About Blue Heron Lodge

Anthony Peluso elected as 2018 National Chief

Preston Marquis (right) was Blue Heron's first national vice chief in 2012. Taylor Bobrow (left) was elected to the same office two years later.

Anthony Peluso (right) was Blue Heron’s first National Chief in 2018.

On December 27th, 2017, Blue Heron member, Anthony Peluso, became the first Blue Heron Arrowman to serve as the National Chief. Anthony, a former Lodge Chief, has also served the Order of the Arrow as SR-7A Section Chief since April 2016, as a developer of the new National Leadership Seminar (NLS), a staffer of multiple NLS courses, and as a staff member for the upcoming 2019 World Scouting Jamboree. Anthony, a Vigil Honor member, has also been honored with Founder’s Award.

Blue Heron Lodge Overview!

Blue Heron Lodge is the Order of the Arrow (OA) Lodge for Tidewater Council. OA is Scouting’s National Honor Society.  As Scouting’s Honored Scouts, members of Blue Heron Lodge visit Pipsico Scout Reservation 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.

New to the Order of the Arrow?  Need some quick info about the Order of the Arrow and your first Ordeal?

Click here for more info:  Welcome to the Order of the Arrow Details and Desserts

You can now Register Online!

Brothers,

All event registrations and dues payments will be made online.  Fees and late fees are detailed below for each Blue Heron Lodge Event:

2018 Dues: $15.  Late fee of $2 assessed after January 31st, 2018.
Brotherhood Walk (can be selected at each Ordeal and at the Fall Fellowship): $20.  If you want to complete your Brotherhood Walk at Winter Camp, please use the manual form.
Service and Ordeal #1 (March 16-18, 2018): $25 for members, $65 for candidates (includes dues).  Late fee assessed after March 3rd. Last Day to Register Online is March 11th.
Service and Ordeal #2 (May 18-20, 2018): $25 for members, $65 for candidates (includes dues). Late fee assessed after May 5th.  Last Day to Register Online is May 13th.
Service and Ordeal #3 (August 24-26, 2018): $25 for members, $65 for candidates (includes dues). Late fee assessed after August 11th.  Last Day to Register Online is August 19th.
Fall Fellowship (October 19-21, 2018): $25. Late fee assessed after October 6th.  Last Day to Register Online is October 14th.
Holiday Banquet (December 8, 2018): $15. Late fee assessed after December 1st.  Last Day to Register Online is December 3rd.
Lodge Leadership Development Conference (December 8, 2018): FREE. Last Day to Register Online is December 3rd.

With online payment, there will be an option to pay by credit card with a minor fee of 3% of the registration fee being assessed to cover the costs of processing your payment and to pay for use of the new Tentaroo online registration system.

If you cannot access Tentaroo, please contact me (eroetz@cox.net).

Registering online is a simple process at: https://tidewater.tentaroo.com/

  1. Create your Tentaroo “Individual/Family” account (if you don’t already have one).
  2. Add yourself and others to your account. (They will be saved for registering future events)
  3. CAREFULLY read and follow instructions on each page to register and choose your classes or event options.
  4. Choose your payment option and submit your payment.

You will need the following information ready to make the process quick and easy:

  • Full Name (same as on your ScoutNet / BSA membership account)
  • Address / phone number
  • BSA ID Number (your BSA membership
  • Unit / Unit Position
  • Email address
  • Youth Protection training date (for those over 18)

We are looking forward to a great year full of excitement, service, and fellowship.  Let’s Shoot for the Stars!

Yours in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service,
Erich Roetz (eroetz@cox.net)
Lodge Adviser

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 2017.

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.