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.  

Octoraro 22

Virtual Camporee – Staff Needed!


As by now you have all heard that the April and June Service weekends have been cancelled. We, as Arrowmen, need to continue to demonstrate Cheerful Service and the promotion of Camping – even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council is using technology to continue the Scouting Way, offering Merit Badges sessions, training, and other resources by utilizing technology such as Zoom and Google Meet and GoToMeeting.

Here is where we wish to enlist your assistance. Chester County Council will be hosting a Virtual Camporee on April 18th. This Camporee will encourage scouts to camp outside at home, and include competitions, a campfire, etc. I am looking for Youth and Adults to assist in the following areas (*more vital needs at this point):


Opening Program: 2 adults, 2-3 youth

Organize a flag ceremony to be broadcast or played on April 18th. Find someone(s) to do Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, and Scout Law. Find someone to lead a group prayer. Find an inspirational speaker to do a talk (about 10 minutes??). Coordinate this with VC volunteers to go off without a hitch on April 18th.

Fellowship Lunches: 1 adult, 1 youth

Organize and lead a Zoom lunch hour for different groups (SM & ASMs, Cub Leaders, PLC/Youth Leaders, etc.). Moderate the discussion.

*Scout Challenges: 4 adults, 12-16 youth

Organize a Scavenger Hunt, First Aid, a Knot Tying, and a Scout vs Adult Challenge (or more if you’d like). Probably use Kahoots unless you find a better solution. Find existing tests or make up your own. Have 2-3 per challenge to account for different age levels. Run multiple rooms in Zoom all afternoon for these challenges. Tally scores at the end and provide to the VC staff.

*Photo-based Contests: 1-2 adults, 1-2 youth

Help determine rules of each contest: Campsite. Gateway, Pinewood Derby Car Design. Collect photos as they are submitted and get them onto an online voting system. Publish links to voting. Get tallies to VC volunteers between midnight and 6 a.m.

Service to Community: 1 adult, 2 youth

Come up with service ideas to list online. Coordinate any logistics if necessary. Encourage photo and story submissions and share online.

*Social Media Managing: 1-2 adults, 3-4 youth

Help with managing all the channels of our social media platforms before and during the event. Checking for appropriateness, cross-posting, tagging, etc.

*Scout Jeopardy: 3 adults, 6 youth

Help create questions for different ages. Host games as contestants check-in.

Cooking: 2 adults, 2 youth

Still working out but if you have ideas and want to be involved, contact Melissa Pendill.

*Campfire Program: 2 adults, 2-3 youth

Help spread the word to solicit videos of skits and songs from scouts & scouters. Collect videos. Curate a show with the videos. Special guests or any other segment you want to add. Find a video of taps or someone to play taps. Coordinate this with VC volunteers to go off without a hitch on April 18th.

Awards Ceremony: 2 adults, 2 youth

Decide on prizes and how to obtain and distribute them. Receive tallies from other volunteers and create a listing of all winners. Coordinate with people to announce winners (Jeff Spencer, others?). Coordinate a live feed or pre-recorded video of all announcements. Get winners list to someone who can post it online.

*General Tech Help: 1-2 adults, 1-2 youth

Help tying all the parts together and working on the logistics.


Please sign up by using the google link below:


Yours In Scouting,

John Porter – Octoraro Lodge #22 Chief

Gus Sauerzopf – Octoraro Lodge #22 Advisor

Melissa Pendill – Octoraro Lodge Brother and Octoraro District Executive

COVID-19 Updates – April Service Weekend Canceled


We wanted to provide an update on the status of the upcoming events in light of the COVID-19 virus. The below statement has been released by National:

March 17 Update:All national, regional, and section events through May 2, 2020 have been postponed.

The above statement has already affected the NLS Weekend scheduled for Camp Ware. Octoraro Lodge #22 is canceling our Day of Service, scheduled for April 4th at the CYW and wanted to inform you all the decision has been made to cancel the April service weekend (4/24 – 26).  For those who registered for the April service weekend, a credit will be issued that is valid for any upcoming event (includes Pay-to-Play registrants); please contact Leslie John (ldj113@aol.com) to discuss how you would like it applied.

Please continue to check your email, the Octoraro Lodge #22 website and social media pages for future event updates on Vigil Weekends, the 2020 NE-6B Conclave, and the 2020 NOAC. We appreciate everyone’s patience through this uncertainty.

John Porter                 Gus Sauerzopf             Jake Segal
Octoraro 22 Chief Octoraro 22 Adviser Octoraro 22 Staff Adviser

2019 Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) – Additional Info

LLD will be hosted from 12/13-12/14, check in will be at 7. This year’s LLD is focusing on The Lodge and YOU. The presentations revolve around the topics of Servant Leadership, Getting to Know the Officers, Getting Active Within the Lodge and further sealing their activity within the Lodge. There will also be Fellowship activities in the afternoon of Saturday 12/14 where we can help our new Ordeal members earn their feathers in the lodge.

Please come out and join the fun, fellowship, and learning!

Registration is free – click HERE to register!

LLD / Brotherhood Blitz / Fellowship Event


We will be hosting our LLD/Brotherhood Blitz as well as a Fellowship event for all new Ordeal Members the weekend of December 13th and 14th, 2019 at Camp Horseshoe.

The Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) will include a training cell Friday night and Saturday in the AM. New Ordeal Members are invited to join us Friday night, staying at Roberts Lodge. We will be running a Fellowship event that will run 1:00 to 3:30 PM at the Octoraro Lodge Building. This event is an opportunity for you to get to socialize with Brothers within the Lodge in a fun relaxing setting. The Rifle Range will be open for your use. We will also have other games and activities. Immediately following the Fellowship Event, we will be conducting the Brotherhood Blitz. The weekend event will conclude after dinner. We look forward to seeing everyone.

Please register using the link provided. Please be specific with what event(s) you will be attending.


If you have any questions, please email questions@octoraro22.org

John Porter
Lodge Chief – Octoraro 22

THRIVE – October 19

Lodge members are cordially invited to attend the THRIVE webinar on Saturday October 19, 2019 at the East Goshen Township Building (1580 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380) from 1 – 5 pm.
Food will be provided.
This is a great opportunity to hear from a national perspective regarding challenges the OA faces for engagement of new members and keeping our membership strong, as well as discussing strategies for local implementation with Octoraro 22 lodge leadership.