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
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 May 7, 2017 from 3:00- 5:00 pm at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda.
The next Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) meeting will be held June 4, 2017 from 3:00- 5:00 pm at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda.
Chapter Journey to Excellence (JTE)
The 2017 Chapter Journey to Excellence has been approved by the Lodge and can be downloaded from the link below.
Adults needed to support the OA Aerial Sports Team at the 2017 National Jamboree
The call for selfless service has once again been sounded… Each Lodge Adviser has been asked by the 2017 National Jamboree leadership to identify adults who would be willing to be part of the first ever adult-only service component for the National Jamboree. The Order of the Arrow Aerial Sports Team will consist of 100 adult Arrowmen who will assist in bringing the excitement of the zip lines, canopy tours and climbing program to thousands more jamboree youth than ever before.
While we know that many of our fellow Arrowmen are already registered and actively working to support this special event, many within our Lodge are still contemplating whether they should get involved and whether they are really needed. Let us say, most emphatically, YOU ARE NEEDED – whether for the Aerial Sports Team or in some other way, you, my dear Arrowmen, are the backbone of Scouting. It is through the tireless, selfless, and enduring sacrifice of your time, effort, and long-suffering, combined with the generous sharing of your talents, passions, and love for the youth in the program that moves Scouting forward and with which this movement changes the lives of so many young men.
It is in this light that I ask you to please consider helping again. If you are available to attend the National Jamboree and have not already signed up with some other crew, please let me know. While we have been asked to confirm numbers and participants, right now, I’m also asking for those who MIGHT be willing to self-identify. We will get you the information about what is needed and what is involved in this request; then, you can decide whether you can serve.
Please respond with your name, e-mail, and contact phone number to Robert Cohn at email@example.com.
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 6-10, 2017. Wachipi is the Lakota word for dance, a gathering of people. 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 against the backdrop of the Philmont wilderness.
Participants will learn about the different styles of American Indian dancing and singing from experts around the country. They will participate in American Indian craft workshops in bead, feather, wood, bone, and leather work, taking their completed craft projects home. There will also be powwows and other opportunities to experience American Indian culture. Additionally, Wachipi will provide a better understanding of the role that American Indian Lore has in Scouting and the OA. During the week, recreation opportunities will be available for guests to explore parts of the beautiful Philmont Scout Ranch.
Both youth and adults are invited to attend. Those who attend will be change agents for their lodges with the enhanced knowledge and passion to rekindle the lodge’s American Indian activities.
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
Lodge Officers for 2017-2018
Congratulations to the new Lodge officers elected at the Spring Fellowship:
Lodge Chief: Beckman Hollis
Lodge Vice Chief Operations: Brian Biggs
Lodge Vice Chief Administration & Communications: Devin Little
Lodge Vice Chief Finance & Membership: Zach Schonfeld
Mountain West Area Chief: Michael Dragone
Montgomery Area Chief: TBD
Virginia Central Area Chief: Matthew Cohn
Virginia South Area Chief: James Doppee
Three Rivers Area Chief: Steven Steinbach
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 2017-2018 Amangamek Wipit Lodge Calendar is the best source for all Lodge and Chapter activities.