Lodge Dues

Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually online. Arrowmen must be a dues-paid member to participate in lodge activities.

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A Message From The Chief

Read the message from the Chief about important event updates and how the lodge will re-emerge from COVID-19, as well as an insight to the planning of our Fall activities for the Lodge!

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Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket is an annual, one-time registration fee for the four main lodge events and unlimited Ordeal staffing. For one low price of $137 receive over $200 of event registration value plus a limited quantity Golden Ticket patch.

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2021 Lodge Chief

Congratulations to your Colonneh Lodge Chief Jake Whitley from Big Cypress District!

2021 Lodge Vice Chiefs

Helen E. - LVC of Program

Hannah L. - LVC of Administration

Josh R. - LVC of Inductions

Alex B. - LVC of Chapter Operations

Brandon L. - LVC of Service

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Vigil Class of 2020

Congratulations to Colonneh Lodge's 2020 Vigil Class!  These Arrowmen have been called for the Vigil Honor from all around Sam Houston Area Council.  Congratulations to all!

Online Trading Post

Colonneh Lodge now has an online trading post! Buy all the Colonneh Lodge merchandise and have it shipped to your home! Be sure to grab your items today! Check it out now!

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OA Service Days

OA Service Days and Weekends are an opportunity for Arrowmen to give back by providing much-needed service to council camps! Some service weekends are held on the same weekend as an Ordeal.

Help is needed from all Arrowmen. Elangomats are also needed on Ordeal weekends.

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Colonneh Summit and Lodge Banquet

January 23, 2021

The Colonneh Summit and Lodge Banquet are both being both virtually and in-person at Camp Strake (2020 Camp Strake Rd., Coldspring, TX 77331). The fee is $10 for the Colonneh Summit and $20 for the banquet; there is no charge for attending virtually. A late fee begins 1/20/21. Registration closes 1/23/21.

lodge banquet graphic9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Colonneh Summit: All Arrowmen are invited to attend Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) known as the Colonneh Summit. Colonneh Summit is a lodge training event designed for all Arrowmen to gain better knowledge on how to get more out of the OA and learn how to use the resources of the lodge to benefit the units and Arrowmen in Sam Houston Area Council.  This event will help to develop the Arrowmen in Colonneh Lodge by giving them the resources and skills to be successful cheerful servants not only at the unit level but at the chapter and lodge level as well.  This event will be a great opportunity for chapters to grow and build a strong foundation for 2021. 

4:00 pm - Lodge Executive Committee Meeting 

The Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) is the steering committee of the lodge and is responsible for executing the annual program of the lodge and is open to all Arrowmen. The first  Lodge Executive Committee of 2021 will be held at 4:00 pm. The Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) —a key group—consists of the 2021 youth-serving as lodge officers (including the immediate past lodge chief), vice chiefs and their advisers, operating committee chairs and their advisers, area chiefs, the staff adviser, chapter chiefs, chapter advisers, the lodge adviser, and lodge staff adviser. The LEC committee meets to share reports, promote lodge events, approve the lodge budget and calendar, and to let the Arrowmen decide the plan for Colonneh Lodge. Learn more at oa.shac.org/lec.

5:30 pm - Lodge Banquet

Arrowmen gather for a night of celebration at the Lodge Banquet. Together, Arrowmen share an appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, bestow awards on outstanding Arrowmen and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments. The evening will be filled with fun and excitement as we kick off the new year with the induction of the 2021 officers and advisers! 

Brotherhood Walk and Ceremony

A Brotherhood Walk will be held following the Lodge Banquet.  The Brotherhood Walk is only open to Arrowmen who are already attending the Lodge Banquet. After six months of service as an Ordeal member and after fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Learn more at oa.shac.org/brotherhood.

Camping

Arrowmen have the option to camp during the weekend with their chapter. This will keep Arrowmen from having to travel early on Saturday morning or drive home late on Saturday night. 

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2021 Lodge Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected 2021 lodge officers!

    Jake W. - Big Cypress    
    2021 Lodge Chief    
         
Helen E. - Texas Skies Hannah L. - Raven Josh R. - Texas Skies Alexander B. - Apollo Brandon L. - Raven
LVC - Program LVC - Administration LVC - Inductions LVC - Chapter Operations LVC - Service
         
  Camden T. - Texas Skies Arman T. - Phoenix Kai G. - Thunderwolf  
  West Area Chief North Area Chief South Area Chief  

Vigil Class of 2020

Congratulations to the Arrowmen called for the Vigil Honor in Colonneh Lodge. Next time you see these lodge members congratulate them in their completion for the Vigil Honor. Congratulations to the following Arrowmen:

Alexander B. - Aquila Arman T. - Phoenix Brendan H. - Orion Brandon L. - Raven Charles R. - San Jacinto
Christopher R. - San Jacinto Jack E. - Texas Skies Jake W. - Big Cypress Kelly G. - Iron Horse Ki P. - Orion
  Miguel C. - Iron Horse Ryan C. - George Strake Zachary D. - Mustang  
         
Amy T. - Iron Horse Brian L. - Flaming Arrow Chip W. - Big Cypress Chris G. - Big Cypress David V. - Thunder Wolf
Dean T. - Council Diane C. - George Strake Mac G. - Lone Star Marc J. - Big Cypress Matthew P. - Soaring Eagle
  Mike P. - Orion Steve R. - Iron Horse Timothy M. - Texas Skies  

Service Days/Weekends

OA Service Days and Weekends are an opportunity for Arrowmen to give back by providing much-needed service to council camps! Some service weekends are held on the same weekend as an Ordeal. Help is needed from all Arrowmen. Elangomats are also needed on Ordeal weekends.

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Trading Post

Purchase Colonneh Lodge shirts, jackets, vests, beanies and more at our new online Trading Post.

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Golden Ticket

Golden Ticket graphicThe Golden Ticket is an access pass to lodge events and unlimited Ordeal staffing. For one low price of $137 receive over $200 of event registration value plus a limited quantity Golden Ticket patch. Golden Ticket patches will be available for pick up at Spring Fellowship. Purchase your Golden Ticket today! Lodge events included:

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National Policy Updates

New Guidance: Read the new guidance regarding the proper use of American Indian clothing and symbols in Order of the Arrow ceremonies and activities, female youth in OA ceremonies, optional ceremonial clothing, and female dance competition clothing. 

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Brotherhood: The waiting period between induction and eligibility for Brotherhood membership has been reduced to six months. All other requirements are unchanged. Source.

Journey to Excellence (JTE): The lodge program is being discontinued and immediately replaced with the new Performance Measurement Program. There are a small number of requirements and clear benchmarks for lodge achievement. The requirements are consistent with the former JTE to align with your lodge planning. Source.

Official Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies: The National Order of the Arrow Committee after months of collaborative work with ceremonialists and lodge leadership representatives announced the following policy change that applies to all lodges and chapters. We know that lodges and chapters are frequently asked to perform Arrow of Light and crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs, which is an appropriate service in support of our packs. That said, we have had many complaints surrounding these ceremonies from various American Indian tribes due to the manner in which they are conducted as well as the inconsistent nature in which they are performed. Lodges and chapters that are asked to conduct Arrow of Light or crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs can only conduct them using the new approved official ceremonies which can be found in the OA Inductions Portal. These ceremonies are to be conducted in a Scout uniform and are no longer permitted to be done in American Indian regalia. Source

Cub Scout Crossover Ceremony    Arrow of Light Ceremony


Lodge and Vigil Name Tags

Colonneh Lodge Arrowmen can order lodge name tags (red). Vigil Honor members can also order green name tags. Name tag(s) can be picked up from the trading post at lodge event, picked up from the council office one week after the event or mailed for an extra charge. The name tags are ordered from the vendor one month before the following lodge events: Arrowman Bash, BanquetFall Pow WowVigil Weekend.

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Time to Pay Dues

Wear the Flap, Pay the Dues!Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually online. Dues are $20 per year. Back dues do not have to be paid. For questions regarding dues status or pocket flap orders, contact dues@colonneh.org. Don't wait, remember Arrowmen must be a dues-paid member to participate in lodge activities.

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The Order of the Arrow, Scouting's Honor Society, is made up of thousands of great Scouts and Scouters like yourself, who were elected to the Order by their fellow Scouts because they saw something in you, something special - those qualities of trust, leadership, friendship, brotherhood, and a desire to serve others - that set you apart.

You undertook the Ordeal to prove your dedication to the high ideals of service that is the hallmark of our Order. Perhaps you have achieved an even greater understanding of Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui by sealing your membership through the Brotherhood, or even now keep the flame of cheerful service alive through leadership in service. You are an Arrowman and we ask that you continue your support for the Order of the Arrow and its worthy goals which are more important now than ever.

An active member in Colonneh Lodge is someone who is a currently registered Scout or Scouter in the Sam Houston Area Council with current dues paid. With active membership, you are entitled to attend all functions of the lodge appropriate for your honor level. It also entitles you to wear your OA flap. Technically, if you don’t pay your dues, you are not a member, and the flap should be removed from your uniform.

Think back on your Ordeal. Remember the Obligation and Admonition. Remember ... "The ones, who chose you, need you."


Raucous Raven

Raucous Raven newsletter graphicThe Raucous Raven is the lodge newsletter that is sent to all lodge members several times per year.

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OA Unit Representative Program

Troop representative patchThe OA unit representative is a youth-serving his troop as the primary liaison to the unit’s lodge or chapter. They meet the unit’s needs by providing a communication and programmatic link to and from all Arrowmen, Scouts who are not presently members of the Order, and adult leaders. These efforts are meant to assist the unit and its members in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and at the same time fulfilling the lodge’s role in the Strategic Plan of the Order of the Arrow of being an integral part of the council. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit. The OA unit representatives and their adviser are encouraged to register with the lodge to receive important updates and information.

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Resources

Jumpstart for new members | National Order of the Arrow Website | National OA Facebook Page | Section SR3 Website | Section SR3 Facebook Page 

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