This year, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is September 24. As part of thenational NPLD program where people gove service to America's public lands, T'Kope Kwiskwis will particiapate in the NPLD program at Seward Park. The project runs from 9 AM to 4 PM and open to all BSA members, not just Arrowmen. The project is FREE; just bring a lunch. Promote this event in your home units and at your District Roundtable as an easy, fun way to get involved! This event is the kickoff to our Lodge's program of service planned for this year.
In addition to the Seward Park project, Lodge delegates will be present at the re-dedication of the Glacier Basin Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park. Arrowmen from the Lodge had worked on the trail for the past two years at NPLD in addition to all the work done during ArrowCorps502.
Great progress has been made on the Longhouse in recent weeks. Despite some setbacks in the land-use permitting process the Longhouse Committee expects to have all issues resolved by November, allowing the Lodge to apply for final building permits. Construction is expected to begin in January 2012.
If you have been waiting to make a financial contribution, now is the time! Thanks again for your continued support and to everyone who has contributed to this project so far.
This year, the Lodge Leadership Development is being held in conjunction with the Council Program and Training Conference on Saturday, October 15 at North Seattle Community College. As well as teaching several general sessions for the PTC, the Lodge will be running a full slate of classes on subjects ranging from how to run an OA Chapter to the OA Troop/Team Rep Program. This event is a must for all Chapter officers, chairmen, and advisers! Better yet, the event is FREE and lunch is included!
That night at NSCC, we will also be holding the Annual Lodge Recongnition Banquet. This is where we celebrate the Lodge achievements of the past year and recognize the contributions of indviduals that made it possible. Cost is $20 is you pre-register before October 1, and $30 after. Doors open at 5:30 PM.
Just because school is back in session now doesn't mean you can't start planning for next summer! Check out your new YoueTube video to get you started!
The 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be one of your most memorable Scouting experiences. NOAC 2012 will be held at Michigan State University from July 30 through August 4, 2012 and is projected to be one of the largest in the Order's history with more than 8,000 Arrowmen in attendance.
See that guy in the middle of the picture? That's me, circa 2006.
I could vividly describe the moment I stepped into the arena for the opening show of my first NOAC--the vibrant energy that filled the air as thousands of Arrowmen of all ages and from across our nation shared a kind of ecstatic camaraderie that I have experienced in few other settings. I could talk about how the classes I attended about OA ceremonies inspired me to become the ceremonies chairman of my lodge, my first real leadership position in the Order. I could focus on the new friends I met, the patches I traded, or the frisbee games I played.
I have been trying for over a month to think of a way to describe the NOAC experience to Arrowmen that have never been to one before, and I finally realized there would be no way for me to convey the feeling of a National OA Conference in words.
This past week, nearly 100 Arrowmen, Scouts, Scouters, volunteers, and personnel from the USFS and NPS participated in ArrowCorps502, the largest conservation-service project ever undertaken by T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge and the Chief Seattle Council.
Here's just a brief recap of what we were able to accomplish:
Army Camp- Removed invasive Scotch Broom
Crystal Peak- Made repairs along a two-mile stretch of trail, constructed rockwall to prevent stream erosion, and surfaced trail in a rockfield area with dirt
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort- Removed trash from Silver Creek and under chairlifts
Government Meadows- Erected log fencing to prevent ATV users from driving on the PTC, remediated ATV impact, repaired and performed trail maintenance
Ipsut Creek- Packed out debris from a dechlorination building, built handicapped-accessible trail, and decommissioned several trails and campsites
Moss Lake- Resurfaced trail with gravel and installed a drainage culvert
Ranger Creek Airfield- Removed invasive spotted knapweed
In all, more than 3,000 hours of service were given to Mt. Rainier National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. There are many people who spent countless hours to make ArrowCorps502 possible, among them AC502 Chairman Mat A., Former AC502 Chairman Evan S., Lodge Chief Ian B. and advisers Bob Davies, Barbara Sher, and Lodge Adviser Jason Stewart. Please thank them for their service if you get the chance.
Needless to say, everyone who attended ArrowCorps502 had a blast! The project was so successful that talks are already underway about events next summer that will continue the legacy of service that ArrowCorps502 has set in motion. Stay tuned- exciting things are to come!
Attending Arrowmen can partake in service projects, high adventure opportunities, leadership training, American Indian Activities training, and much more. While enjoying the various activities, Arrowmen will have a great time meeting new friends and sharing their experiences with people from around the nation.
NOAC is an inspiring meeting of Arrowmen from across the Nation. Thousands strong, with one purpose and one mind...at NOAC!
Registration is now open for T'Kope's contingent!
A week of excitement, yelling, brotherhood, shows, training, airfare, ground transportation and food included all for $995! Destiny awaits!
Four Letters....One Word...One Choice...NOAC!