Chapter Meetings Review

Chapter Meeting Review: OA High Adventure 3/5/20

Arrowmen have a unique opportunity to have a High Adventure experience that is not available to other scouts.  See the video & links below for more information.

Do you need an escape from that 9-5 job, summer classes, or the monotony of staring out of your bedroom window longing for something new? If your answer is yes, the Order of the Arrow has the answer for you!

Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs. Maybe it’s wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base. Or maybe hiking is your passion; if so, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch, where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience? Have you ever thought about what the Native Americans and early explorers did to be avid traders? Maybe the OA Voyage is your calling. Whatever your summer aspirations may be, these National High Adventure bases have put together a multitude of options for you.

Along with your one week trek completely designed by you, each Arrowman will be afforded the opportunity to leave their mark in history by helping to sure up portage trails, backpacking trails, or coral reefs. Aside from providing a good deed to each of these high adventure bases, every participant will have the opportunity to work closely with other Arrowmen from across the country, who have a similar interest in the future of both the program and the adventure base.

You may be thinking that this is a daunting task, but it is an experience unlike any other afforded to you in Scouting, in that it takes you out of your world and places you with people who want to do something different. It’s not every day that you can tell your friends that you climbed into Cypher’s Mine, watched the Northern Lights from a canoe, or went scuba diving in the Florida Keys.

These programs help to insure that the future of Scouting has a place to live, work and interact. This summer, try something new or do something you thoroughly enjoy! Your destiny awaits you…

      

 

OA Canadian Odyssey (Northern Tier)

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage: Canadian Odyssey program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience the wild beauty of the Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario, Canada.

  • Session 1 – June 10 – 24, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 2 – June 17 – July 1, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 3 – June 24 -July 8, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 4 – July 1 – 15, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 5 – July 8 – 22, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 6 – July 15 – 29, 2020 (Male Crew)

OA Ocean Adventure (Florida Sea Base)

The Order of the Arrow, Ocean Adventure, in cooperation with the Florida Sea Base, offers you an opportunity to provide cheerful service while experiencing the adventure and fun of one of the greatest ecosystems on our planet – the Florida Keys and the waters which surround them.

  • Session 1 – May 27 – June 4, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 2 – June 1 – June 9, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 3 – June 6 – June 14, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 4 – June 11 – June 19, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 5 – June 16 – June 24, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 6 – June 21 – June 29, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 7 – June 26 – July 4, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 8 – July 1 – July 9, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 9 – July 6 – July 14, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 10 – July 11 – July 19, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 11 – July 16 – July 24, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 12 – July 21 – July 29, 2020 (Male Crew)

OA Summit Experience (Summit Bechtel Reserve)

The Order of the Arrow Summit Experience program is an experience like no other. For 8 days, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Summit in West Virginia has to offer.

  • Session 1 – June 14 – 21, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 2 – June 21 – June 28, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 3 – June 28 -July 5, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 4 – July 5 – 12, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 5 – July 12 – 19, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 6 – July 19 – 26, 2020 (Male Crew)

OA Trail Crew (Philmont Scout Ranch)

The Order of the Arrow Trail Crew program is one of the best ways to experience Scouting’s premier high adventure base, Philmont Scout Ranch. For two weeks, participants see and experience all that Philmont has to offer and much more.

  • Session 1 – Jun 8-22, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 2 – Jun 15-29, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 3 – Jun 22-Jul 6, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 4 – Jun 29-Jul 13, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 5 – Jul 6-20, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 6 – Jul 13-27, 2020 (Male Crew)

OA Wilderness Voyage (Northern Tier)

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota has to offer.

  • Session 1 – June 10 – 24, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 2 – June 17 – July 1, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 3 – June 24 -July 8, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 4 – July 1 – 15, 2020 (Coed Crew)
  • Session 5 – July 8 – 22, 2020 (Male Crew)
  • Session 6 – July 15 – 29, 2020 (Male Crew)

 

Printouts:

Chapter News

Chapter Bowling Review

The Chapter Bowling night seemed to be a great success lat night! We had 20+ people, everyone seemed to have a good time, it all worked out well! If you want to see any of the pics, just click the collage below to see them all.

Chapter News

Chapter Bowling Outing

As part of our increased activity in 2020, the Chapter has set a goal to have at least 1 chapter outing every month! These outings will typically be on the 3rd Thursday of the month. For February, we have scheduled a bowling night! It was so much fun over summer that we wanted to do one again! This event is open to OA Members AND Their Families. Sign up is required so we know how many lanes to reserve. Please use the link below to sign up.

 

Who: This event is open to current OA Kennesaw Chapter Members AND their families! 
Where:Stars and Strikes in Woodstock
When: Thursday, Feb 20th from 6:30pm-9:00pm
Cost: About $15 for bowling, $$ for arcade (if desired), money for snacks (if desired)
Sign Up: HERE

Chapter News

Troop 2319 Earns the OA Unit of Excellence!

Congratulations to Troop 2319 from Unity North Atlanta!! Troop 2319 was the only unit in the entire Foothills District to earn the Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence in 2019 and one of only 3 units in the entire Atlanta Area Council. In fact, less than 1% of units national receive the OA Unit of Excellence Award each year! Thank you guys for stepping up and support and promoting the National Honor Society of Scouting. As a chapter, we appreciate your support and look forward to more units promoting the OA in 2020.

For more information about the OA Unit of Excellence, you can check out OA-BSA.org. If you’re another unit in Foothills District and want to work towards the OA Unit of Excellence in 2020 and have question, feel free to email me at OAKennesaw@gmail.com.

Chapter News

Chapter Campout

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!

Chapter News

Chapter Winter Campout

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

Chapter News

OA Winter Banquet

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

Honorable Mentions:

  • Trailblazer Commissioners:
    • Rudi Shumpert (3yrs)
    • Andrew Budzinski (2yrs)
    • Maggie Welch (1yr)
    • Keven Wilson (1yr)

 

Chapter News

OA Kennesaw Chapter Updates

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,
Jacque Alford

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!!!

Election Training

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!

Lodge Events

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

Click HERE to check out the full OA Lodge Calendar through 2020 or check out the 2019 Winter edition of the Egwa Quiver!

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!

 

Chapter News

Election Team Training

Election Training

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.