Lodge Update April

Lodge Update April

As I’m sure you are already aware our world has experienced a lot of change over the past few weeks. In response, our Council and BSA National leaders have set guidelines for our safety. The BSA Order of the Arrow has officially suspended all in-person events until May 2nd, and I ask all Chapters comply with the guidance and advice of our Council and the National Lodge. If able, I would recommend moving Chapter meetings to an online platform, or simply sending out newsletters via Email to chapter members.

Here is a list of key events that will likely be affected by the change in conditions:

  • Lodge Executive Committee Meetings (LECM):  We will not be having an April LECM. We will likely have an online version of LECM in early May. If the situation changes, we will contact LECM members directly.
  • Section Conclave:  The April Section Conclave has been postponed and will likely be held on the weekend of September 11-13, 2020. If you have registered, but will not be able to attend during the new timeframe they will offer refunds.  Please be patient as they work through the details. The Section is also working on alternatives to hold sectional officer elections.
  • Induction (Ordeal) Weekends:  The lodge is working with council staff and camps to develop opportunities for candidates to complete their Ordeal weekend. If possible, we may still be able to hold one or more events in mid to late May. In the likely event that the schedule is pushed back, we will likely provide opportunities that coincide with summer camp schedules. We will provide more detailed information in the coming weeks. We will also be sending out an email to candidates providing dates and other relevant information to prepare for the opportunity.
  • National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) Currently, the National Order of the Arrow Conference is scheduled to be held as planned on August 3-8, 2020. A remote delegate program is available for those unable to attend in person.

We will continue to update you all as any changes come, and I encourage you to reach out to your chapter members to ensure everyone is receiving the cheerful spirit of service during this unique time.


Robert Hoke  |  Lodge Chief