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Vigil Selection and Letters
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 21:25

Brothers, every year each chapter sends one representative to the Vigil Selection Committee meeting held at the Scout Office in mid-May. The representatives go over every member of the lodge that is eligible for the Vigil honor. The committee is made up of young men that know many members of the lodge, so that they can make informed decisions in selecting the Vigil Class. This year the Vigil Selection committee will be meeting Saturday May 11th to select the members of the lodge that will be receiving the Vigil honor.  If you wish to write a letter to nominate eligible members of the lodge we need them ASAP. We will accept them as late as Thursday May 9, 2013. You can email you letter to the selection comity, and each letter will be read and discussed.


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May Ordeal 2013
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:29

conclave2010a001Hello arrowmen, 
Do you remember your ordeal? How about your elengamate? May 17-19 come and help give a new member the same memory. If you come as elengamate you get all the food and fun but for free! We will have the pleasure of helping camp brinkley get ready for summer.  This means we get to use the longhouse for our ceremonies and potlatch! Come serve and make memories at camp Brinkley for the May 17-19 ordeal!

If you have any questions or don't know how to register email the ordeal master Nathan Lee or the Lodge Vice Cheif of Inductions Quinton Lum.

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T’Kope Kwiskwis Wins National Service Award!
Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:00

mt_rainiernatlserviceThe T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge has won the 2012 OA National Service award for our outstanding service event ArrowCorps502. ArrowCorps502 was a week-long conservation service project from July 31st to August 6, 2011, at Mt. Rainier National Park. ArrowCorps502 was a partnership between the Chief Seattle Council, T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, and the National Parks Service designed to leave a lasting legacy for future park users. Volunteers Built trails, restored campsites, and experienced the power and beauty of the Mountain firsthand. The 2014 ArrowCorps502 is just over a year away so join Scouts, Scouters, Venturers, and Sea Scouts from all over the country for an unforgettable adventure! Be a part of the legacy of service.

T’Kope Kwiskwis becomes the first lodge in our section to win this award and only the second lodge in Washington State.
Register Now for Conclave! Price Goes Up April 22nd
Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00
We're looking forward to seeing you at the greatest Scouting event of the year! Join over 300 Arrowmen from all over Alaska, Washington and beyond for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Enjoy tons of activities, inspiration and entertaining shows, great training classes, a multitude of Native American events, patch auctions - just to name a few! Conclave 2013 takes place April 26-28 at Camp Pigott.

Price: $40 ($35 for new arrowmen)


Start Time: Friday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
End Time: Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 am

On-Line Registration is now open


A hard copy registration form is also available - Click Here

First Ceremony In the Longhouse
Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

bh_ceremony01On March 23rd 2013 a historic ceremony was held by the lodge. We encourage everyone to congratulate our latest brothers who sealed their membership in the Order by going through the first ceremony ever held in the new Longhouse at Camp Pigott. Congratulations to our new brotherhood members!

Trent A
Murphy B
Samuel S
Jack T

The Ceremonies Chairman Nick T. awarded the privilege of the first ceremony to the Sunyakwa chapter Brotherhood team. This team traveled last summer to the National Order of the Arrow Conference for evaluation. Members of this team were also on the nationally ranked Pre Ordeal team from that conference. The four principles have been together for almost 5 years and it will be one of their last performances, as these fine Arrowmen will be moving on to life's other exciting opportunities. They solemnly conducted the ceremony wearing the lodge's Chilkat blankets. Three of these blankets are the original blankets of the lodge dating back to 1955! Traditionally the Chilkats were only worn for the Brotherhood ceremony. The members of the Sunyakwa chapter Brotherhood ceremonies team are:

Logan C
Tony M
Keith P
Clay E

If it's been 10 months since your ordeal and you want to step up to the Brotherhood, there are many opportunities, including all the ordeals, conclave, the longhouse dedication, Spring Fellowship, and some camporees. For more information contact your Troop/Team Rep, or your chapter leadership. If you are really interested in getting your brotherhood at one of the first ceremonies in the new Longhouse here are the dates and times:

Saturday April 27th - 7:00am before breakfast at Conclave
Saturday May 18th - May Ordeal at Camp Brinkley following Dinner

Registration is open for these events! Don't miss the opportunity and sign up today!

Yakala Provides Service
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:34
small_mw001On November 24th the Yakala Chapter planted plants as a service project. We logged 30 hours and 30 minutes planting in Frink Park. Frink Park is a Park in Seattle in the Leschi neighborhood. There were five of us-Christopher, Aldo, Gerry, James, and Darrell, a volunteer for the city. Frink Park was a park designed by the Olmstead brothers. The majority of the trees in the park are approaching the end of their lives. The park was overrun with English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberries. The goal of the service project was to plant native shrubs and trees in order to restore the forest. The invasive plants were removed before we got there. We planted 21 trees including Vine Maples, Tamarack Pines, Grand Firs, hemlocks, and Western Red Cedars. We planted 102 shrubs including salal, mock oranges, roses, a variety of ferns, currants, Oregon grapes, bearberries, serviceberries, and beaked hazelnut. On December 22nd we returned to Frink Park to do more planting. We planted on a plot next to the place where we planted on the 24th. We had seven people come, all of the people who came to the first one with the addition of Darcy, another volunteer for the city, and Dillon. Once we finished planting, we removed ivy, holly, and some non-native cherry trees. We logged around 29 hours. (This project ended at two while the first one ended at four.) We planted around 80 shrubs and 5 trees. We will be returning for more projects throughout the year. The picture shows Darrell, James, and Christopher digging holes. Aldo is planting. Gerry took the picture.
New Ashuk T’salil Totem Pole!
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:31
small_mw002By Thomas L, Chapter Chief Ashuk T'salil

Primary construction of the Ashuk T'salil (Northlakes District) totem pole was completed on 24th of November. The totem pole is a replacement for the original pole that fell down about 20 years ago that was built in the 1960's. The pole is about 15 feet tall and was made of a 99-year old cedar tree from Camp Brinkley that was cut down last December, where it has been worked on continuously for almost a year by chapter members in the Brinkley work shed. The totem pole has three figures on it, which are Bear (top), Squirrel (middle), and Blue Heron (bottom) each is about five-feet tall and had have been worked on immensely. The figures represent Bear as the adult leaders , the squirrel represents the youth , and the Blue Heron represents the whole chapter as Northlakes. Bear is very common, but Squirrel is very rare in native American totems and so is Blue Heron, we had a lot of help from chapter member and master carver Richard White to get the figures just right. Only a few more details need to be carved so that it can be put up at the OA long house, which is at Camp Piggot (near Camp Brinkley). We have used various authentic tools including curved knives and adzes, exacto knives, chisels, and pocket knives (all very sharp). Safety gloves and glasses were donated, as well as metal for the adze blades that were used to carve the core out of the back of the totem pole (10 adzes were created for the rough work, and professional grade tools were used for the figure carving). Our next step is to paint and seal the pole and raise it in time for conclave.

The OA youth in this photograph are Willie B, Murphy B, Thomas L, Galen L, adult leaders are John Ewell, Mike Holton, Chris Lane, Robert Lane, Frank Long.

Longhouse Dedication April 12-14th 2013
Thursday, 07 March 2013 00:00
longhouseconstruction129The T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge is excited to announce the formal dedication of the new Longhouse April 12-14th 2013.

Friday night is the opening show for Order of the Arrow members, including an unforgetable Brotherhood ceremony. Saturday culminates with the Potlatch - the official opening of the Longhouse for all Scouts, Scouters and supporters. Families are more than welcome to join the festivities Saturday. Check in opens at 6pm Friday night at Camp Brinkley.

The Longhouse Grand Opening has a limited number of participants and registrations will not be accepted at the door so register today!

There are two options to attend:

All Weekend
And Saturday only


Thank you for your support of the new Longhouse. We look forward to celebrating its opening with you this spring.

Schedule follows.

Old Ashuk T'Salil Pole Identified
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:00
missingpolearch20132A photo surfaced out of the collection shared by longtime lodge member Ken H of a pole that has been lost. We have identified the pole in the photograph as the missing Ashuck T'Salil pole.

The pole stood, according to an old site plan, on the right hand side of the longhouse as you faced the building. It was the farthest pole on the right next to the original site of the Sunyakwa pole. The following is a description of the Ashuck T'Salil pole:

"The top figure represents the clan of the Silver Marmot. The cross bar is called the people ladder showing the 10 chapters working together. Below the ladder is the Grizzly Bear showing indomitable outdoor spirit of the Chapter. The man with the copper signifies the wealth and resources of the chapter. The total totem shows the relationship to the lodge and the uniqueness in the lodge of the Chapter."

This is the first photo of the pole to surface in decades and we are excited to share it with the lodge.

Thank you Ken!
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