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Conclave 2014: Beyond the First Step
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:58
"There is only one annual event where arrowmen from many lodges come together for fellowship and training. There is only one annual event where you can meet an arrowman from Alaska to Olympia, and have so much in common with them. There is only one annual event where you can be inspired to take an idea “Beyond the First Step”. There is only one annual Section W-1N Conclave, and you want to be there.” – Chris Zantek, Section W-1N Chief

As 2013 comes to a conclusion, Section W-1N is on the augmentation of planning and mobilizing Washington States’s largest Order of the Arrow event of 2014.  After the monumentally successful Conclave 2013: “One Great Light” held at Camp Pigott back in April, they can only keep the ball rolling with Conclave 2014: “Beyond the First Step”, and that is exactly what they plan to do. While “One Great Light” was only a vision of what the five lodges of the section could accomplish together, it’s the process necessary to attain that vision that is just as important.

At Conclave 2014: “Beyond the First Step”, various training courses will be offered to either improve ceremonial skills and leadership skills, give you a jumpstart as a new arrowman, or expand your horizons on outdoor adventure. There is, however,  one important aspect that all of the colleges of Teaquan Wask University have in common. They are meant to give you the skills necessary to take your vision “Beyond the First Step”. Another important aspect of the conclave program are the fantastic shows, where you can find comedy, fellowship, and inspiration all within one evening show. One moment all of the lodges will be yelling their lodge yells at one another, and the next moment we’re all joined together singing “Sweet Caroline” or  “Don’t Stop Believin’”. One moment we’ll be watching a dance put on by the nationally recognized ceremonies programs in the section, the next moment the Section Chief, Chris Zantek, is empowering us to take what we’ve learned at conclave back to our lodges, chapters, and units to make sure our vision of success goes “Beyond the First Step”.

Registration will open for this hugely popular event on January 1st, 2014 for just $45 and $40 for arrowmen who went through their ordeal after Conclave 2013. Brothers, I can’t stress enough the importance of this event, and how great of an experience it is. Attending many conclaves myself, I can personally attest that this event will be big, this event will be awesome, and this event will be one of the highlights of your Scouting career. You won’t want to miss Conclave 2014: “Beyond the First Step”. Register today at, and I’ll see you there!

Yours in Brotherhood,
Torin Bergsma
Lodge Chief
Wanted: Ceremonialists!
Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:53

The lodge has had a number of ceremonialists age out or relocate for school recently resulting in a lack of ceremonialists to perform at lodge functions. If any of you want to become a part of the lodge ceremonies program, Lodge ceremonies meetings, hosted by Sunyakwa chapter, are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays of the month at Jubilee Reach center (Address: 14200 SE 13th PL Bellevue, WA).

Some reasons you would want to be a ceremonialist include:

1. You get to noac9wear cool Native American regalia

2. You get well known by those in the lodge and it is great if you want to run for a position in the lodge

3. It is an easy way to give back

4. You can become better at speech giving


These are just a few of the reasons why so many people enjoy being on the ceremonies team.

Unit Elections Reminder
Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:33


This is just a reminder that election season has kicked off, and you should all begin scheduling your unit elections in the coming weeks. This is a very important time of the year for our lodge and we can’t make it successful without your help! If you are having a hard time getting started here are a few helpful hints to get you on the road to a very successful elections season:

  • Make 3 points of contact with unit leaders (email, phone, and if possible face to face contact)
  • Organize multiple election teams (so that no one group has to do all of the elections)
  • Create a schedule for units to sign up for a spot on the calendar, and make sure to have an election team scheduled to conduct the election
  • Make sure to keep accurate records, and submit data to the lodge website as soon as possible after the election
  • Work with adult members of your chapter to coordinate carpools to election locations

If you have any questions about the unit elections process please feel free to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Just remember that election results are due by March 19, 2014. Thank you for all of your service!

Yours in Service,

Torin B.

Lodge Chief 2013-2014

ArrowCorps2014: Live the Adventure!
Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:07
ac502_group_croppedScouts, Arrowmen, Venturers... Five years ago, a group of young people first gathered together to celebrate service and the spirit of Scouting in ArrowCorps5. Since then, the legacy has been continued in both ArrowCorps502 and CLS. On August 3-9, 2014 this fantastic opportunity is once again being presented. Based in Camp Sheppard, we will be conducting a week of continuous service and fun. Building trails, fixing up the mountain, and spending time with our fellow Scouters. The event is $250, and only $235 if you register before January 1st. Help to continue the legacy of service and come to ArrowCorps2014. Click here for some history on ArrowCorps. Click here to view a great video. Click here to register today and save!
Big turnout for Western Regional NLS and NLATS
Sunday, 08 December 2013 13:24
The wnlslogoeekend before Thanlsgiving our Lodge sent a team of 12 youth and 5 adults down to Portland to participate in the Western Regional NLS and NLATS. Thanks to great support from the lodge and section we became the second most represented lodge in attendance, the only lodge that had more people was the host lodge! This is a remarkable achievement as even two years ago we only had 4 youth attend. A big thank you to all the participants and drivers!
Annual OA Banquet
Thursday, 07 November 2013 23:15

The annual banquet was held again at North Seattle Community College, after the PTC and LLD sessions. The Banquet was a huge success this year, with great food, and the guest speaker was Bruce Anderson, the architect who designed our longhouse.

banquet2013Awards were given to select individuals who held various positions in the past, like chapter leadership, lodge leadership, vigil class, and founder’s awards. Recognition was also given to people who were a great help in winter camp, and ordeals. We hope to see you again next year.

Fall Rally, A HUGE success
Thursday, 07 November 2013 22:40

Fall Rally was an excellent event this year, there were games, food, and fun all around the weekend, as well as the inductions training that is crucial to having a quality chapter and lodge as a whole.


50 lodge members attended the 4 class sessions offered by the lodge leadership, including ceremonies, elections, and Native American carving.

The food was excellently prepared by our chef Dale Clark, and we look forward to seeing more of him. Don’t miss our next big lodge event, Spring Fellowship.

Ashuk T’salil Totem Pole Raised
Thursday, 07 November 2013 21:57
On November 2nd, 2013, 15 chappoleupster members installed the Ashuk T’salil totem pole at Camp Pigott next to the longhouse. Chapter chief Peter S. led the procession as chapter members carried the 15 foot pole, which took 2 years to carve and paint. The pole was raised and blessed by Del Loder. 70 guests and lodge members participated in the potlatch ceremony where many gifts were given to special guests who greatly supported the pole from start to finish. This was the newest chapter pole since 1993 and the chapter is proud to see the pole up apoleraisedsmong the rest.
PTC, LLD and the Annual Banquet fast approaching!
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:33

This year, the Lodge Leadership Development is being held in conjunction with the Councilbanquet_promo Program and Training Conference on Saturday, October 19th 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 breakout sessions with the Lodge officers. This event is a must for all Chapter officers, chairmen, and advisers! Better yet, the event is FREE and lunch is included!

The Annual OA Banquet follows the day of training and is still only $20. The price goes up to $30 on Saturday, October 12th so register now!


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