Don’t forget, if you were elected in the 2018 election cycle earlier this year, this is your last chance to complete your Induction into the OA. If you miss this final opportunity, you will have to be re-elected by your troop at your next election to attend an Induction Weekend. Even if you have already been inducted into the Order of the Arrow, I encourage everyone to attend as there is a lot to do to make an Induction Weekend happen, so come on out and lend a hand if you can!
We had a great weekend out at Bert Adams Scout Camp for our Trailblazer Adventure Camp this past weekend. I’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped make it a success. We had nearly a thousand cub scouts from all over the Atlanta Area Council come out and participate with us. With all the different program areas available, it sounds like they all had a great time thanks to your help! I’d like to give a special shout out to Daniel Ripley and Robert ‘Scorpio’ Carlin who not only helped run the event during the day for the cub scouts, but also helped act as servers for all the OA meals. Good job you two!
As many of you already know, our current Chapter chief Avery has been elected as the Vice Chief of Inductions for the Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge and as such, must step down as Chapter Chief at the end of his term in accordance with the Lodge’s operating procedures. We have held our elections and I’d like to congratulate Robert ‘Scorpio’ Carlin on being elected as the next Kennesaw Chapter Chief and Miguel Vila on becoming the next Chapter Vice Chief. Congratulations to both of you, we know the chapter is in good hands going forward and look forward to you being sworn in at the December OA Banquet.
There’s been a lot of changes this year for unit elections so even though they’re still several months away, check out the new eligibility requirements. These were updated on May 23, 2018 and take effect beginning February 1, 2019.
Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.
The Order of the Arrow is all about cheerful service to others. We strive to make the community a better place by doing our part and we have fun doing it! You can see a lot pictures about what we’ve done so far on our Scrapbook page. Also, be sure to check our the rest our site to learn about exclusive High Adventure opportunities open only to members of the OA as well as other info about the great programs the OA has to offer. You can also watch the below video about some of the fun we’ve been having just this past year!
What does this mean for the scout?
What all this means is, if you are registered in a Venture Crew, meet the requirements, and your crew chooses to hold an election this year, you can be on that ballot! If you are also registered ad meet the requirements for another BSA Unit, example, a Troop, you could potentially be on that ballot as well!
What does this mean for the unit leader?
For the unit leader, this does add a layer of complication. Until now, elections only took place in BSA Troops. Many troops track ranks and more importantly nights camping via ScoutBook or Troopmaster meaning they can run a “OA Eligibility” report to find out who in their unit meets the requirements to be on the ballot. However many Crews and Ships don’t currently track nights camping. Because nights camping will now count across ALL BSA units for a scout, we need to take that into account when reviewing these reports or when manually reviewing nights camping if the participant is in a Crew or Ship. Potential solutions to make the problem easier:
For Troops, the solution is quite easily remedied. Scouts who are registered in a Troop and a Crew can request that there Crew nights camping be entered into ScoutBook/Troopmaster by their Troop Advancement Coordinator. This would need to be done going back 2 years as well as going forwards.
For Crews, if your Crew currently uses the Venture Crew Module of Scoutbook, nights camping can be added there. Similarly to Troops, scouts in Crews can request that their Troop nights camping be added. If your Crew is manually tabulating nights camping, be sure to request scouts to turn in a printout of total nights camping with their Troops
You can see the full timeline for the 2019 OA Election year HERE, but the most important dates to know are:
Jan 1, 2019 – Unit Elections start in BSA Troops ONLY
Feb 1, 2019 – Unit Elections start for BSA Crews & Ships
March 31, 2019 – Absolutely last day to hold Unit Elections
We will continue making announcements during District Roundtable Meetings. This is the best time to ask questions as the OA Kennesaw Chapter holds our monthly meeting during the breakouts. Our next meeting is Oct 4, 2018. We will also be sending emails to Troop and Crew contacts per last year’s recharter information.
In the meantime, if you have questions about the OA or elections, feel free to contact the Chapter Advisor using the below form.
We had a great Fall Fellowship this past weekend up at Woodruff Scout Camp. This year’s theme was automotive! We had the Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge, built Blast Cars, and even had a Mario Kart Tournament. The Lodge also held its annual election and the chapter would like to congratulate our very own Avery Shumpert who was elected to Vice Chief of Inductions! We would also like to congratulate Greg Stewart on sealing is OA Membership by completing the Brotherhood Trail. Overall it was a very fun filled weekend. Check out the picture below!
Our Chapter is hosting the 2018 District Camporall this fall at Woodruff, and there is an opportunity to serve as staff for the weekend. There are a limited number of staff spots so apply early! There is no cost for Staff and food will be provided. Just need to pack your tent, Class A & Sash, and other camping gear.
Dates: November 9-11, 2018 Location: Woodruff Scout Reservation
The Kennesaw Chapter of the Order of the Arrow would like to invite you to the 2018 Foothills District Camporall. This event is designed for Boy Scout Units to invite Arrow of Light Scouts and Webelos to a weekend of Scouts BSA camping at Woodruff Scout Camp.
There will be game and activities for Scouts and Dcouters alike to participate in all weekend or each troop can choose to come and camp and run their own program with their invited cub scouts, or any combination of events. This is a fantastic opportunity for AOL Scouts to meet their requirements of attending a troop outing and for troops to recruit new Scouts to their units.
Some of the adventures that await the scouts are :
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Dutch Oven Cooking Competition (Youth & Adult)
Have you just been elected to the Order of the Arrow and you’re not sure if it’s right for you? Maybe you have an idea of what the OA is all about but don’t know what our local chapter is doing? Or maybe you were elected years ago and just want to get more active. No matter whether you’re a new or old candidate, you are more than welcome at any of our events and I would encourage you to come out to some of our Chapter Meetings, held the first Thursday of the month at Maple Avenue United Methodist Church during District Round Table.
In the meantime, check out what the Chapter and Lodge have been up to in just the first few months of the year in the video below! Or, for more pictures, come visit our Scrapbook Page to see pictures from specific outings.
We have Spring Gathering which is a lodge event down at Bert Adams THIS weekend, March 9-11 with an LEC to follow. The theme is “Sprang Flang” and we will be making large catapults to compete with other chapters. OA Kennesaw has also volunteered to assist in the running and setting up of a few events for Webelos Woods which will also be held at Bert Adams on the same weekend. Registration for this event has closed, but I hope to see you all there as it is one of the most fun events of the year!
After School Pack Program
On March 16th, OA Kennesaw has offered to assist in the running of an evening program for an after school pack at Brumby Elementary School from 5:30PM-8:30PM. We will be in charge of a small flag retirement, campfire and campfire program, as well as assisting in cooking the provided food. if you are interested, please email OAKennesawChapterAdvisor@gmail.com for details. This will be a Class A event.
March Meet & Greet
On March 17th, OA Kennesaw will be hosting a Meet & Greet event at Transfiguration Catholic Church from 10:00AM-2:00PM. This event will be to allow newly elected candidates to come out and meet current chapter members and ask questions about the Order of the Arrow as well has some helpful tips and tricks for the Induction Weekends. There will be a lunch provided, however current OA Kennesaw members are being asked to bring either a single 2 liter drink or a bag of chips to share with our new candidates. PLEASE sign up for this event so we know how much food to prepare. Upon arrival at Transfiguration, look for the Troop 75 Boy Scout Trailer and we will have an OA Kennesaw Banner Hanging on the side of it.
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Has it been at least 10 months since you went through your induction weekend with the Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge? If so it is time to take the next step to engage with your Chapter & Lodge and take your next step in becoming a Brotherhood member of the OA.
Don’t worry, the process is much easier than the induction! We promise. You can go through the Brotherhood Trail any most Lodge events and it only take one evening to complete it.
You do need to be an “Active” member to go through Brotherhood which means dues paid. Watch the quick video here to see how easy it is to log in online to get current and then join your Chapter as a Brotherhood member. https://youtu.be/ptJj8DOKB4A
We also need all levels of members to come to Spring Gathering to help run a game for the Cub Scouts in Foothills that will be camping for Weblos Woods the same weekend at Bert Adams as the Spring Gathering. Please register with the lodge today http://www.aacegwa.org/calendar.htm to come out and support your District, Chapter, & Lodge.