Good Afternoon Arrowmen,
I hope this letter finds you well and safe during these uncertain times our section, state and nation are currently facing. It is because of these world events that we are announcing that the Section NE-4B Conclave that was scheduled to be hosted at Camp Bucoco on June 5-7th is being postponed. In order to provide the best opportunity for youth and adult arrowman in Section NE-4B, it has been decided that the event will be rescheduled for August 28-30 at Camp Bucoco.
In addition to the change in the event date, a few minor changes to the typical conclave environment will be observed. These changes will be related to temperature testing, social distancing and hand washing suggestions provided by the state and federal health officials in the period leading up to the event. These will be similar to those changes that are occurring at our various local summer camps.
The other major different at this conclave is the housing situation. To maintain social distancing to our best ability, the host lodge is asking that all lodge delegates bring their own tent to stay in during conclave. Any scout or scouter requiring specialized housing because of a medical concern should speak with their lodge conclave chairman or advisor and accommodations will be address on an individualized basis.
We look forward to hosting an amazing event this August. To ensure that all section members have the chance to attend, we are extending the registration period until August 17th. Please contact your local lodge or section officers for additional information.
Yours in Brotherhood,
Braden Coffman : Section NE-4B Chief
Thomas P. Price : Section NE-4B Advisor
BREAKING NEWS! During Section NE-4B’s Special Election that was held tonight we have elected a New Section NE-4B Chief. The New Chief is Braden Coffman who is a Vigil Honor Member of Wagion Lodge 6. Braden is an Eagle Scout and has served as trading post chairmen as well as secretary for his lodge. He has attended the 2015 and 2018 NOACs as well as the Summit debut at Prism in 2016. Braden also served as a trek guide member for the Operation Arrow Staff at the 2017 National Jamboree. He is currently studying engineering at Penn State University at the Fayette location.
With Braden’s election as Section Chief there was a vacancy in the position of Section NE4B Vice Chief which was then filled by Zeb Smoyer of Monaken Lodge 103. Zeb Smoyer is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member of Monaken Lodge, Juniata Valley Council. Zeb has served as the Nittany Chapter Vice Chief and Monaken Lodge 1st Vice Chief. He has attended the 2015 and 2018 NOACs as well as the 2017 National Jamboree where he served as the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 1307(Juniata Valley contingent). Zeb is currently enrolled in Bellefonte Area High School and plans to study environmental engineering at Oregon State University when he graduates. Zeb is excited to serve as Section Vice Chief.
Congratulations to both of these youth as they enter into their new terms!
This morning at the National Planning Meeting in Dallas Texas, Ethan Mooney, our Section Chief, was elected 2019 Northeast Region Chief!
Ethan Mooney is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member of Kuskitannee Lodge, Moraine Trails Council. Prior to being elected as Northeast Region Chief, he served as section chief, lodge chief, lodge vice chief, and section vice chief. He attended the National Train the Trainer for the new National Leadership Seminar and has served on NLS staff for the Northeast Region. Ethan attended the 2015 and 2018 NOACs, two National Jamborees in 2013 and 2017, and the NEXT Conference that took place in 2016. Ethan is a recent graduate from Seneca Valley School District and is currently studying Computer Science and Cyber-security at Slippery Rock University.
The Section voted unanimously to approve OA High Adventure Scholarships for the 2019 Season. These programs offer youth Arrowmen from across the country to participate in any of the OA High Adventure Programs! These opportunities are truly a once in a life-time opportunities available only to our members. Our scholarship program, provided these (already affordable) experiences to select members of our Section for an even lower price! More information about OA High Adventure can be found HERE. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, the application is available upon request from your Lodge Chief. If you have any questions regarding OA High Adventure, feel free to contact your Lodge Chief or any one of the Section Officers!
It was a pleasure to be able to represent you in Dallas at the Nation Order of the Arrow Planning Meeting. Below you can find for your reading pleasure an article that I wrote to recap my Dallas Experience for you to see a little bit more of the behind the scenes footage of what happens at a Nation OA Planning Meeting.
Yours in Service,
2016-17 NE-4B Chief
2016 National Planning Meeting Recap
It comes with great honor to present you with an official update of where we are currently setting as a Section. Much has been accomplished since Conclave and we look forward to continuing our Service to you, the Arrowmen of Section NE-4B, as we get closer to Conclave and SALLS. Section NE-4B Semi-Annual Report 2017
Brothers, much has been happening behind the scenes regarding Section NE-4B. Just to highlight some of the key points of the current business. The Order of the Arrow High Adventure Scholarship forms are out and applications are currently being accepted until January 14th at Midnight. This is a great opportunity for any scout ages 15 to 20 to attend a National High Adventure Base for just about the cost of the transportation to get there! This year we will be giving out 4 OAHA Scholarships to applicants. Online and Physical applications can be found Here and if you would like more information on the programs that are offered you can click Here. We highly encourage you to fill out an application if you are interested in attending a High Adventure Base through the OA’s program. These programs are a once in a lifetime opportunity that I can honestly say have changed my life in many ways and has given me opportunities that I would have never had any other way along with making me a ton of friends along the way!
Another big piece of news is that the belt Buckles that many have pre-ordered are finally in! They were delivered to Section Advisor Craig Spink’s work this past week. We are currently working to find the cheapest way to mail them out to those who have pre-paid for them if you would like to receive yours earlier than SALLS or Conclave. Feel free to Contact us Here.
Along the lines of fundraisers for the Section, don’t forget our SG Trading Post is open and can be found Here. Also if you have ordered one or more of the Section Challenge Coins you can feel free to pre-pay for them or pay for them in person at either SALLS or Conclave. Regarding other merchandise stay on the lookout because there will be some more stuff coming out soon! Thank you for all of the support you give us! If it wasn’t for you guys we would never be able to do what we do.
Operation Arrow, the OA’s presence at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree is going to be bigger than ever! If you have not signed up to be a part of this highly enthusiastic team of Arrowmen from all across this great nation I highly encourage you to do so! You can work as either a trek guide leading Jamboree Troops to the Garden Grounds at the Summit, Native American Village where you can spend your time at the Summit preforming traditional Native American style dances for Troops in full regalia, or on the Service Core where you will help the Jamboree run over all doing a lot of miscellaneous things to ensure that the Jamboree goes off without a hitch this year. If you have any questions regarding the program click Here or feel free to reach out us for more info.
Our Section Advancement of Lodge Leaders’ Summit, SALLS in short, planning is well underway for 2017. The date has been set for March 25th at IUP much like last year. The cost of the event and start and finish times will be out soon so stay posted for more information!
Thank You for your Time and Carry On!,
Section NE-4B Chief 2016-17
The Section is proud to announce that our 2017 Section Scholarship is not open for applications! This year we have out Word Document form like always and a brand new online scholarship application! Both forms can be found Here. If you have any questions feel free to contact us on our Contact Page.
We are now officially taking Pre-Orders for the Section Belt Buckles! The Cost is $25 per belt buckle. If you would like to place an order you can do so by clicking Here. The deadline for Pre-Orders is October 30th. If you have any questions feel free to contact us by clicking Here. Carry On Brothers!
Please check out our new section trading post. We have some interesting merchandise to buy!
Online Section SG Trading Post link: Section NE-4B Trading Post