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.
Annual Lodge Banquet set for November 19, 2016
The Tejas Lodge announces its Annual Lodge Banquet for November 19, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Henderson at 6 PM. This is the final lodge event of the year dedicated to celebrating the work of our members over the last year. This year the banquet is hosted by the Five Rivers Chapter. Accomplishments from the past year will be highlighted including the recognition of the 2016 Vigil class, the 2016 James West Award recipients and the 2016 Founders’ Award recipients. The Chapter of the Year award will also be presented to the most outstanding chapter for 2016. The 2017 Lodge Chief and his officers will be installed.
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 11th.
The form can be found under the resource tab or by clicking on this link:
Please join Tejas Lodge, at our annual Fall Fellowship on September 24-25. The Fall Fellowship is a time for Arrowmen to come together from across East Texas for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and learning. There is something for both old and new Arrowmen. We have a wide range of activities; from Native American classes to games and competitions, there is something for everyone. Here is a preview of some of the activities you can participate in at the Fall Fellowship:
Training – You will have the opportunity to learn about different areas of our Order, taught by some of the best and most experienced Arrowmen. These sessions are all very hands on, as you will have the opportunity to shape Tejas Lodge. Here’s a glimpse into each of the sessions:
Patches 101 – This session is all about patches! In this training you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Tejas Lodge’s patches, how to patch trade, and how to design your own patch (no artistic style needed). You will even have the chance to help in creating a future Tejas Lodge flap.
The OA Troop Rep. – Did you know that the OA Troop Representative position is one of the most important jobs in the OA? Did you also know that it’s not just a position to help you get Eagle, but a program to help others stay active in the OA? Both youth and adult are invited to attend this session to not only help your Troop in having a great OA Troop Rep., but to have a greater understanding of this (sometimes mysterious) position. You don’t even need to be a Troop Rep. to participate.
Communicating in the 21st Century – Communication is key, as I am sure every scout has heard before. But why is it so important in the OA? In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about the different forms of communication that the OA uses. In addition, you will help in getting the lodge started on different forms of social media. From email to Instagram to Yik Yak, you have the chance to get the Lodge going on the internet.
Native American – Ceremonies, Dancing, and Drumming. These are the three Native American activities that you can learn from when attending the Fall Fellowship. We have nationally awarded Arrowmen teaching these classes, and they are eagerly waiting to teach the next generation of ceremonialists, dancers, and drummers. In addition to that, you are able to take home a craft from each of these areas. You do not want to miss out on these special activities.
Games and Competitions – Time to get those game faces on! Gather up those team mates and get ready to compete in the Fall Fellowship games. You can play casually or gather up a team and play to win. From inflatable pony races to water ballon slingshots, we have some of the craziest and funnest games out here.
Those were just a glimpse of what there is to do at this Lodge event. In addition we will be offering a Brothehood Hike that Saturday for those Arrowmen who completed there Ordeal from 2006-2015. The Brotherhood Hike will start at 3:30 pm from the Founder’s Lodge. We ask you to be in uniform at the Founder’s Lodge by 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon to allow time for check in and paper work. The Fall Fellowship will be from September 24-25 at Camp George W. Pirtle in Carthage, TX. To register, simply visit
and print off the registration form and mail it to the council office along with your payment. The cost for the event is $20, but will go up to $30 on September 19th. I can’t wait to see you there.
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.
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.