Hello brothers of SR-1B! My name is Matthew Gent and I’m the current section officer for High Adventure! I’m writing this letter to tell you about high adventure and how OA also helps high adventure. First off, there are four high adventures in the BSA and they are Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base, and The Summit. Philmont is located in the village of Cimarron, New Mexico and offers premier hiking trails and various other activities. Northern Tier is located in the boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada and focuses on canoeing. Sea Base is located down in the Florida Keys and offers sailing and scuba diving. The final high adventure base is The Summit. The summit is a huge outdoor facility located in West Virginia that now permanently hosts the BSA’s National Jamboree and the World Scout Jamboree will be held there in 2019. The Summit offers many great experiences like zip line, canopy tours, white water rafting, and so much more.

What all these high adventure bases have in common is that they all provide experiences that last a lifetime and you can go to all of them through the OA by doing OA High Adventure!! OA High Adventure is a program that allows you to go to all of these High Adventure Bases at a reduced price! In return, you spend one week working on whatever the High Adventure Base needs and the next week you actually get to enjoy the High Adventure Base just like any other visiting scout would!

OA High Adventure is a great way to be able to enjoy the High Adventure Bases and also at the same time serve them with cheerful service just like the OA does to perfection. I will leave links below to the High Adventure Bases that you can check out and get more information from. I hope to see you all soon at Section Seminar as Scott Hughes, my advisor, and I will go more in depth about High Adventure!

                                                                                   

Yours in Scouting, Matthew Gent

 

Let the Countdown Begin! We are Officially 50 Days from Section Seminar!!

Section Seminar is coming up January 20-22, and boy do I hope you’re ready. The event will be held at Camp Ti’ak in Wiggins, MS.  It will feature a variety of classes ranging from fun classes for people who just want to have good time to serious leadership classes for those who are or are looking to be leadership within their lodge.  Besides classes, there will be a variety of events including a challenge coin game, which is, at the very least, a cool collectible. Finally, Section Seminar is a fantastic place to trade patches so for all you patch traders out there, you better be bringing your A-game. I’m looking forward to the event and hope you are too. - Gabriel Broome

ATTENTION
Don't forget that registration for Section Seminar/orders for section merchandise is fast approaching. Lodges must submit their orders by December 8, therefore, your individual registrations/orders will need to be into your lodge prior to that time. Contact your Lodge Chief or Adviser for more information for this event and for the cut off date for your particular lodge. Each Lodge is limited to a defined contingent size and it is up to the individual lodge to establish its own registration criteria.
Section merchandise may be ordered by anyone in the Section, not just attendees at the Section Seminar. No orders from individuals will be accepted, all orders must be placed through your home lodge. Merchandise will be picked up at the Seminar by each Lodge and distributed by the Lodge. No merchandise will be mailed out to individuals by the section.
The patch design for the Section Seminar has been previously posted. You can order extra patches through your Lodge. That is the only piece of memorabilia offered specifically for this event.
In addition, the Section will be offering "genereic" Section items that are undated and not event specific, including a visor, challenge coin, moisture wicking shirt and decal. The shirt will have a small embrodiered section emblem affixed to the left breast (no example available). Attached you will find a photo of the actual decal, as well as artist rendered final proof designs for the challenge coin and visor. Thank you for your support of SR-1B!

Hello, I'm Tyler Webb, the CVC for this year's Conclave Shows. We need your help to make this year great! Any and all skills are welcome! Please let me know if you or someone you know would like to join our team and make this years show the best ever!

This weeks adult Arrowmen of the week is... 
Steven Sullivan! 
Mr. Steven is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member served as lodge
chief of Ashwanchi Kinta Lodge back in 2000 when he also joined the MS Air
National Guard. After serving for 9 years with the guard as a Loadmaster
which included 2 years of service with Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Steven came back into scouting as the Scoutmaster
for Troop 16 in Collinsville MS. This past year Steven has taken on the
role of Lodge Adviser of Ashwanchi Kinta, while still remaining very active
with support of troop and Pack 16.
We thank you for your service for our State, Country and our Scouts.

This weeks Arrowmen of the week is… Travis Fuentes! Travis, is a member of Watonala Lodge and is currently a Life Scout! He is a member of Troop 27 in Starkville MS. Travis has staffed summer camp, has been to Jamboree and Philmont. Travis, is a dedicated scout and enjoys every moment he gets to spend at scouts. Congrats Travis!

Former Section Officers - Where are They Now

1. Name- Chris Smillie

2. Lodge when served- Woa Cholena

3. Section Office(s) and year(s) served- Section Vice Chief 2012

4. Current OA and Scouting involvement (if any)- Attended the 2015 NOAC on Training Staff

5. Fondest memories of time as section officer and in the OA- My favorite memories as a Section officer was getting to know those in other Lodges, both in our Section and others. I was able to meet so many impactful Scouters at Regional events like NLS and Section Officer Seminars. Some of the friends I met while a Section officer I still keep up with regularly!

6. People/places/things/events that had an impact on you while in the OA- So many great people impacted me while in the OA. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the guidance of all of my advisors and mentors that guided me as I strived to make the OA better. My Lodge Advisor, Section Advisors, and fellow OA peers all helped me in leading the best Section in the country. I also loved my experience at Philmont Scout Ranch through my time in the OA. I was able to go to PSR with the OA Trail Crew and serve for a week building trail. The program made such an impact on me that I spent the following summer as an OATC Foreman, guiding other Arrowmen in cheerful service. 

7. What have you done since serving as an officer – school/job/married/children/etc.- I am currently a Senior at Auburn University and have gotten plugged in throughout the campus, serving in different organizations. I plan on pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting after I graduate this coming Spring. 

8. Non-Scouting involvement, honors, awards, achievements since serving- I have served several organizations while in school, including the Student Government Association Senator, the Budget and Finance Committee Chairman, the orientation program called Camp War Eagle, and several other leadership programs. 

9. Words of advice for younger Arrowmen- Take in every moment. You never know which experience will guide your path in the OA. Also, take a risk! I traveled to Philmont by myself when I signed up for the OATC program and it ended up having such a greater impact on me than I could have every imagined.

This month in OA History........Following the success of the Wimachtendienk W.W. during the summer of 1915 Dr. Goodman
wrote an invitation to all 25 inductees from that summer at Treasure Island to attend a Fall Conclave of the Wimachtendienk on November 13th at Camp Morrell. According to records, there were nine of the summer inductees that attended this meeting. In the business session, it was moved and passed that a permanent organization be formed. George Chapman was appointed chairman of the Constitution Committee, Harry A. Yoder was appointed chairman of Membership Committee, and William Spaeth was appointed chairman of the Ceremonial Committee. 
The Camp Morrell meeting led to the official organizational framework of the Wimachtendienk....................First known African-Americans Become Second Degree Members by Taking the Brotherhood Degree (Emerson James, Horatio Isbell, Dr. W. H. Benson) on November 12, 1932.......................On November 27, 1926 Garrison Lodge forms the fifth and last of the original five Chicago Council lodges to form. Carroll A. Edson founded all five of them. Garrison Lodge’s formation marks a milestone in the growth of our Order as the twenty-fifth lodge to charter. Garrison Lodge would later join the other four Chicago lodges when E. Urner Goodman consolidated them together to form Owasippe Lodge...................On November 19, 1953, Ona Yote Kaonaga Lodge of Rome, NY chartered. The Order had reached the lofty milestone of 500 chartered lodges. The Order of the Arrow was present in every state; fewer than 100 councils remained that did not have OA.............................................The Eighth Grand Lodge Meeting Hosted by Unami Lodge was held November 29 – December 1, 1929. During that meeting, the Grand Lodge voted to create a fourth degree, between Brotherhood and Vigil, called the Fellowship Degree. On Carroll A. Edson’s motion, the Grand Lodge agreed to hold off on commencement of the new degree until the ceremony for it had been written. No such ceremony was written and the degree never was utilized.

Don't forget that registration for Section Seminar/orders for section merchandise is fast approaching. Lodges must submit their orders by December 8, therefore, your individual registrations/orders will need to be into your lodge prior to that time. Contact your Lodge Chief or Adviser for more information for this event and for the cut off date for your particular lodge. Each Lodge is limited to a defined contingent size and it is up to the individual lodge to establish its own registration criteria.

Section merchandise may be ordered by anyone in the Section, not just attendees at the Section Seminar. No orders from individuals will be accepted, all orders must be placed through your home lodge. Merchandise will be picked up at the Seminar by each Lodge and distributed by the Lodge. No merchandise will be mailed out to individuals by the section.

The patch design for the Section Seminar has been previously posted. You can order extra patches through your Lodge. That is the only piece of memorabilia offered specifically for this event.

In addition, the Section will be offering "genereic" Section items that are undated and not event specific, including a visor, challenge coin, moisture wicking shirt and decal. The shirt will have a small embrodiered section emblem affixed to the left breast (no example available). Attached you will find a photo of the actual decal, as well as artist rendered final proof designs for the challenge coin and visor. Thank you for your support of SR-1B!

THROWBACK:

This passed weekend Yustaga Lodge had there LLD at Camp Weaver in Flomaton, Al. Congratulations to all the new officers!

We are officially 100 days away from Section Seminar 2017!!! This will be an incredible event that will be hosted by Ti'ak, and we look forward to seeing all of you there!! For additional information on Section Seminar head on over to www.SR1B.org!

This month in OA history...........On October 25, 1986, the Order of the Arrow was saddened to learn of the passing of the Co-founder Carroll A. Edson at the age of 94.............Emerson James of Owassipe Lodge, becomes earliest known African American Vigil Honor Member; Netami - The First, on October 25, 1936.......First Grand Lodge Meeting was held October 7 and 8, 1921 Hosted by Unami and Unalachtgo Lodges of Philadelphia. A well known photograph of the re-dedication ceremony from that event shows the founders in the original black robes with turtle totems. It is also the only known image that shows the three-part Third Degree (Vigil) bib sash..........The National OA Committee received the painting "The Higher Vision" by Joseph Csatari as a gift in October of 1963........On October 9, 1950, a letter was sent to all lodges by the National Committee notifying them of the elimination of the movement of the sash from the left shoulder to the right shoulder to symbolize Brotherhood........"The Lodgefather" Wade Hartley was born on October 17 

Former Section Officers - Where are They Now

1. Name: Bart A Winkler
2. Lodge when served: Woa Cholena
3. Section Office(s) and year(s) served: SE-3 Section Chief 1985 / Southeast Region Chief 1986
4. Current OA and Scouting involvement: Asst Scoutmaster Troop 323, Lake Villa, IL and active in Ma Ka Ja Wan Lodge 40
5. Fondest memories of time as section officer and in the OA: Social networking after serving as an officer with friends from around the section. Patch trading
6. People/places/things/events that had an impact on you while in the OA: Ken Ackerman as Section Advisor; OA Philmont Treks (1985 and 1989)
7. What have you done since serving as an officer: Currently Regional Sales Manager with inVentiv Health in the Central Region of the country. I live in the Chicago area due to transferring to this area with Abbott/Hospira. 
8. Non-Scouting involvement, honors, awards, achievements since serving: Currently Serving on the Board of Education for Community High School District 117, Board member for Lakes – Antioch Lacrosse Club, Board of Sequoit Pride (Antioch Community High School Booster Club, Board of Antioch Sequoits Booster Club, Inc
9. Words of advice for younger Arrowmen: Take advantage of every opportunity to take leadership positions and experience what the Order of the Arrow has to offer.