• 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 Service Weekend 2017

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Chief's Bonnet Summer 2017

Brothers,

Hello, my name is Kyle Hoffmann and I am serving as Lodge Chief for the 2017-2018 year.  We have so much to look forward to with our usual Service Weekends, Fall Fellowship, Conclave 2018 at Camp Rock Enon and eventually our centennial.  I look forward to continuing our tradition of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service this year and to building towards a centennial celebration that will be something tremendous for every Arrowman in Nawakwa Lodge.  Soon the spotlight will be on us as our lodge turns 100 and we will be ready to make 2019 an iconic year for Scouting in Central Virginia, but only if we lay the foundation now.

The 2017-2018 lodge year will be a great one as Nawakwa continues to cheerfully service as we always have and as we gear up for our special anniversary.  We as brothers will make this year great together - all of us, as one.

If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in the Lodge, please do not hesitate to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours in WWW,
Kyle Hoffmann

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

Fall Service Weekend 2017

September 15-17, 2017

Online Registration Available Here
Registration Form Available Here

Registration for Brotherhood Candidates

The Fall Service Weekend is scheduled for September 15-17, 2017. Registration begins July 31st. Current members who register by August 27th will receive a $5 Early Bird Discount. The deadline for registration is September 10th ($10 late fee added for any registrations received after September 3rd). More information is availalbe at the online registration link, above.

The Printable Registration Form above is NOT to be used by new Ordeal Candidates nor by those members eligible to attain Brotherhood status. Special invitations with registration forms will be sent separately via US Mail to people in these groups.

 

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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2018 Conclave

Conclave will be in April hosted by Shenshawpotoo lodge at Camp Rock Enon. The cost is $55.00 per person. The theme to be announced. Our lodge goal is to have 200 Arrowman from the lodge to come to the Conclave. 

Fall Fellowship 2017

Fall Fellowship 2017:

It is that time of the year to start thinking about Fall Fellowship. It is a time of training, fun, games, food and much more. Fall Fellowship is From Friday, November 10, 2017 To Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Camp T. Brady Saunders. Stay Tuned to your email as we will be sending registration information via email. 

 

Upcoming Events

Tue Sep 05 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Absegami Chapter Meeting
Tue Sep 05 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Pamunkey Chapter Meeting
Thu Sep 07 @12:00AM
Takachsin Chapter Meeting
Thu Sep 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Witchindin Chapter Meeting
Mon Sep 11 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Karakona Chapter Meeting
Mon Sep 11 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Nagatamen Chapter Meeting
Fri Sep 15 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
2017 Fall OA Service Weekend and Ordeal
Tue Oct 03 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Absegami Chapter Meeting
Tue Oct 03 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Pamunkey Chapter Meeting
Thu Oct 05 @12:00AM
Takachsin Chapter Meeting
Thu Oct 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Witchindin Chapter Meeting
Sat Oct 07 @12:00AM
SR-7A Council oc Chiefs
Mon Oct 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Karakona Chapter Meeting
Mon Oct 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Nagatamen Chapter Meeting
Thu Nov 02 @12:00AM
Takachsin Chapter Meeting
Thu Nov 02 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Witchindin Chapter Meeting
Tue Nov 07 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Absegami Chapter Meeting
Tue Nov 07 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Pamunkey Chapter Meeting
Fri Nov 10 @12:00AM
2017 Fall Fellowship and Banquet
Mon Nov 13 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Karakona Chapter Meeting

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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
  • 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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  • March Chiefly Speaking
    In the past few years, I have gained an appreciation for just how large the Order of the Arrow really is.  With over 170,000 members across over 250 lodges around the world, it is no surprise that our organization is able to provide several opportunities

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