Click Here to view the October 2016 LEC Meeting Minutes.
If you are a lodge officer for 2016/2017 or a lodge committee member, this training course is required. Please sign up at the link below (also allows you to schedule for Brotherhood Blitz):
Start Time: November 4th, 7 pm
End Time: November 5th, 7pm
We will be cabin camping, so prepare for that and bring your class A with ash. Meals will be provided.
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 2016 or later).
If you took the Ordeal in 2015 or before, then you are eligible to “seal your membership” at the Brotherhood Blitz. Brothers who took the Ordeal in 2016 are not eligible to complete Brotherhood until 2017 — ten months must have elapsed since the Ordeal to be eligible for Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood Blitz “publicity flyer 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.”
- Spirit of the Arrow Booklet 8
- How to Prepare for the Brotherhood Blitz
- Brotherhood Question & Answer Sheet ( password protected )
- Brotherhood Letter (Filible, With tips) ( fillable PDF )
- 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 lodge.
Calling all Arrowmen! Please help us staff the Cub Day! We have over 495 adults and Cubs signed-up and ready to have an awesome day of fun, but they need YOU!
Some of the events planned are BB Gun, Archery, Slingshot Paintball, Bottle Rocket launching, Bouldering Wall, Orienteering course, Nature/Environmental Study session — around 14-16different things to participate in.
More info is here: https://
We will be focusing this year on Cub Scout retention and camp will include an overnight stay. The new location should better enable us to reach out to all 4 Council Districts. Final details are being worked out by the Cub Day Committee. We have 4 Youth running the activity areas to assist the Committee Youth Chair but need help in the activity areas, parking, camping areas.
Please communicate your interest in serving by emailing the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Its rechartering season! You can pay your 2017 Lodge Dues online at http://cccbsa.doubleknot.
Dues paid before September 30 are a discounted $24, and dues paid after are the full $36.
Back in June 2016, 7 brothers from Octoraro 22 traveled to Summit Bechtel Reserve to enjoy the relatively new high adventure base, provide some service to the camp, and rededicate themselves to the high ordeals of the Order. Here is a sampling of pics from the event!
Summer is starting in June, and blood donations are becoming more and more in demand because of donors vacationing. Because our lodge is doing a blood drive for our Day of Service project, we encourage you to go out this month and donate blood to one of the blood drives in our county. Also, in September, we will host a blood drive ourselves. Please make sure that when you donate in June, you will also be eligible to donate during the September weekend. (Blood donations must be at least 56 days apart.) Blood drives that you can attend are below. Please remember that you must be at least 17 and over 110 lbs. in order to donate blood.
Red Cross Blood Drives in Chester County Council Area June 13 – 30, 2016
West Chester Area
6/14/2016 Marshallton United Methodist Church 1282 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
6/16/2016 Calvary Lutheran Church 730 S. New St., West Chester, PA 12 noon to 7:00 PM
6/22/2016 Mitch’s Market Street Gym 322 W. Market St., West Chester, PA 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
6/13/2016 East Brandywine Township Building 1214 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
6/24/2016 West Whiteland Township Building 101 Commerce Dr., Exton, PA 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Avondale – Kennett Square Area
6/27/2016 St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM
6/29/2016 Episcopal Church of the Advent 401 N. Union Ave., Kennett Square, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
6/16/2016 Oxford Presbyterian Church 6 Pine St., Oxford, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Paoli – Devon – Malvern Area
6/13/2016 Penn State Great Valley 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern, PA 12 noon to 5:00 PM
6/17/2016 Paoli Hospital 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
6/19/2016 Congregation Or Shalom 835 Darby-Paoli Rd., Berwyn, PA 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
6/20/2016 Wayne Presbyterian Church 125 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
6/29/2016 St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church 2300 Kimberton Rd., Kimberton, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
West Chester Donor Center 523 E. Gay St., West Chester, PA 1-800-733-2767
Mondays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (whole blood and platelet donations)
Tuesdays: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. (platelet donations)
Wednesdays and Thursdays: – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. (whole blood donations)
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (platelet donations)
Saturdays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (whole blood and platelet donations)
Sundays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (whole blood and platelet donations)
Also, our lodge wanted to add in a food drive as well. The summer break for schools are approaching quickly. That means that many children will go without free lunch for the whole summer. In response to that, we need to all donate food for them. The Day of Service committee wants to start a peanut butter and jelly food drive. The jars of peanut butter and jelly last longer and can be made into more meals for children. Please bring all of your food donations to Headquarters during the June weekend.
It means a lot to our community that we are willing to step in and help with the needs that they require assistance with. Please do what you can to make our community a better place.
The Day of Service Committee
In celebration of our 90th Anniversary, we will return to Camp Hilldale, the site where E. Urner Goodman inducted the first Charter Members of Octoraro Lodge in 1926. The event is Sunday May 22nd, 2016 at 4pm.
Parking will be located at:
The Goddard School in Marshallton
630 Sugars Bridge Rd
West Chester PA, 19380
The Celebration will last approximately 1 hour and refreshments will be served. The event is rain or shine.