model_w_dolls_webAt the May ordeal held at Camp Brinkley the lodge unveiled a small piece of lodge history that we have acquired over the past several months. Since 1968 the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), located in Seattle Washington, has been the custodian of the exact 1/10 scale replica Longhouse that we have displayed at several lodge events since 2007. This past spring MOHAI has officially deaccessioned the piece along with several miniature totem poles and replica dolls that go with the model that haven't been seen by the lodge members since '68.

The Chief Seattle Council took possession of the new lodge artifacts on May 6th. The exciting new items include miniatures of the Sunyakwa, Yakala and Kis'Kis totem poles, and several clay dolls that depict dancers, singers, and speakers all with replica blankets, hats and masks.

lnghs-fnt-lndscp-1990webBrothers, the Longhouse Committee has been working hard and can report great progress towards our goal. The site evaluations for the preliminary permit requirements have been completed. These evaluations include wetland studies, geo-testing and perc tests. Permit building plans are complete, and this will allow us to move ahead in the permit application with the county. We have selected several large and gracious cedar trees that will become the main support columns in the building. Soon we will be honored to have the trees blessed by our friends in the 1st Nations community before they are taken down. This is an important link from the old to the new with sensitivity to Native American customs.

peter_h_2009_2010_lodge_chiefBrothers, the time of year is here already. That's right, its time to elect new lodge officers! What are you going to run for? This year we're doing things a little bit differently for the Lodge Chief position. All of those that wish to run for Lodge Chief must have their plan book for their term completed and turned into the current Lodge Chief, Peter H., by the June Ordeal - June 4-6. Also, those wanting to run for Lodge Chief must be present at the June Ordeal. There will be a nomination committee that will help select the best candidates for Chief. Chapters - you will need to provide one youth for this committee. If you are not sure about running for Chief, give it a shot anyway. If you are wondering what a plan book is or have any other questions regarding running for any position, shoot Peter an email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. With that, I hope to see you all at the June Ordeal and SPRING FELLOWSHIP!!!

tkwskAha! At Conclave 2010, our ceremonies teams once again proved that when all the Tillicum people gather, T'Kope Kwiskwis remains Chief! We entered teams in pre-Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil evaluations, and left with more "honors" teams than any other lodge. This means that once again we brought home the Ralph Kirschner trophy, which is named to honor the former W-1B Section Adviser. It used to be given to the #1 Pre-Ordeal team but now it is given to the lodge with the most Honor teams at Conclave. This means we have won this award for 7 years in a row. Can we make it 8 at next year's Conclave in Alaska?

This year we had a lot of new ceremonialists, and a lot of different teams. It's really great we were able to do so well even though our teams were changing right up to the time of Conclave. The teams worked really hard, and some ceremonialists worked extra hard to learn new parts in a very short time.  Congratulations to everyone. Here are the teams that participated.

conclave2010a001We encourage everyone to congratulate our latest brothers who sealed their membership in the Order by going through the Brotherhood Ceremony at the Section W1-N Conclave held at Camp Hahobas on April 24th 2010!

If it's been 10 months since your ordeal and you want to step up to the Brotherhood, there are lodge Brotherhood ceremonies at every lodge event for the rest of the year including:

May Ordeal at Camp Brinkley on Saturday May 22nd

June Ordeal at Camp Parsons on Saturday June 5th

Spring Fellowship at Camp Pigott on Friday June 18th

There may also be chapter sponsored Brotherhood ceremonies in which you may participate. Please contact your chapter chief for more details. There is no fee for the ceremony or your new sash that will mark you as a Brotherhood member of our lodge. If you are prepared now to make this important decision for yourself, we will welcome you at the ceremony. Once again congratulations to our newest Brotherhood Members:

2011 World Scout JamboreeDo you ever wonder what Scouting is like in another country? The Western Region is forming an OA contingent to attend the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. Over 100 countries and 40,000 co-ed Scouts will gather together from July 27 to August 7, 2011 to share in international friendship and adventure for personal growth and development.

VigilHonorTriangleThe 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: T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or our Council's Camps.


T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge is proud to announce the 2010 Vigil Honor Class: