The mission of the Tejas Lodge, Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the East Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.

2016 Conclave Results

Tejas Lodge Wins “Best of Section” for Second Year at Conclave

Congratulations to members of the Tejas Lodge for winning “Best of Section” at the 2016 Conclave at Trevor Rees Jones Scout Camp in Athens Texas. This was a repeat win for the lodge. The “Best of Section” is awarded to the lodge at the conclave that earns the most points from the conclave competitions in ceremonies, dancing, newsletter, athletic competitions, website and other events.

Tejas Dancers placed in 4 events. Justin K. took first in Northern Traditional and Jacob K. placed 2nd. In the Straight Dance competition, Jacob H. came in third and in the crowd favorite Fancy dance competition, Clint K.

The lodge had four ceremony teams competing at conclave. Chipper A., Jonathan B., Matthew M. and Mason S. placed first and received Honor Team recognition for the preordeal ceremony. James M., Bailey G., Peyton A. and Michael P. placed second in preordeal. For the brotherhood ceremony, James M., Mason S., Peyton A. and Michael P. placed 2nd. The conclave featured an ordeal ceremony competition this year for the first time in many years. The ordeal ceremony team consisted of Caden K., Jonathan G., Timmy V. and Zachary G.

The lodge topped off the competitions with wins for best website and best newsletter, culminating in the presentation of the Best of Section trophy for the second year in a row.
Thomas G. completed his year as section secretary of SR2/3N at the conclave. Tejas Lodge Vice-Chief of Administration Levi M. ran and was elected Section Secretary for the newly designated SR2 section for 2016-17.

Lodge advisers Chris Peurifoy and Matt Lindsey were also presented with a limited edition section belt buckle in recognition of their years of service to the section.

A special thanks also goes out to our Taste Buds cook team led by Paul Vaughn who spent the weekend at conclave cooking to feed the hundreds of participants including a BBQ chicken dinner Saturday night. Thanks to all the “Taste Buds” who did a wonderful job at the conclave.

The section announced that the next conclave will be at Camp Garland in Shreveport, LA in 2017.

2016 Conclave

Registration for Conclave 2016 is now open!  Conclave is an adventure for Arrowmen from across our section to gather for a weekend of fun, fellowship, training, events and competitions.  It is an OA event at the Area level of Scouting to bring together members from ten lodges, spanning the distance from Amarillo, TX to Shreveport, LA .  The 2016 SR 2-3 North Conclave will be held at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp in Athens, TX from April 15-17, 2016.  The theme of this Conclave is “Fuse”, linking our rich history with a great future.  At Conclave, Arrowmen have the opportunity to compete in ceremonies competitions, dancing, drumming, singing, Native American crafts and training events, and many other games and competitions.  There are also competitions for lodge publications and websites, as well as a wide variety of recreational and educational activities, a Trading Post full of unique collectible items, souvenirs, patches and Section-branded merchandise available at no other event!  Register for Conclave now at:


While registering for Conclave, why not check out the Section Trading Post?  Many section and conclave items are for sale, including T-shirts, hats, and other conclave merchandise.


Don’t wait to register for Conclave.  The early bird fee for Conclave ends in March, and the first 100 people to register for the event will receive a special early bird patch.

2015 Annual Lodge Banquet

The Tejas Lodge announces its Annual Lodge Banquet for November 14, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Henderson at 6 PM.  This is the final lodge event of the year dedicated to celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.  Accomplishments from the past year will be highlighted including the recognition of the 2015 Vigil class, the 2015 James West Award recipients and the 2015 Founders’ Award recipients.  The Chapter of the Year award will also be presented to the most outstanding chapter for 2015. The 2016 Lodge officers will be installed and the old chapters will be retired.

Please make plans to attend this night of fellowship and celebration. Registration forms can be found under the resource tab.  Registrations must be in the council office by November 9th.

2015 Fall Update


This September, Arrowmen from across Tejas Lodge will gather at Camp Pirtle for a weekend of fellowship, competition, and lodge elections. Registration starts at 8:00 am on Saturday and goes until 10:00 am on Sunday. Before this event however, every chapter should have their chapter officers elected. Chapter officer elections should take place at the next chapter meeting before the fall fellowship. One important event that is happening at the fall fellowship are lodge officer elections. For anyone interested in running for a lodge position, they must get a letter of recommendation from their chapter adviser. The letter must then be sent to the lodge adviser, Matt L. before the weekend. At the Fall Fellowship, lodge officer candidates will be meeting at the Founders Lodge at 11 a.m.

Our final lodge event of the year will be the Tejas Lodge’s annual banquet. This will be the final event for 2015 officers and you will see the installation of the new 2016 officers. The lodge will make final award presentations to the retiring chapters. We will have a guest speaker and a live auction. The banquet will be in Henderson at the First United Methodist Church.


Congratulations are in order for the members of Ceremony and dance teams who competed at the NOAC 2015. If you see one of the members listed below, be sure and congratulate them.


Ceremony team 1—Johnathan B., Matthew M., Chipper A., and Mason S. (from

Okee Tuklo) received honor team for the pre-ordeal ceremony and for the Brotherhood


Ceremony team 2—Peyton A., James M., Michael B., Bailey G. (pre-ordeal), and

Justin K. (brotherhood) (All from Okee Tuklo) received 1st place for regalia for Northern central plains.

Ceremony team 3—Clint K., Josh A., Kyle G., and Russel S. (representing Cherokee Trace, Tall Timbers and Caddo)


Clint K. (CT) got top 15 for fancy dancing. He also received a gold medal for his


Justin K. (OT) got top 15 in traditional dancing. He also received a gold medal for

his regalia.

Mason S. (OT) got a gold medal for his regalia.

Matthew M. (OT) got a gold medal for his regalia.


Matthew M. (OT) got 2nd place in mascot mayhem.

Will B. (Caddo) got the top 50 in the individual OA warrior challenge.

2015 Conclave Results

Tejas Lodge named Best Lodge in the Section at SR 2-3 North Conclave!

This year, Tejas Lodge received quite the surprise at the SR 2-3 North Conclave in Amarillo, TX. We had won the Best of Section award given by the Section Officers! We received this award because of our participation and winning of certain activities at conclave. Even though we had quite the distance to travel, we still had a big turnout of Arrowmen. Tejas Lodge had over 30 Arrowmen in attendance at Conclave with over 400 Arrowmen from across the Section in attendance at the event. This year’s conclave was held at Camp Don Harrington in Amarillo, TX. This was an absolutely beautiful camp that was placed in the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. Some of the highlights of the event were the shotgun shooting, C.O.P.E course, training, and the Pow Wow with the Kwahadi Dancers. Our Lodge was also very active in youth leadership during Conclave. We had several of our Lodge members in Council Vice Chief (CVC) positions, including Thomas G. as the CVC for Publications and Chipper A. as the CVC for Native American Activities. We also had our Lodge Secretary Thomas G. become the Section Secretary for SR 2-3 North. Tejas Lodge would like to thank the Host Lodge and all of the Section Officers, Section Advisers, CVCs and their advisers for a fantastic conclave! All of you did a great job and we cannot wait for next year’s conclave!

See below for what Tejas Lodge won at the SR 2-3 North Conclave.

Native American Ceremonies:

Tejas Lodge won the best overall Pre-Ordeal team and won Honor Team. Members of the team were Matthew M., Mason S., Jonathan B., and Chipper A.

Matthew M. won the best individual Kichkinet while on the Pre-Ordeal team.

Matthew M. won the best individual Meteu while on the Brotherhood team.

Native American Dance:

Justin K. won 2nd in Northern Traditional Dance. He also took 3rd in Best Overall Dancer.

Jacob H. won 2nd in Straight Dance.

For our Fancy Dancers, Clint K. won 1st, Mason S. won 2nd, and Matthew M. won 3rd.


For Tejas Lodge, Thomas G. won the best newsletter competition and Tejas also won the best website.

2015 Conclave

SR2-3N Conclave 2015

Conclave is an adventure for Arrowmen from across north Texas to gather for a weekend of fun, fellowship, training, events and competitions. It is an OA event at the Area level of Scouting. The purpose is to bring together members from ten lodges, spanning the distance from Amarillo, TX to to Shreveport, LA.


Registration is now open for the 2015 SR 2-3 North Conclave to be held at Camp Don Harrington in Amarillo TX on April 17-19, 2015, hosted by Nischa Achowalogen Lodge of the Golden Spread Council. The theme of this Conclave is “A Future Found In Tradition”, which fits the great Order of the Arrow spirit in our Section. The early bird registration fee is $45.


To register, visit

Tejas Lodge will be taking a bus to Conclave. Members of Tejas lodge can ride the bus for $30. The lodge is subsidizing the bus, but we need 40 members to sign up for the bus before March 15th to make it economical. If you are going to conclave, please go ahead and send in your payment for the bus as soon as possible. The bus will depart from the council office in Tyler Texas on Friday night April 17 at 9 PM. All passengers are requested to arrive at the office at 7:30 on Friday night. The bus will return to the council office on Sunday April 19th at 6 PM.

To print bus registration form Conclave-Bus-2015-registration-form.pdf






2015 Summer Camp Application

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Located in the heart of some of the most beautiful woodlands in East Texas, the camp is owned and operated by the East Texas Area Council. We here at The East Texas Area Council have undertaken a great challenge to provide Scouts and Scouters with the best camping experience. You can help answer that challenge. The East Texas Area Council is looking for dedicated people to serve Scouting as members of the George W. Pirtle Summer Camp Staff, where. . .



2015 NOAC Registration Information


2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference August 3-8, 2015

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 which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs. The 2015 NOAC will be held from August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference will get a once in a lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash. These sashes will differ from those currently worn in that the colors will be reversed, with a white arrow emblazoned on a red sash. The rarity of the sash is noteworthy, as only those present at NOAC 2015 will receive them.

The plan for our contingent will be to depart Longview, TX on August 1, 2015 and return on August 9th. We will travel on the AMTRAK Texas Eagle. On the trip, you will get to see the Midwest up close and personal at 100 m.p.h. as we go by Texarkana, Little Rock, St. Louis, Springfield and Chicago. While on board you can snack or play cards in the observation lounge, eat a meal in the dining car or take a nap in your wide reclining coach seat.

The all-inclusive contingent cost will be $1000. That includes the conference fee, transportation to and from East Lansing, food on the trip, lodging before the conference, shirts, administrative fees and special lodge flaps. The lodge will be conducting fund raisers to help defray the cost of the trip. A $200 deposit will get your name on the list at the council office. Sign up today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow with 10,000 arrowmen. After the deposit a $200 dollar payment will be due on the 15th of November 2014, January, March and May 2015.  The only way to attend the event is with the contingent or on staff.  All lodge members who are not on staff will pay the same price to attend.

Don’t miss out on NOAC in 2015, because the next one won’t be until 2018! To reserve your spot in our lodge contingent email your lodge adviser at or lodge staff adviser at today or send in your $200 deposit made payable to East Texas Area Council at 1331 E. Fifth St., Tyler TX 75701.

 NOAC 2015 registration form