"Scouting's National Honor
Order of the Arrow
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 in 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.
Ktemaque Lodge #15 pocket flap patch
LEC Meeting Date Changed to September 26
The September 2017 Lodge Executive
Committee Meeting has been changed from September
27 to Monday, September
26 at 7:30 PM at the Council
If you have questions, contact
our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser.
Save these dates
The entire calendar of upcoming events is on
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.
- October 2, 2016
- October 15,
- October 16,
- January 5, 2017
- January 22, 2017
COC & TENN Section Training
- March 24 - 26, 2017
Fellowship Weekend and Brotherhood
Quest at Durland Scout Reservation
- April 29, 2017
- April 30, 2017
- May 19 - 21,
Spring Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood
Quest at Read Scout Reservation
- June 9 - 11, 2017
Section Conclave @ TMR
- July 15 - 29, 2017
- September 15 - 17, 2017 Fall Service
Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest at Durland
Reservoir Service Project
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Noon until 3:00 PM
Muscoot Reservoir shorelines
Ktemaque brothers will step up to join
dozens of other volunteers to keep our forests and
Muscoot Reservoir shorelines free of debris
on Sunday, October 2nd from noon until 3:00
PM. This annual cleanup event is part
of an international effort to remove shoreline
debris from beaches, lakes and other popular
waterbodies around the world. The cleanup is
organized by DEP and co-sponsored by the Catskill
Watershed Corporation, which provides gloves and
bags for the volunteers.
Register online at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1312
and we will send you information about where to
meet for this 3-hour service project.
All are welcome.
October 15, 2016
Noon to 4 PM Games
4 PM to 4:30 PM Take down games and clean site
Croton Point Park
Ktemaque Lodge needs several members to
volunteer to help our lodge run two games at the
All volunteers will receive a Thunderbird Games
Wear your OA sash and your official uniform.
Dress for the weather. It can be cool,
windy, and rain sometimes.
Bring your water bottle.
Bring a folding chair or stool (optional).
If you have questions, contact our Thunderbird
Games Chairman at
Check here later for more information.
In 2017, the Order of the Arrow will
continue its tradition of providing cheerful
service to the National Scout Jamboree. Over 750
youth Arrowmen will answer the call to serve in Operation
Arrow by staffing one of the OA's unique
program areas, including Service Corps, Trek
Guides, and Indian Village.
In addition to Jamboree staff
requirements, prospective Arrowmen must:
- Be at least 16,
but not yet 21 years of age by July 19, 2017
- Be able to
commit to the full length of the Jamboree
(Staff Session 1)
- Be physically
fit and meet the BSA height & weight
- Obtain approval
from their Lodge Adviser
The Service Corps
will help support the Jamboree program by
providing manpower to service projects all
across the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The corps
will be divided into several chapters that will
be assigned a diverse array of tasks each day.
The corps' versatility offers each Arrowman the
unique opportunity to see the entire jamboree
while exemplifying the OA devotion to "service
with a smile".
The OA Trek Guides will lead Jamboree
participants on an all-day adventure beginning
at the unit campsite and ending at the highest
point at SBR, Garden Ground Mountain. Every unit
will have the opportunity to experience the
Arrowmen-led Jamboree trek on one of the five
trek days. The Trek Guides will provide an
incredible program filled with discussion and
reflection throughout the unit's journey. Once
on top of the mountain, Trek Guides will help
provide various activities for participants
including buckskin & carnival games, as well
as field sports. At the conclusion of the trek
day, Trek Guides will lead units down the trail
for a final debrief of the day's activities and
the journey they completed together.
The OA Indian Village will provide
Jamboree participants an opportunity to immerse
themselves in American Indian history in fun and
interactive ways. The Indian Village staff will
teach participants about Indian craft-making,
dance styles, and survival methods of different
tribes throughout the nation. In addition, the
staff will be working with the Lewis and Clark
Trust to teach the history of Lewis and Clark
through storytelling and blacksmithing. The
Indian Village staff will construct a teepee
village and full-size dance arbor, which serve
as home to daily dance demonstrations.
Participants will walk away from the Indian
Village with increased knowledge of American
history, and self-made souvenirs to remember
In addition to Operation Arrow's primary program
areas, there will also be select opportunities
for youth Arrowmen as part of the recreation,
program, Summit Center exhibit, and shows
A limited number of adult roles will be
available on the Operation Arrow team as an
adviser with one of our program areas.
Additionally, a 30 member adult-only team will
support the Jamboree medical organization by
providing non-emergency medical transportation.
Interested adults should apply following the
instructions provided below. Given the limited
space, a completed application should not be
considered a guarantee of placement.
please make sure to have your BSA member ID
accessible. Arrowmen should choose Session
One (July 15th-29th, 2017) and select one of the
following staff teams in order to be considered:
- 6211 - Program -
OA Service Corps
- 6221 - Program -
OA Jamboree Trek Guides
- 6231 - Program -
OA Indian Village Staff
- 6213 - Program -
OA Medical Transport Corps (Adult-only)
For more information, go to http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/jambo2017/
If you have questions or want to sign up, contact
our Lodge Adviser Bob Behan at LodgeAdviser@Ktemaque.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
for the eligibility requirements for youths and
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
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
The national Order of the Arrow committee 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 increased 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.
If you have questions about unit elections or adult
our Lodge Adviser or Membership Adviser.
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
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.
Order of the Arrow High Adventure Programs
OA Ocean Adventure, OA Trail Crew, OA
Wilderness Voyage, OA Canadian Odyssey, and 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
REGISTER ONLINE NOW for
2017 OA High Adventure programs 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!
at OA Summit Experience must be at least 14
years of age by the day your program begins,
but not yet 18 by its conclusion.
Participants for the other OA High Adventure
programs must be at
least 16 years of age by the day your program
starts, but not yet 21 by its conclusion.
Order of the Arrow Troop Representative
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
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
Details of some
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National Boy Scouts of America
National Order of the Arrow
OA High Adventure
Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA
Unit Election Handbook
Election Handbook is available online.
Want to get more involved?
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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
"Join the circle of Brotherhood and serve your lodge
with cheerful service." Bobby C., Past Lodge
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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
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41 Saw Mill River Road
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