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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 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.

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 was 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.

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.



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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.
September 18 - 20, 2015
Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest

October 17, 2015
Thunderbird Games



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 three patches that have ever been approved by the national Order of the Arrow committee to be worn on an OA sash.  The other two patches are the 50th and 60th OA anniversary patches.

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.




Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest

Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
September 18 - 20, 2015

Durland Scout Reservation
1 Clear Lake Road
Putnam Valley, NY

This weekend event will be held RAIN OR SHINE.

This map has optional driving directions to Durland Scout Reservation from your location.
Registration
Register in advance.  NO WALK-INSThe registration form for the Fall Service Weekend and the Brotherhood Quest will be added here when it is available in August.

Make sure your medical form (THREE pages) is submitted with your registration form.  No one will be allowed in camp without them.   The medical form MUST BE SIGNED on Part A by parents or by participant if he is over 18 years old.

Do NOT use the Fall 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.

TWO forms
(registration form and medical form) are
REQUIRED to register for the Fall Service Weekend or Brotherhood Quest.  Go to our Forms web page to get the two required forms in one fillable pdf documentThese two forms and your payment MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER than September 11, 2015.
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.
Eat supper before you arrive on Friday.
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.
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.

Ordeal for Scouts
Scouts who were elected to the OA in 2015 and did not do their Ordeal in the spring must REGISTER 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE (no walk-ins) for their Ordeal during the Fall Service Weekend.  This is the LAST opportunity this year to do an Ordeal.

Register in advance using the "2015 Candidate Information and Registration Form" that was mailed after April 1, and note especially the list of things to bring.  This form is not available on the internet.  Mail the registration form, medical form (Parts A and B), and payment to the Council Service Center.  Write "OA Account 1-2371-000-00" in the memo section if paying by check.  Eat supper BEFORE you arrive on Friday. 

Remember to also bring your individual membership record that was attached to your confirmation email message.  Have it available when you check in.

Everyone should arrive wearing their official uniform on Friday.  Bring work clothes and work gloves.

The Ordeal will end Sunday at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Any Scout who was elected in 2015 and did not attend the 2015 Spring or Fall Ordeal needs to be re-elected in 2016 unless he requests, in writing, a waiver due to a medical emergency or family emergency.  Please email the Vice Chief of Operations or Operations Adviser, Mr. Alex W.  See the Contact Us web page.

Ordeal for Scouters

Scouter Candidates approved in 2015 for participation in the induction process were notified by mail of their selection.  Any of those Scouters who did not attend the 2015 Spring Ordeal must REGISTER 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE for his/her Ordeal during the Fall Service Weekend.  This is the last opportunity this year to do an Ordeal.  Register in advance (no walk-ins) using the "2015 Candidate Information and Registration Form" that was mailed to the approved Candidates in April.  This form is not available on the internet.  Mail the registration form, medical form (Parts A and B), and payment to the Council Service Center.  Write "OA Account 1-2371-000-00" in the memo section if paying by check.

Remember to also bring your individual membership record that was attached to your confirmation email message.  Have it available when you check in.

Eat supper BEFORE you arrive on Friday.
  Scouters are encouraged to bring tools of their trade that would be helpful in camp maintenance.

Everyone should arrive wearing their official uniform on Friday.  Bring work clothes and work gloves.

The Ordeal will end Sunday at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Any Scouter who was approved for participation in the induction process in 2015 and did not attend the 2015 Spring or Fall Ordeal needs to be re-nominated in 2016 unless he requests, in writing, a waiver due to a medical emergency or family emergency.  Please email the Vice Chief of Operations or Operations Adviser Mr. Alex W.  See the Contact Us web page.

Brotherhood Quest
If you have been active in the lodge for ten months or more since completing your Ordeal, now is your chance to become a Brotherhood member of our Lodge.  All Ordeal members should complete their Brotherhood Quest, which is the second and final induction phase of membership in the Order of the Arrow.  Completion of the Brotherhood Quest signifies full membership in the Order of the Arrow.

Brotherhood requirements are:
  • complete 10 months of unit service as an Ordeal member
  • maintain your active registered membership in Scouting
  • maintain your active registered membership in the Order of the Arrow
  • memorize the Obligation, the Order of the Arrow Official Song, the Admonition, the sign of Ordeal membership, and the Order of the Arrow handclasp (See the Order of the Arrow Handbook).
  • gained a thorough understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed (See "The Customs and Traditions of the Ordeal" in the Order of the Arrow Handbook).

The Brotherhood Quest is a way to reaffirm your dedication to the Order and its ideals.  It is also an invitation to get more involved in the Lodge.

Register in advance (NO WALK-INS) for your Brotherhood Quest using the 2015 Fall Service Weekend registration form, medical form (Parts A and B), and mail your payment to the Council Service Center postmarked by September 11, 2015.

Brotherhood Quest participants should arrive Friday between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. wearing your official uniform and your Ordeal sash.  Bring a water bottle, old work clothes, clothing for the weather, a sleeping bag (optional pillow), and your backpack.

We encourage everyone to attend the entire weekend, but if your time is very limited you may do your Brotherhood Quest on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Durland Scout Reservation.  Check in at the Jones Cabin on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Saturday-only participants should arrange in advance to be picked up Saturday at 9:00 p.m. at the Jones Cabin.  Be sure to check "Saturday only" on your registration form.  The Saturday-only fee includes lunch and supper.

Schedule for Fall Service Weekend, Fall Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
Friday
6:00 p.m.
  • Staff (Elangomats, Ceremony Team, Lodge Executive Committee members, and adult staff) arrive.  Check in at the Campmaster Cabin, and receive additional instructions, if needed.
  • Arrive wearing your official uniform and OA sash.
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Ordeal Candidates and Brotherhood Quest candidates arrive at their assigned time that they received in their confirmation email message and CHECK IN at the Campmaster Cabin.
  • Park in the parking lot next to the Campmaster Cabin.
  • Scouts should leave their gear in their car, and go into the Campmaster Cabin with one parent (or responsible adult) to check in.
  • Everyone should arrive wearing their official uniform and OA sash (if they have one).
  • The latrine is the smaller building across the parking lot from the Campmaster Cabin.
  • After check in, Scouts should go to Sperling Center.  Scouts say goodbye to their parents.  Parents leave.
  • Scouts bring their gear to Sperling Center, and wait in Sperling Center for their Ordeal or Brotherhood Quest to begin.
Ordeal and Brotherhood Quest begins
  • When it is time for the Ordeal or Brotherhood Quest to begin, instructions will be given at Sperling Center.
Saturday
Ordeal and Brotherhood Quest continue.

Those not participating in their Ordeal or Brotherhood Quest will do a service project.
Sunday
Morning
  • "New Member Orientation" will be among the morning activities.
11:00 a.m.
Elangomats
All brothers who want to help the candidates experience a quality Ordeal by assisting as an Elangomat should contact the Program Vice Chief in advance.  Elangomat training is available.
Ceremonies Team
Join the Ceremonies team and help the candidates experience an Ordeal Ceremony that they'll never forget!  Contact the Program Vice Chief if you want to be on the Ceremonies Team.  Members who have completed their Ordeal and Brotherhood members are welcome to join the Ceremonies team.  Regalia is supplied.  Training is available.
Questions
Contact our Lodge Chief or Mr. Rob C., Lodge Adviser if you have questions about the Ordeal, Brotherhood Quest, or Fall Service Weekend.  See the Contact Us web page.

Check back here later for possible updates.






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 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 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.


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Our Unit Election Handbook is available online.

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.
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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