Brotherhood Blitz 2018

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: Goodman Pavilion, Camp Horseshoe

The Brotherhood Blitz is an opportunity for an eligible Ordeal member to complete Brotherhood in one afternoon, outside of a lodge weekend. There is no cost… it is
FREE! However, your dues must be current (paid for 2019 or later).

If you took the Ordeal in 2017 or before, then you are eligible to “seal your membership” at the Brotherhood Blitz. Brothers who took the Ordeal in 2018 are not eligible to
complete Brotherhood until 2019 — ten months must have elapsed since the Ordeal to be eligible for Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood Blitz “publicity flier and FAQ” has all the details about this event.

Interested Ordeal members should download all the following documents to be ready for the Brotherhood Blitz… the pace is fast… it is essential to “Be Prepared.”

1. Journey’s End (aka “Welcome to the Brotherhood Blitz”) letter
2. Spirit of the Arrow Booklet 8
3. How to Prepare for the Brotherhood Blitz Sheet
4. Brotherhood Questions & Answers Sheet ( password protected )
5. Brotherhood Letter to the Lodge Form ( fillable PDF )
6. Brotherhood Totem Sheet
7. Brotherhood Blitz Schedule

The letter form is for your convenience, it is not required. If you choose to use it, you must print a copy, sign it, and turn it in at the Brotherhood Blitz — do not e-mail it.
Alternatively, you can use your favorite word processor, or a pen, to write your letter in the traditional manner.

The password for the Brotherhood Question & Answer Sheet is the fifth word of the title on page 11 of the 2015 edition of the Order of the Arrow Handbook; it is on page 10 in
earlier editions.

Do not be intimidated… Brotherhood is not difficult… it is about choosing to learn more about the Order of the Arrow and understanding all the opportunities available within the

C5 Staff Signup


We are looking for staff to help with our annual C5 cub event on October 13 and 14 at Paradise Farms in Downingtown. This is the single biggest Scouting event each year and we need lots of staff to help make this event successful. Even if you can only volunteer part of the weekend, we will gladly accept your service.

To register for the event, click here!

2019 Lodge Officer Nominations – Submit Your Name!

Looking to flex your leadership muscles next year?  We are currently looking for lodge officer candidates to run for office for the 2019 year. This is a great opportunity to serve your lodge and improve upon your leadership skills.

The available offices are: Lodge Chief, Vice Chief x 2, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary.

But what qualifies someone to run for office?

1. Candidates must be under the age of 21 for the entire length of their officer service (i.e. all of 2019).

2.  The candidates must be lodge members in good standing.

3. All officer candidates needed to submit a letter of intent to the nominations committee, the lodge chief, and the lodge adviser, and chief candidates have to also submit a letter of recommendation from their scoutmaster, a former lodge chief, or a former lodge adviser to the same 3 groups – nominations committee, lodge chief, and lodge adviser. Email them here.

4. Lodge Chief candidates only – you must have already served at least 1 year on the lodge committee.

Please send your information for #3 above by Friday 9/21 to be eligible to run.

Thank you, and we look forward to having a fun and competitive election!

In Brotherhood,

Nominations Committee

2018 Day of Service

Octoraro Lodge 22 is having its annual Day of Service for the Chester County Community on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

This year the Lodge is working with the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance to plant about 135 trees and bushes along Plum Run, a tributary to the Brandywine River to reduce erosion and run-off, promote beautification, and create habitats for wildlife. Brandywine Red Clay Alliance is a non profit which provides conservation education and protects the Brandywine River and Red Clay Creek watersheds in central and southern Chester County. The location for the Day of Service is at 1056 Lenape Road (Route 52) West Chester, PA 19382. Signs will be placed where to park. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. Work begins at 9:00 a.m. Please bring shovels, rakes and work gloves. Also bring a bag lunch and water. Stay as much or a little time as you want. This counts toward conservation and service hours for rank advancements! This is open to all scouts, including Cub Scouts and those not in the Order of the Arrow.

Here is the link to register.

Any questions please contact the Day of Service Chairman at

2018 Annual Lodge Banquet Award Winners

Congratulations to all the award recipients at this year’s banquet!  The unwavering commitment of these individuals in providing service to the lodge, HSR, and Chester County Council – which are the means to provide a quality program for our BSA youth – is a testament to their character and dedication.  Thank you for all that you do!

Achgeketum Award: Jeff Schaefer.
Chesimus Wulihan Award: Andrew D. and Bevan W.
Wipinquoak Award: Frank DiMarzio
Most Valuable Arrowman Award (new for 2018): Kolbe B.
Founder’s Award: Jake Zebley and Tom Savoy
Vigil Honor Candidates: Eric Allison, Ann Babb, Alec B., Kolbe B., Becky Ekins, Dylan Seace, Jared Seace, Sherry Seace, Art Taylor, Steven W.

Ceremonies Team Info Session at Urban Air Trampoline Park


Our ceremonies team is having a fellowship and recruitment event at Urban Air Trampoline Park & Warrior Obstacle Course in Downingtown, PA on March 18th from  6:30pm to 8:00pm. There will be a brief informational session before an hour of jump time. Food and a beverage will be provided. This event will be free for those in attendance. During the informational session we will cover what being involved as a member of our inductions team is like and what opportunities we have for both new and old brothers. We are currently in the planning process for this event and are trying to get a head count. If you are interested in attending, please email

Emailing us will serve two purposes, help us prepare for the turnout and allow you to subscribe to future updates about the event.

Yours in Scouting,

Max Weiser, Ceremonies Chairman
Chad Martin, Ceremonies Adviser
Jeff Schaefer, Co-Ceremonies Adviser