Chapter News

Congratulations to Our New Members!

The Chapter would like to congratulate all our new members who came out to this hot weekend at Bert Adams Scout Camp for their Induction Weekend.This was another BIG weekend for the chapter as we had 24 new members inducted and numerous members sealed their membership  by completing the Brotherhood Trail.
 
Also, the Chapter would like to give a HUGE shout out to all our members who helped the Lodge by being an elangomat. Without people like you, weekends like this would not be possible. Our Chapter alone this weekend provided a third of all elangomat volunteers. Thank you all for your dedication and service to the OA. Check out some of the pictures to the right or click here and please read on to learn about next week’s Chapter Night of Fun!

 

Upcoming Event Sign Up
The Chapter has decided to have a night of fun at Mountasia in Marietta! That means a night of Go-Karts, Mini Golf, arcade games and more! If you missed them at induction, this is a great time to come out and welcome some of our new Chapter members. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 30th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, but feel free to stay longer if you like, at Mountasia on Barrett Parkway in Marietta.  Each Chapter Member is responsible for their own cost and transportation, pricing is available online at: Mountasia and  there are Groupons available as well for even better deals! Check out the Champ Pass on Groupon that offers unlimited Go-Karts & Mini Golf for $17! Be sure to wear close toed shoes and I would suggest eating before as there is not a lot of food options available here.
 
Reach out to OAKennesaw@gmail.com if you have any questions and sign up at HERE to let us know to expect you!
 
Hopefully everyone can come out and have some fun with at least one round of mini golf and one round of go karts.

 

Chapter News

Congratulations to Our New Members!

The Chapter would like to congratulate all our new members who braved the weather this past weekend up at Woodruff Scout Camp during their Induction weekend! Although we had a fair amount of rain Saturday afternoon and night, over all the weather was pretty good. Our chapter alone had 19 candidates get inducted into the OA and the very first female youth to be inducted in the entire Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge! Congrats everyone, you all deserve it. Check back soon for our sign up for an upcoming Chapter Member only event and in the mean time, check out some pics from this weekend.

Chapter News

Conclave

Just a quick review from Conclave. We had quite a few chapter members attended the Order of the Arrow Section 9 Conclave a couple weeks ago. The Conclave includes lodges from all over Georgia and parts of Alabama. We got to experience a new scout camp, Black Creek scout reservation which is operated by the Coastal Georgia Council, and located about 60 miles from Savannah.

Lots of fun trading patches, talking with various presenters (the Georgia Crime Scene Investigator was pretty cool), games, and we got exposure to Native American regalia, drumming, and dance. And a special thanks to all the chapter members who help the lodge by participating in or judging events. Great weekend! Check out more pictures here!

Chapter News

2019 Meet & Greet

 

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The Meet & Greet will take place in the Holy Grounds Cafe in the lower level of the church. Please park on the front right side of the church in front of the small house and enter through the lower level doors by the tee pee.
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The OA Kennesaw Chapter will once again be hosting a Meet & Greet event on March 29th, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. This is a great event for newly elected candidates and their parents to come out, meet some of the current chapter members and learn more about the chapter and the induction weekends. This will be be a casual event where new candidates do not need to wear their scout uniform and food will be provided. Please use the below form to sign up for this event and email OAKennesaw@gmail.com for any questions.

Date: Friday, March 29th, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Unity North Atlanta 4255 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066

Chapter News

2019 OA Unit Elections

Updates to OA Elections for 2019 [Download PPTXPDF ]

Unit Election Request Form

 

TROOPS ALREADY SIGNED UP:

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The OA has more than 160,000 active members located in lodges affiliated with over 270 BSA local councils.

Youth Requirements

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America with a TROOP, CREW, OR SHIP
  • The youth must have experienced 15 nights of Boy Scout camping while registered with a troop or team 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.
    • Note: Camping nights may be combined between various BSA organizations.
  • Youth must be under the age of 21, meet the rank requirement for the type of unit the election is being held at (see below), be approved by the unit leader, and be elected by the youth members of their troop, team, crew, or ship.
    • Rank Requirements
      • Troop = First Class
      • Crew = Discovery Pin
      • Ship = Ordinary Rank
  • A scout may be on an election ballot in more than one unit that they are registered with as long as they meet the rank requirements for the type of unit the election is being held in.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who are registered in the BSA and meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the lodge adult selection committee.  Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition of service, including current or prior positions. Selected adults must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and must provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge.

Unit Resources

ELECTING NEW MEMBERS UNIT ELECTIONS [ HIGH QUALITY 327 MB, MP4 ]

Guide to Unit elections [ DOWNLOAD ]

Detailed faq  [ DOWNLOAD ]

 

Chapter News

Upcoming Events

We still have some great events left this year, check out the Lodge’s Website to see the full calendar, but the next few are:

Date
Event
Registration Deadline
Location
Oct 13 Alternate Lodge Day of Service Closed East View Cemetery

Oct 20

Lodge Day of Service

Closed

Chattahoochee River NRA

Nov 2-4

Fall Induction Weekend

Closed

Bert Adams Scout Camp

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!

Chapter News

Trailblazer Adventure Camp

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!

Chapter News

Chapter Elections

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.

 

Chapter News

Changes to Unit Elections

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.

Why #ChooseOA

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

Here is a very useful presentation that helps to clarify and expand on this change.

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.