Order of the Arrow

 

Welcome to the “Official” Allohak Menewi Lodge Website. 
 
 

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2015 Lodge Leadership

Lodge Chief                                   Adam Kokus

Executive Vice Chief                       Nicholas Gindele

Vice Chief of Program                     Adam Hoffman

Vice Chief of Administration            Jake Scott                           

Lodge Secretary                             Bobby Thompson

Lodge Treasurer                             Open                    

Lodge Adviser                                Evan Erickson

Lodge Staff Adviser                        Dan Lindh

 

Chapter Officers Monongahela South
Chapter (Area 1) Chapter Chief                                    Chris Johnston                  Adviser Jim Gallagher

Nischa Nimat Chapter (Area 2)
Chapter Chief                                                             Sam Sesti                        Adviser Chris Sokiera

Mohican Chapter (Area 3)
Chapter Chief                                                             Michael Wojcik                 Adviser Art & Barb Sylvester

Chartiers Creek Chapter (Area 4)
Chapter Chief                                                             Eli Dzurino                       Adviser Craig Zender
 
Nimat Wachtschu Chapter (Area 6)
Chapter Chief                                                             William Blackford              Adviser George Kokus
 
Ahtuhquog Chapter (Area 7)
Chapter Chief                                                             Montgomery Sires             Adviser Brian Westfall

 

2015 Lodge Calendar

Mar 27-29             OA Nimat Wachtschu (6) Spring Thaw Camp Anderson (all welcome)

Apr 17-19            OA  Lodge Ordeal/Brotherhood/Vigil Weekend - Camp Twin Echo

Apr 24-16            OA Nischa Nimat (2) Chapter Ordeal Weekend - Camp Baker

May 01-03           OA Lodge Ordeal/Brotherhood Weekend - Camp Seph Mack

May 15-17           OA Lodge Ordeal/Brotherhood Weekend - Heritage Reservation

June 5 - 7             OA Ahtuhquog Chapter (7) Ordeal Weekend Camp Potomac

Jun 12 -14           OA Section NE4B Concalve - Seven Mtn's Scout Reservation

Jul 31 - Aug 1      OA Nimat Wachtschu Chapter (6) Ordeal/Brotherhood Weekend - Camp Anderson

Aug 3 - 8              OA NOAC Michigan State University (Registration Closed / Event Full)

Aug 21-23            OA Lodge Summer Social - Camp Seph Mack

Sept 25-27           OA Lodge Ordeal/Brotherhood Weekend - Heritage Reservation

Oct 2 - 4               OA Ahtuhquog Chapter (7) Work Weekend - Camp Potomac

Oct 16-18             OA Chartiers Creek Chapter (4) Ordeal Brotherhood Weekend - Camp Annawanna

 

FROM THE CHIEF
Dear Scoutmaster,

During the 2013 Lodge year, it was decided to phase out Order of the Arrow elections at Laurel Highlands Council summer camps. Instead, we will shift our focus towards conducting Home Troop Elections, OA elections held at your unit meeting prior to the start of the summer. While these elections at camp are likely something that you are used to, we have identified numerous reasons to phase them out – largely the strain that it puts on the Summer Camp staff. By removing this additional duty from the Summer Camp staff, and putting it rightly on the Lodge, we enable the staff to gain time back that will go towards planning, preparation, paperwork, and additional time to work directly with Scouts attending camp. In addition, the 2015 Lodge year is extremely significant to the Order as a whole – as it is our Centennial year. The Order of the Arrow was founded in 1915, and to commemorate this anniversary Lodges all across the nation are taking steps to further the missions of the Order. One way that our Lodge is going to play a more active role in Scouting in our Council is to strive to visit each unit yearly. This goal lines up perfectly with the new need to conduct OA elections at unit meetings. With this visitation, a representative of the Lodge will come to a scheduled meeting – scheduled between your unit and the Lodge. This representative will offer a short presentation on the Order and its opportunities for camping and service, as well as fellowship and high adventure. Afterwards, he will conduct your unit’s election – ensuring that not only are proper election policies followed, but also answering questions and clearing up confusion that many Lodges have about eligibility of Scouts. The representative will be a resource for the Troop during the election, and will aid the Troop by informing the youth Scouts of the opportunity to become an OA unit representative, growing them into a resource within your unit. Finally, the lodge’s representative will offer the unit with a camping promotion to build enthusiasm for Summer Camp and answer questions that younger scouts may have about camp. Furthermore, we understand that it often occurs that a unit or Scouts do not attend a Summer Camp in our Council, and therefore we will be working to expand opportunities to conduct callouts at other events – such as district camporees. More details on that will be released when they are finalized.

I thank you for your understanding in this matter, and look forward to working with you, and your unit, to grow the Lodge, the Order, and the Scouting program.

Yours in Service,

Adam Kokus
Allohak Menewi Lodge Chief

2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference

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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. In 2015, 15,000 Arrowmen from across our nation will 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.

NOAC 2015 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. Allohak Menewi Lodge #57 continent will consist of 151 Members, which is the largest continent in the Lodge History. The lodge has 12 members who are seving on staff for NOAC 2015. Travel to NOAC will be by charter bus, housing will be in dorms and evening shows will be in the Breslin Center.

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.

ARROW TOUR 2015

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The Laurel Highlands Council is excited to announce it will celebrate the Order of the Arrow’s centennial as an ArrowTour host. ArrowTour is an interactive event for Scouts, volunteers, and Scouting alumni that will travel throughout the country during the summer of 2015. The tour will make a stop on July 28, 2015 at Heritage Reservation.

The purpose of the tour is to commemorate the Order of the Arrow’s 100th anniversary. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Order of the Arrow, its story, and its future. Some of the program highlights include interactive exhibits, activities such as silk-screening and branding, and challenge games. Participants will have a chance to meet some of the Order’s national leaders, and alumni can learn about the Scouting Alumni Association and local alumni efforts to supporting Scouting in our area.  An exclusive ArrowTour Trading Post will carry ArrowTour and OA centennial merchandise. Allohak Menewi Lodge Trading Post will be open for Lodge Members to purchase Lodge items. A special lodge flap for ArrowTour will be available to lodge members attending this event.

The program will conclude with a special show that recognizes the Order’s rich history and empowers participants to help shape the organization’s future. The Order of the Arrow is creating a truly unique and interactive experience for all Scouts, volunteers, and Scouting alumni. The tour times will be announced later along with the Registration Process.

You can find more information about the ArrowTour routes and program on the web at http://arrowtour.oa-bsa.org. You can also keep up with the tour as it makes its way around the country by following @ArrowTour on Twitter. Allohak Menewi is looking for some 20 lodge members to help with set up, tear down and to staff the exhibits. Contact Joe Elwell at joelwell@verizon.net if interested.

Check out the Arrow Tour Promo Video by clicking here!

SECTION NE-4B CONCLAVE 2015

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Section Conclave
is an annual event, where four lodges from Northeast Region Section NE- 4B get together for fellowship, training, competitions, and lots of fun while celebrating the traditions of the Order of the Arrow.  Arrowmen will have a blast participating in the numerous special events, games, over the top activities, ceremony, dance competitions, iron man competition, Centennial Museum, blue grass band, awesome shows, patch trading and so much more. This year the Conclave is busting out several new and exciting programs including the Human Foosball, Inter-Lodge Sports Competition, PA Fish and Game Commission, live blacksmithing, on-site silk screening, dunk tank and a chain saw artist. You'll also have the opportunity to meet national officers. Monaken  Lodge is hosting Conclave 2015 at Seven Mountains Scout Camp, June 12 – 14, 2015. This year theme is “100 Years, Forged in the Flames of Cheerfulness”. Allohak Menewi Lodge #57 members can register at http://lhc-bsa.doubleknot.com/event/2015-section-ne4b-conclave/1648568. Cost is $60.00 which includes conference fee, T-Shirt, delegate flap and trading flaps. Follow Conclave 2015 on Facebook at “NE-4B Conclave 2015” for the most current information.

Check out the Conclave Promo Video by clicking here!

HOME TROOP ELECTIONS

Soon upon us is one of the most exciting time of the year, yes it’s Home Troop Election, (HTE) time.  It is the first and most important part of inducting new members into our order. This year we especially need everyone’s help in conducting them because we made our goal to not conduct any of  them at Summer Camp due the burden it puts on the staff and our lodge leadership tracking the paper work. So this is where every member can get involved and help the lodge. How can you help? You can help by talking to your Scoutmaster and encourage him to fill out the unit election request form. By filling out this form you will give us three possible dates that would work for your troop to hold a Home Troop Election. When we receive the requests we will contact a local election team to conduct the election. The election team will be able to answer any questions the troop has about the OA. We will also be able to provide a camp promotion if your troop requests for us to do so.

2015 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (DUES)

It is that time of year again. It’s time to renew your membership with the Order of the Arrow. Remember that if you do not pay your dues, you are not an active member and as such are not entitled to wear the OA flap on your uniform or wear the OA sash. In addition, you cannot attend one of the many events we have throughout the year without first paying you dues. SO, why not go online to lodge57.org and select the ANNUAL LODGE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL link and complete you renewal. Dues are only $12 for the year up until March 1 at which time they are $15.

One word of caution. Many Troops take advantage of the OA roster that is given to the Troops at recharter time to pay their annual dues. If your Troop does that, please make sure you haven't already been paid for before you register and pay online. It will save some money headaches.

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 ordeal will be given the opportunity find the necessary resources (borrow from friends or current arrowmen) to complete the Ordeal.  If resources cannot be acquired the candidate 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 Evan Erickson, OA Lodge Advisor, by emailing him at evankerickson@yahoo.com . You may also call Mollie Gray at Flag Plaza at (412) 325-7913.. 

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

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

ADVISERS CORNER

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

Adviser's Guide to Advising a Chapter Chief

Adviser's Guide to Advising Advisers

Adviser's Guide to Advising Elangomats

Adviser's Guide to Advising Ordeal Administration

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Activities Chairman

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Camping Promotion Chairman

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Ceremonial Function

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Dance Team

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Lodge Chief

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Lodge Secretary

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Lodge Treasurer

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Publications Chairman

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Service Committee

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Unit Election Function

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/