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NOAC 2018 Registration Open

Big letters spelling NOAC

The National Order of the Arrow Conference is the OA’s version of a jamboree. Held every few years on a major college campus, the event brings together thousands of Arrowmen for a week-long celebration. The next conference will be held July 30 to August 3, 2018 at Indiana University. Ini-To Lodge has been allotted 17 spots, to include 13 youth and 4 adults, and deposits are now being accepted.

The lodge anticipates for the trip to cost approximately $1,000. This includes the national conference fee, transportation to Indiana University, contingent expenses, and contingent memorabilia. $100 deposits are being accepted to declare your interest in attending, and the lodge selection committee will choose delegates in the coming months. Anyone not selected will have their deposit refunded.

Submit your Deposit

Founder’s Award 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the Founder’s Award. This year, the recipients are Ryan Guy from Ronotohatchi Chapter and Laura Lovell from Echota Chapter. Thank you for always stepping up to help out and doing it with a smile.

The Founder’s Award was created in the 1980’s after the death of founder E. Urner Goodman. Ini-To Lodge may only present the award to two deserving Arrowman each year, whom best exemplify cheerful service in their OA and Scouting activities.

To learn more about the Founder’s Award, and view past recipients, visit here.

Klondike Derby 2018

The annual council camporee held by Ini-To Lodge is fast approaching on January 26-28, 2018. All Boy Scout troops, Venture crews, and Webelos Scouts are invited to experience winter camping. Plus, the annual lodge call-out ceremony occurs on Saturday night so be sure to conduct your OA unit election.

More information may be found on the registration page or leader’s guide linked below.

Klondike Registration Leader's Guide

Vigil Honor Class of 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Vigil Honor inductee, Charlie Lovell!

We appreciate Charlie’s hard-working enthusiasm during his time in Ini-To Lodge, and wish the Lovell family best wishes in their new adventure out west.

Charlie has been given the Vigil name, Nuwingi, which translates to “The Willing.” This is also the Vigil name of the Order’s founder, E. Urner Goodman.

Past Vigil Honor recipients may be viewed here.

Indian Winter 2018

Indian Winter will be held on February 2-4, 2018 at Black Creek Scout Reservation. I-Tsu-La Lodge will welcome Section SR-9 to their camp for a weekend filled with American Indian activities, training sessions, and craft making. The weekend will also cover the LINK national training program for lodge and chapter officers. New this year, all registration will be processed through the section website. The late fee for registration begins on January 15, 2018.

Indian Winter Registration

Winter Banquet Approaching

The annual Winter Banquet is only a few weeks away. The event will be held on Saturday, December 2, at 7 PM at the Flint River Adventure Area dining hall, and everyone is invited. The evening will include the presentation of year-end awards, celebrating recent lodge achievements, and showcasing plans for 2018. Registration is open through November 26.

Winter Banquet Registration

Pay your 2018 Dues

Lodge dues are now payable for the 2018 calendar year. Paying your dues not only helps out the lodge, but ensures you are eligible to wear the OA flap and participate in lodge events.

Lodge Dues 2018

Announcing our 2018 Lodge Officers

 

Lodge Officers 2018

Please join us in announcing and congratulating our 2018 lodge officers! We look forward to the many great things they will accomplish during their term.

(from left to right)

Cormac McCarthyTreasurer

John MalnerichVice Chief of Administration

Caper SteenLodge Chief

Jacob StoutVice Chief of Ceremonies

Nicky AkinSecretary

Join us at Winter Banquet where our new officers will be officially sworn-in.

Winter Banquet Registration

Heartland Gathering Program Update

Brothers,

With the Heartland Gathering in less than three weeks, there are a few important reminders to help everyone be informed.

1) Everyone will be sleeping in personal tents. Camp Lumpkin will not be providing tents for all attendees. With that being said, we will be using a trailer to help transport all of our gear to our campsite. This will be a white and blue trailer with “Troop 162, Hampton, GA” on both sides. More details will follow as to the trailer location for gear transport.

2) We need volunteers to help set-up and run the Tailypo booth. Tailypo is a fellowship type event, on Saturday night occurring from 9:30-10:00 pm, where all lodges showcase a fun event. If you are interested in volunteering, please let Corey McCarthy know for more information.

3) Rad Wyrick is heading up the Quest Events for Ini-To Lodge. Quest Events are the athletic activities that all lodges participate in. This year, lodges can participate in tug-o-war, dodgeball, Wischixin, and ultimate frisbee. Everyone is invited to join in on these events; however, there are a limited number of spots depending on the activity.

4) Include some spending money if you would like to purchase any extra memorabilia during the weekend. The section will have limited amounts available of this year’s items, and the lodge will be selling our delegate patch.

5) As always, please remember the ten essentials, rain gear will be a must. Here is a helpful link if you are unfamiliar to the 10 essentials: http://boyslife.org/outdoors/outdoorarticles/6976/scout-outdoor-essentials-checklist/

6) Please remember that you will be representing Ini-To Lodge and Flint River Council, so look your best. Bring your field uniform, and you will receive the lodge event t-shirt onsite for wear on Saturday.

7) Make sure you take advantage of every activity and opportunity available at Heartland Gathering! Training, Ceremonies, Quest Events, patch trading (make sure you only bring items you are willing to trade!), the new OA High Adventure Village, drumming, and dancing are just a few of the many programs available. There is an activity for everyone.

Finally, thank you to every Arrowman who can attend this event. It speaks volumes that we are bringing over eighty people! I look forward to seeing everyone on April 21.

Yours in Brotherhood,

Austin Clark
Ini-To Lodge Chief