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"Scouting's National Honor Society"

OA Centuries of Service

One hundred years ago,
a spark ignited.
An idea took shape.
A movement assembled
and fanned the flame.

One hundred years later,
although the circle has widened
and the scenery has changed,
the fire still burns cheerfully.

Stronger and brighter, it beckons us
to celebrate its legacy,
to rekindle the flame in our own spirits,
and most of all,
to ignite the spark in the spirits of others.

Author unknown

Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.  Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others.  OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.
Ktemaque Lodge #15 WWW is the Order of the Arrow lodge chartered by the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Westchester-Putnam Council serves the Boy Scouts of America community of Westchester and Putnam counties in southeastern New York state.

2014 Ktemaque Lodge pocket flap patch

New Ktemaque Lodge #15 pocket flap patch

2014 Thunderbird Games OA Bowling Game___2014 Thunderbird Games OA Krazy Kans game

2014 Thunderbird Games OA sign

Ktemaque Lodge's games

2014 Thunderbird Games

Everyone who was just elected for membership in the Order of the Arrow and their parents should watch this video, A Message for New Ordeal Candidates.

The Unit Election Guide was revised on February 28, 2015.  Scoutmasters and everyone participating in conducting a Unit Election should read the Unit Election Guide.

Ktemaque Lodge was one of 16 lodges selected by the National OA Committee to receive a 2015 OA Service Grant.  This matching grant will be used to provide a mountain biking trail and related equipment for the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation.

The new Ktemaque Lodge #15 pocket flap patch (above) is available for purchase at all lodge events.  See our Lodge Adviser Mr. Carlson.

The Order of the Arrow will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015.  All youth and adult members of Ktemaque Lodge are invited to attend the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) on August 3 - 8, 2015 This will be the best-ever NOAC and will celebrate the OA's centennial.  Please read the NOAC information below and watch the NOAC promo video.

Arrowman Service Award patch "Sash Patch" information has been added to this web page.

ArrowTour information has been added to this web page.

New Vigil Honor Cards released to commemorate the Order of the Arrow Centennial. 


Upcoming Events
Save these dates
More information about upcoming events will be added to this web page as information becomes available and will also be in our lodge newsletters.  The entire calendar of upcoming events is on our Upcoming Events web page.  This abbreviated list has been put here for your convenience.  Save these dates and join us!  If you have questions about upcoming events, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.
March 27 - 29, 2015
Lodge Fellowship Weekend and Brotherhood Quest
See details below.

May 15 - 17, 2015
Lodge Spring Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest

June 12 - 14, 2015
Section NE-2B Conclave

July 21, 2015


August 3 - 8, 2015

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) 2015

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow
See more details below.

Lodge Fellowship Weekend and Brotherhood Quest
March 27 - 29, 2015
Cabins (Jones, Nardone, and Schutt)
Durland Scout Reservation
Putnam Valley, NY
All Ktemaque Lodge members (youths and adults) are invited and encouraged to attend this fun weekend.  New Ordeal members and new Brotherhood members are especially encouraged to attend.

The theme is Greek.  There will be games, contests, feats of skills and strength, and challenges.  We're going to play some Greek-themed activities and field sports, similar to the old-style Olympic games.  Some new games this year are Clash of the Cabins, Ares' Stadium, Hermes' Race, Apollo's Open Range, Hephaestus Camp Fire, and much more.  Feel free to bring your favorite board games, card games, dice games, and playing cards to play with our brothers.  We'll also have other activities such as archery, rifle shooting, and hatchet throwing.  We might even have a fire building competition!  The menu is still being finalized, but there will be lots of delicious Greek-themed food cooked by the adults for our Dionysis Feast.

The registration form is on the Forms web page.  Remember to mail your registration form, medical form and payment before the March 20th postmark deadline Signature is REQUIRED on Part B of the medical form.  The registration form is also in the Beaver Tracks January - March 2015 newsletter.

If you are a 2015 Golden Beaver Lodge Member and plan to attend the Lodge Fellowship Weekend, you MUST send in the Fellowship Weekend registration form.  Do not send payment with the Fellowship Weekend registration form since the fee to attend the Fellowship Weekend was included in the Golden Beaver Lodge Membership fee.  Please contact Mr. Bob F., Membership Adviser, if you have questions about membership.

your official BSA uniform, your OA sash, change of clothes, your water bottle labeled with your name, layers of clothing and your coat, sleeping bag, and pillow (if desired).

Order of the Arrow and Ktemaque Lodge items will be for sale.  Bring small bills or your check to pay for purchases.

Check in on Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Jones Cabin.  We shall be staying in the Jones, Nardone, and Schutt cabins.  If you have any conflicts in your calendar and can only attend for part of the weekend, that's okay.  For those who can attend Saturday only, mark the Saturday-only box on the registration form, and check in on Saturday at the Jones Cabin.

This is also a great opportunity for Ordeal members who are eligible for Brotherhood to complete their Brotherhood Quest, which is different from the Ordeal.  Brothers wanting to do their Brotherhood Quest must mark that on their registration form and MUST be present for the entire Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The requirements are simple:
            - Ten month's service as an Ordeal member
            - Registered active membership in Scouting
            - Registered active membership in the Order of the Arrow
            - Memorization of the Obligation, the OA Song, and the Admonition  (See your "Order of the Arrow Handbook")

If you have questions about the Fellowship Weekend, please contact our Fellowship Chairman Brent G. at FellowshipChairman@Ktemaque.org or our Fellowship Adviser Mr. John K. at FellowshipAdviser@Ktemaque.org.

More information as it becomes known will be added here.


OA Centennial Arrowman Service Award

Arrowman Service Award (ASA)
"Sash Patch"
Want to earn a special patch that you can wear on your Order of the Arrow sash?

Every member (youth and adult) of the Order of the Arrow has the opportunity to earn the Arrowman Service Award "Sash Patch".  Start earning your "sash patch" today!  It is not hard to earn the patch.

The Arrowman Service Award (ASA) is designed to recognize members who recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, increase their level of service to their lodge, unit, and council, and participate in the Order's 100th anniversary celebration.

Arrowmen who have earned the ASA "sash patch" at the time of NOAC 2015 will be recognized during the NOAC theme show.

As Scouting's national honor society, the OA thrives on the principles of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service.  Through our Obligation, it is imperative that we continue to "be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others."  Together, through the completion of the ASA, Arrowmen can build an even stronger foundation for our organization's commitment to service and propel the OA into the next century of service.  All Ktemaque Lodge members are encouraged to work towards the fulfillment of the ASA.

Youth and adult members of Ktemaque Lodge who are registered and in good standing with Ktemaque Lodge, Westchester-Putnam Council, and the BSA can earn the award patch.  Requirements must be completed and approved between July 16, 2014 and December 31, 2015.  Only TWO requirements from each category on the form need to be completed.
YOUTH Requirements (under 21 years old) and Arrowman Service Award Progress Tracker Form (2 pages)

ADULT Requirements (21 years old and older) and Arrowman Service Award Progress Tracker Form (2 pages)

Mail your completed Arrowman Service Award Progress Tracker Form (2 pages) by December 31, 2015 to:
Ktemaque Lodge #15
Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA
41 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY   10532-1519

The Arrowman Service Award patch can be worn only on the OA sash (see photo), sewn with its lower edge one-half inch above the upper Brotherhood bar.  The ASA patch is only worn on the traditional OA sash and cannot be worn on an OA centennial special edition red sash.  Since it is worn on the OA sash, some are calling it the "sash patch".  The Arrowman Service Award patch is one of the few patches that have ever been approved by the national Order of the Arrow committee to be worn on an OA sash.

In the case that an Arrowman is a youth (under the age of 21) on July 16, 2014 and becomes an adult (21 years old or older) prior to December 31, 2015 that Arrowman may choose to apply any youth requirements he completed to the total number of adult requirements he would need in each category after he becomes 21 years old.

Arrowman Service Award FAQ

If you have a question about the Arrowman Service Award, contact our Lodge Adviser at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org.

National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS)

National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS)

March 13-15, 2015
Alpine Scout Camp
441 US Hwy 9 W
Alpine, New Jersey
The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focused on the skills and attributes of leadership.  The program enhances the leadership skillls of the Order of the Arrow's key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community.  The weekend format complements the longer, more detailed Wood Badge program (for adults) and Junior Leadership Training program (for youth).  During the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills learned on projects in the lodge, council, and community.  NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND NLS?  Every Arrowman will benefit in some way from attending NLS.  Youth participants should be at least 15 years of age or a lodge officer.  Completion of a Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) course is desirable, but is not required.  The seminar is an intensive experience in learning about the natoure of leadership and practicing some of the skills that a leader uses.  While fun, the course challenges participants mentally as well.  Participants should be developmentally, physically, and mentally prepared to engage actively in an exhausting, invigorating weekend.

The National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective lodge advisers.  Click here for more information about NLATS.
If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.

If you want to attend, contact our Lodge Adviser.

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) 2015

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) 2015
August 3 - 8, 2015
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

UPDATE  January 3, 2015
  • Over 15,000 registered participants and staff will attend NOAC 2015, making it the largest attendance in NOAC's history.
  • Any member of Ktemaque Lodge who is interested in attending NOAC 2015 and did not pay his $200 deposit as of the September 1, 2014 deadline will be put on the wait list.  If you have questions, contact Mr. Fenty at MembershipAdviser@Ktemaque.org.

The Order of the Arrow is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015 and we want you to join us as we commemorate this milestone at the National Order of the Arrow Conference!  It will be the biggest and most exciting NOAC in history.

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event.  In 2015 over 15,000 Arrowmen and staff from across our nation will gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!

During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.

All OA members should watch this video.  Parents/guardians should watch this video, too. 
NOAC 2015 promo video (about seven minutes)

All youths and adults who are currently dues-paid members of Ktemaque Lodge and are registered members of the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America and have their council's approval, are eligible to participate in the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference.  New Ordeal members and new Brotherhood members are especially encouraged to attend.  All participants must register as a member of a lodge contingent or be a member of the conference staff.

The 2015 NOAC Registration form is on our Forms web page.
NOAC Payment Schedule
August 1, 2014
Ktemaque Lodge Contingent Registration opens

September 1, 2014
Initial Deposit ($200) Due

November 1, 2014
Second Payment ($200) Due

January 15, 2014
Third Payment ($200) Due

March 15, 2014
Fourth Payment ($200)  Due

May 15, 2015
Final Payment ($100) Due

The 2015 NOAC fee will be approximately $900, which includes the conference fee of $475, lodge memorabilia, round-trip transportation, lodging, and food expenses to and from the conference.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required when you register.  This deposit is transferable to another person, but cannot be applied to another person's balance, nor refunded.

Ktemaque Lodge is currently asking those interested in attending to participate in the 2014 "Camp Card" fundraiser.  Proceeds from this OA fundraiser will be credited toward each individuals 2015 NOAC account.  Cards are available at each OA event.  Additional fundraising events will be forthcoming once those interested in attending are identified.

Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference will get a once in a lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash.  These sashes will differ from those currently worn in that the colors will be reversed, with a white arrow emblazoned on a red sash.  The rarity of the sash is noteworthy, as only those present at NOAC 2015 will receive them.  Any extras produced will not be sold.

Come to NOAC 2015 with Ktemaque Lodge and get a Special Edition Red Sash

Don't miss out on NOAC in 2015, because the following NOAC will be in 2018.  To reserve your spot in your lodge contingent, send in your NOAC registration form and deposit now.

Here is an interesting video about the first Ordeal ceremony in 1915 at Camp Treasure Island of the Philadelphia Council.  It lasts about three minutes.

More information about NOAC 2015 as it becomes available in 2014 will be added here, so check back later.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Adviser.

2015 ArrowTour
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Durland Scout Reservation, Putnam Valley, NY
Free admission
Fee for optional Barbeque

ArrowTour is a local Order of the Arrow centennial program for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, OA members, and non-members.

Activities may include:
Exploration  OA history displays, interactive timelines, and program videos

Silk screening, hat/belt branding, and recreational games.

OA Evening Show
  A program that will recognize the Order's rich 100 year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin.  A social may follow the evening show.

Service  Alumni outreach to benefit our council.
More information as it becomes available will be added here.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.

Unit Elections and Adult Nominations

The unit election period is January 1 through March 31.  The "Election Guide" on the left tool bar on this web page has information on youth and adult membership requirements, the election ceremony, ballot session, how to submit results, and the adult nomination form.  Unit Leaders should read the entire Unit Election Guide because it was revised in January 2014.

Contact Bob F., our Membership Adviser if you have questions about unit elections or adult nominations.


General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers from the National Order of the Arrow web site to frequently asked questions about Membership Issues, Policies and Guidelines, OA Troop/Team Representative, Ordeal and Brotherhood Honors, Vigil Honor, Awards and Recognition, Venturing, Contacting OA Leaders, National OA Web Site, Events and Activities, and Miscellaneous.  If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact one of the Ktemaque Lodge officers or advisers listed on our Contact Us web page or on the officers list in our Beaver Tracks newsletter.

JumpStart for new Arrowmen

JumpStart is for new Arrowmen who have been inducted into the Order of the Arrow.  Click here.

New members can catch a glimpse of the OA's rich history, discover more about their Ordeal experience, and learn how to seal their membership in the Order by taking the next step:  Brotherhood Membership.

Lodge Executive Committee meetings

"Lodge Executive Committee Meetings are usually held the 4th Tuesday of every month (not July) at the Council Service Center, Hawthorne, NY 7:30 p.m.  We hope to see many members attend and participate because at the meetings everyone’s voice is heard."  Clayton W., Past Lodge Chief.


Click here for the eligibility requirements for youths and adults.

Unit Elections

The Ktemaque Lodge's election period is from January 1 through March 31.

Click on "Election Guide" on the left tool bar on this web page, then read the eight-page Election Guide.  The guide has information on youth and adult membership requirements, the election ceremony, ballot session, how to submit results, and the adult nomination form.

The election results should be sent to Ktemaque Lodge by April 1.  The BSA ID number of those elected MUST be included in the election results.  Results postmarked after April 1 will not allow adequate time for Ktemaque Lodge to send needed information to those elected.  Anyone not receiving their invitation in the mail by May 1 to take their Ordeal should contact the Vice Chief of Operations or the Operations Adviser.

The national Order of the Arrow committee has modified the requirements for the nomination of adult unit Scouters to become candidates for induction into the Order in 2013.  Click here for details.  The changes will increase the number of currently-serving Scoutmasters and Varsity Team Coaches and other unit Scouters who can be nominated to be candidates.  These modifications apply only to adult leaders in Scout troops and Varsity teams who are 21 years of age or older.  The DEADLINE is April 1 to postmark adult nomination forms.

Contact Lodge Adviser Robert C. or Membership Adviser Bob F. if you have questions about unit elections or adult nominations.


Click "Newsletter" on the left menu to see the current issue of the lodge newsletter, "Beaver Tracks".

Order of the Arrow - Eagle Scout Letters of Congratulations from OA National Leaders
Letters of congratulations to new Eagle Scouts from the Order of the Arrow's National Chief and National Vice Chief (highest level youth leaders) and the Order of the Arrow's National Chairman (highest level adult leader) is a resource for the Awards and Recognition chairperson in a unit.  The letters are meant for ALL Eagle Scouts (not just OA members) who become an Eagle Scout in the current year.  The unit's Awards and Recognition chairperson may fill out and print these letters and include them in the Eagle Scout's collection of letters of congratulations that are presented to the Eagle Scout during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Also, Ktemaque Lodge provides a congratulatory letter and Council Eagle Scout patch to all new Eagle Scouts.  Current dues-paid Order of the Arrow members will also receive a Ktemaque Eagle Scout flap patch.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Adviser.

OA High Adventure

Order of the Arrow High Adventure Programs 
OA Ocean Adventure, OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, and NEW in 2014 OA Summit Experience, are very popular low-cost high-adventure programs.  For less than half the cost of a normal trek at any base, go with the OA and experience this awesome adventure!  Click on the following links for more information about these great programs.

OA High Adventure 2015 applications are available now on the OA High Adventure web site.  These very popular programs fill fast.  OA High Adventure programs have filled to capacity almost every year since 2005.  Don't miss your opportunity!  Register NOW.
We encourage you to apply for OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, or OA Summit Experience as preference for OA Ocean Adventure will be given to those who have attended OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, or OA Summit Experience.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative and Adviser
Every troop should have an Order of the Arrow Troop Representative (youth position) and an Order of the Arrow Troop Adviser (adult position).

For more information about these positions, duties, and qualifications, click on the following links.

Scouts may use the Order of the Arrow Troop Representative position to fulfill the leadership position requirements for the Star, Life, and Eagle ranks.

Every troop must return to Ktemaque Lodge an OA Troop Representative registration form and an OA Troop Representative Adviser registration form by September 30 annually and whenever there is a change.

If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.

Past Events
Details of some past events.

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Want to get more involved?
Want to get more involved?  Come to our events.  Volunteer to be an Elangomat or on the Ceremonial Team.  Attend our Lodge Executive Committee Meetings.  Take on a lodge leadership position or help one of the committees.  There are a number of vacancies (look under the Contact Us section).  If you are interested in filling one of these positions or if you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief.

"Join the circle of Brotherhood and serve your lodge with cheerful service."  Bobby C., Lodge Chief.

Web Site
Please contact the Webmaster or his Adviser (look under the "Lodge Committees" section) if you notice a broken link or have a suggestion or comment about this web site.

This webpage - http://www.ktemaque.org/

Where to Go Camping
The Directory of Council Camps and Outdoor Facilities - Northeast Region was prepared and is maintained by the Order of the Arrow Northeast Region to assist Scouting leaders with their planning of a varied, interesting, and educational year-round program of camping and outdoor activities.
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Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America
41 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY   10532
(914) 773-1135

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