A Letter from the Chief


            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!,
Aaron Coffman
Section NE-4B Chief 2016-17

Section NE-4B OAHA Scholarships

Are you interested in attending one of the 4 National High Adventure Bases of the Boy Scouts of America, but you don’t have the finances to go on a one week trek with your Council. Don’t fret because the Section has a scholarship to help you out. Through OAHA (Order of the Arrow High Adventure) you get to spend TWO weeks on the National Adventure Base of your choice and the Section will cover your registration for the program. To find out more about the OAHA programs click here.  If you have any questions you can contact us here. (Section NE-4B OAHA Scholarship Application)

OA Wilderness Voyage

Why should one attend OA High Adventure(OAHA)? Read these articles from the two 2015 OAHA Section Scholarship recipients and check out http://adventure.oa-bsa.org/ for more information on Northern Tiers Wilderness Voyage and all of the other great programs one can attend threw the Order of the Arrow!

“I had such a wonderful time at my OA Wilderness Voyage trip. I really enjoyed all of the time spent away from modern living and technology, cooking on an open fire every evening, drinking lake water which is so much better than regular water, and meeting some of the best guys ever who I have no doubt will be some of my lifelong friends. Nothing I have done in my scouting career has been as great of an experience as the time I got to spend up there in the Boundary Waters.”

— Aaron Coffman, NE-4B Secretary (2015 Scholarship recipient)

“OA Wilderness Voyage is by far my favorite scouting memory. Throughout the course of a two week journey, I was able to see over 150 miles of some of the most breath taking scenery in the nation. It was a great feeling to be able to give back to the Boundary Waters through our work on the portage trails. I also had a chance to meet Arrowmen from every corner of America and build life-long friendships. OA Wilderness Voyage for me has truly been a life changing experience.”

— William Moats, Wagion Lodge 6 Communications Chairman (2015 Scholarship recipient)

NOAC is almost here!

NOAC starts Monday August 3 at Michigan State University.  This will be a great week celebrating the Centennial of the OA!

We are planning to have a Section Gathering sometime on Thursday August 6.  Look for details here and on Facebook and by email.

See you all at NOAC!

Craig (on the road with ArrowTour).