There are multiple ordeals in the near future.
Spring Ordeal: May 16-18 Chauwalanne/TaToKaDan Chapter Host
Location: BSA Camp Whitsett
Spring Ordeal: May 30-31 Heyoka Chapter Host
Location: BSA Camp Josepho
Signups for the first two in May are available here on the Lodge Events page.
Each candidate whether youth or adult, must participate in and complete a Lodge Ordeal within twelve months of being elected. Please come to one of these ordeals, there is not another ordeal planned in 2014 until May.
New elects should also read the Lodge Ordeal Letter
On April 4-6, Malibu Lodge had 8 participants go through the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) at Camp Pollock up in Lake Arrowhead. It was a weekend of fun and fellowship, as well as a 3-day intensive leadership program filled with keynote addresses, movie clips, role play, and group discussions. I think I can speak for all of our participants when I say that we all left as better leaders and Arrowmen.
NLS is an Order of the Arrow specific course and is put on by each region across the country. We met several national officers including the National, Southern, and Western Region Chiefs. We also got to meet Arrowmen from across the Western region, the furthest coming from Colorado.
Personally, I learned much about organizational leadership and breaking down situations. I believe it will make me a better leader and Lodge Chief and it makes me even more excited for the rest of the year.
I hope to see as many Malibu Lodge members as possible attend NLS in the future because it truly is a great program that every Arrowmen should experience.
Lodge Chief, Malibu Lodge
In a leadership position in your chapter or lodge? Even as a leader of your troop, National Leadership Seminar is a world-class leadership training and it is available to you.
The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development. Run by the Region Chief and his Advisers, it provides an in-depth look at leadership skills and techniques. NLS discusses how these skills can be applied in your role in the OA and in other aspects of your life. The National Leadership Seminar is a weekend conference on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format is designed to complement the longer, more detailed Wood Badge and Junior Leadership Training Programs. Near the end of the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills studied in the seminar on projects in their lodge, council, and community.
The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting’s second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!
During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.
The 2015 NOAC will be held from August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen can travel to NOAC with a contingent from their lodge, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending in the conference.
In the coming months you will find everything you need to know about NOAC 2015: how to go, what exciting opportunities await you, and the plans for the conference. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with information and announcements.
Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference will get a once in a lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash. These sashes will differ from those currently worn in that the colors will be reversed, with a white arrow emblazoned on a red sash. The rarity of the sash is noteworthy, as only those present at NOAC 2015 will receive them. Any extras produced will not be sold.
Don’t miss out on NOAC in 2015, because the next one won’t be until 2018! To reserve you spot in your lodge contingent talk to your lodge chief, lodge adviser, or lodge staff adviser today.
Get Ready, Get Set, NOAC 2015!
All Arrowmen who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and have their council’s approval, are eligible to participate in the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. All participants must register as a member of a lodge contingent or be a member of the conference staff.
Arrowmen will travel to NOAC with their lodge. The lodge key 3 will be responsible for developing a contingent, establishing a travel itinerary and preparing the lodge for NOAC. To register, Arrowmen need to contact their lodge key 3 which includes the lodge chief, lodge adviser, and the lodge staff adviser.
Lodges who fly will be able to sign up for chartered airport bus shuttle from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) to MSU on August 3rd (arrival day) and August 8th (departure day) only. Contingent leaders will be able request the service via the NOAC registration system.
More information will be available January 2014.
We hope to see you there.
Day 10: Today was awesome!!! We slept in late and woke up to breakfast burritos! We went swimming for a little while, then went up to Thunder Point for a bit of solitude. John Morgan and Hickey took us out and separated us and left us to think for a few hours. After, we had lunch and canoe wars!!! After a canoe capsized, we put them away and just swam for a while. When we got out, we did a communal dish- washing and then ate dinner. John Morgan scheduled a night paddle for us tomorrow. We’re getting up before dawn tomorrow in the hopes of making it at least 25 miles before calling it quits for the day. Only 3 1/2 more days of paddling left to go!!!
September 20-22 is the W4N Section Conclave. Conclave is a gathering of all the lodges throughout the W4N Section. Conclave is a fun event full of fellowship, training, shows, games, food, and much more. This is not an event to miss! More info on the Events Page.
Day 5: Happy Birthday to me!!! It started out a sunny, but wet day. Thunderstorms had raged all night long, but a sunny day graced me as I walked outside my tent. I was greeted by a storm of ” Happy Birthdays ” and the smell of bacon. We set out after breakfast and I sterned the canoe almost flawlessly. I was told to portage the canoe again. It was just as hellish as yesterday. I began the day setting rocks. The rest of the foremen came by canoe and gave us beads, one for each day of the voyage. One of the foremen, Ryan, gave me a spoon even! The rest of the day I hiked the trail clearing brush with the loppers. I got a free duff for my b-day too. I also got to pick the dinner: Spaghetti !!! Hickey and John Morgan baked me a cake… kinda… It was kinda gooey to say the least. But it was GOOD !!!!! Thunder roared in the distance again, so we packed up and went to bed. Thus ending the fifth day.
O.A. Wilderness Adventure
This summer I was able to attend the O.A. Wilderness Adventure at the BSA Northern Tier High Adventure Base along the Canadian border. Along with a crew of eight other arrowmen, our adventure lasted two weeks and we had the time of our lives. The following is from the log book we were all encouraged to complete to help us remember our experiences.
Going to summer camp? Participate in our OA Rededication ceremonies!
Malibu LodgeThe Malibu Lodge is an OA Lodge in Section W4N. We are based in the Western Los Angles County Council and include six chapters. Our camps include Camp Whitsett, Camp Josepho, Camp Emerald Bay, and Triple R Ranch.