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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 chartered by 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.

2014 Fellowship Weekend - New Brotherhood members


2014 Fellowship Weekend

Photos by Christina Rizzo.  To see more photos of the 2014 Fellowship Weekend, go to the Ktemaque Lodge Facebook page and click on one of those Fellowship Weekend photos there to view the entire album.

Section NE-2B Conclave information was revised on April 10.  See Section Conclave section below on this page.

Sign up now
for the Section NE-2B Conclave on June 13 - 15, 2014.  See details in the Section Conclave information below on this web page.

Unit Election period is January 1 to March 31.  Election results and adult nominations must be postmarked or emailed by the April 1 DEADLINE.  All the information to conduct an Order of the Arrow Unit Election, nominate adult(s), and submit the forms is in the Unit Election Guide.  If you have questions, contact our Membership Adviser at MembershipAdviser@Ktemaque.org or our Operations Adviser at OperationsAdviser@Ktemaque.org.

MISSING SIGN  One of our large OA signs is missing.
  It was last seen at the bottom of the stairs at the entrance to Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor on January 8, the night of our Lodge Banquet.   The sign is white and red, 2 feet by 3 feet, and has a removable wire stand.  We need this sign for upcoming OA events.  It is expensive to replace.  If you know where this sign is located, please contact our Lodge Chief, Lodge Adviser, or Communications Adviser.  No questions will be asked.  The sign may be anonymously left at the Council Service Center in Hawthorne.

Eagle Scout letter of congratulations from the Order of the Arrow's National Chief, National Vice Chief, and National Chairman is a resource for the Awards and Recognition chairperson in a unit.  The letter is meant for ALL Eagle Scouts (not just OA members) who become an Eagle Scout in the current year.  Click HERE to read how to download this letter and insert the Eagle Scout's name and Eagle Scout Court of Honor date on the letter before printing.  If you have questions, contact our Lodge Adviser Mr. Rob C.


Upcoming Events
Save these dates
More information about upcoming events will be added to this web page as information becomes available and will also be in our lodge newsletters.  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.
May 2-4, 2014
       Council Camporee

May 16-18, 2014
       Lodge Spring Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest

June 13 - 15, 2014
Section NE-2B Conclave

Summer 2014
       Order of the Arrow High Adventure Programs

November 14 - 16, 2014
       National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS)

August 3 - 8, 2015

       National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) 2015
       Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow

Lodge Spring Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
Lodge Spring Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
May 16 - 18, 2014
Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation
Brant Lake, NY

CHECK IN Friday 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FINISH Sunday about 11:00 a.m.

THREE forms are REQUIRED to register for the Spring Service Weekend and/or Brotherhood Quest.  Go to our Forms web page to get all three required forms in one fillable pdf document.
Do NOT use the Spring Service Weekend registration form to register for the Ordeal.  The Ordeal registration form was mailed after April 1 to elected Scouts and nominated adults who have been approved by the selection committee.  If you do not receive your letter by May 1 or if you have misplaced the form sent to you, contact the Operations Adviser.

Those who paid for the 2014 Ktemaque Lodge Golden Beaver Membership MUST submit a registration form so there will be enough food and their medical form, but no payment is needed.

Optional round-trip transportation in the Council van from the Council Service Center in Hawthorne to Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY is $35, but spaces are very limited.  Send in your registration form and payment early to reserve a first-come, first-served space in the van.  Those who registered and paid in advance to travel to Camp Read in a Council van should arrive at the Westchester-Putnam Council parking lot before 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  All passengers riding in the Council van MUST bring a copy of their Part A and Part B of their "Annual Health and Medical Record" form.  Contact Rob C., Lodge Adviser, (914) 528-9331 if you have questions about the Council van transportation.

Check in Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Camp Buckskin's Newton Dining Hall at Read Scout Reservation wearing your official uniform and OA sash.  Eat supper before you arrive.  The weekend activities are finished Sunday about 11:00 a.m.

Ordeal candidates should bring all the items listed in the letter they received in April.
Others should bring work clothes, work gloves, water bottle, clothes to dress for the weather (it can get cold or rain), sleeping bag, pillow (optional), and personal care items.  Adults with carpentry or electrical skills should bring their own personal tools.  We shall be working on many projects all around camp in preparation for its opening this summer.

Bring about $20 in small bills if you want to purchase Ktemaque Lodge and Order of the Arrow items at the Ktemaque Lodge Trading Post.

All brothers who want to help the candidates experience a quality Ordeal by assisting as an Elangomat should contact the Head Elangomat in advance and mark on the registration form that they want to be an Elangomat.  Training is available.  New Ordeal members and new Brotherhood members are especially encouraged to serve as an Elangomat.

Elangomat t-shirt
If you attend the four hour Elangomat training prior to serving as an Elangomat for an Ordeal and complete the other requirements, you may receive the red Ktemaque Lodge Elangomat t-shirt.  The Elangomat Recognition form also has the requirements to earn the Elangomat Patch, the Brotherhood segment, the Cheerfulness segment, and the Service segment for the Elangomat patch.

Ktemaque Lodge Service t-shirt
If you attend the Lodge Spring Service Weekend and complete a minimum of eight hours of service and complete the other requirements, you may receive a green Ktemaque Lodge Service t-shirt.
Ktemaque Lodge Service t-shirt
Join the Ceremonies team and help the candidates experience an Ordeal Ceremony that they'll never forget!  Contact the Ceremonies Chairman for more information..  Ordeal members and Brotherhood members are welcome to join the Ceremonies team.  Regalia is supplied and training is available.  If you  attend the ceremonies workshop prior to being assigned the duties of a ceremonialist for an Ordeal and complete the other requirements, you may receive a black Ktemaque Lodge Ceremonies t-shirt.  The requirements to earn the Ceremonial Team Necklace are on the Ceremonies Recognition form.
Our lodge will hold its annual election of lodge officers during the Spring Service Weekend.  If you are interested in serving in a lodge leadership position, please contact Robert C., Lodge Adviser (914) 528-9331 by May 7 to discuss the position and its responsibilities, and get answers to your questions.  Then, please notify Robert C., Lodge Adviser by May 13 if you are interested in running for a lodge leadership position.

Those members who are fairly new to the lodge may not have the faintest clue as to how someone becomes the Lodge Chief or a Lodge Vice Chief.  Some common questions he might ask could be:
What are the qualifications?
Do you have to be a certain rank?
What are the duties?
Do you have to be a certain age?
Do I need my Unit Leader's permission?
Here is a little background information that will assist in the answers to these questions.

All elected lodge officers must be under the age of 21 during their entire term in office.  It is each officer's responsibility to attend all Lodge Executive Committee Meetings (usually held on the 4th Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Service Center in Hawthorne) and attend lodge events.  Lodge officers plan all lodge events as well as develop an annual operating budget.  All officers must make every effort to attend all lodge meetings and functions.  Training is available.  Each lodge officer works with an adult adviser.  Contact Robert C., Lodge Adviser (914) 528-9331 if you have questions or for more information.
Here is a brief list and explanations of the lodge officer positions:
He is responsible for the daily operations of the Lodge and coordination of all events and programs through the other youth.  He presides over all of the Lodge and the Lodge Executive Committee.  Most importantly, he must be able to delegate authority, follow up, and remain in control.


He is responsible for all of the lodge programs and activities.  He is the head honcho over the Ceremonial Committee and will take over the Lodge Chief's responsibilities in his absence.


His responsibilities are the operations of the five Districts.  He is responsible for the OA Unit Elections and the Camp Promotions Committees in each district.  He is also responsible for the OA Troop Representative program.


He is responsible for the Lodge records and publications.  He  manages the newsletter editor to prepare the Beaver Tracks lodge newsletter and maintains the Ktemaque Lodge web site to promote member participation in OA events and activities.  He also manages the Recording Secretary who takes the Lodge Executive Committee Meeting Minutes and sends it to the Lodge Executive Committee.  He works with the Lodge Chief to prepare meeting agendas.


He is responsible for all the service projects of the Lodge.  He works with the Council Camping Committee to prepare camp maintenance projects for the lodge service weekends.
There will be a mandatory training meeting for all officers on a day to be decided in June at a location to be decided.

If you have questions about the Spring Service Weekend, please contact our Lodge Chief Michael S., or our Lodge Adviser Rob C. at (914) 528-9331.

2014 Section Conclave

Section NE-2B Conclave

Section NE-2B Conclave
June 13 - 15, 2014
Ernest Thompson Seton Scout Reservation
363 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT

All youth and adult members of Ktemaque Lodge are invited to attend the Section NE-2B Conclave.  New Ordeal members and new Brotherhood members are especially encouraged to attend.  Join over 200 of your fellow Arrowmen from the five lodges in our Section at our annual Section NE-2B Conclave.  A Section Conclave is unlike any other OA event you have attended.  The theme is "Arrowmen Through Time" and it will serve as the kick off as we prepare for the Order of the Arrow's 100th anniversary in 2015.  We hope you will join us for a great weekend of fun, fellowship, training, and brotherhood!

Please watch these short videos.
2014 Section NE-2B Conclave promo video (about one minute)

2013 Section NE-2B Conclave video (about one minute)

Some of the activities will include duct tape cardboard boat racing, rock-climbing walls, shooting at the rifle range, and sporting competition between lodges.  There will also be patch trading, as well as a silent auction for all to participate.  Training sessions include conducting great Ordeal inductions, understanding the Ordeal and Brotherhood Ceremonies, train the trainer, and forums for youth and adults to better serve the OA.

Ktemaque Lodge and Achewon Netopalis Lodge will be the Service Lodges.

Arrive Friday, June 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.  Depart Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

The registration fee increases after May 23.
Registration Fees

through May 23
received May 24 to June 6
received on or after June 7
 Full Weekend
 Saturday Only

ONLINE REGISTRATION  is preferred.  Click on the orange "Register" button on the online registration web page on the Section NE-2B web site.

If you cannot register online, here are the registration, training, and medical forms to print and mail.
If you have questions about the Section NE-2B Conclave or need a ride, please contact our Lodge Chief Michael S. or our Lodge Adviser Rob C.

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) 2015

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) 2015
August 3 - 8, 2015
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Be a part of the Ktemaque Lodge contingent to the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2015!

The Order of the Arrow is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015 and we want you to join us as we commemorate this milestone at the National Order of the Arrow Conference!

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 over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation will gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!

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.

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.

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 your spot in your lodge contingent, talk with our Lodge Adviser Rob C.

NOAC 2015 promo video

More information as it becomes available in 2014 will be added here.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Adviser.

Unit Elections and Adult Nominations
The unit election period is January 1 through March 31.  The "Election Guide" on the left tool bar on this web page has information on youth and adult membership requirements, the election ceremony, ballot session, how to submit results, and the adult nomination form.  Unit Leaders should read the entire Unit Election Guide because it was revised in January 2014.

Contact Bob F., our Membership Adviser if you have questions about unit elections or adult nominations.


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 has 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 will increase 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.

Contact Lodge Adviser Robert C. or Membership Adviser Bob F. if you have questions about unit elections or adult nominations.


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

Order of the Arrow High Adventure Programs 
OA Ocean Adventure, OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, and NEW in 2014 OA Summit Experience, are very popular low-cost high-adventure programs.  Click on the following links for more information about these great programs.

OA High Adventure 2014 applications are available now on the OA High Adventure web site.  These very popular programs fill fast.  OA High Adventure programs have filled to capacity every year since 2005.  Don't miss your opportunity!  Register NOW.
We encourage you to apply for OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, or OA Summit Experience as preference for OA Ocean Adventure will be given to those who have attended OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, or OA Summit Experience.

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.

OA Troop Representative Adviser www.main.oa-bsa.org/programs/ttr/tadviser.php

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., 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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