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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Ini-To Lodge Chief
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!
Lodge Vice Chief of Ceremonies
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.
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.
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.
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.