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"Scouting's National Honor Society"


OA Centuries of Service

One hundred years ago,
a spark ignited.
An idea took shape.
A movement assembled
and fanned the flame.

One hundred years later,
although the circle has widened
and the scenery has changed,
the fire still burns cheerfully.

Stronger and brighter, it beckons us
to celebrate its legacy,
to rekindle the flame in our own spirits,
and most of all,
to ignite the spark in the spirits of others.

Author unknown



History of the Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow's History web page contains links to OA historical information and a short video about the original OA induction experience in 1915.


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 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.

2014 Ktemaque Lodge pocket flap patch

New Ktemaque Lodge #15 pocket flap patch



2014 Thunderbird Games OA Bowling Game___2014 Thunderbird Games OA Krazy Kans game

2014 Thunderbird Games OA sign

Ktemaque Lodge's games

2014 Thunderbird Games


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News

OA 100th Anniversary Patch Set
Buy your OA 100th Anniversary Patch Set (two patches) now for $10 per set plus shipping.  The order form has been added to the Forms web page.

Sign up now
for the Section NE-2B Conclave.

Everyone who was just elected
for membership in the Order of the Arrow and their parents should watch this video, A Message for New Ordeal Candidates (about 2 minutes).  Parents are encouraged to watch this Message for Parents of New Ordeal Candidates video (about 4 minutes).

Ktemaque Lodge was one of 16 lodges selected by the National OA Committee to receive a 2015 OA Service Grant.  This matching grant will be used to provide a mountain biking trail and related equipment for the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation.

The new Ktemaque Lodge #15 pocket flap patch (see patch above with gold border) is available for purchase at all lodge events.  See our Lodge Adviser Mr. Carlson.

The Order of the Arrow will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015.  All youth and adult members of Ktemaque Lodge are invited to attend the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) on August 3 - 8, 2015 This will be the best-ever NOAC and will celebrate the OA's centennial.  Please read the NOAC information below and watch the NOAC promo video.

All youth and adult members are encouraged to earn the Arrowman Service Award patch "Sash Patch" information.  It is not hard to earn and you may have already have completed some of the requirements.  Only TWO requirements from each category have to be earned.  All requirements must be completed and approved by Decemer 31, 2015.

ArrowTour information has been added to this web page.

New Vigil Honor Cards released to commemorate the Order of the Arrow Centennial. 



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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!  For more information, click on the link.  If you have questions about upcoming events, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.

June 12 - 14, 2015
Section NE-2B Conclave

July 21, 2015

ArrowTour

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 15 - 17, 2015
Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation
1377 Palisades Road
Brant Lake, NY

CHECK IN Friday 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Newton Hall (dining hall) next to the Visitor Parking area at Camp Buckskin wearing your official uniform and OA sash (Ordeal candidates do not have their OA sash yet).  Eat supper before you arrive.

FINISH Sunday about 11:00 a.m.

TWO forms are REQUIRED to register for the Spring Service Weekend and/or Brotherhood Quest.  Go to our Forms web page to get the two required forms in one fillable pdf documentSignature is REQUIRED on Part A of the medical form.  The registration form, medical form, and payment must be postmarked no later than May 8, 2015.
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.  Ordeal candidates should bring all the items listed in the letter they received in April.  Ordeal candidates must register at least 30 days in advance.

Those who paid for the 2015 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.

Carpooling is encouraged.
Participants (not Ordeal Candidates) 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 Elangomat Chairman 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.

Message from Evan A. Elangomat Chairman:
Wanted New & Old Elangomats
    Why be an Elangomat?
    Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend camping and hanging out with friends?  Do you remember the food that was "out of this world" at the end of your Ordeal?  Well, image a weekend full of mouth watering, steamy goodness on a plate.
    What is an Elangomat you ask?
    Well, those Scouts helping you through the Ordeal challenges are called Elangomats.  They were the ones wearing the sashes that went everywhere with you on your journey.  From the opening ceremony to the hard day's work they were alongside you as your guide.  We need previous Elangomats and eager new Elangomats to help fellow Scouts through their upcoming Ordeal.  Youth and adult members are welcome to join us in the role of mentoriing new candidates.
    Training for this role will be held prior to the Ordeal  Help is always appreciated.  Become an active member of Ktemaque Lodge.  The training is short, lasting approximately 3 - 4 hours and is necessary.  Lodge recognition, such as Elangomat t-shirts and segment patches may be earned (see requirements on the "Elangomat Recognition" form on the Forms web page).  Brotherhood members are encouraged to participate.
    Contact our Elangomat Chairman, Evan A. at ElangomatChairman@Ktemaque.org or Elangomat Adviser Brian G. at ElangomatAdviser@Ktemaque.org for specific dates, training, or more information as soon as possible.
    Possible Training days are as follows: August 22, 29 and September 5, 6, 12, 13.  Note, these dates are not official and depend on the amount of people interested on that training date.
    Lastly, Mr. G. and I would lilke to thank the OA members that participated in an Elangomat training during the Fellowship Weekend on March 27 - 29, 2015.
   

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 at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org 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 at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org if you have questions or for more information.
Here is a brief list and explanations of the lodge officer positions:
LODGE CHIEF
He is responsible for the daily operations of the Lodge and coordination of all events and programs through the other youths.  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.

VICE CHIEF OF PROGRAM

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.

VICE CHIEF OF OPERATIONS

His responsibilities are the operations of the four 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.

VICE CHIEF OF COMMUNICATIONS

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.

VICE CHIEF OF SERVICE

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 Miles G. at LodgeChief@Ktemaque.org or our Lodge Adviser Rob C. at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org.



2015 Section NE-2B Conclave Patch
Section NE-2B Conclave
Section NE-2B Conclave
June 12 - 14, 2015
Baiting Hollow Scout Camp
1774 Sound Avenue
Calverton, NY (Long Island)

Map of Baiting Hollow Scout Camp
Celebrating the Centennial of the Order of the Arrow

Attending the 2015 Section NE-2B Conclave is one of the requirements that can be used to earn the Arrowman Service Award "Sash Patch".

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!

Arrive Friday, June 12, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Depart Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Registration
The registration fee increases after May 25
ONLINE REGISTRATION  is preferred.  Click on the orange "Register Online" button on the online registration web page.

Registration Information

You can register now through June 6, 2015 at 11:30PM
- Early period rates apply through May 25, 2015 at 11:30PM
- Late period rates apply beginning May 26, 2015 at 12:00AM
- After June 6 $55

2015 Section NE-2B Conclave

Registration Fees


EARLY
received by
May 25
LATE
received May 26
to June 5
EXTENDED
received on or
after June 6
 Full Weekend  $35
 $50
 $55
 Saturday Only
 $30
 $40
 $40
 New Ordeal Member
 $35
 $35
 $35
 until June 8
 Ktemaque Golden Beaver Member
 $0
 $15
 $15

Ktemaque Golden Beaver Members
– Until May 25, 2015, register normally and enter “Golden Beaver” for your registration fee.  If you register after May 25, you are responsible for paying the $15 late fee.
If you cannot register online, here are the registration, training, and medical forms to print and mail.  Signature is required on Part A of the BSA medical form.
2015 Section NE-2B Conclave Registration form, Training form and medical form (3 pages) (.pdf)
Training Cells and Afternoon Workshops
More details are on page 2 of the Section Conclave registration form
  • Planning your goals:  How to effectively use Journey to Excellence
  • OA History:  How to preserve your lodge's past and future
  • Unit Elections
  • Cub Scouting and the Order of the Arrow
  • Membership Retention
  • Lodge Communications
  • How to plan and lead service projects
  • Showmanship:  How to put on stellar shows at lodge events
  • How to run effective meetings
  • Branding:  how to produce lodge patches and gear
  • Section Chief iced tea chat on leadership in the OA
  • Section Adviser's coffee chat
  • American Indian Activities
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Leave No Trace
  • Order of the Arrow High Adventure
What to Bring
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Official BSA uniform
  • Order of the Arrow sash
  • Activity uniform ("Class B")
  • Water bottle labeled with your name
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain gear
  • Patches and items to trade
  • Optional - pillow
  • Optional - folding chair or folding camp stool
  • Optional - items to donate for the live, silent and Chinese auctions. 
  • It is suggested that you bring about $20 in small bills.  The Trading Post will be open.  Some patches will be for sale, too.

Meals will be provided.

If you have questions
about the Section NE-2B Conclave or need a ride, please contact our Lodge Chief Miles G. or our Lodge Adviser Rob C.

2015 ArrowTour
ArrowTour
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Durland Scout Reservation
1 Clear Lake Road
Putnam Valley, NY

Free admission

ArrowTour Promo Video (about 2 minutes)

ArrowTour is a local Order of the Arrow centennial event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.  In the summer of 2015, four delegations of youth Arrowmen will travel to council camps or Scouting events to bring our national centennial experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities throughout the country.  ArrowTour will be in our area on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Durland Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley, NY.

Everyone is invited
to attend ArrowTour as guests of Ktemaque Lodge #15.  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, OA members, parents, siblings, and non-members are welcome to attend.

There is no fee, but advance registration is required for those who want the optional barbeque, so there will be enough food.  More information about how to register in advance for the free optional barbeque will be added here later.

Activities may include:
Exploration  OA history displays, interactive timelines, and program videos

Activities 
Silk screening, hat/belt branding, and recreational games.

OA Evening Show
  A program that will recognize the Order's rich 100 year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin.  A social may follow the evening show.

Service  Alumni outreach to benefit our council.
Order of the Arrow items,  OA Centennial items, and Ktemaque Lodge items will be for sale at the ArrowTour Trading Post.  If you want to make purchases at the Trading Post, bring small bills please.

Bring a t-shirt or other item, if you want it silk screened.

Bring a hat or belt, if you want it branded.

More information as it becomes available will be added here.

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


OA Centennial Arrowman Service Award

Arrowman Service Award (ASA)
"Sash Patch"
Want to earn a special patch that you can wear on your Order of the Arrow sash?

Every member (youth and adult) of the Order of the Arrow has the opportunity to earn the Arrowman Service Award "Sash Patch".  Start earning your "sash patch" today!  It is not hard to earn the patch.

The Arrowman Service Award (ASA) is designed to recognize members who recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, increase their level of service to their lodge, unit, and council, and participate in the Order's 100th anniversary celebration.

Arrowmen who have earned the ASA "sash patch" at the time of NOAC 2015 will be recognized during the NOAC theme show.

As Scouting's national honor society, the OA thrives on the principles of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service.  Through our Obligation, it is imperative that we continue to "be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others."  Together, through the completion of the ASA, Arrowmen can build an even stronger foundation for our organization's commitment to service and propel the OA into the next century of service.  All Ktemaque Lodge members are encouraged to work towards the fulfillment of the ASA.

Youth and adult members of Ktemaque Lodge who are registered and in good standing with Ktemaque Lodge, Westchester-Putnam Council, and the BSA can earn the award patch.  Requirements must be completed and approved between July 16, 2014 and December 31, 2015.  Only TWO requirements from each category on the form need to be completed.
YOUTH Requirements (under 21 years old) and Arrowman Service Award Progress Tracker Form (2 pages)

ADULT Requirements (21 years old and older) and Arrowman Service Award Progress Tracker Form (2 pages)

Mail your completed Arrowman Service Award Progress Tracker Form (2 pages) by December 31, 2015 to:
Ktemaque Lodge #15
Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA
41 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY   10532-1519

The Arrowman Service Award patch can be worn only on the OA sash (see photo), sewn with its lower edge one-half inch above the upper Brotherhood bar.  The ASA patch is only worn on the traditional OA sash and cannot be worn on an OA centennial special edition red sash.  Since it is worn on the OA sash, some are calling it the "sash patch".  The Arrowman Service Award patch is one of the few patches that have ever been approved by the national Order of the Arrow committee to be worn on an OA sash.

In the case that an Arrowman is a youth (under the age of 21) on July 16, 2014 and becomes an adult (21 years old or older) prior to December 31, 2015 that Arrowman may choose to apply any youth requirements he completed to the total number of adult requirements he would need in each category after he becomes 21 years old.

Arrowman Service Award FAQ

If you have a question about the Arrowman Service Award, contact our Lodge Adviser at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org.




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

UPDATE  January 3, 2015
  • Over 15,000 registered participants and staff will attend NOAC 2015, making it the largest attendance in NOAC's history.
  • Any member of Ktemaque Lodge who is interested in attending NOAC 2015 and did not pay his $200 deposit as of the September 1, 2014 deadline will be put on the wait list.  If you have questions, contact Mr. Fenty at MembershipAdviser@Ktemaque.org.

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!  It will be the biggest and most exciting NOAC in history.

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 15,000 Arrowmen and staff 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.

All OA members should watch this video.  Parents/guardians should watch this video, too. 
NOAC 2015 promo video (about seven minutes)

All youths and adults who are currently dues-paid members of Ktemaque Lodge and are registered members of the Westchester-Putnam Council 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.  New Ordeal members and new Brotherhood members are especially encouraged to attend.  All participants must register as a member of a lodge contingent or be a member of the conference staff.

The 2015 NOAC Registration form is on our Forms web page.
NOAC Payment Schedule
August 1, 2014
Ktemaque Lodge Contingent Registration opens

September 1, 2014
Initial Deposit ($200) Due

November 1, 2014
Second Payment ($200) Due

January 15, 2015
Third Payment ($200) Due

March 15, 2015
Fourth Payment ($200)  Due

May 15, 2015
Final Payment ($100) Due

The 2015 NOAC fee will be approximately $900, which includes the conference fee of $475, lodge memorabilia, round-trip transportation, lodging, and food expenses to and from the conference.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required when you register.  This deposit is transferable to another person, but cannot be applied to another person's balance, nor refunded.

Ktemaque Lodge is currently asking those interested in attending to participate in the 2014 "Camp Card" fundraiser.  Proceeds from this OA fundraiser will be credited toward each individuals 2015 NOAC account.  Cards are available at each OA event.  Additional fundraising events will be forthcoming once those interested in attending are identified.

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.


Come to NOAC 2015 with Ktemaque Lodge and get a Special Edition Red Sash

Don't miss out on NOAC in 2015, because the following NOAC will be in 2018.  To reserve your spot in your lodge contingent, send in your NOAC registration form and deposit now.

Here is an interesting video about the first Ordeal ceremony in 1915 at Camp Treasure Island of the Philadelphia Council.  It lasts about three minutes.

More information about NOAC 2015 as it becomes available in 2014 will be added here, so check back later.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Adviser.





National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS)

National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS)

November 13-15, 2015
Alpine Scout Camp
441 US Hwy 9 W
Alpine, New Jersey
The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focused on the skills and attributes of leadership.  The program enhances the leadership skillls 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 complements the longer, more detailed Wood Badge program (for adults) and Junior Leadership Training program (for youth).  During the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills learned on projects in the lodge, council, and community.  NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND NLS?  Every Arrowman will benefit in some way from attending NLS.  Youth participants should be at least 15 years of age or a lodge officer.  Completion of a Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) course is desirable, but is not required.  The seminar is an intensive experience in learning about the natoure of leadership and practicing some of the skills that a leader uses.  While fun, the course challenges participants mentally as well.  Participants should be developmentally, physically, and mentally prepared to engage actively in an exhausting, invigorating weekend.

The National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective lodge advisers.  Click here for more information about NLATS.
If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.

If you want to attend, 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.




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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.


Membership

Eligibility
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.

Newsletter

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 NEW in 2014 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.

OA High Adventure 2015 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 almost 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.

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?  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.

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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.
Contact
Ktemaque Lodge #15 WWW
Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America
41 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY   10532
(914) 773-1135
CommunicationsAdviser@Ktemaque.org



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