Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:32

Lodge Elections

All voting members of Mikanakawa Lodge (current registered Scouts under 21 by September 6, 2014) are called to attend the election of Lodge Officers for 2015 at the Lodge Fellowship at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp, September 5-7.  The elections will take place on Saturday, September 6th.  Voting members must be paid current on lodge dues (you can pay your dues there or before at $15) and, due to event policy, must also be registered for the Fall Fellowship.  Circle Ten Council requires that all Scouts and Scouters on camp property for an event be registered for said event. 

Any current dues paid voting member in good standing with the lodge and Circle Ten Council may apply and run for an office; all candidates for office must be under 21 years of age for their entire term of office.  Deadline for applying is Saturday, August 9th at 12:00 noon.  Anyone interested must contact Lodge Adviser, Chuck Wagner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or meet with him at an event prior to August 9.  If at least two Scouts have applied for any one lodge office by the deadline, nominations for that office will close and no one else may run for that position unless they drop down after losing at a higher office during elections on September 6th at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp.  If, after the August 9th deadline, a lodge office has one or no one running, then the office stays open and Scouts can be nominated from the floor when the Lodge Elections Committee is in session.

Candidates for any lodge office must interview with the Lodge Elections Committee before their election.  The Lodge Elections Committee explains the duties of each office and will either approve or deny a candidate from running for an office.

On September 6th, the election will start with the Lodge Chief and end with the Vice-Chief of Communications and Technology.  Candidates that run for an office and do not win may elect to drop down and run for another office.  During the election, voting members will be separate from the members 21 and over.  All candidates will speak and be allowed speakers during each office election. Voting is by stand up ballot.

The officers of Mikanakawa Lodge are the Lodge Chief, Vice-Chief of Camp Promotions, Vice-Chief of Service, Vice-Chief of Native American, Vice-Chief of Administration, Vice-Chief of Technology and Communications.  All officers and committees have detailed jobs that need to be updated and maintained on a continuing basis.  Therefore, only summary job descriptions are presented here.

The term of office is the calendar year January to December.  Officers are elected at the Fellowship in the fall the year before their term begins.

For information regarding Lodge Offices and what each position entails, click here.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:06

Message from BSA's National President

Have you heard the inaugural comments from our new President of the Boy Scouts of America? At the conclusion of the National Meeting of the BSA, our president, Mr. Robert Gates, shared some details of his Scouting background and his priorities for our organization during the next 2 years. If you listen to his remarks you will realize that the Order of the Arrow had a significant influence in his Scouting career.

A former Director of the CIA and United States Secretary of Defense, President Gates emphasized his strong belief that successful missions depend upon leaders in the field. A high-priority mission for the next 2 years will be the recruitment of more youth to all BSA programs, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts.

Give it some thought. What can you and your chapter do to help the units in your district become more successful in attracting new youth to the program?  Remember, as Mikanakawans we “go to prepare a trail” for others. That trail begins with each new youth who becomes a Scout. Let’s do all we can to help more youth find the trail!

If you haven't seen the video, click here to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 09:32

What Is MikiCorps?

Are you ready for adventure? High Adventure? Did you know that the Boy Scouts of America offers a special High Adventure program that is only available to the youth members of the Order of the Arrow? Did you know that you can spend 2 weeks at Philmont for just $250?MikiCorp 2014 Flap

What’s the catch? You spend the first week with your crew providing service to improve the camp. During the second week, you embark on a custom itinerary that you and your team design for yourself. No one gets to design their own itinerary at Philmont - BUT YOU DO!

There are similar programs at the other 4 High Adventure bases (although, to attend the OA High Adventure program at Sea Base you must have already completed an NOAHA program at a different camp). There is even a brand new National OA High Adventure program at the Summit this year for youth Arrowmen from 14-18 years of age. All other programs are for Arrowmen from 16-20.

Those who have attended these programs tell us, unequivocally, that it is a life-changing experience! Mikanakawa Lodge is committed to making this experience available to a large number of Arrowmen in 2014. Those who attend will be a part of an elite Corps of Arrowmen - the MikiCorps 2014.

How do we intend to support you? Here’s one way - the first 50 Mikanakawans who obtain the Lodge Adviser’s signature on their Application Form and attend a National OA High Adventure program this year will receive a travel reimbursement of $100 at the end of the summer. Proceeds from the sale of the 2-piece flap set will help to fund these travel expense reimbursements.

We have more in store for you, but for now the most important thing for you to do is to go to adventure.oa-bsa.org and download the application form for the program you want to attend and then meet with Lodge Adviser Chuck Wagner to get his signature on your completed form.

There are fewer than 500 spots available nationwide for all 5 of these venues and they are filling up fast. We expect the opportunity to be gone soon, possibly as early as March 1st. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a life-changing experience.

Be a Mikanakawa Corpsman. Be a part of MikiCorps 2014. Sign up now!


 

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