Current Lodge Chief Thomas Ghiringhelli (left) and former Lodge Chief Jonathan Burt (right) representing East Texas Area Council at the Texas Report to State.
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.
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.
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.
SEPTEMBER FALL FELLOWSHIP AND NOVEMBER LODGE BANQUET
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.
NOAC HONORS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
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
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.
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.
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 https://conclave.sr2-3n.org/conclave-registration
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
Come on out and Join the Camp Staff of George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation. . .
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. . .
WORKING AT CAMP IS NOT JUST A JOB, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE
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 email@example.com or lodge staff adviser at Charles.Aman@scouting.org today or send in your $200 deposit made payable to East Texas Area Council at 1331 E. Fifth St., Tyler TX 75701.
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. Tejas Lodge will take a contingent to NOAC. In the coming weeks our lodge will finalize contingent plans. (For budgeting purposes, expect the trip, including transportation and conference fees to be between $1000 and $1100.)
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. Any extras produced will not be sold.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or lodge staff adviser at Charles.Aman@scouting.org today.
Get Ready, Get Set, NOAC 2015!
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