Octoraro Lodge 22 has over 800 active arrowmen who donate hundreds of service hours annually to help maintain Horseshoe Scout Reservation and encourage camping in Chester County Council. We hope that this site will answer your questions about our lodge. If you have any further questions, feel free to send an email to email@example.com.
At this past weekend’s June Service Weekend (6/13/2021), the Lodge Executive Committee voted to change their name to the Lodge Leadership Team (LLT). This is one of several initiatives to improve recruitment and retention of lodge members on the LLT (formerly LEC). Committees are now called Teams, and youth chairmen are now Team Leads. (Advisers are still called advisers.) This will hopefully strengthen the collaborative spirit of those who serve on the LLT as well as encourage all members, youth and adult, to consider joining us lead the lodge!
Octoraro 22 is sponsoring a PARC service day on 5/22/2021 at our new PARC service center in Exton. This is a great opportunity for any Scouts and Scouters to come out and do some service with your unit as there is A LOT of work to do. We are focusing on 2 projects – removing invasive species and litter cleanup.
Note: You do not need to be a member of the Order of the Arrow to participate. We will take the help of all Scouts and Scouters!
The event will run from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday May 22nd. Lunch will be provided.
For those who have never visited PARC before, we are trying to arrange a tour so you can visit the future home of Chester County Council! PARC is located across from Otto’s Mini (now Autolenders) in Exton on Business Route 30 (address of PARC: 310 W. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341).
Items to bring:
– Chainsaw and related equipment (to operate at PARC, you must be HSR Chainsaw Certified)
– Tree Loppers
– Work Gloves
– Water bottle
– Folding / camp chair (for sitting during lunch)
– A mask and hand sanitizer
– COVID-19 waiver*
– BSA Medical Form (Parts A&B only)*
The Octoraro 22 Fellowship Committee is conducting a survey to gage interest in various activities that could be conducted as social / fellowship activities for Octoraro 22 members. Both Youth and Adults, please take a moment (literally less than a minute) to fill out the survey here so we can plan for future activities!
We need your help! The lodge is hosting a PARC Service Day on March 27th, 2021 from 9 am to 3 pm. We will be working on invasive species removal and litter removal, and there is A LOT of work to do. The more the merrier!
Lunch will be provided.
More details about what to bring are included in the registration link below! We hope to see you there!
The 2021 Virtual Banquet will be held on Saturday March 6th, 2021. The link to the virtual banquet will be sent to lodge members via email on March 5th, 2021. The link to the livestream event will be live at 6:45 pm on March 6th, and the virtual banquet will start PROMPTLY at 7:00 pm.
Awards to be presented are:
-The James E. West Fellowship Award
-The Chesimus Wulihan Award
-The Most Valuable Arrowman Award
-The Allouchsit Allogagan Award
-The Wipunquoak Lifetime of Service Award
-The Founder’s Award
To conclude the evening, we will have our annual Vigil Honor Call Out Ceremony.
We hope to see you there!
Brothers of Octoraro 22,
Linked below are the draft proposed budget and calendar for the 2021 Octoraro 22 year. These items will be voted on by the youth membership at the December 2020 LEC meeting (date TBD).
If you have any questions about these items, please contact the Lodge Adviser Gus Sauerzopf.
UPDATE 12/14/2020: Both the approved 2021 calendar and budget can be found here.
We want to announce that there will be an opportunity for Brotherhood Testing, Service and Fellowship at Camp Horseshoe on November 14th. The Candidates that complete the Brotherhood Testing on this date, will be eligible to take part in the Brotherhood Ceremonies on December 12th at Camp Horseshoe. The current schedule is that Brotherhood Testing and Service will be conducted beginning at 9am, followed by a lodge provided lunch at 12:00. Immediately following lunch we will host a small Fellowship event. Activities will include Action Archery, Disc Golf, OA Fire Circle Hike, etc. Pick up time is approx. 3:00pm.
The December 12th event will start at 10:30am at Camp Horseshoe for those that want to complete their Brotherhood Testing (Ceremony to be held at a later date yet to be determined). If you decide to take it, you will need to bring your lunch as it will not be provided. The 2 Brotherhood Ceremonies, for those that tested in November, will start at 2:00 PM.
Octoraro Lodge 22
We have updated the September Ordeal weekend registration and are happy to provide details. The Ordeal weekend will be from Friday September 25th to Saturday September 26th, 2020 at Camp John H. Ware 3rd.
The Ordeal weekend can accommodate a maximum of 50 Ordeal candidates and 100 Order of the Arrow members, so registration is limited. Please note that in the registration link provided below, there are 3 different options – Ordeal Candidate, Essential Personnel, and OA Member. Please ensure you select the correct option. Essential Personnel are those OA members required to conduct the Ordeal weekend, including fire circle crew, ceremonialists, Elangomats, food service, and lodge leadership (steering committee members). Registration is capped for each option. IT IS CRITICAL THAT EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS REGISTERS AHEAD OF TIME SO THAT WE GET AN ACCURATE COUNT – Even those who did Pay to Play.
The registration deadline is 9/18.
The Ordeal weekend will start Friday night at 6 pm and conclude by 5 pm Saturday after the Ordeal induction process is complete. All weekend activities will be conducted at Camp John H. Ware 3rd. Please consider bringing a tent with you as adirondack space is going to be limited. Please ensure you bring a completed BSA medical form and the completed waiver form that was sent out in a 7/15 email to members.
In accordance with local and BSA guidelines, we will be following all COVID-19 precautions including social distancing and wearing of face masks. There will be specific sleeping locations for OA members for Friday night. Food service for OA members who attend will be conducted Friday night (snack), Saturday breakfast, and Saturday lunch. Please ensure you bring proper PPE (facemasks and hand sanitizer) to the weekend if you wish to attend. Safety is our utmost concern and while we are ensuring that all precautions are being addressed, any member who does not feel comfortable should not feel compelled to register for the weekend. Also, if you are feeling sick, please do not attend the weekend.
Thank you for your understanding these past long months while things have been on hiatus, and we look forward to seeing many of you at this Ordeal weekend or in future Octoraro outings in the months ahead.