March Buck Tail



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The Buck Tail

March 2014

Chiefly Speaking


"He alone is worthy to wear the Arrow who will continue to faithfully serve his fellow man." -Allowat Sakima

That is an interesting thought that Allowat Sakima provides us during the Ordeal ceremony.  Hearken to what Allowat tells us about the arrow.  It is straight, unwavering in its dedication to its direction, and travels onward and upward.

The arrow is a symbol of our devotion to the ideals of Scouting. is "Helpful."  In the Scout Oath, we pledge "to help other people at all times."  The Scout Slogan is "Do a good turn daily."

This begs the question that we must always ask ourselves: "How am I serving my fellow man?"  As members of the Order of the Arrow, our sash identifies us, but even without the sash, we should be identifiable as ones who live out the ideals of a Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.  After all, when we were elected into the Order of the Arrow, we did not have a sash; our fellow Scouts were still able to discern these qualities about us.  They could tell we had seen the arrow, even if we were unable to know we had seen it ourselves.  It is why we wear the arrow on our sash.

Ajapeu Lodge is facing numerous opportunities to serve.  The question that is placed before you is simple, but challenging: "How will you serve?"

The choice is yours.

Yours in Brotherhood,

Joe Donahue
Lodge Chief

Lodge To Serve Camp With Camp School Set-Up Day

Ockanickon Scout Reservation is gearing up to host its third National Camp School, an honor for the camp, and Ajapeu Lodge has been called upon to help.  Ajapeu Lodge members have been asked to help set up tents for the weekends in April that Camp School will be held.

As cheerful service is one of the ideals of the Order of the Arrow, Ajapeu has taken this responsibility head-on.  All lodge members are challenged to step up their game and serve the council and our camp by registering here:  The event is free, but we must know you are coming.  Sign up today!


Ordeal Weekend, Conclave Registrations Opened

Ajapeu Lodge will host two Ordeal Weekends at Camp Ockanickon this year.  The first one is on May 30 - June 1, 2014.  The second one will be on August 15-17, 2014.  Both registrations are now open at

Additionally, the Section NE-5B Conclave to be held at Goose Pond Scout Reservation is also open for sign-ups.  The Conclave is on June 6-8, 2014 at Goose Pond Scout Reservation.  Sign Ups for that are also open at  Click the buttons on the home page to sign up!


Ajapeu Lodge Banquet Recap

Ajapeu Lodge hosted its Annual Family Banquet celebrating 87 years of Cheerful Service on March 8, 2014. Held at the Plumsteadville Township Fire House, the event played host to over 130 very hungry Brothers.

In addition, Ajapeu was pleased to welcome National Vice Chief Taylor Bobrow to the banquet, in the first lodge event attended by a national officer.  Taylor spoke about the need for service as we approach our 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, and challenged everyone to step it up in Ajapeu Lodge as we got closer to the 100th Anniversary.

Terry Robinson led a truly hilarious patch auction that helped support lodge programming.  Finally, the lodge recognized those celebrating substantial milestones in the Order of the Arrow, its Youth and Adult of the Year recipients, and the recipients of the Founder's Award.  Congratulations to all!


Vigil Honor Nominations Due April 30, 2014

Vigil Honor Nominations are due on or before April 30. Please nominate any and all deserving Brothers, provided that they have been Brotherhood for two years. Brothers from both sides of the river may be nominated for this high honor.  Vigil Honor is the highest honor we can bestow on someone for service at the local level. Fill out the online form at or snail-mail it into the Council Office. Note that no late forms can be accepted, and selection of under-21 year olds are required for selection of over-21 year olds.


High School Service Hours and the Order of the Arrow

As the Order of the Arrow is a Brotherhood of Cheerful Service, our Arrowmen enjoy completing service throughout our council.  While this service is always appreciated, some people may seek to have their service count towards graduation.  Many high schools require service hours for graduation, and other high schools offer recognition programs for completing certain amounts of hours.  Ajapeu has a standing rule that allows for service hours to be completed at all lodge events where service is provided.  This includes events like the Camp School Set-Up Day, past events like the Super Storm Sandy Recovery Efforts, and the service portion of an Ordeal weekend.  The exception to this rule is Ordeal candidates completing their Ordeal.

Please consult with your high school service program's requirements to ensure that your service would count.  Further, your Scoutmaster is the final arbiter for all rank advancement service requirements, and we strongly encourage you to complete the service hours needed for rank advancement at the unit level.

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