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National Public Lands Day
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:02

By Reidar Kelstrup, Service Vice Chief

Klahowya Brothers,

For the past two months, you have all been subject to my incessant badgering about National Public Lands Day; therefore, it is only right that I inform you as to how it went.

We conducted two service projects on September 24th, one from 9:00-12:00 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, and another from 10:00-1:00 at the Newhalem Campground of North Cascades National Park. This was a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our obligation to cheerful service and give back to the National Park Service who has so faithfully preserved America's natural treasures for exactly 100 years.

In North Cascades, we cleaned out fire pits and picked up trash in loop A of the campsite (upholding the park's reputation as having the cleanest campsites in Washington State), and in Olympic, we deconstructed a ruined amphitheater by tearing out old benches, made new benches to replace the old and torn down ones, and helped clear brush encroaching on the trails and drainage systems. Members of the WTA and other organizations were also present at Olympic National Park and helped with the projects. Park rangers in both parks were very impressed with the cheerful service, and would be glad to work with us again.

On top of this, both parks were presented with thank you gifts for their service in the form of lodge neckerchiefs affixed to boards signed by all arrowmen in attendance. This too was received very well.

Unfortunately, only four of our brothers (Jacob G, Patrick Rendt, Logan G, and Aaron Tate) turned out to serve at Olympic National Park and only myself turned out for North Cascades. It is my sincerest hope that we make stronger our commitment to service in the future. I will be working with the chapters nearest to these parks to conduct service projects for them over the coming year.

I must give a heartfelt thanks to Patrick Rendt and Jacob G for leading the Olympic operation, my advisor Dwight Thompson for his guidance, and the volunteer coordinators at both parks--Jason Bordelon for North Cascades and Heather Stephens at Olympic--for their work and generosity.


Reidar Kelstrup

Service Vice-Chief

T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge

2016 Conclave
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:01

Written by Murphy B

T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge Chief

In the very recent past some members of our lodge made the journey to Alaska for the 2016 Conclave! This annual event brings together the five lodges of Section W-1N for a weekend of training, brotherhood and fellowship. From this event, our very own Levi C was elected as Section Vice-Chief, one of the three section officers elected each year! As one of the three section officers, Levi will begin to plan out the 2017 Conclave, which will be hosted by our lodge at Camp Pigott!

NEXT: A New Century
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:00

By Reidar Kelstrup, Service Vice Chief

From July 30th-August 3rd 2016, around 4,000 Arrowmen descended upon Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana to discuss the future 100 years of the Order of the Arrow. The purpose of this event was to bring youth leaders and key adults from across the nation to learn, grow and be inspired to be the driving force behind the Order’s second century by focusing on membership, program and innovation at the local level, which will subsequently empower delegates to return home and be powerful agents of change.

Each lodge was allowed a maximum contingent of three youth and two adults. T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge took a total of four: Lodge Service Vice-Chief Reidar Kelstrup (myself), Lodge Service Advisor Dwight Thompson, Lodge Inductions Vice-Chief Jacob Thornton, and Lodge Secretary Advisor Helen Young. All attendees were organized into crews of about 14 with whom we attended classes, ate the first couple of meals, and roomed. No two members of the same lodge were in the same crew in order to encourage discussions with different perspectives from all over the country. In my own crew, Crew 36, we had a staff crew leader from Houston Texas, an Arrowman from Ohio, an Arrowman from Kentucky, my roommate who was lodge chief of the lodge in Northern Wisconsin, an Arrowman from a lodge in Pennsylvania (with about 4,000 members and which holds 8 ordeals a year) formed five years ago in its council’s 15th merger, and more each with unique and valuable perspectives and ways of doing things.

Every day we attended classes all geared toward either getting us discussing ideas with our fellow crew members, or teaching us new tools and ways to think outside the box to address issues we may not have even realized we have. One overarching model they used was the model of Leader X, a leader who will take in as much information as possible from all sources and come to the best decision on how to move forward and overcome a problem. The Leader X model was limited in the grand scope of leadership (maybe Decider X would have been a better title), but it was a good tool to carry across the message that there are innumerable perspectives and more than one way to skin a cat. We may like the saying: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but the message of NEXT was just because it ain’t broke doesn’t mean there ain’t a better way of doing it. Our contingent tried meeting at least once each day to discuss things, and were there whole laundry lists of ideas about new perspectives and different practices at each meeting.

Fall Rally
Friday, 07 October 2016 12:46

By Jacob Thornton, Vice Chief of Inductions


Are you looking for fun? Adventure! Fellowship!? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Fall Rally may be for you!

From November 11th - 13th, the T'€™Kope Kwiskwis Lodge is hosting their annual Fall Rally up at Camp Pigott! For 48 straight hours we shall be hosting classes, games, and feasts to celebrate how absolutely awesome we are!

Looking to learn something new? Ceremonies is hosting classes about Native American art and languages! Looking to develop leadership? Activities is hosting classes about how to improve the quality of Chapter activities! And if you're looking for competition, we’re also hosting the first T'Kope Kwiskwis Chapter Olympics! Bring your Chapter and bring your spirit, and you might get rewarded with something special in the end!

So don'€™t hesitate! Go sign up for Fall Rally right now on the Chief Seattle Council website, and join us in November for the greatest party of the autumn!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Lodge Year
Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:56

It is my pleasure as Secretary of the T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge to welcome you all to another great year of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. I would like to take a moment to introduce to you our 2016-2017 T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge Officers.


From left to right: Tegan Y. (Treasurer), Jacob Thornton (Vice Chief of Inductions), David Hazen (Secretary), Murphy Bush (Lodge Chief), Alexander B. (Vice Chief of Activities), and Reidar Kelstrup (Vice Chief of Service).

National Public Lands Day
Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:51

npld logoJoin us this National Public Lands Day--September 24th--for a day of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. For 100 years the National Park Service has been faithfully preserving America's greatest treasures for our enjoyment, and now it is our time to give back. Help us serve those who have so well served us in one of two places.

Olympic National Park
We will meet from 9:00 to noon at the Port Angeles Visitor Center 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362. There, we will help with three projects.
1. Pulling weeds and spreading mulch.
2. Ripping up old log seats and possibly installing new ones in outdoor amphitheaters.
3. Pulling more weeds and possibly doing some demolition at another area of the Visitor Center.
Tools will be provided, but bring your own gloves and (just in case) rain gear. The volunteer coordinator has asked me for a head and vehicle count. Chapter Chiefs please get a tally of how many in your chapter are going and in how many vehicles and get it to me as soon as possible.

North Cascades National Park
We will be cleaning up the Newhalem Campground and possibly doing some trail cleaning in the area. This is a heavy use area with a lot of damage from last year's fires, so our efforts are greatly appreciated. The campground is a 10-minute walk from the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center. Details on what the park would like us to bring and what times they want us to arrive and leave are pending (I will disseminate them as soon as I get them). Unless told otherwise, we will work from 9:00-3:00 (with a lunch break). I suggest bringing gloves, a lunch, shovels, rakes, hedge trimmers, hefty trash bags, and maybe a few wheelbarrows. (This might be overkill, but hey a scout is prepared. Again, I will let you know as soon as I do what the park will provide and what we need to bring.)

Reidar K.

Service Vice Chief

SMK needs help!
Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:40

The SMK Chapter needs your help October 7th to the 9th, to staff the Orca District Webelos-Ree at Camp Parsons.
Webelos-Ree is a campout where Webelos participate in different activities to complete their requirements for their Arrow of Light Award.
Webelos-Ree not only allows Webelos to get requirements signed off, but it also allows us to show off how cool Boy Scouts are and hopefully help continue their interest in scouting.
If you are a Ceremonialist, please take this invitation into serious consideration, since the OA will host a Potlatch for the Cubs at the event.
Your help in the songs, stories, and dances will be much appreciated.
Also, if you are not interested in participating in a Potlatch, there are still more ways you can help!
Arrowmen are also needed during the weekend by running the stations, and act as Den Guides.
If you are interested in staffing this event, please sign up using this link: Webelos-Ree Sign Up
You'll be doing the Webelos a great service by staffing. Thank you.

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It's Time!!
Thursday, 07 July 2016 22:57

It's time to clockrenew your membership in the Order of the Arrow. Membership renewal emails went out last weekend but unfortunately they coincided with an upgrade of the council website. Hopefully, all links are now working and we apologize for any inconveniences you might have experienced.

You will receive an email in the next few days indicating the current state of your membership, please watch your inbox. Remember, for your OA membership to be valid you must also have a current BSA registration.

If you went through your Ordeal this Spring your membership is good through June 2017.

Conclave: Sept 16-18 @ Camp Gorsuch, Alaska
Thursday, 07 July 2016 22:45

T’Kope Brothers:Conclave2016

Have you ever wanted to go to Alaska?

Section Conclave is the biggest OA event right behind the National OA Conference. This year, the 5 lodges in our Section will come together for a weekend of fun, fellowship, activities, training and everything else that goes with this major event. The 2016 Section W-1N Conclave is being hosted by Nanuk Lodge at Camp Gorsuch in Chugiak, AK. The Camp is located about 30 miles north of the Anchorage airport. The theme for Conclave 2016 is "The Circle is Now Complete".

The total cost for the weekend is only $45. NEW ARROWMEN who have been inducted to the Order after August 1, 2015 get a $5 discount on your registration! Registration is now open, at Don’t forget to sign up for classes! There’s a class schedule on the Conclave registration site.

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