Vigil Honor TriangleThe Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those altArrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following: T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or our Council's Camps.

 

T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge is proud to announce the 2012 Vigil Honor Class:

 

Matthew B. - Lamonti Tupso Illahee

Daniel B. - Sunyakwa

Will C. - Wau Wau Talapus

Clayton E. - Sunyakwa

Jeremiah F. - Tenas Chakchak

Quinton L. - Talapus Tillicum

Michael M. - Hyas Eena

Josh P. - Hyas Eena

John R. - Mox Kar-Po

Nick T. - Hyas Eena

Cory W. - Sunyakwa

Nick W. - Hyiu Chuck

 

Walter Beauchamp - Lamonti Tupso Illahee

Carl Bellows - Hyiu Chuck

Ann Bethel - Ashuk T'salil

Nick Carter - Sunyakwa

Andrew Fritz - Sahaptin Mox Khan'-nice

Steven Hirsch - Sahaptin Mox Khan'-nice

Rucker Innes - Wau Wau Talapus

Ryan Larson - Tenas Chakchak

Steve Lum - Talapus Tillicum

 

These worthy brothers will conduct their Vigil at the Spring Fellowship June 15-16. If you are a current Vigil Honorrecipient and would like help out at this important event as a sponsor or a guide please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Please join us in congratulating the 2012 Vigil Honor Class!

 

This summer from August 25-30, Cascade Challenge will be sponsoring the Sheppard Conservation School, a weeklong conservation service project at Mt. Rainier National Park. Participants will have the chance to complete trailwork, learn about our public lands firsthand, and have a blast while doing it. Sound familiar? This is an excellent way to keep your skills up and the spirit of the ArrowCorps502 alive until the big project in 2014. Even if you went to AC502 this past summer, there's a few surprises in store for you this time around. If you missed out, here's your chance to get in on the action!

Cascade Challenge is an outdoor-adventure nonprofit based in Seattle, and the charter organization for Venturing Crews 13, 310, and 502. For more information, or to register, please visit www.cascadechallenge.org. See YOU on the Mountain this summer!

Lodge Adviser Jason Stewart gets Pied in the FaceOn April 20-22, 115 members of T’Kope Kwiskwis traveled to Camp Fire Mountain for the Section W1-N Conclave. Everyone that went had a blast attending tranings, fun events, and meeting people from all over the Section. Many Lodge members served as trainers and Conclave Vice-Chiefs. Ceremonialists Logan C., Keith P., Tony M., Torin B. received Honors for their portrayal of the pre-Ordeal, and Luke P. and Keith P. recieved Honors for the for the Vigil Ceremony. These impressive performances reclaimed the Ralph Kirschner Trophy for our Lodge. Also, Lodge Chief Ian B. had the opportunity to pie Lodge Adviser Jason Stewart!

Our Lodge will also be making a strong showing among the Section leadership this coming year. Chris Z. will serve as Section Chief, and Ian B. was elected Section Secretary. Additionally, Rob Rosemond was selected to serve as Section Adviser, Steve Johnson as Associate Section Adviser, and Steve Hirsch as Section Staff Adviser.  Lets get ready for next year, as we are hosting Conclave at Camp Pigott in 2013. Hope to see you all there!

Last month, Keith P. and Wille B. exhorted you to serve your brothers by staffing the April Ordeal. Many have answered that call, and the Lodge is greatful for their dedication. But we are still looking for Arrowmen to cheerfully serve as Elangomats, support staff, ceremonialists, and executive staff at this and future Ordeals. We are also looking for Brotherhood-eligible Arrowmen who are ready to seal their committment to the OA.

In order to welcome our new Brothers, the Lodge is instituting a new Ordeal program. We would like to invite all Unit leaders and Arrowmen otherwise unable to attend the Ordeal to join us Saturday afteroon and evening. Witness the Ordeal ceremony firsthand. Enjoy a feast and an evening of fun with new Ordeal members. Learn more about our program of service and Lodge traditions through the potlatch and orientation. Go through Brotherhood that night. This new registration option costs just $10 and covers Saturday dinner, cracker barrel, and Sunday breakfast, if desired. If you are interested, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brothers, the ones who chose you now need you once again. Will you answer?

Longhouse Work PartyYesterday, a small work party travelled up to Camp Brinkley to begin restoring the hundreds of cedar planks saved from the old building. These boards will be cleaned, refinished, and used to face the new structure. This effort will continue at future Ordeals and work parties.  

In other Longhouse news, the Longhouse Committee expects to have final permits in hand within two weeks. After more than 2 years, dozens of meetings, and thousands of pages of documentation, the project is becoming a reality.

But we still need your help. We have about $70,000 to go before construction can begin. If you've been waiting to make a donation, now is the time.

Click here to donate!

Vigil Honor TriangleThe lodge is still accepting recomendations for the 2012 T'Kope Kwiskwis Vigil Honor Class. The process allows the members of the lodge to nominate eligible candidates for consideration by our committee.

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following:

• The T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge
• The Order of the Arrow
• Scouting,
• Our Council's Camps.

Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.

Recommendation letters to the committee must be typed, explain how the member has contributed to one or more of the four areas listed above, and why you think that person deserves the highest recognition that our Order can bestow. All recommendation letters must be turned into the Council's Scout Office by April 18th, 2012.

Winter Camp SunsetThe 2012 Winter Camp season was the most successful on record thanks to the contribution of dozens of Arrowmen volunteers from all 12 Chapters. Due to demand, the season was extended to an unprecedented 13 weekends of Cub and Boy Scout sessions, and the Lodge rose to that challenge. Arrowmen served food, manned the tube runs, and assisted contract staff with their program areas. Although final numbers have not yet been established, we are on track to surpass last year's volunteer and hour total. Thanks again to all of the volunteers, advisers (and drivers!) that made this worthy and much-appreciated effort possible.