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Camping Promotions
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:04

By Adam Kipust, Camping Promotions Committee Chair

Do you know a lot about Chief Seattle Council's Camping Program? Do you have have experience camping? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience? If you answered yes to any of those questions we need your help at our Camping Promotions booth at our Council's Program and Training Conference (Oct. 15 same time and place as LLD). If you are interested in helping please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks.

National Public Lands Day
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:02

By Reidar Kelstrup, Service Vice Chief

Klahowya Brothers,

For the past two months, you have all been subject to my incessant badgering about National Public Lands Day; therefore, it is only right that I inform you as to how it went.

We conducted two service projects on September 24th, one from 9:00-12:00 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, and another from 10:00-1:00 at the Newhalem Campground of North Cascades National Park. This was a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our obligation to cheerful service and give back to the National Park Service who has so faithfully preserved America's natural treasures for exactly 100 years.

In North Cascades, we cleaned out fire pits and picked up trash in loop A of the campsite (upholding the park's reputation as having the cleanest campsites in Washington State), and in Olympic, we deconstructed a ruined amphitheater by tearing out old benches, made new benches to replace the old and torn down ones, and helped clear brush encroaching on the trails and drainage systems. Members of the WTA and other organizations were also present at Olympic National Park and helped with the projects. Park rangers in both parks were very impressed with the cheerful service, and would be glad to work with us again.

On top of this, both parks were presented with thank you gifts for their service in the form of lodge neckerchiefs affixed to boards signed by all arrowmen in attendance. This too was received very well.

Unfortunately, only four of our brothers (Jacob G, Patrick Rendt, Logan G, and Aaron Tate) turned out to serve at Olympic National Park and only myself turned out for North Cascades. It is my sincerest hope that we make stronger our commitment to service in the future. I will be working with the chapters nearest to these parks to conduct service projects for them over the coming year.

I must give a heartfelt thanks to Patrick Rendt and Jacob G for leading the Olympic operation, my advisor Dwight Thompson for his guidance, and the volunteer coordinators at both parks--Jason Bordelon for North Cascades and Heather Stephens at Olympic--for their work and generosity.


Reidar Kelstrup

Service Vice-Chief

T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge

2016 Conclave
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:01

Written by Murphy B

T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge Chief

In the very recent past some members of our lodge made the journey to Alaska for the 2016 Conclave! This annual event brings together the five lodges of Section W-1N for a weekend of training, brotherhood and fellowship. From this event, our very own Levi C was elected as Section Vice-Chief, one of the three section officers elected each year! As one of the three section officers, Levi will begin to plan out the 2017 Conclave, which will be hosted by our lodge at Camp Pigott!

NEXT: A New Century
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:00

By Reidar Kelstrup, Service Vice Chief

From July 30th-August 3rd 2016, around 4,000 Arrowmen descended upon Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana to discuss the future 100 years of the Order of the Arrow. The purpose of this event was to bring youth leaders and key adults from across the nation to learn, grow and be inspired to be the driving force behind the Order’s second century by focusing on membership, program and innovation at the local level, which will subsequently empower delegates to return home and be powerful agents of change.

Each lodge was allowed a maximum contingent of three youth and two adults. T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge took a total of four: Lodge Service Vice-Chief Reidar Kelstrup (myself), Lodge Service Advisor Dwight Thompson, Lodge Inductions Vice-Chief Jacob Thornton, and Lodge Secretary Advisor Helen Young. All attendees were organized into crews of about 14 with whom we attended classes, ate the first couple of meals, and roomed. No two members of the same lodge were in the same crew in order to encourage discussions with different perspectives from all over the country. In my own crew, Crew 36, we had a staff crew leader from Houston Texas, an Arrowman from Ohio, an Arrowman from Kentucky, my roommate who was lodge chief of the lodge in Northern Wisconsin, an Arrowman from a lodge in Pennsylvania (with about 4,000 members and which holds 8 ordeals a year) formed five years ago in its council’s 15th merger, and more each with unique and valuable perspectives and ways of doing things.

Every day we attended classes all geared toward either getting us discussing ideas with our fellow crew members, or teaching us new tools and ways to think outside the box to address issues we may not have even realized we have. One overarching model they used was the model of Leader X, a leader who will take in as much information as possible from all sources and come to the best decision on how to move forward and overcome a problem. The Leader X model was limited in the grand scope of leadership (maybe Decider X would have been a better title), but it was a good tool to carry across the message that there are innumerable perspectives and more than one way to skin a cat. We may like the saying: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but the message of NEXT was just because it ain’t broke doesn’t mean there ain’t a better way of doing it. Our contingent tried meeting at least once each day to discuss things, and were there whole laundry lists of ideas about new perspectives and different practices at each meeting.

Fall Rally
Friday, 07 October 2016 12:46

By Jacob Thornton, Vice Chief of Inductions


Are you looking for fun? Adventure! Fellowship!? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Fall Rally may be for you!

From November 11th - 13th, the T'€™Kope Kwiskwis Lodge is hosting their annual Fall Rally up at Camp Pigott! For 48 straight hours we shall be hosting classes, games, and feasts to celebrate how absolutely awesome we are!

Looking to learn something new? Ceremonies is hosting classes about Native American art and languages! Looking to develop leadership? Activities is hosting classes about how to improve the quality of Chapter activities! And if you're looking for competition, we’re also hosting the first T'Kope Kwiskwis Chapter Olympics! Bring your Chapter and bring your spirit, and you might get rewarded with something special in the end!

So don'€™t hesitate! Go sign up for Fall Rally right now on the Chief Seattle Council website, and join us in November for the greatest party of the autumn!

Lodge Recognition Banquet
Friday, 07 October 2016 12:45

By Alexander Bookless, Activities Vice Chief

Coming up on October 15th, immediately following our Council'€™s Program Training Conference, is our annual Lodge Recognition Banquet. It will start at 5:30 and should last no more than three hours. Various events will take place, including new officer inductions, recaps of the year, and a guest speaker. Non Arrowmen are invited, so feel free to bring your family along. The cost of the banquet will be $30, however, after October 9th, the cost will increase to $40, so I encourage you all to sign up as soon as possible. I hope to see you all there!

Lodge Leadership Development
Friday, 07 October 2016 12:44

By David Hazen, Lodge Secretary

Would you like to sharpen your leadership skills? How about become a better leader in your troop, team, or crew? If so, you should register for the T'€™Kope Kwiskwis Lodge Leadership Development, or LLD for short. At LLD you will get the opportunity to work as a team, learn how to communicate well, discover how you can best use the resources available to you, and lastly, for the first time in T'™Kope history, for an entire hour, our Scout Executive, Mr. Mike Quirk, will be joining us for a Q&A session where he will be answering your questions! So come prepared on October 15th to North Seattle College! Bring a laptop or pen and paper for note taking, a good attitude, some questions for Mr. Quirk, and be ready to have a great time!

Lodge Leadership Development is back!
Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:02

lldOnce again, the Lodge Leadership Development is being held in conjunction with the Council Program and Training Conference on Saturday, October 15th at North Seattle College. As well as teaching a general session for the PTC, the Lodge will be running a full slate of classes on subjects ranging from how to set goals to breakout sessions with the Lodge officers and advisers. This event is a must for all Chapter officers, chairmen, and advisers and Arrowmen! Better yet, the event is FREE and lunch is included!
The Annual OA Banquet follows the day of training and is $30. The price goes up to $40 October 9th so register now for the LLD and banquet! (Or just the banquet)

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 Lodge Year
Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:56

It is my pleasure as Secretary of the T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge to welcome you all to another great year of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. I would like to take a moment to introduce to you our 2016-2017 T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge Officers.


From left to right: Tegan Y. (Treasurer), Jacob Thornton (Vice Chief of Inductions), David Hazen (Secretary), Murphy Bush (Lodge Chief), Alexander B. (Vice Chief of Activities), and Reidar Kelstrup (Vice Chief of Service).

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