Register for ACT Conference by April 15th!

What is ACT (Adapt – Collaborate  –  Thrive)?  This event is designed to help Lodge and Chapter leaders  Adapt to face major challenges, Collaborate with their peers throughout the section, and, eventually, Thrive and become high performing.

You MUST register by April 15th online at: https://scoutingevent.com/296-OACOC2022      No late  registration allowed

Cost is $15 / person

 

Logistics:

Timing: Our first session will start at 10pm on Friday. We will finish ACT by 4pm on Saturday. CoC Onsite will run Sunday morning and finish no later than noon

Location/Housing: We will be meeting at Camp Ripley 15000 MN-115, Little Falls, MN  56345 . Sleeping arrangements are Tin Hut buildings 20’x40’. Power is available, bring power strips and bring brooms to ready and clean out your hut. Bring your mats or cots for sleeping, and camp chairs for seating – neither are provided

Other Requirements: All attendees need to provide 2 copies of their BSA Health Form. Anyone 18+ must provide valid identification (drivers license or state ID). No camouflage may be worn on base. Meals are provide on Saturday (B,L,D) and Sunday bag breakfast.

 

Find out more about ACT on our page: ACT Conference

Welcome to G11 – a new region and a new name for our Section

The Order of the Arrow is streamlining our structure while preserving national youth leadership opportunities! The National OA Committee has voted to approve a final prototype from the Project Magellan task force that will maintain current section boundaries while transitioning to two regions:

  • Recent changes within the BSA deemed the OA’s four-region structure financially and operationally unsustainable.
  • The two-region structure provides continued opportunities for many young people to lead at the national level while streamlining the OA’s structure to focus on the local level—the bedrock of our organization.
  • The National Service Territories (NST) were designed as a collaborative network to support councils as they deliver Scouting in their geographic areas.
  • Every lodge was invited to provide feedback on this structure before it was finalized and indicated widespread support.

After garnering nearly 300 ideas from Arrowmen nationwide, Gateway and Eastern will be the names of our new regions! Learn more online at: https://oa-bsa.org/magellan

 

For all of our Sections, this means a new Name —  Section C-1A will now be Section G11!

What will change

  • Going forward, all our materials will refer to us as Section G11
  • We will redesign our existing Section Logo to reflect the new name
  • Eventually, we will transition from this website to a new G11 platform (timing TBD)

 

What doesn’t change

  • The Lodges in our Section
  • The leadership for our Section
  • Great events that are fun for all Arrowmen

 

 

 

 

Settlers of Watertown

Section Conclave 2021: Settlers of Watertown

Hosted by Tetonwana Lodge at Midwest Bible Camp in South Dakota from October 1st-3rd, join us at the Catan-themed Section Conclave to enjoy fun, food, and fellowship with arrowmen from Montana to Michigan!

Meander on over to the Bramble Zoo.

Saunter through the Slumberland disc golf course.

Show off at our talent competition.

Enjoy fresh-cooked meals.

Participate in our Officer Elections or even run as a candidate yourself!

A weekend packed with activities and secret prizes; Find your lodge below to register now!

Section Officer Election for 2021

Have you been really involved in the Order and your Lodge? Are you looking for a different experience that can keep you involved, yet offer new challenges? If so, then you should consider becoming a Section C-1A Officer.
Officer Candidate Requirements – in order to run for Section Officer, candidate must:
  • Be under the age of 21 for the entire term of office (Oct 3, 2021 – Oct 2, 2022)
  • Be a registered member of the BSA in good standing in a Lodge and Council within the Section boundaries.
  • Obtain in advance a written letter of approval from your Scout Executive. All interested candidates must turn this letter (or email) in to the Section Adviser, Nick Pedersen (nick.pedersen@gmail.com), before 12pm on Saturday, October 2nd
    • Note: Please have a letter or email; a verbal approval from your Lodge Adviser does not count
Section Officers must attend four meetings each year. Necessary transportation and housing will be provided. Candidates for any of the Section Officer positions must commit to attend all of these meetings if they are elected. The meetings are:
  • Section Officer Training Seminar (November 11-14th, 2021 departing early am on Thursday returning late pm on Sunday)
  • Winter Council of Chiefs Meeting (February 4-5, 2022)
  • Spring Council of Chiefs Meeting (April TBD, 2022)
  • 2021 Section C-1A Conclave (Sept 30-Oct 2, 2022)
In addition, the Chief needs to represent the Section at the National Planning Meeting held December 27-30, 2021.
VOTING: Voting for Section Officers will be conducted in accordance with the Field Operations Guide (FOG). Each council in the section, in good standing (renewed its OA charter) with the national service center, may cast one vote per youth member present at the team of the election, up to a maximum of 10 votes, for each office on all ballots. The designated council youth representative must cast their votes in proportion to the poll of the delegates (in whole votes, not fractions).
A nominee must receive a majority (one vote more than fifty percent) of the votes cast on a given ballot to be elected (abstentions do not count as votes cast). Where a majority is not achieved, the nominee(s) receiving the least number of votes is (are) dropped and another vote is taken. This procedure continues until one nominee achieves a majority and is declared elected, or until two ballots in succession result in tie votes and the balloting is declared deadlocked.
Chief: Presides over meetings of the Council of Chiefs. He or She provides leadership and motivation at all functions and represents the Section at Area, Regional, and National functions to which she or he is invited. Partners with Lodge Chiefs to coach and build relationships among the Chiefs.
Vice Chief: Fills in for the Chief as needed, ensures the Section Conclave is promoted in each of the Lodges, and chairs the Lodge Assistance Program. Supports the Lodges through attendance at Winter Fellowships, Lodge Leadership Development, or other programs as needed.
Secretary: Takes minutes for all meetings and keeps up-to-date roster of the Council of Chiefs. Supports the Lodges through attendance at Winter Fellowships, Lodge Leadership Development, or other programs as needed.

Section Officer Elections for Saturday, Oct 3rd @ 7pm

Election modifications due to virtual election

  • Elections will be held via Zoom during the scheduled “Election” time period on Saturday.
  • Each candidate will be asked to provide a short 2 min introduction video and a 30 second video to answer pre-determined questions. Both of these videos are requested to be provided to Kyle Roberts (e.roberts.93@gmail.com) by 9 am Saturday morning for preview and preparation for streaming on Zoom.
    • Introduction video – This would be similar to what the candidate would say if they were on stage at conclave making their pitch for office. A candidate can supply ONE video for all positions they run for if they need to run for multiple positions OR they can supply one video per position they plan to run for.
    • 30 sec Question Video – On Friday night the current section officers will decide on 1-2 questions that they will provide to all individuals who have announced their intention to run for office and ask that each candidate answer those questions in a short 30 sec pre-recorded video.
  • Ballots will be collected via Google Form. Saturday morning we will send out the form to each LODGE CHIEF or their APPOINTED DESIGNEE. They will be the only individual from each lodge given access to the google dropbox that we intend the lodges to cast their ballots to.
    • IMPORTANT – Lodge Advisers will need to confirm the Chief or Designee to the Section Adviser prior to Saturday morning.
  • There will be no “nominations” at the beginning of each position election. Instead for those who have met the requirements for running for office, we are asking they inform the section advisers which position(s) they plan to run for so that we can include them as part of the ballot for elections and make sure their video is added to that position listing. Please have the candidate indicate his/her intentions of which position(s) they plan to run for during the Officer Candidate Lunch meeting from 1:30-2:00 pm on Saturday

Elections will be livestreamed via Facebook. So, we ask if an adult is able to watch the elections via Facebook that would be our preference to limit the number of individuals within the zoom call for breakout sessions.

 

Election Procedures

  • At the beginning of the elections we will ask all attendees (youth and adults) to change their zoom name to the following structure:
    • (Y/A) – (Lodge) – Name
    • First Letter Abbreviation
      • Y – Youth (Anyone under 21)
      • A – Adults (Anyone 21 and over)
    • Lodge Abbreviations:
      • TNL – Totanhan Nakaha Lodge
      • PaH – Pa-Hin
      • Wah – Wahpekute
      • Nau – Naguonabe
      • Tet – Tetonwana
      • CHL – Crazy Horse
      • KaN – Ka’niss Ma’ingan
    • Examples:
      • Y-(three letter abbreviation of lodge name)-(Name)
        • Y-PaH-Evan Schroeder
      • A-(three letter abbreviation of lodge name)-(Name)
        • A-TNL-Nick Pedersen

 

  • Upon opening each position election, we will send the candidates to a separate breakout room in zoom while we play their introduction video and responses to the pre-determined questions for all other attendees.
  • After the videos are concluded, all youth and ONE adult (Lodge Adviser or designee) will be broken out into separate breakout rooms by lodge to discussion how they will be casting their 10 votes.
    • If you as the lodge adviser is not able to attend the elections please indicate which adult you would like as your designee to monitor the breakout discussion.
    • All other adults that are on the zoom meeting will either be left in the main room to socialize or sent to a separate “Adult” breakout room.
  • Once your lodge has determined how they will vote, the lodge chief/designee will submit their ballot to the google form dropbox for the Section Advisers to count the votes and determine the results.
    • If an individual obtains a majority of the votes, we will close all of the breakout rooms to bring all participants, including the candidates, back to the main and will announce the new officer.
    • If there is NOT a majority, we will have the Section Adviser/Assoc Advisers hop into the individual breakouts to inform the lodge which candidates are still to be voted on and we will ask the lodge to discuss how they would like to vote again.
  • If there are multiple votes for one position due to not obtaining a majority on the first ballot, there will NOT be any additional videos or communication from the candidates.

Section Officer 2020-2021 Candidate Information

Have you been really involved in the Order and your Lodge? Are you looking for a different experience that can keep you involved, yet offer new challenges? If so, then you should consider becoming a Section C-1A Officer.

Elections will be held via Zoom during the scheduled “Election” time period on Saturday. Candidates should be available for that call.

Officer Responsibilities:

Section_Officers_2019-2020Chief: Presides over meetings of the Council of Chiefs. He or She provides leadership and motivation at all functions and represents the Section at Area, Regional, and National functions to which she or he is invited. Partners with Lodge Chiefs to coach and build relationships among the Chiefs. 

Vice Chief: Fills in for the Chief as needed, ensures the Section Conclave is promoted in each of the Lodges, and chairs the Lodge Assistance Program. Supports the Lodges through attendance at Winter Fellowships, Lodge Leadership Development, or other programs as needed. 

Secretary: Takes minutes for all meetings and keeps up-to-date roster of the Council of Chiefs. Supports the Lodges through attendance at Winter Fellowships, Lodge Leadership Development, or other programs as needed.

Officer Candidate Requirements – in order to run for Section Officer, candidate must:

  • Be under the age of 21 for the entire term of office (Oct  4, 2020 – Oct 3, 2021)
  • Be a registered member of the BSA in good standing in a Lodge and Council within the Section boundaries.
  • Obtain in advance a written letter of approval from your Scout Executive. All interested candidates must turn this letter (or email) in to the Section Adviser, Nick Pedersen (nick.pedersen@gmail.com), before 6pm on Friday, October 2nd 
    • Note: Please have a letter or email; a verbal approval from your Lodge Adviser does not count
    • Please be sure to turn in your approval before 6pm on Friday, October 2nd.
    • Due to the election procedures in place in a virtual setting, anyone who has not submitted their approval by 6pm will not be eligible to run for office..

 

  • Section Officers must attend four meetings each year. Necessary transportation and housing will be provided. The meetings are:
    • Section Officer Training Seminar (November 12-15th, 2020, departing early am on Thursday returning late pm on Sunday)
    • Winter Council of Chiefs Meeting (February 5-6, 2021)
    • Spring Council of Chiefs Meeting (April TBD, 2021)
    • 2021 Section C-1A Conclave (October 1-3, 2021)
    • In addition, the Chief needs to represent the Section at the National Planning Meeting held December 27-30, 2020.

Candidates for any of the Section Officer positions must commit to attend all of these meetings if they are elected.