Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society. Since its founding in 1915, the Order of the Arrow has recognized campers – Scouts and Scouters – who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The Order has three purposes:
- Promoting responsible outdoor adventure
- Developing leaders
- Crystallizing the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Scouts from the National Capital Area Council who are inducted into the Order of the Arrow become members of Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470, an organization offering outdoor adventure and service opportunities. Amangamek-Wipit, which is part of the Northeast Region and Section NE-6A, serves more than 4,500 Arrowmen from the Council’s chapters.
Amangamek-Wipit Lodge News
Save the Dates for 2017
March 24-26 – Spring Fellowship (Camp Snyder)
May 19-21 – Section Conclave (Broad Creek SR)
September 15-17 – Fall Fellowship (Camp Snyder)
Meeting Information Update
The next Lodge Officers and Advisers (LOA) will be held March 5, 2017 from 3:00- 5:00 pm at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda.
The next Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) meeting will be at the Lodge Spring Fellowship at Camp Snyder March 24-26.
Lodge Spring Fellowship
March 24-26, 2017
Camp William B. Snyder
Spring Fellowship is a Lodge event for Arrowmen to come together over a weekend to have fun, play games, take classes, engage in outdoor activities, and give service. Spring Fellowship will be held at the beautiful Camp William B. Snyder so bring your sleeping bags, clothes, flashlight, work gloves, uniform, and OA sash. What’s special about this event is our annual Lodge Elections will be held to determine our next leaders of the Lodge. All meals will be in the Dining Hall so no need for mess kits. Our theme this year is superheroes so bring your favorite superhero costume to show off to your friends!
Operation Arrow – 2017 National Scout Jamboree
In 2017, the Order of the Arrow will continue its tradition of providing cheerful service to the national jamboree. More than 750 youth Arrowmen will answer the call to serve as part of Operation Arrow by staffing one of the OA’s program areas, which include the Service Corps, Trek Guides, and Indian Village.
American Indian Seminar at Philmont
Arrowmen are strongly encouraged to attend Wachipi, an American Indian Seminar at Philmont Scout Ranch from June 6th -10th. Wachipi is the Lakota word for dance, a gathering of people, and at Wachipi you will have the opportunity to share fellowship and meet like-minded Arrowmen from around the country that share a passion and interest in the American Indian dance, singing and crafts with the backdrop of the pinnacle of Scouting.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts around the country about the different styles of American Indian dancing and singing. They will get to participate in American Indian craft workshops in bead, feather, wood, bone, and leather work; they will be able to take their completed craft work projects home. There will also be classes on proper ceremony team regalia, and powwows which will be an opportunity to learn about and experience American Indian foods. Guests will also have the opportunity to be a part of the painting of an American Indian tipi. Additionally, Wachipi will provide a better understanding of the role that American Indian Lore fills in Scouting and the OA. During the week limited recreation opportunities will be available for guests to explore parts of beautiful Philmont Scout Ranch.
Both youth and adults are invited to attend. Those who come back will be change agents for their lodges with the enhanced knowledge and passion to rekindle a lodge’s American Indian activities. For the lodge chiefs out there, the lodge chief that sends the most Arrowmen to Wachipi from each region will receive a Pendleton blanket as a gift — a beautiful American Indian blanket, great for capote making.
Registration is open and will be individually based; you can register here. The cost will be $285 for all Arrowmen. Stay tuned on the OA’s social media channels for more information!
Lodge Officers for 2016-2017
Lodge Chief: Nate Dudley
Lodge Vice Chief Operations: Beckman Hollis
Lodge Vice Chief Administration & Communications: Stan Dobis
Lodge Vice Chief Finance & Membership: Zach Schonfeld
Mountain West Area Chief: Brian Biggs
Montgomery Area Chief: Daniel Miller
Virginia Central Area Chief: Christian Wesbrock
Virginia South Area Chief: William Cather
Three Rivers Area Chief: Devin Little
It’s time to renew your Lodge Membership!
To be a member of Amangamek-Wipit Lodge and the Order of the Arrow, you must be a registered Scout or Scouter, and pay lodge dues of $14 annually. Membership ensures your invitation to all chapter/lodge events and includes a subscription to the quarterly Lodge Shark’s Tooth newsletter, which will be imprinted with your OA ID number and BSA ID number.
Your 2017 dues can be paid online at www.scoutingevent.com/082-2017OADues.
Lodge Website Information and Updates
Effective January 1, 2016, this is the new Amangamek-Wipit website. Please send comments, concerns, corrections and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Amangamek-Wipit Lodge’s Official Calendar is the best source for all Lodge and Chapter activities.