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"Scouting's National Honor Society"

Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.  Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others.  OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.
Ktemaque Lodge #15 WWW is the Order of the Arrow lodge in the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Westchester-Putnam Council serves the Boy Scouts of America community of Westchester and Putnam counties in southeastern New York state.

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Ktemaque Lodge #15 pocket flap patch

LEC Meeting Date Changed to September 26

The September 2017 Lodge Executive Committee Meeting has been changed from September 27 to Monday, September 26 at 7:30 PM at the Council Service Center.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.

Upcoming Events
Save these dates
The entire calendar of upcoming events is on our Upcoming Events web page.  This abbreviated list has been put here for your convenience.  Save these dates and join us! If you have questions about upcoming events, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.
  • October 2, 2016                 Reservoir Service Project
  • October 15, 2016               Thunderbird Games
  • October 16, 2016               Fall COC
  • January 5, 2017                 Lodge Banquet
  • January 22, 2017               COC & TENN Section Training
  • March 24 - 26, 2017           Fellowship Weekend and Brotherhood Quest at Durland Scout Reservation
  • April 29, 2017                     Lodge Leadership Development
  • April 30, 2017                     COC Meeting
  • May 19 - 21, 2017              Spring Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest at Read Scout Reservation
  • June 9 - 11, 2017               Section Conclave @ TMR
  • July 15 - 29, 2017              Operation Arrow 2017
  • September 15 - 17, 2017   Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest at Durland Scout Reservation

Reservoir Service Project
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Noon until 3:00 PM
Muscoot Reservoir shorelines

Ktemaque brothers will step up to join dozens of other volunteers to keep our forests and Muscoot Reservoir shorelines free of debris on Sunday, October 2nd from noon until 3:00 PM.  This annual cleanup event is part of an international effort to remove shoreline debris from beaches, lakes and other popular waterbodies around the world.  The cleanup is organized by DEP and co-sponsored by the Catskill Watershed Corporation, which provides gloves and bags for the volunteers. 

Register online at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1312 and we will send you information about where to meet for this 3-hour service project.

All are welcome. 

Thunderbird Games
October 15, 2016
Noon to 4 PM Games
4 PM to 4:30 PM Take down games and clean site
Croton Point Park
1A Croton Point Avenue
Croton-On-Hudson, NY

Ktemaque Lodge needs several members to volunteer to help our lodge run two games at the Thunderbird Games.

All volunteers will receive a Thunderbird Games patch.

Wear your OA sash and your official uniform.  Dress for the weather.  It can be cool, windy, and rain sometimes.

Bring your water bottle.

Bring a folding chair or stool (optional).

If you have questions, contact our Thunderbird Games Chairman at ThunderbirdGamesChairman@Ktemaque.org.

Check here later for more information.


Operation Arrow 2017

Operation Arrow 2017
Order of the Arrow's Jamboree Service
2017 National Scout Jamboree
July 15 - 29, 2017
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
2550 Jack Furst Drive
Glen Jean, West Virginia
In 2017, the Order of the Arrow will continue its tradition of providing cheerful service to the National Scout Jamboree. Over 750 youth Arrowmen will answer the call to serve in Operation Arrow by staffing one of the OA's unique program areas, including Service Corps, Trek Guides, and Indian Village.
    In addition to Jamboree staff requirements, prospective Arrowmen must:
  • Be at least 16, but not yet 21 years of age by July 19, 2017
  • Be able to commit to the full length of the Jamboree (Staff Session 1)
  • Be physically fit and meet the BSA height & weight guidelines
  • Obtain approval from their Lodge Adviser
The Service Corps will help support the Jamboree program by providing manpower to service projects all across the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The corps will be divided into several chapters that will be assigned a diverse array of tasks each day. The corps' versatility offers each Arrowman the unique opportunity to see the entire jamboree while exemplifying the OA devotion to "service with a smile".
The OA Trek Guides will lead Jamboree participants on an all-day adventure beginning at the unit campsite and ending at the highest point at SBR, Garden Ground Mountain. Every unit will have the opportunity to experience the Arrowmen-led Jamboree trek on one of the five trek days. The Trek Guides will provide an incredible program filled with discussion and reflection throughout the unit's journey. Once on top of the mountain, Trek Guides will help provide various activities for participants including buckskin & carnival games, as well as field sports. At the conclusion of the trek day, Trek Guides will lead units down the trail for a final debrief of the day's activities and the journey they completed together.
The OA Indian Village will provide Jamboree participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in American Indian history in fun and interactive ways. The Indian Village staff will teach participants about Indian craft-making, dance styles, and survival methods of different tribes throughout the nation. In addition, the staff will be working with the Lewis and Clark Trust to teach the history of Lewis and Clark through storytelling and blacksmithing. The Indian Village staff will construct a teepee village and full-size dance arbor, which serve as home to daily dance demonstrations. Participants will walk away from the Indian Village with increased knowledge of American history, and self-made souvenirs to remember their experience.
In addition to Operation Arrow's primary program areas, there will also be select opportunities for youth Arrowmen as part of the recreation, program, Summit Center exhibit, and shows staffs.
A limited number of adult roles will be available on the Operation Arrow team as an adviser with one of our program areas. Additionally, a 30 member adult-only team will support the Jamboree medical organization by providing non-emergency medical transportation. Interested adults should apply following the instructions provided below. Given the limited space, a completed application should not be considered a guarantee of placement.
When applying, please make sure to have your BSA member ID accessible.  Arrowmen should choose Session One (July 15th-29th, 2017) and select one of the following staff teams in order to be considered:
  • 6211 - Program - OA Service Corps
  • 6221 - Program - OA Jamboree Trek Guides
  • 6231 - Program - OA Indian Village Staff
  • 6213 - Program - OA Medical Transport Corps (Adult-only)
For more information, go to http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/jambo2017/
If you have questions or want to sign up, contact our Lodge Adviser Bob Behan at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org.


General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers from the National Order of the Arrow web site to frequently asked questions about Membership Issues, Policies and Guidelines, OA Troop/Team Representative, Ordeal and Brotherhood Honors, Vigil Honor, Awards and Recognition, Venturing, Contacting OA Leaders, National OA Web Site, Events and Activities, and Miscellaneous.  If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact one of the Ktemaque Lodge officers or advisers listed on our Contact Us web page or on the officers list in our Beaver Tracks newsletter.

JumpStart for new Arrowmen

JumpStart is for new Arrowmen who have been inducted into the Order of the Arrow.  Click here.

New members can catch a glimpse of the OA's rich history, discover more about their Ordeal experience, and learn how to seal their membership in the Order by taking the next step:  Brotherhood Membership.

Lodge Executive Committee meetings

"Lodge Executive Committee Meetings are usually held the 4th Tuesday of every month (not July) at the Council Service Center, Hawthorne, NY 7:30 p.m.  We hope to see many members attend and participate because at the meetings everyone's voice is heard."  Clayton W., Past Lodge Chief.


Click here for the eligibility requirements for youths and adults.

Unit Elections

The Ktemaque Lodge's election period is from January 1 through March 31.

Click on "Election Guide" on the left tool bar on this web page, then read the eight-page Election Guide.  The guide has information on youth and adult membership requirements, the election ceremony, ballot session, how to submit results, and the adult nomination form.

The election results should be sent to Ktemaque Lodge by April 1.  The BSA ID number of those elected MUST be included in the election results.  Results postmarked after April 1 will not allow adequate time for Ktemaque Lodge to send needed information to those elected.  Anyone not receiving their invitation in the mail by May 1 to take their Ordeal should contact the Vice Chief of Operations or the Operations Adviser.

The national Order of the Arrow committee modified the requirements for the nomination of adult unit Scouters to become candidates for induction into the Order in 2013.  Click here for details.  The changes increased the number of currently-serving Scoutmasters and Varsity Team Coaches and other unit Scouters who can be nominated to be candidates.  These modifications apply only to adult leaders in Scout troops and Varsity teams who are 21 years of age or older.  The DEADLINE is April 1 to postmark adult nomination forms.

If you have questions about unit elections or adult nominations, contact our Lodge Adviser or Membership Adviser.


Click "Newsletter" on the left menu to see the current issue of the lodge newsletter, "Beaver Tracks".

Order of the Arrow - Eagle Scout Letters of Congratulations from OA National Leaders
Letters of congratulations to new Eagle Scouts from the Order of the Arrow's National Chief and National Vice Chief (highest level youth leaders) and the Order of the Arrow's National Chairman (highest level adult leader) is a resource for the Awards and Recognition chairperson in a unit.  The letters are meant for ALL Eagle Scouts (not just OA members) who become an Eagle Scout in the current year.  The unit's Awards and Recognition chairperson may fill out and print these letters and include them in the Eagle Scout's collection of letters of congratulations that are presented to the Eagle Scout during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Also, Ktemaque Lodge provides a congratulatory letter and Council Eagle Scout patch to all new Eagle Scouts.  Current dues-paid Order of the Arrow members will also receive a Ktemaque Eagle Scout flap patch.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Adviser.

OA High Adventure

Order of the Arrow High Adventure Programs 
OA Ocean Adventure, OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, and OA Summit Experience, are very popular low-cost high-adventure programs.  For less than half the cost of a normal trek at any base, go with the OA and experience this awesome adventure!  Click on the following links for more information about these great programs.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW for 2017 OA High Adventure programs on the OA High Adventure web site.  These very popular programs fill fast.  OA High Adventure programs have filled to capacity almost every year since 2005.  Don't miss your opportunity! 

Participants at OA Summit Experience must be at least 14 years of age by the day your program begins, but not yet 18 by its conclusion.

Participants for the other OA High Adventure programs
must be at least 16 years of age by the day your program starts, but not yet 21 by its conclusion.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative and Adviser
Every troop should have an Order of the Arrow Troop Representative (youth position) and an Order of the Arrow Troop Adviser (adult position).

For more information about these positions, duties, and qualifications, click on the following links.

Scouts may use the Order of the Arrow Troop Representative position to fulfill the leadership position requirements for the Star, Life, and Eagle ranks.

Every troop must return to Ktemaque Lodge an OA Troop Representative registration form and an OA Troop Representative Adviser registration form by September 30 annually and whenever there is a change.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.

Past Events
Details of some past events.

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Want to get more involved?
Want to get more involved?  Come to our events.  Volunteer to be an Elangomat or on the Ceremonial Team.  Attend our Lodge Executive Committee Meetings.  Take on a lodge leadership position or help one of the committees.  There are a number of vacancies (look under the Contact Us section).  If you are interested in filling one of these positions or if you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief.

"Join the circle of Brotherhood and serve your lodge with cheerful service."  Bobby C., Past Lodge Chief.

Web Site
Please contact the Webmaster or his Adviser (look under the "Lodge Committees" section) if you notice a broken link or have a suggestion or comment about this web site.

This webpage - http://www.ktemaque.org/

Where to Go Camping
The Directory of Council Camps and Outdoor Facilities - Northeast Region was prepared and is maintained by the Order of the Arrow Northeast Region to assist Scouting leaders with their planning of a varied, interesting, and educational year-round program of camping and outdoor activities.
Ktemaque Lodge #15 WWW
Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America
41 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY   10532
(914) 773-1135

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