The deadline for candidate registration for the March Ordeal is Saturday, March 15. The deadline for member registration without penalty is the same day.
Members should use the 2014 event registration form.
2013 was an absolutely outstanding year for Blue Heron Lodge. 281 Scouts were elected as candidates for induction into the Order of the Arrow, and 254 of them inducted at one of this year’s three Ordeals, yielding a 90% induction rate. 87 Ordeal members earned Brotherhood, yielding a 38% Brotherhood conversion rate. Blue Heron’s total membership currently stands at 855 members, an increase of 97 members (13% increase) over our 2012 membership.
Under the leadership Host Lodge Chairman, Kevin Roetz (adviser Erich Roetz), Blue Heron Lodge hosted the hugely-successful SR-7A Conclave 2013 at Pipsico Scout Reservation and a total of 1,035 members of the 6 lodges in SR-7A attended, the greatest Conclave attendance in SR-7A’s 16-year history, and the first SR-7A Conclave to draw over 1,000 members (and 359 Blue Heron members). Conclave 2013 featured several “firsts”: first-ever Conclave service project (led by past Blue Heron Lodge Chief, Preston Marquis); first-ever Chapter Leadership Summit (CLS), a special 5-hour training course for all SR-7A Chapter Chiefs and Advisers, planned and coordinated by past Blue Heron Lodge Chief, Taylor Bobrow; the SR-7A premier of OA’s proposed new Brotherhood Ceremony; and past Blue Heron Lodge Chiefs, Taylor Bobrow and A.J. Kelly, were elected SR-7A Section Chief and Vice-Chief, respectively.
15 Blue Heron members (10 youth, 5 adults) served in a variety of staff positions at the 2013 National Jamboree.
LLDC 2013 Chairman, Will Wheaton (adviser Dan McFarland) planned and coordinated outstanding sessions for this year’s LLDC, which was held separately from the Holiday Banquet, and expanded to a Friday-night/all day Saturday event at Camp Hope Haven.
Fall Fellowship 2013 Chairman, Stephen Greiling (advisers Erich Roetz and Scott Greiling), put together an exciting program called “The Amazing Race-Blue Heron Edition”, in which Blue Heron’s 6 chapters raced around Pipsico stopping at various stations to complete a variety of fun and challenging tasks. At Fall Fellowship, our new lodge officers were elected: Lodge Chief Brendan Kane; Executive Vice Chief Justin Siddens; Vice Chief-Administration Kevin Lee; Vice Chief Operations Stephen Greiling; and Secretary/Treasurer Andrew Sorenson.
Now, we are entering a new lodge year, and we have a lot to do. Our first task is for all of us to renew our membership by paying our 2014 dues right away. Let’s get those dues forms in quickly, so we can move on to planning and conducting events. 2014 Lodge Chief Brendan Kane will hold the Lodge Officers’ and Adviser’s Retreat (LOAR) on January 4th, and the following Saturday, the lodge is hosting a Beaver Day at Pipsico (lunch provided). Beaver Days are a great opportunity for lodge members to gather in fellowship and perform much needed improvements and maintenance to our camp.
Unit elections will also start in January and elections provide chapters with a good opportunity to develop chapter involvement and enthusiasm. Soon afterward, we’ll have the March Ordeal. At the end of April comes Conclave at Camp Shenandoah. Last year, 359 Blue Heron members attended Conclave – let’s get the same sized group to attend Conclave 2014.
All of these efforts will require our enthusiastic participation, so let’s step up and seize the opportunity to be AWESOME!
In Cheerful Service,
John R. Donat, Lodge Adviser
Your Blue Heron Lodge Ceremonial Team needs your help! We owe it to each and every candidate to present a high-quality ceremony and we need team members. Are you a youth member willing to learn a part and perform with the Lodge team? Email email@example.com to join.
Taylor became the second Arrowman from Blue Heron Lodge to be elected National Vice Chief, along with Preston Marquis, who held the position two years earlier.
Congratulations to the six new Brotherhood members and eight new Vigil members from last weekend’s Fall Fellowship.
About Blue Heron Lodge
Blue Heron Lodge is the Order of the Arrow Lodge for Tidewater Council. Members of Blue Heron Lodge visit Camp Pipsico on a regular basis to perform service to camp. Several of the buildings you see at camp, including the OA Shelter, the pump house, and the Gregson Center were built by the OA. The OA assists with the preparation of Camp Lions for summer camp by erecting tents on the platforms, clearing debris from the sites, and performing other tasks.
What is the Order of the Arrow?
The Order of the Arrow is an organization within the Boy Scouts of America that provides service and leadership opportunities for older Scouts. It is the BSA’s honored camper society and is dedicated to cheerful service.
I went through my Ordeal. Now what?
If you are a member of the OA, the Lodge needs your help. The first thing to do is to start attending your chapter meeting. Important information about upcoming events is given out at chapter meetings and you need to be there to keep up to date with what is going on in the lodge.
Then, start coming to the lodge events. We have several service days up at camp each year (Ordeals) and a Fall Fellowship, where we have a weekend of fun and games. We also have an annual fellowship of the lodges in our section called the “Conclave“. This weekend is always exciting and is fun for all. In 2013, we hosted the Conclave and we will do so again in 2019.
Who can be in the Order of the Arrow?
The OA is often referred to as “Scouting’s Honor Society”. Membership in the OA is granted only to those who are elected by their own troop. Thus, members are selected primarily by non-members.
Election into the Order of the Arrow is fairly unique. The OA is one of few organizations where selection is made by primarily non-members. Each year, Boy Scout troops are permitted to hold an Order of the Arrow election. Traditionally, it is held in the spring, but it is permissible for it to be held at any time during the year. All youth members, as well as Scouters under the age of twenty-one, are permitted to vote in this election. Troops that elect at least one youth are eligible to nominate an adult for consideration. To request that an OA election team visit your troop, please contact your chapter.