedback to ceremony performers for the four ceremonies: pre-ordeal, ordeal, brotherhood, and vigil.

Experience – Trey Patuka (Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge)
Trey will lead a brand new committee. The Experience Committee has been formed to increase participation in the various program elements of conclave. Trey will oversee the development and implementation of a participation award, and manage hospitality during conclave.

Quest (Athletic) Events – Logan Bozeman (Alibamu Lodge)
Logan will lead the athletic competitions at conclave. In years’ previous, this has included wischixin, gaga ball, dodge ball, volley ball, ultimate frisbee, and tug of war. The events rotate from year to year.

Training – Austin Clark (Ini-To Lodge) and Noah Phillips (Withlacoochee Lodge)
Austin and Noah will plan the training schedule, recruit class trainers, and ensure the program runs smoothly for conclave. These two gentlemen will work together as co-CVCs as Section SR-9 works to improve and strengthen our training program.

Shows – Colin Giles (Coosa Lodge)
Colin will develop the opening and closing shows for conclave. The shows are our large gatherings during conclave on Friday and Saturday nights, and showcase the annual theme in a way Arrowmen will remember.

Special Events – Alex East (Coosa Lodge)
Alex is the current Coosa Lodge Chief and will be using his vast experience to increase our amount of special events. His program elements include the Vigil Rededication Ceremony, VIA Luncheon, Tailypo, Section Patch Auction, and Sash Cab.

Operation Arrow Ambassador – Logan Dolloff (Coosa Lodge)
Logan will promote Operation Arrow throughout Section SR-9. Operation Arrow is the OA’s staff portion of the 2017 National Jamboree in West Virginia.

OAHA Promotions Coordinator – Austin Dowd (I-Tsu-La Lodge)
Austin will promote OA High Adventure and National Leadership Seminar for Section SR-9. OA High Adventure and NLS are excellent national OA programs we hope more Arrowmen will attend.

Contact information is not posted to follow youth protection. Please contact a member of the Section leadership or your Lodge Key 3 for contact info.

Addition: the Experience Committee was created after the initial publishing and has been added.

Correction: an earlier version of this article had Logan Dolloff misspelt.