2017 Brotherhood Induction

OA Brotherhood Weekend

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Jun 9, 2017 to Jun 10, 2017



Camp Henderson
525 Boy Scout Road
Maryland, NY 12116
Location Phone: (607) 638-9050


Come join us for a weekend of service and fellowship June 9-10th at Camp Henderson! All Lodge members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Participants will arrive Friday night (preferred) or Saturday morning and work around camp during the day Saturday. The event will cost $10 for all current Brotherhood and Vigil members and $30 for new Brotherhood candidates (those currently Ordeal and going through the ceremony) to cover food and other expenses of membership. Preregistration will guarantee the lowest price for attending this event, and can be found below.

Brotherhood Candidates (current Ordeal members who will be attending) should review the OA’s Jumpstart website, especially the section on the “challeneges” to be faced during the ceremony. Don’t worry, they are all self-reflection items and designed to be individual tasks. Visit Jumpstart at http://jumpstart.oa-bsa.org, and consult your OA handbook or Lodge Executive Committee for the password!

We hope to see you there!

Lodge Lock-In 2017

Our lodge will be hosting its first lock-in on Saturday, March 25th to Sunday, March 26th, 2017 in the Chase Physical Education building at SUNY Oneonta. Participants may arrive from 7:30-8:30pm, and will be departing from 6:30-7:30am Sunday morning.

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities inside, including swimming, volleyball, basketball, racquetball, and other indoor sporting events. A Magic card game tournament will also be held for all interested, those planning to participate should bring $10 to purchase a pack of cards at the event.

Don’t forget your BSA health form and a swimsuit! The event cost will be $20 to cover facility costs, pizza, and breakfast in the morning. The Lodge will provide drinks, but participants are asked to bring a snack to share.

Don’t forget to preregister here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Winterfest 2017 a Success!

Ohkwaliha·Ká Lodge #34 hosted its first Winterfest at Camp Kingsley on Saturday, January 28th.
Participants received information on getting involved with the Lodge Executive Board and training on how to conduct elections.
After lunch, participants went snowshoeing and got to see the snow-covered camp.
The day ended with a full lodge meeting where ideas were discussed on what youth would like to see in their lodge in the near future. Plans of a lock-in were put in place and more information will follow shortly.
Join us and give us your input on our next conference call on Friday, Feburary 10th at 7pm. A link to our GoToMeeting calling service is available in our calendar here. We hope to see you there!

A New Lodge is Born

Earlier this evening, Ohkwaliha·Ká Lodge #34 was officially announced as the name of the merged lodge of Ga-Hon-Ga Lodge #34 and Onterorous Lodge #402. This announcement took place during the first general meeting of the new lodge.
Ohkwaliha·Ká means bear clan in the language of the Oneida Indian Nation. The black bear has been selected as the totem of the new lodge. The election of lodge officers also took place.
Below, you will find key facts about our new lodge, the names of our first class of officers and other information. Welcome to our newfound brotherhood.
If you have any questions about the new lodge please contact lodge adviser Helen Van Houten at adviser@oalodge34.org.

One last Adviser’s Minute

A message from outgoing lodge adviser Benjamin Obernesser:

I would like to take the time to thank all of the Arrowmen who I have had the privilege to work with over the many years that I have been an adviser. Since our Lodge was last merged in 2002, we have performed over 18000 man hours of service to our camps and Scouting program. We have made an impact on Scouting in our area. I look forward to serving with our new brothers and continuing the tradition of service to the Scouting program and our camps. If you have questions on the merger or need to contact me in the future, you can reach me at bobernesser@bsatroop4.org.

Letter from Incoming Lodge Adviser

Dear Fellow Arrowmen,
Hi! I’m Helen Van Houten (Mrs. Van Houten to those of you under 18) and I will be the Lodge Advisor for the new lodge created from the merger of Onteroraus and Ga-Hon-Ga. I was inducted into the Order in 1998 and am a Vigil Honor member. I have served Onteroraus as Chapter Advisor, Associate Lodge Advisor, and have been the Lodge Advisor since December 2013. I have also served as a Ceremonies Advisor, Conclave Coordinator Advisor, and Conclave Vice Chief Advisor. I enjoy working with the Order of the Arrow and I’m looking forward to meeting you soon.

We have a very special event coming up and I’m hoping you will be there. On Saturday, May 14, 2016 we will have the first meeting of our new merged lodge. This meeting will be held at 9:30 p.m. in the dining hall at Camp Henderson and will last about an hour. (Yes, 9:30 at night. This is taking place at the camporee after all activities are done.) At this meeting, we will be announcing the new lodge name, number, and totem, and will also be holding elections for the new lodge officers. This is a special election and those elected will take office immediately. They will serve in their position until August 2017.

Four officers will be elected: Lodge Chief, Lodge Vice Chief, Lodge Secretary and Lodge Treasurer. Any youth member of the lodge may run for office as long as they will be under the age of 21 for the entire term of office. If you are interested in running for office, your dues must be current and you must have a letter from your Scoutmaster or Lodge Advisor stating you are registered with BSA and a member in good standing. This letter must be in either my or Ben Obernesser’s hands before the meeting begins on May 14th. You will also need someone to nominate you; self-nominations will not be accepted.
If you are interested in running for office but cannot be at the meeting, send either Ben or I a short write-up stating which office(s) you are interested in running for and describing yourself and why you would be a good choice. Be sure to include your letter from your Scoutmaster. You will still need someone to nominate you at the meeting and we will have someone read your statement.
The officers elected at this meeting will be involved with building and establishing our new lodge. This is a unique opportunity that may require a lot of time and effort but will also offer excellent opportunities for growth and leadership.

What else is involved in being an officer? Officers are expected to attend all lodge functions as well as all Lodge Executive Committee meetings. (The Lodge Executive Committee consists of the four elected officers, the Immediate-Past Lodge Chief, appointed Vice Chiefs, Committee Chairs, the Lodge Advisor and Associate Lodge Advisors, and the Lodge Staff Advisor. Only the youth members have voting rights.)I expect all the Lodge Officers to stay in communication with each other and their advisors and to keep their lodge duties within their top 5 priorities of their life. (Things like family, academics, lodge/Scouts, church, friends, extracurricular activities such as sports, school plays, band or orchestra or chorus, dance, etc., etc., etc.).

If you have any questions, please contact me. I’ll see you on the 14th, if not before!

Mrs. Helen Van Houten
Lodge Advisor

Lodge honors Arrowmen with Vigil Honor, Founder’s Award

Ga-Hon-Ga Lodge is pleased to introduce our newest Vigil Honor members who kept their Vigil at Camp Russell on April 1 – 2, 2016.
From left:
Brandon Wilbur, Kelenan Txiti Mbi translated as He Who Holds Little Water
Jonathan Montano, Kwelkesitao Ehatehikes translated as Smiling Fireman
Isaac Bora, Memsi At translated as One Who Goes Here and There
Deborah Amidon, Nagatamen Allogagan translated as Reliable One Who Serves.


The lodge also recognized Brandon and Douglas Wilbur (right) with the Founder’s Award.  The Wilbur’s were honored for their cheerful service and dedication to the lodge elections committee.