There are many brotherhood opportunities coming up in the next few months. First, what is brotherhood?, “Brotherhood membership marks the completion of your induction into the Order of the Arrow” (OA Jumpstart). In order to be eligible for brotherhood you must have been a member of the lodge for 10 months as well as complete the challenges. The challenges can be found online both on our website under Resources->Brotherhood or at jumpstart.oa-bsa.org. Also, they are listed in your Order of the Arrow handbook. The opportunities include all the Thursdays of normal summer camp at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp (July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, and August 8). Also, during the September Induction Weekend and Fall Fellowship.

There are several congratulations due at this point of the year. First off, congratulations to all the new inductees of both the May and June’s induction weekends; you have begun your journey into the Order and the Lodge welcomes you all. Next, to all those who achieved Brotherhood at either weekend, congratulations to those Brothers as well. In addition, congratulations to our Vigil Class of 2013. Lastly, congratulations to our newly elected 2013-2014 officers who were elected during the June Induction and will take office at the September Induction. The 2013-2014 officers are: Liam G. – Lodge Chief, Brian G. – Lodge Vice Chief, Isaiah J. – Lodge Secretary, and Michael S. – Lodge Historian. There is still a vacancy for treasurer, so if you are interested please contact the lodge through the webmaster.

Finally, the lodge would like to say thank you to all those who helped make the last six months successful, whether it was coming out to help with an induction weekend, the call out at the Southhaven Camporee, or just spending time helping your respective Chapter, the Lodge appreciates the dedication.

The official Shinnecock Lodge #360, 2013 National Jamboree Patch is here! The cost is just $5 per patch.

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To order one of these either go to Resources -> Forms and click on the 2013 Jamboree Patch Order Form or click here.

The lodge still has two more Induction Weekends to be held one on June 14-16 and the other on September 27th to 29th. If you have been a member of the lodge for over ten months, you’re invited, to become a Brotherhood Member or know someone else who needs it? Spread the word!  Even if you were just inducted in May, we are looking for youths and adults to come out and volunteer for the weekend. If you’d like to help out, we are always looking for Elangomats, Ceremonies or just to lend a hand in cheerful service.

If you are interested in registering go to Resources -> Forms  and click 2013 Lodge Menu/Dues or click here. Any questions contact the webmaster via the contact page.

On June 7-9 at Camp Keowa, Ten Mile River Scout Reservation, Section NE-2B will be holding its annual Section Conclave. A section conclave is held once a year and is hosted by one of the five lodges in our section. The lodges of our section include Suffolk County Council, Theodore Roosevelt Council (Nassau County), Greater NY Councils (New York City), Westchester-Putnam Council, and Greenwich Council. This years conclave is being hosted by Kintecoying Lodge from the Greater NY Councils. The theme this year is “How Uncas Got His Groove Back”. The Lodge Chiefs from all the lodges have been working hard all year to plan this awesome event and you don’t want to miss it!

To register for this awesome event follow the link here or to view the promotion video click here,

The council camporee is being help April 26-28 at Southaven County Park, during this event the lodge will be hosting some events. The largest one will be the 2013 call out. “The Call-out is a public recognition ceremony for those scouts who are candidates for membership in the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.” It is to recognize those scouts and scouters who were elected during this past election season. The ceremony will be held immediately following the Saturday Evening show on April 27. Attached here is the flyer for the ceremony.

Also the lodge is looking for people to help staff the OA tables during the day. If you are not currently assigned to a specific program or support area, please consider helping out. Any time given to this effort would be appreciated. If you are available to help, please contact the webmaster. Lastly, please wear your uniform and sash throughout the day on Saturday of the Camporee.

Due to Wood Badge being at Baiting Hollow on the original date, the September Induction Weekend has been moved from September 20th-22nd to September 27th-29th. If you already registered for the event and the new date creates a conflict for you, please contact the Suffolk County Council Office at (631)-924-7000 to pick one of the other two dates in the spring . Thanks in advanced for your understanding.

Your chance to become a part of Shinnecock Lodge history has come! We are opening a Jamboree Lodge Flap Design Competition to all brothers of the lodge.  You can design a lodge flap, submit it, then we’ll have your fellow lodge members vote on their favorite one!  This competition has a deadline of January 31st, so get your ideas in quickly.  The Shinnecock Lodge Web-Team has also added a new section under the resources area for this unique opportunity. You can also access it by clicking here. So get your pencil sharpeners working and your mind creating.  The next Lodge Flap we wear to Jamboree could be yours!

On January 6th at 2pm at Coram Fire Department, the lodge will be having its annual winter banquet. This is a time to say thanks to the brothers who have put in dedicated service for the last year as the lodge and chapter officers, enjoy some delicious food, and merriment. The cost of this event is $20 for youth and $30 for adults and if you bought a lodge pass for 2013 the Winter Banquet is covered in it. Also, you DO NOT need to wear uniform, just dress nice.

To register for this event you can find the form under Resources->Forms or by clicking here

The 2013 Vigil Honor Nomination form has been posted. If you have a member you would like to nominate, fill out a nomination form and submit it to the Suffolk County Council Office. Remember in order for a member to be eligible for the vigil honor he/she must have been a brotherhood member for 2 years, and they must be dues paid for the current year. You do not have to be a vigil honor member to make a nomination. Remember “The Vigil Honor is the highest honor the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to their lodge and council. It is a mark of distinction and recognition for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the responsibilities of their position or office.”

If you would like to nominate someone the form can be found under the Resources->Forms section or by clicking here

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