• Vision

    Vision

    The Order of the Arrow......is not an end unto itself, but is for a higher purpose. Individuals are inducted into the Order of the Arrow “not so much for what you have done, but for what you are expected to do.” Taking that Obligation of the Order requires a promise, on one’s honor, “to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others.” Read More
  • Membership

    Membership

    Becoming Inducted into the OAScouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members. The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, and give service. The completion of the tasks taught lessons about brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service – the three principles of the Order of the Arrow. Read More
  • Nawakwa

    Nawakwa

    Lodge #3Each local Boy Scout council is encouraged to have an Order of the Arrow lodge. The OA lodge helps the local council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure. Read More
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Volunteer for the 2019 Conclave

Nawakwa Lodge is hosting the 2019 Section Conclave during our Lodge's Centennial Anniversary. Please help us make this Conclave the best in recent history.

Register for Fall Fellowship 2017

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Chief's Bonnet, Fall 2017

Brothers,

There are only two more weekends left in 2017, and your lodge leadership are working on making them great.  The Fall Service Weekend and Fall Fellowship are going to be filled with the kind of fun you know and love from Nawakwa Lodge. We would love for you

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Adviser's Minute- Spring 2017

Brothers,

Brothers, I am very excited about the upcoming months of 2017. We have diligently been working on several major initiatives, among them the rollout of a new website and a new and exciting format for our Lodge newsletter, The Tom-Tom. I do apologize for the delays in getting our newsletter published in a timely manner; I know we have inconvenienced many of our Brothers. Change does sometimes come at a cost, but we are back on track to get all of our communications efforts on a more sound footing and back to a more regular publishing schedule.

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About the OAScouting's National Honor Society

  • Organization
  • Eligibility
  • Purpose

Lodge

Each local Boy Scout council is encouraged to have an Order of the Arrow lodge. Each lodge is granted a charter from the National Council, BSA, upon annual application. The OA lodge helps the local council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure.

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Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members, following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach. To become a member, a youth must be a registered member of a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team and hold First Class rank. The youth must have experienced fifteen days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

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The Order of the Arrow was created to serve as a useful purpose: to cause the Scout Oath and Law to spring into action in all parts of the nation. To this day, we are dedicated to this high purpose. The Order is a thing of the individual rather than a thing of the masses; the ideals of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service spring to life in each of us. The Order is a thing of the outdoors; from life in the wilds comes a precious ingredient that our country needs to survive-self-reliance. One of the Order’s greatest achievements is, and will continue to be, the strengthening of the Scouting movement as an outdoor experience.

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Lodge News

Council of Chiefs Report

October COC

10/7/2017

Lodge Status Report

Brothers,

On October 7 our Lodge sent a delegation to the SR-7A Council of Chiefs to talk about planning the upcoming Section Conclave.  Conclave is an event where a little over 1000 Arrowmen from across the six lodges that make up Virginia come together for an incredible weekend.  The next Conclave will be held on April 27-29 at Camp Rock Enon and hosted by Shenshawpotoo Lodge.  You will hear much more from your lodge leadership about it in the coming months, but it's an unforgettable event and we encourage everyone to sign up.  Registration is not yet open, but as soon as it is we will let you all know.

At the Council of Chiefs meeting our delegation provided the following report which details all we have accomplished and our plans going forward since the Council of Chiefs last met (this past April).  This report was given orally to everyone in attendance and submitted in writing to the Section Secretary.  Here it is:

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Nawakwa Lodge has had a successful year since our last Council of Chiefs.  Since then we have held two service weekends, in June and in September.  We have made significant progress on our lodge pavilion project and are closer than ever before to reaching our fundraising goal.  Our Trail Crew has been active at our state parks holding an event in April of this year, and they will be holding another one to perform more service in December.  Also this December, as is tradition, the lodge will give service to the Carillon Nativity Pageant in the city of Richmond.

This summer, many Arrowmen from our Lodge attended the National Scout Jamboree in July, with several serving on staff including the effort of Operation Arrow.  Our summer camp program included an Ice Cream Social for current Arrowmen and a call out ceremony for those soon to be inducted.  We will be looking to add a full time staff member in 2018 whose responsibility is to carry out the OA program at camp on behalf of the Lodge.

Our Fall Fellowship will be held the weekend of November 10-12, where we will be training our Arrowmen to be better leaders, recognizing those who have given service to our lodge, and having a blast with all our Arrowmen.

As we approach Conclave 2018, our Lodge looks forward to meeting our attendance goal and showing the rest of the section how much fun the Arrowmen of Nawakwa Lodge can bring to Conclave. In the long term, Nawakwa is preparing for our centennial by putting together our key leadership for the celebrations of 2019 including the Conclave we will be hosting that year.

Nawakwa has been continuing our tradition of excellent service to Central Virginia and we are continuing to improve our Lodge to serve our community better and turn our Arrowmen into more effective servant leaders.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kyle Hoffmann

2017-18 Nawakwa Lodge Chief

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If you want to know more about Conclave, the Council of Chiefs, or in general how to get more involved in the lodge you can always send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I'll see you all at Fall Fellowship!  If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here .

Yours in WWW,

Kyle Hoffmann  |  Lodge Chief

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NOAC 2018, July 30 - August 4 @ Indiana University

2018 NOAC
National Order of the Arrow Conference
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
July 30, 2018 through August 4, 2018


The 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN from July 30th to August 4th, 2018.  NOAC brings countless opportunities for Arrowmen to learn best practices to bring back to our lodge, participate in training, and most importantly… to HAVE FUN! There are exciting games, sports, nightly shows, and all sorts of other activities for Arrowmen to experience. 

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We Support Camping

We have a We Support Camping initiative in the Nawakwa Lodge. All proceeds go to support Camp Scholarships for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and ScoutReach programs, through the Nawakwa Lodge OA Campership Program.  This is an initiative of Camp Promotions.  Collections are made at check-in for Service Weekends and Fall Fellowship, or you can round up your purchase at the Trading Post. 

 

Thank you for your support!

Nawakwa's 2019 Lodge Pavilion Fundraiser

 


Nawakwa Lodge is currently raising funds for their OA Pavilion at T. Brady Saunders.  Here is a letter from our Lodge Chief and Lodge Adviser, and information on the gift sets that will be given to donors of this project (click on the image below).  For more information, contact the Lodge Adviser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

We thank everyone for continued support of Nawakwa Lodge.

 

From Raccoons to Cardinals: Nawakwa Lodge prepares to celebrate 100 years

 

by Ben Pycraft

Nawakwa Lodge has a special birthday coming up and the lodge is already getting a head start on preparations in 2019, this lodge, which serves the Heart of Virginia Council located in Richmond, Virginia, will be turning 100 years old! The lodge has a longstanding history and the celebration effort is being led by the current lodge chief, Trey L. 

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Upcoming Events

Tue Dec 05 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Absegami Chapter Meeting
Tue Dec 05 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Pamunkey Chapter Meeting
Thu Dec 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Witchindin Chapter Meeting
Mon Dec 11 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Karakona Chapter Meeting
Mon Dec 11 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Nagatamen Chapter Meeting
Thu Dec 21 @ 7:00PM -
Takachsin Chapter Meeting
Tue Jan 02 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Absegami Chapter Meeting
Tue Jan 02 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Pamunkey Chapter Meeting
Thu Jan 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Witchindin Chapter Meeting
Mon Jan 08 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Karakona Chapter Meeting
Mon Jan 08 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Nagatamen Chapter Meeting
Thu Jan 18 @ 7:00PM -
Takachsin Chapter Meeting
Thu Feb 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Witchindin Chapter Meeting
Tue Feb 06 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Absegami Chapter Meeting
Tue Feb 06 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Pamunkey Chapter Meeting
Mon Feb 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Karakona Chapter Meeting
Mon Feb 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Nagatamen Chapter Meeting
Thu Feb 15 @ 7:00PM -
Takachsin Chapter Meeting
Thu Mar 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Witchindin Chapter Meeting
Tue Mar 06 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Absegami Chapter Meeting

2018 Dues

Dues are $20

Online Payment Available Here

Printable Dues Form Available Here


Your 2018 membership dues ($20) should be paid now. All current and recently inducted members (2017 and earlier) must pay their dues for the 2018 year in order to continue to receive The Tom-Tom and in order to be eligible to attend lodge functions. You may pay your dues with the Dues Form available here or online here ($1 convenience fee charged for online transactions). If you have not yet paid your 2018 lodge dues, please do so right now.  

Read below for details on how to transfer membership or reactivate an expired membership. 


 
If you desire to transfer membership to Nawakwa Lodge from another lodge, or if you'd like to reactivate a previous membership in Nawakwa Lodge, please submit a completed Dues Form along with your payment and the (approximate) date that you completed your Ordeal (and the lodge name/number) as well as the dates you attained Brotherhood and the Vigil Honor (if applicable).  Online payment is NOT available for transfer situations.   [Nawakwa Lodge does not collect back-dues...paying the current year's dues will grant you up-to-date status.]
 
Why am I being asked to provide my BSA person ID? 

Beginning in 2006, the National Order of the Arrow Office is requiring that lodges verify that all lodge members are duly registered members of the BSA (as required by OA regulations). In order to do so, the lodge must match each name in its database with the appropriate name in SCOUTNET (the National BSA database). The easiest way to do this is by using each person's BSA Person ID as a unique identifier for matching. Your BSA Person ID is a unique number (like a social security number) that identifies you as a member of the BSA. Your BSA Person ID is usually a 7-digit or 9-digit number that is found under your name on your BSA membership card. It may also be obtained from the membership office at Heart of Virginia Council Headquarters (804-355-4306).

So, when you pay your lodge dues or register for a lodge event, please include your BSA Person ID in the appropriate blank on the form. Not only will this help your lodge with its obligations, but it will also help ensure that you continue to be an active member of the Order of the Arrow. Thanks!

Identifying Chapter Membership

Scouts with a 3-digit troop number...

  • starts with 1: Karakona Chapter 19
  • starts with 2: Chesakawon Chapter 23
  • starts with 3: Chesakawon Chapter 23
  • starts with 4: Abesegami Chapter 4
  • starts with 5: Negatamen Chapter 5
  • starts with 7: Pamunkey Chapter 7
  • starts with 8 (located in Powhatan or Chesterfield--North of Powhite Pky. and Old Hundred Rd.): Witschindin Chapter 18
  • starts with 8 (located in Chesterfield--South of Powhite Pky. and Old Hundred Rd.): Takachsin Chapter 28
  • starts with 9: Karakona Chapter 19

Scouts with a 4-digit troop number...

  • starts with 6 (Cumberland, Buckingham, and Prince Edward Counties): Witschindin Chapter 18
  • starts with 6 (Amelia and Nottoway Counties): Takachsin Chapter 28
  • starts with 7: Karakona Chapter 19
  • starts with 18:  Witschindin Chapter 18
  • starts with 28: Takachsin Chapter 28

Southern Region Order of the Arrow

Scouting's National Honor Society
  • Florida NLS & DYLC CANCELLED
    With the approach of Hurricane Irma and out of concern for the safety of affected Arrowmen, the decision has been made to cancel this weekend’s (Sept 8-10) National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) scheduled for the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland

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  • Spirit of Excellence – Are We There Yet
    In this fourth edition of the Spirit of Excellence, we will take a look at strategies for success at summer camp. With a busy summer ahead, now is the best time to refresh your data in LodgeMaster and get on track for JTE Gold! Read

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  • Congratulations to our Awards Recipients!
    Congratulations to the following lodges in the Southern Region on their achievements!   E. Urner Goodman Camping Award Unalai’Yi Lodge Coastal Garolina Council #550 Charleston, SC   Wewanoma Lodge Rio Grande Council #775 Harlingen, TX   National Service Award Mikanakawa Lodge Circle Ten Council #571

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  • We Support Camping Award Celebrates Record Year
    The Southern Region’s annual We Support Camping Award was created in 2012 for the 2013 program year.  The award’s purpose is to encourage and incentivize lodges to sharpen their focus on camping support within their council.  The award is designed to be challenging, and to

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  • Why Wachipi?
    Arrowmen across the country are asking about Wachipi, the American Indian Seminar held on June 6th-10th, 2017 at the Philmont Training Center. Many are aware of the rich history that American Indian Activities (AIA) has in our Order but what’s so special about this event?

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