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octoraro22headerOctoraro 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 questions@octoraro22.org.

PARC Service Day – Part II

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.

Register here!

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:

– Bowsaw
– 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)*

Fellowship Events Survey

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!

PARC Service Day

Brothers,

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!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfM4Q6wdOFxCFtJo2wPB8gAqRAOOliG7eDZz4T8qzSZkVVWcA/viewform?gxids=7628

2021 Virtual Banquet

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!

Brotherhood and Fellowship

Brothers:

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.

The registrations links for both days are below. We look forward to seeing you in November and December.
November 14
December 12

Sincerely,

Octoraro Lodge 22

September Ordeal Weekend (9/25 – 9/26)

Dear Brothers,

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. 

Register here.

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.  
Sincerely,

Octoraro 22

Ordeal Weekend (Aug 7-8)

Dear Brothers,

We hope you and your family are doing well.  We understand many of you have been missing Scouting and the Order of the Arrow, so we are excited to announce that we will be conducting an Ordeal weekend from Friday August 7th to Saturday August 8th, 2020 at Camp John H. Ware 3rd.

Note: The venue since the last email to members has been changed from Camp Horseshoe to 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. 

Register here.

The registration deadline is 7/31.

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 (found in the email that will be sent to members after 4 pm on 7/15) with you to the weekend.

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.  

Please note that while registration is limited, we are planning on conducting another Ordeal weekend in the future.  More details to follow in future lodge communications.  At this time, we do not have plans for Brotherhood ceremonies, but if/when that changes, we will also communicate that to the lodge. 

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.  
Sincerely,

Octoraro 22