Order of the Arrow

 

Welcome to the “Official” Allohak Menewi Lodge Website. 
 
 

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  Current Lodge Officers

Lodge Chief Adam Kokus
Vice Chief Admin. Adam Hoffman
Vice Chief Chapter Operations Nick Gindel
Vice Chief of Program Aaron "smokey" Blair
Lodge Secretary Open
Lodge Treasurer Open
Lodge Adviser Evan Erickson
Lodge Staff Adviser Dan Lindh

 

ANNUAL LODGE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Allohak Menewi will be accepting lodge dues payments online (link below).  Lodge dues for the year are $12.00 ($15.00 after March 1).  The biggest reason to pay dues is to remain an active member of the organization.   As an active member, you will have the opportunity to become a Brotherhood or Vigil Honor member, attend events, help with official service projects, run for official positions and seek leadership opportunities within the Lodge.   You should know that your lodge also supports many other activities that are part of our mission to provide service to others.   For instance, your dues are used to build and maintain ceremonial outfits, pay for camp improvements, and support other programs. Thank you in advance for supporting your lodge and council! 

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR DUES FOR 2015

NEW CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Congratulations, you have been elected by your fellow Scouts as a candidate for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Your fellow Scouts must think highly of you. They have chosen you to be inducted into Scouting’s National Honor Society. It is truly an honor to be chosen for membership in the Order. You are about to embark on an incredible journey.

You are eligible for Ordeal membership. The Ordeal is an important part of the membership process. The purpose of the Order and the symbols of the Ordeal will be explained to you at the Ordeal.

You must arrive at the Ordeal prior to 7:00 PM that Friday evening, but please do not arrive before 5:30 PM.  Be sure to bring a copy of your health form.  The Ordeal will conclude no later than 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. You need to stay through the entire event to complete your Ordeal so please plan accordingly.

The cost for the weekend covers the cost of your sash, a current Allohak Menewi Lodge flap, an OA handbook, weekend food, and your membership dues for the remainder of this year. Following your induction you will have the opportunity to purchase lodge items.

Important Information and what you will need to bring the with you for the weekend:

SAFETY CHECK: There will be a safety check of candidates prior to heading out to begin the Ordeal.  Any scout deemed unprepared to begin the odeal will be given the opportunity find the necessary resources (borrow from friends or current arrowmen) to complete the Ordeal.  If resources can not be aqquired the cannidate will have to sit out until the next scheduled Ordeal.

For Friday night (YOU WILL BE SLEEPING OUTSIDE UNDER THE STARS)

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ground Cloth or Tarp
  • Warm Clothes
  • Extra Blankets (cold weather only)
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle
  • Rain Gear
  • Boots

For Saturday

  • Work Clothes
  • Boots or appropriate work shoes
  • Work Gloves
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen (?)
  • Rain Gear
  • Shower Gear
  • Tent
  • Field Uniform (Class A)

If you have any special health concerns, please give us the specifics of your needs when you register. For adults who may be attending the Ordeal, any power tools that you may need, such as drills, saws, etc., will be provided for you if you will need to use them.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jay Zimmerman, OA Lodge Advisor, by emailing him at jzimmerman1@atlanticbb.net. You may also call Tina Debnam at Flag Plaza at (412) 325-7913 or email her at Kristina.debnam@scouting.org.  Tina should be contacted if you must change your scheduled Ordeal weekend. 

We look forward to serving and welcoming you into the Order of the Arrow, Allohak Menewi Lodge 57.


NEW MANUAL OF ADMINISTRATION UNDER DEVELOPMENT

The Lodge Executive Committee is currently working on a new Manual of Administration that will help guide the lodge.  We would appericate you taking a few moments to read over the text and provide any feedback to lodge57@scouting.org

Click here to download a "DRAFT" of the MOA

Order of the arrow troop RepRESENTATIVE
The Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth serving his troop as the primary liaison to the troop’s lodge or chapter. He meets the unit’s needs by providing a communication and programmatic link to and from all Arrowmen, Scouts who are not presently members of the Order, and adult leaders. These efforts are meant to assist the unit and its members in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and at the same time fulfilling the lodge’s role in the Strategic Plan of the Order of the Arrow of being an integral part of the council. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit.

Click here to Read more about OA troop Representative's
Register as your OA troop representative here

2014 HOME TROOP ELECTIONS
Youth membership qualifications. All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements:

1. Unit leader approval. To become eligible for election, a Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit (i.e., his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities). The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election.
2.
Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
3. Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
4. After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps. Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set
forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee.

Click Here to Schedule your 2014 Home Troop Election  (Link will be active begining Jan 1 2014)

New Chapters Have Been Organized
Allohak Menewi will continue to have chapters but they will be organized based on the council service areas versus districts.  Chapter advisers will include the following:

Area 1 – Jim Gallagher             jpgallagher77@gmail.com
Area 2 –  Chris Sokiera            christopher.sokiera@verizon.net
Area 3 – Fran Laffy                   franlaffey@yahoo.com
Area 4 – Janet Jackson           jj teach@aol.com
Area 6 –  Fred Teigler              phredt1@aol.com


Chapter officers include a Chapter Chief, Vice Chief and Secretary.  Officers serve from January 1 to December 31st of a year.  The chapters of Allohak Menewi are expected to be very active.  Get involved and have some fun.

Advisers Corner

The following links are here to help you “advise” the youth that run the lodge.

OA High Adventure


Do you need an escape from that 9-5 job, summer classes or the monotony of staring out of your bedroom window longing for something new? If your answer is yes, the Order of the Arrow has the answer for you. Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs whether its wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base; maybe hiking is your passion, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience. Have you ever given thought about what the Native Americans and early explorers did to be avid traders, maybe the OA Voyage at Northern Tier is for your calling. Whatever your summer aspirations may be, these National High Adventure bases have put together a multitude of options for you. Along with your one week trek completely designed by you, each Arrowmen will be afforded the opportunity to leave their mark in history by helping to shore up portage trails, backpacking trails or coral reefs. Aside from providing a good deed to each of these high adventure bases, every participant will have the opportunity to work closely with Arrowmen from across the country, who have a similar interest in the future of both the program and the adventure base. You may be thinking that this is a daunting task but it is an experience unlike any other afforded to you in scouting in that it takes you out of your world, and places you with people who want to do something different. It’s not everyday that you can tell your friends that you climbed into Cypher’s Mine, watched the Northern Lights from a canoe or went scuba diving in the Florida Keys. These programs help to insure that the future of scouting has a place to live, work and interact. This summer, try something new or do something you thoroughly enjoy, but do something with the Order of the Arrow High adventure opportunities. For more information about these High Adventure programs, please visit Adventure.oa-bsa.org or Contact Joe Elwell  at
joelwell@verizon.net   Your destiny awaits you…

OA Links

 Jumpstart for New Arrowmen  - http://www.jumpstart.oa-bsa.org/