Message from the Lodge Chief

Friday, May 1, 2020 9:45:00 PM


I wish each and every one of you the best in staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times. I would like to take a second and reach out to each of you. How are you living by the Scout Oath and Law while Social Distancing? What are the ways you are keeping the meaning of our Order alive and well? Have you been participating in any Social Distancing Service Projects around your community? Share your pictures with the hashtag #ScoutingAtHome and #OASHAC on your favorite social media!

I would like to share a few words for you to reflect upon, as you once did in your night of silence when you took the Oath.

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

—Sun Tsu

No matter how you have been spending your days during this pandemic, remember that an opportunity has been shared with you. Whether the opportunity is to observe what truly matters to yourself, or being able to connect with folks across the world! This is something that you would not have thought would happen. One thing I want you to know is that we as Brothers of Colonneh Lodge are able to reflect on the good, and most importantly, share positivity with others through many social platforms! We got through Harvey by being Houston Strong. We can get through this! I am checking in with our lodge and each of you, I would like for you to reach out to your neighbors, family, and friends, see if they are doing okay. Texans Helping Texans, it’s what we do.

BSA National Camp-in

Arrowmen, we have been distanced to our homes, and haven’t been out! Well tomorrow, May 2nd, let’s all take a hike! Whether it's to your backyards, or to your living room, join Scouting families across the country, live on Facebook for a day of fun virtual adventures! Starting at 10:00 AM CDT the Boy Scouts of America is holding a National Camp-In being live-streamed onto Facebook at

With Special Guests including Steve Woznick, Co-Founder of Apple Inc., talking about STEM; National Order of the Arrow Chief, Zachary Schonfeld; and NASA Astronaut, Doug Wheelock, hosting a live Q&A. From camp-style cooking and friendly competitions, to special guests and campfire sing-a-longs, this virtual event will bring the best parts of Scouting to life!

For more information go to

Important Event Updates

For those of you that have not seen the latest SHAC Communication,

A communication will be sent out to all that have registered for these events, please keep checking your email. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding SHAC’s response to COVID-19, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at

Lastly, I would like to thank you for staying flexible in these times, although it is not over just yet. I would also like to thank healthcare workers, emergency service teams, delivery personnel, store clerks, and everyone that have been working countless hours during these times. We all appreciate you!

That’s all for now! See you on the trails!

Your Lodge Chief,

Benton E. Cole Jr.  |  2020 Lodge Chief
Colonneh Lodge


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