Horsetooth Chapter: OA Kola Lodge #464
Do you have that certain boy, or group of boys, that has moved through the ranks and leadership and now feels there is “nothing more”? There is more! Check out Order of the Arrow! The Order of the Arrow is the BSA’s National Honor Society and is a Brotherhood of honor campers. For more details see the National OA website and this Wikipedia article.
Order of the Arrow provides more opportunities for Youth leadership (age 21 in OA), including higher levels up through National Chief, Fellowship and Service with other youth around the country, and a larger role in the future of Scouting and personal life. These are great reasons for recommending experienced youth.
OA members in the Cache La Poudre District make up the Horsetooth Chapter of the Longs Peak Council’s Kola Lodge. They meet the 2nd Thursday of every month. Please check the calendar for the exact place and time.
Eligible nominees are recommended and approved by the Scoutmaster/Coach, and MUST be First Class, or higher, with at least 15 overnight campouts in the past 2 years. Of those 15 nights, only 5 nights may be included from long term/fixed base camps (Summer camp). Individuals should be considered strong leaders that willingly help younger Scouts with their advancement, and enjoy camping.
OA Troop/Varsity Team Representatives and Adult Advisers
If your troop/team does not yet have an OA Troop/Team Representative(OATR), you can serve in the office if you are an active and current OA youth member. Service as an OATR is a troop leadership position that counts toward Boy Scout rank advancement requirements, and helps your Unit OA members stay in touch with what’s happening in the Lodge and Chapter. Unit Advisers must also be Active(current).
The OA Troop Representative is appointed by the troop SPL, with the Scoutmaster’s approval, and then is supervised by the troop ASPL.
Contact the Chapter Chief or the Chapter Adviser(below) to learn how to register.
Find more information about the Troop Representative Job Description on the National OA website.
OA Unit Elections
Every year the Horsetooth Chapter of the Order of the Arrow sets up appointments for Unit Elections to select candidates for membership. Additional information or a Visitation/Election date can be scheduled by sending an email the Horsetooth Chapter adviser Michael Baker.
Unit Elections are conducted each year before March 31. The chapter is striving for Chapter Journey to Excellence and would like to contact 100% of the Troops/Teams in the district.
All unit elections MUST be conducted by a certified OA election team. Units may not conduct their own elections, even if they have OA members within their units.
We need to know:
- Your unit type and number
- Date you would like your elections to be held. Elections are first come, first served. Please also have alternate dates selected.
- Location of troop meeting, including street address.
- Contact person with phone number.
- We will call you within the week before to verify the OA is on the calendar for your unit.
- Sign up for Unit OA elections at the monthly District Roundtables or contact the Chapter Adviser(below).
For more information about the Order of the Arrow, Kola Lodge, or Horsetooth Chapter, please contact the Chapter Adviser, Michael Baker .The Horsetooth Chapter of the Kola Lodge serves the Cache la Poudre District
Meetings are held every Second and Fourth Thursday of the month at Harmony Presbyterian Church at 7pm