At the August Ordeal, 50 new Arrowmen completed the Ordeal and 11 members completed the Brotherhood ceremony.
The final opportunity to complete the Brotherhood ceremony this year will be at the Fall Fellowship on October 25.
The 2014 form had been previously published with an incorrect date for the Fall Fellowship. The Fall Fellowship will be held on October 24-26 at Pipsico Scout Reservation. You may download the updated form from the forms page.
A set of four patches has been commissioned by Blue Heron Lodge to raise funds for much needed repairs and maintenance of the Gregson Center.
The patch set features two 8″ back patches and two 4″ patches. Each sized patch is available in a blue and silver border. The back patches are available for $20 each and the regular patches are available for $10 each. The cost for the set is $60. All proceeds will be put towards the Gregson Center Fund.
200 of each patch were made and they will be offered at each lodge event until sold out. For more information, please email the Custodian Adviser, Mr. Bill Stine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Gregson Center
The Gregson Center first opened in 1996. It was funded and built by Blue Heron Lodge to honor Brian Gregson, who passed away in a surfing accident during his term as Lodge Chief. The Gregson Center houses the Lodge’s museum, as well as a welcome center.
The June 25, 2014 meeting of the Lodge Executive Committee will be held at Pipsico Scout Reservation at 7:30 PM in the Lions Dining Hall. LEC Members are asked to RSVP to the Lodge Chief by June 18 to ensure that there is sufficient food available.
At the 2014 SR-7A Conclave, Blue Heron Lodge Secretary-Treasurer Andrew Sorenson was elected Section Chief and Vice Chief of Administration Kevin Lee was elected Section Vice Chief.
Policy require that when a lodge officer is elected Section Chief, that he vacate his lodge positions. Under our lodge rules, the Lodge Chief is charged with appointing a replacement subject to confirmation by the Lodge Executive Committee.
At the May Lodge Executive Committee meeting, Tyler Rush was appointed to fill the remainder of Andrew Sorenson’s term as Lodge Secretary-Treasurer.
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.