We had a great time on our first ever chapter campout, despite the fact that it was a winter campout with temperatures hovering around the freezing point overnight. One advantage to the colder temps was that it got everyone to enjoy a lot of time by the fire to reminisce on past campouts and shares lots of laughs and good times. We worked on a reviewed our Wilderness Survival Skills and even spent some time helping clean up the lake shore while the lake was down. Sunday morning was beautiful and crisp, as the sun came up over the water we held a Scouts Own Service around a morning campfire. A great end to a great trip. Click the image collage below to see all the great pics from the outing!
OA Kennesaw will be holding a winter camp out Jan 31, 2020 – Feb 2, 2020 at Camp Westin on Lake Allatoona. Mark your calendars! You must sign up HERE if you’d like to attend. The cost will be $15 with food being provided! We will have some great team building competitions and the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge will be offered!
All Campout Attendees
- Eat Friday Dinner night before drop off
- Drop off will be at the Allatoona Aquatics Base in Campsites 2-4, Friday 7-8pm
- Bring your Health Form Part A & B and $15
- Don’t forget, you WILL NEED a mess kit this weekend
- Pick up will be at the Allatoona Aquatics Base, Campsites 2-4, Sunday 9-10am
Wilderness Survival MB
If you are interested in working on the Wilderness Survival MB during this campout:
- There will be an additional $5 charge to cover some materials that will be provided.
- Understand that some requirements will need to be completed before attending the campout. Specifically Req. 1-5 & 9 will need to be done at home. While on the campout we will complete review your personal survival kit from Req 5, complete 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
- Review the Merit Badge Book here
- YOU will need to provide a blue card from your unit, otherwise you will receive a printout noting the items we complete together.
For questions, please contact OAKennesaw@gmail.com
The OA held its Winter Banquet last night, thank you for all those who attended! Just a quick recap, the Lodge recognized several of our chapter members, both youth and adults for a variety of roles and achievements. Next time you see one of the following members, be sure to congratulate them on truly living up to the OA’s ideals of cheerful service to others and selflessness.
If you received a recognition at the OA Winter Banquet that I have missed please let me know
Chapter Awards & Recognitions:
- Robert ‘Scorpio’ Carlin: Chapter Chief
- Andrew Budzinski: Chapter Advisor
- Maggie Welch: Chapter Key Three Award Recipient
Lodge Awards & Recognitions:
- Avery Shumpert: Vice chief of Inductions
- Rudi Shumpert: Technology & Media Advisor
- Maggie Welch:
- Honor Elangomat Award
- Service Hawk Award
- Lodge Rookie of the Year Award
- Trailblazer Commissioners:
- Rudi Shumpert (3yrs)
- Andrew Budzinski (2yrs)
- Maggie Welch (1yr)
- Keven Wilson (1yr)
Unfortunately, the MASSP Campout this Friday, Nov 22nd has been cancelled.
“Due to the weather forecast increasingly predicting rain Friday evening through Saturday, we regret to inform you that this weekend’s campout will be postponed. This decision was made with safety in mind and wanting the best full experience possible.
We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this might cause. We are equally disappointed as well.
We are working on securing a new date for the campout which will most likely take place in the March/April timeframe, potentially sooner. As soon as we have a date, we will make sure to push it out. We would love to have your support again!
Thank you for your understanding.”
Yours In Scouting,
Games & Grub
As a winter activity, Crew 2319 has again welcomed ANY OA member to attend their Games & Grub day on Dec 8th at 4PM at Unity North Atlanta in the Holy Grounds Cafe. I know you ALL enjoy playing games, so sign up and bring a friend! Please Sign Up HERE so we can get an accurate count for snacks! I know i’ll be there, hopefully you can make it too!!!
The chapter will be holding election team training Dec 11th, 7:30pm. Snacks will be provided for anyone who signs up and attends! Plan to stay for about 1 hour. We can only hold this training if there is enough interest. Please consider attending so YOU can help with OA Elections in 2020! Signing Up HERE is required!
Don’t forget, there are still a couple opportunists to attend lodge events coming up!
- Dec 7th: OA Winter Banquet
- Dec 14th: Alternate Lodge Day of Service
- Jan 4th: Lodge Leadership Development
Chapter Winter Camp Out
OA Kennesaw will be holding a winter camp out Jan 31, 2020 – Feb 2, 2020 at Camp Westin on Lake Allatoona. Mark your calendars! You must sign up HERE if you’d like to attend. The cost is not finalized yet, but should be around $15 with food being provided!
The chapter will be holding election team training Nov 7, 6:30pm, at Holy Family Catholic Church. Pizza will be provided for anyone who signs up and attends! Plan to stay for about 45min and end with opening flags for Roundtable. If there is enough interest, we will also hold a training session Dec 11th. Watch for more updates and sign up HERE so I can get an exact count for pizza!!!
As a reminder, anyone who wishes to assist in the OA Elections this year for Kennesaw Chapter is required to have attend an election training session either this year or last year. If you did not attend election training last year and do not attend this year, you will NOT be able to assist with Unit Elections for the 2020 Election Season. As a chapter, we want and need your help in conducting Unit Elections for the 30+ units in our district, but we need to be certain that elections are being run consistently, that all required information is being collected, and that the information is being submitted accurately and timely.
Congratulations to all our new Order of the Arrow Members! This past weekend, OA Kennesaw Chapter had 14 candidates complete their Ordeal to become members in the Order of the Arrow. We made up 20% of all candidates at this weekend’s induction, so way to go! We also had 10 existing members attend this weekend who helped out as Elangomats as well as on the camp-wide service projects. All in all, we completed over 450 hours of service for Bert Adams which equates to over a month’s worth of work for the camp rangers had they had to do it all on their own. You can check out some pictures by clicking on the image collage below.
2019 OA Fall Induction
So… it looks like you have register for the OA Induction Weekend at Bert Adams Scout Camp on November 1-3. That’s great and I look forward to seeing you there! Are you unsure what to expect or have questions regarding what to bring? Check the Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge’s New Candidate page or Kennesaw Chapter’s New Candidate page for information that should answer the bulk of your questions.
You should have received a welcome letter back when you were elected, but if you haven’t, you can read over it here. Our Chapter website also has a “What to Bring” page that you should definitely look over. The biggest thing you need to remember to bring is a copy of your BSA Medical Form parts A & B. Each scout will turn in his/her own form during Friday night check in at the Love Dining Hall. One other item you might recall is something called a “Spirit of the Arrow” Booklet that you were given at your election. If you no longer have it, don’t worry, you can find and print a new copy of it HERE. This is the 1st of 8 booklets that you will receive throughout the weekend to help explain the OA.
As you will see on the “What to Bring” page, items are split into two categories. Things you will need Friday night and things you won’t need until Saturday. For Friday night, I personally recommend trying to carry as little as possible. The most important items are: Sleeping bag, ground cloth/tarp (this should be big enough to lay on and wrap over yourself to keep morning dew off you as the first night we will be sleeping out under the stars), work gloves, water bottle, and rain jacket if the weather looks questionable. There are other items on the Friday night list that I would consider “optional”. We will have to carry our gear a some distance on Friday night and potentially on Saturday morning as well, so the less you have, the better. You should also try and pack these items to be easily portable preferably in some sort of backpack. The other items INCLUDING A TENT should be packed in a separate bag. These items will be left at our meetup location on Friday night and will not be used until the following day. Make sure you bring your Class A as you will need it for Saturday afternoon/night and Sunday Morning.
Finally, the final schedule has not be released yet, however check in will be roughly from 6:00-8:30 PM at Love Dining Hall. I know it can be difficult to get out to Bert Adams on Friday Evenings and traffic is not always predictable, but please try to arrive no later than 8:30 PM to make sure we have time for Friday evening ceremony. New Members will not be released until Sunday morning at approximately 10:00 AM. It is very important that newly inducted candidates stay through Sunday morning as we have a program specifically for new members that helps them understand what events are coming up, how normal lodge events are run, and a bunch of other really useful information about the OA. Newly Inducted Members will also get their “swag” at the end of the program on Sunday, so no matter what any person tells you, please stay until the entire group is dismissed as a whole.
I have included Bert Adam’s address as well as a map showing where the Love Dining Hall is in relation to the camp entrance. Hopefully the above information answers the bulk of your questions. However if you have additional questions, please let me know as soon as possible. For all scouts with food allergies, as long as you noted your specific needs during the registration process, your needs WILL be met. However feel free to double check by asking during check in.
If you have any questions or concerns after looking over the above in, please feel free to reach out to me at OAKennesaw@gmail.com.
Bert Adams Scout Camp
218 Scout Rd
Covington, GA 30016
OA Kennesaw Chapter Advisor
Foothill District Communication Chair & Webmaster
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 2319
We had over 250 scouts and a 125+ adults come out and brave the rain at Foothills District Camporall this weekend. Even with the less than predictable weather, everything seemed to run pretty well. The scouts all seemed to have a good time and there were no major accidents which is always a plus. Congrats to Troop 433 on winning ALL the Dutch Oven cooking competition awards. Your meals looked and smelled delicious! The district would also like to congratulated Troops 2319 and 2019 for a 1, 2 finish respectively in the photo scavenger hunt. Thank you OA Kennesaw for providing the staff for this weekend, this event couldn’t happen without you!!
Click the collage below to see all the great photos from this past weekend!
If you have any remaining pcitures you would like to share to this album, please email them to Photos@FoothillsBSA.org with “Camporall 2019” as the subject line.
I’m afraid the Chapter Canoe Day has been cancelled due to low lake levels. We were contacted earlier today by the council to let us know that the lake levels at the aquatics base are just too low to get the equipment out from their launch point without damaging it. We will unfortunately have to look for another day this spring to have a chapter canoe day.
We ARE still on schedule for our Chapter Campout scheduled for Jan 31st – Feb 2nd, check your emails over the next few days for more information.
Our very own Avery Shumpert completed his Vigil Honor Induction this weekend at Trailblazer. A quick recap for those who don’t know, there are three levels in the Order of the Arrow, Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil Honor. Receiving Vigil Honor is exceedingly rare as the process involves getting nominated by your peers within the OA and getting approve by committee and national, before completing your Vigil Honor Induction. The Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge had roughly 900 registered OA members at the end of last year, and out of all those members across the Atlanta Area Council only 12-15 were selected this year to receive the Vigil Honor and Avery was selected as part of that very small group. He is the first new Vigil Honor recipient from our chapter since 2011! Next time you see him, be sure to give him a big congratulations as he is the first chapter member to receive the Vigil Honor is several years! CONGRATULATIONS AVERY, you deserve it!