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!
There was an opening and the chapter will be having a last minute canoe day at Allatoona Aquatics Base! Sign up is required. We will meet up for Check In beginning at 7:30 AM, anyone arriving after 8:00 AM may have to wait and get checked in in between activities, so please do try and arrive on time. As this event is only $5, lunch will NOT be provided by the Chapter. Please plan to bring a lunch in a plastic bag with your name on and there will be a cooler with ice for you to put it in when you arrive. The chapter will bring some light snack foods as well as some mystery prizes.
What to bring:
- BSA Medical Form Parts A & B
- Copy of a BSA Swim check from the last 12 months
- Close toed water shoes
- A great attitude!
When: Sat, October 12th from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sign Up Link: HERE!
Sorry, I know this last minute, but I would like to make a small change to our Chapter meeting tonight. Instead of gathering at 7:15, performing opening flags at 7:30, and starting our chapter meeting close to 8:00, I would like to try and reverse the order for tonight with the goal better accommodating some of the adults who may need to attend a different breakout so they don’t have to choose where they go. Therefore, for tonight we will:
- Conduct our Chapter Meeting from 7:00 PM – 7:25 PM in our new location (see below)
- Then head down to the main room and perform opening flags at 7:30 PM
After opening flags, all who wish to stay for the announcements, Big Rock Topic, and other break outs are welcome to, however not required. This should also help scouts who are attending just for the OA portion to get home earlier on a school night than they otherwise would.
As a reminder, our location has changed. We now meet at Holy Family Catholic Church. We will meet in the same room as last time, marked with the blue star below.
Dates: October 25-27, 2019
Location: Woodruff Scout Reservation
The Kennesaw Chapter of the Order of the Arrow will be staffing Foothills District Camporall again this year. We need help from as many chapter members as we can get. More details will be provided as we get closer to the event, but staff positions will range from:
- Greeters/Info Booth
- Activity Supervisor
- Flag Color Guard
We need both youth and adult to help as staff members for this weekend. All staffers will get a staff special staff patch! This is the prime time for troops to promote themselves to the Arrow of Light Scouts they invite. Putting on a good event for them helps make sure they stay interested in scouting, so we want to make sure we give them the best weekend possible and we can’t do it without you!
If you are able to help on staff, please fill out the Staff Sign Up form below so we know how best to utilize the skills you bring as well as for future staff communications.
We had a great turn out even though I know there were some scouts who wanted to come who were unable to. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun, so I definitely think this will be an event that the chapter holds again! Click the collage below to see the full album and don’t forget, as summer winds down Fall Fellowship and Fall Induction are right around the corner!
Don’t forget, our next chapter meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, August 1st at Maple Ave United Methodist Church beginning at 7:30pm. Check the calendar for more details.
The Chapter has scheduled a bowling outing. This event is open to current OA Kennesaw Chapter Members AND their families! Sign up IS required.
Where: Stars and Strikes in Woodstock
When: Tuesday, July 23rd from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: $10 for unlimited bowling, $10 for unlimited arcade (if desired), money for snacks (if desired)
Sign Up: HERE