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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 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 New Lodge Officers
May 2014 New Lodge Officers
Photo by Sean-Patrick S.


2014 Fellowship Weekend - New Brotherhood members


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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.


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

Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
details are below.

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.  Registration begins August 2014.  See more details below.


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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!  If you have questions about upcoming events, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.
Summer 2014
       Order of the Arrow High Adventure Programs

September 19-21, 2014
       Lodge Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest

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
        See more details below.

                              
Lodge Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
Lodge Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest
September 19-21, 2014
Durland Scout Reservation
1 Clear Lake Road
Putnam Valley, NY

This weekend event will be held RAIN OR SHINE. 

Register in advance.  NO WALK-INS.

This map has optional driving directions to Durland Scout Reservation from your location.

Fall Service Weekend and Brotherhood Quest
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 (To be decided), 2014.

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.
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.

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 2014 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 "2014 Candidate Information and Registration Form" that was mailed after April 1, and note especially the list of things to bring.  Mail the registration form, medical form (TWO pages), 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. 

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 2014 and did not attend the 2014 Spring or Fall Ordeal needs to be re-elected in 2015 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 2014 for participation in the induction process were notified by mail of their selection.  Any of those Scouters who did not attend the 2014 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 "2014 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 (TWO pages), 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.  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 2014 and did not attend the 2014 Spring or Fall Ordeal needs to be re-nominated in 2015 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 2014 Fall Service Weekend registration form, medical form (THREE pages), and mail your payment to the Council Service Center postmarked by (TO BE DECIDED).

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 20, 2014 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 10:00 p.m.
  • Ordeal Candidates and Brotherhood Quest candidates arrive 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.

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.

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 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

NOAC 2015 promo video

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 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.

August 2014
      
       Ktemaque Lodge Contingent Registration opens.

December 31, 2014  DEADLINE to register for NOAC 2015.

May 14, 2015
   
        DEADLINE for payment in full.

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" rundraiser to help reduce their final cost.

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.

Here is a short video about the first Ordeal ceremony in 1915.

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

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.




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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.  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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Unit Election Handbook
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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