2017 Gathering of Leaders Recap

On September 15-17 Section NE-2A's Leadership and Members of Paugassett Lodge Descended on Camp Alpine in New Jersey for a weekend of planning and training.  Attendees Learned how to Ignite the Fire of our Future while taking specific training on their roles within the Section, as well as training on Cub Scouts and The OA, and the LINK program premiering this year.  On Saturday evening Section NE-2A created a Ballon Toliet during the evening competition. 

Conclave 2017 Recap

Section NE-2A had it’s 2017 Conclave at Moses Scout Reservation on June 9-11. Pocumtuc Lodge served as the Service Lodge for the weekend.  The theme for the weekend was Navigate Our Future,  the theme was chosen in order to tie into the theme of Project LEAP.

Friday night’s activities included dancing, gaga ball, frisbee as well as a cracker barrel consisting of cotton candy, ice cream, and candied apples.  At this time there was an opportunity to meet the special guests in attendance, 2016 Southern Region Chief Harrison Fry, 2015 Western Region Chief Nathan Lee, and 2015 Venturing President Edward Abraham.

Saturday Morning consisted of 3 training slots with a total of 14 different cells being taught on varying topics from communications to ceremonies.  In the Afternoon the camp had many different activities such as rifle and shotgun shooting, a 100-foot slip and slide, Pull The Thing and gaga.

Saturday Evening’s show was hosted by Nathan Lee and Harrison Fry and consisted of a game show where the contestants were asked questions about our special guests and the history of the Order of The Arrow, and a Lip Sync battle Between Chief John Zanin and Vice-Chief Andrew Work, Where John Zanin and his assistant Nick Aubrey won with their rendition of Love Story by Taylor Swift.

Sunday Morning had the Annual Business Meeting, Where Andrew Work of Tschitani Lodge was elected Section Cheif, Brian Shea of Pocumtuc Lodge was Elected Section Vice-Chief, and Chris Cheslog of Owaneco Lodge was Elected Section Secretary.

Project Leap

Project LEAP is the next generation of NE-2A’s Quality Lodge Summit held from 2009-2012. Project LEAP is designed to support the six lodges of the section in their efforts to improve their program and achieving Journey to Excellence recognition. This day-long training event includes sessions on a diverse set of topics such as improving Brotherhood conversion, supporting your council, ceremonies, communications and more! It also provides an opportunity for inter-lodge fellowship as well as our second Council of Chiefs meeting of the year. Training is done by a select group of Arrowmen with experience in the field of their training, and trainers consist of top-notch Arrowmen from within the Section and other parts of the Region. For more information, visit our Project Leap page here.

Order of the Arrow High Adventure

Do you need an escape from that 9-5 job, summer classes or the monotony of staring out of your bedroom window longing for something new? If your answer is yes, the Order of the Arrow has the answer for you.

Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs whether its wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base; maybe hiking is your passion, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience.

Have you ever given thought about what the Native Americans and early explorers did to be avid traders, maybe the OA Voyage is for calling. Whatever your summer aspirations may be, these National High Adventure bases have put together a multitude of options for you.

Along with your one week trek completely designed by you, each Arrowmen will be afforded the opportunity to leave their mark in history by helping to sure up portage trails, backpacking trails or coral reefs. Aside from providing a good deed to each of these high adventure bases, every participant will have the opportunity to work closely with Arrowmen from across the country, who have a similar interest in the future of both the program and the adventure base.

You may be thinking that this is a daunting task but it is an experience unlike any other afforded to you in scouting in that it takes you out of your world and places with people, who want to do something different. It’s not everyday that you can tell your friends that you climbed into Cypher’s Mine, watched the Northern Lights from a canoe or went scuba diving in the Florida Keys.

These programs help to insure that the future of scouting has a place to live, work and interact. This summer, try something new or do something you thoroughly enjoy, but do something with the Order of the Arrow High adventure opportunities. For more information about these High Adventure programs, please visit Adventure.oa-bsa.org or talk to your lodge chief. Your destiny awaits you…

Conclave 2015 Recap

Section NE-2A hosted its centennial conclave on June 19 through the 21st at the beautiful camp June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation, where Tschitani Lodge served as the service lodge for the weekend. The theme was quite long in name, but was used to show progression through the weekend: “From the Island to the Summit, the Legacy Lives On”. The theme was selected based upon the location of the founding of the Order of the Arrow, Treasure Island, and the progression since its founding to the most recent of notable events, our rededication at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. In the planning of the theme, the concept of acknowledging the past as well as showing the impact it would have as we move forward into our second century of service.

After lodges settled into their campsites, the lodges came together at the waterfront for a luau with assorted activities, cracker-barrel with themed food, the opportunity to meet out-of-section guests who were also in attendance. These special guests included the 2015 National Chief Alex Call, 2015 Northeast Region Chief Matt Bell, and 2015-2016 Section NE-6A Chief Zach Sager.

Saturday morning was filled with the Conclave University training program. The program was broken down into 4 tracks, with a total of 28 sessions offered, based upon what the participants’ involvement in their chapter and or lodge. A variety of training sessions were offered within each track for Arrowmen to customize their experience and make it the most beneficial. This year marked the third year of the Conclave University program as well as the introduction of the Master’s degree, the highest recognition available for participation in the training program.
Read the rest of the article on the Northeast Region’s site here.