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Ceremonies Weekend on March 31

Hello all,

This upcoming weekend I will be hosting a ceremonies weekend for Arrowmen to attend. We will be team bonding, teaching how to practice, ceremony run-throughs, and other activities. If you can only stay for a while that would still be great. There is a cost and it is $10 which covers all the food for the weekend. We will be starting on Saturday around 8 am.

If you would like to stay for the weekend, we will be staying at the Utica Campsite. Please walk up to the campsite from the Howard Lodge parking lot. Please arrive around 6 pm on Friday night so we can have everyone a bed and safe. Please eat before you come as there will not be a cracker barrel.  Anyone with an interest in ceremonies is welcome to attend.

If you have any questions please ask me. Hope to see you there!

Charlie Lovell
Lodge Vice Chief of Ceremonies

Spring Ordeal Recap

Congratulations to the forty-seven new brothers inducted this past weekend at Spring Ordeal, and thank you to the over fifty Arrowmen who attended and helped out. Projects completed included safety improvements to the nature trail such as replacing worn out trail pavers and improving trails between campsites.

We had three brothers seal their membership by going through the Brotherhood ceremony. Brotherhood membership may be obtained at any weekend lodge event.

The Vigil Honor class of 2016 completed the Vigil ceremony. The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that a lodge may bestow upon one of its members, and a limited number of recipients are selected by the lodge each year.

Ordeal Candidates will have one more opportunity this year to complete their Ordeal on August 18-20.


Heartland Gathering Online Registration Closed

UPDATE: Online Registration has closed. Call the Council Office at (770) 227-4556 to register. Late registrations are not guaranteed a contingent t-shirt and a late fee may apply.


This year’s event will be held on April 21-23 at nearby Camp Lumpkin in LaGrange, GA. All brothers are encouraged to attend this special event, which has eleven lodges in attendance from Alabama and Georgia.

What is the Heartland Gathering?

The Heartland Gathering is the largest local OA event of the year with over 1,000 OA brothers in attendance from Alabama and Georgia. During the weekend event, there is a wide range of activities available, including but not limited to: patch trading and patch auctions, exciting shows, contests and giveaways, training classes, athletic competitions between lodges, ceremony evaluations for every ceremony, dance and drum pow-wow’s, and the Saturday night “Tailypo” which is essentially a gigantic cracker barrel.

Vigil Honor Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Vigil Honor Class of 2016 who completed their ceremony during Spring Ordeal. The recipients were:

Austin Clark
John Hyle
Laura Lovell
Bob Poole

Thank you to Mark Rockwood who has served as the Vigil Honor Chief the past four years. This weekend marked his final time in the role because he will turn twenty-one later this year.

Visit the Vigil Honor page to learn more about the Vigil Honor and see past recipients.

Founder’s Award 2016 – Adult Recipient

Mr. Matt Gillard pictured with past lodge adviser John Kominsky and 2017 Lodge Chief Austin Clark

Congratulations to Mr. Matthew Gillard who was selected as the adult recipient of the Founder’s Award for 2016. The award was presented this weekend at spring Ordeal. Mr. Gillard was unable to attend the winter banquet where Charlie Lovell was announced as the 2016 youth recipient.

Thank you to Mr. Gillard for your dedication and service assisting in the kitchen during lodge events and throughout the lodge and council. Visit the Founder’s Award page for more information and to see past recipients.

Event Registration Open


All event registrations for 2017 are now open! Registration is available on the calendar page.

Do not forget to pay your lodge dues for only $15. Your payment of lodge dues each year allows you to attend OA functions, wear the OA flap proudly on your uniform, and helps to fund lodge program for the year.

Lodge Dues 2018

The 2017 Lodge Event Pass was sold for only $75! This pass covers the cost of the ordeals, fellowships, and winter banquet for the year. The pass may only be purchased prior to the first event included, Spring Ordeal, in March.

The 2017 Lodge Event Pass is no longer available. Purchase one for 2018 when they go on sale.

Please be aware the pass does not cover lodge dues, Klondike Derby, Indian Winter, or Heartland Gathering. You must pre-register before each lodge event for food and planning purposes, but you will not owe an event fee.

Lodge Pass 2018

Founder’s Award 2016


The lodge would like to congratulate Charlie Lovell on receiving the Founder’s Award for 2016. Charlie is a member of the Echota Chapter who serves on camp staff, volunteers in the dining hall during functions, and is hard at work in his new role as lodge vice chief of ceremonies. Charlie truly represents the cheerful service and spirit all Arrowmen should strive to represent.

Update on March 15, 2017: Adult Recipient for 2016

Visit the Founder’s Award page to learn more about the award and see past recipients.

New Lodge Adviser

louis-pesceIt was announced at the Winter Banquet that Mr. Louis Pesce will be transitioning into the role of Ini-To Lodge Adviser effective January 1, 2017.

Mr. Pesce was inducted into the OA as a youth member in Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge of the Atlanta Area Council. As an adult member, he has served as the Tussahaw Chapter Adviser and most recently as a lodge associate adviser. We want to wish Mr. Pesce congratulations and success as he begins to work with our 2017 Lodge Chief Austin Clark in the new year.

With that being said, we want to thank Mr. Chris Dunn for serving as lodge adviser for the past four years. During his tenure as lodge adviser, Mr. Dunn worked with four lodge chiefs to lead Ini-To to new heights including positive membership growth, record event attendance in 2015, large contingents and award placements at section conclaves, and the OA’s centennial anniversary.

Klondike Derby 2017


Calling all Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews, and Webelos Scouts in Flint River Council! The 2017 Klondike Derby council-wide camporee will occur on January 27-29, 2017 at the Flint River Adventure Area.

This will be the 30th anniversary of the event, and you do not want to miss it! Registration closes January 22, 2017.

Klondike Registration   Leader's Guide


  • $8 for Scout / Adult participant – primitive camping
  • $10 for Scout / Adult participant – platform tent camping
  • $10 for Webelos Scout day pass including lunch
  • $18 for Klondike Staff eating and sleeping in the staff area
  • Klondike Staff eating and sleeping with their troop should register through their troop, and contact their chapter to help staff the event