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Order of the Arrow at the Council Convention

Kon Wapos Lodge is participating in the Council Convention at Green Lake Conference Center. There will be service in support of the convention along with training and fellowship for Order of the Arrow members. OA members will help at the convention by providing directions for convention participants as they navigate to Spark Sessions, meals and other activities.  OA members will assist with the exhibit hall set-up and take down. The OA will present some of the Spark Sessions on Saturday and lead the Scouts Own on Sunday morning.  OA members will be able to participate in the Council Convention program on Saturday and use the rec center. There is a dorm building for youth lodging.

OA youth members will have the option to attend Saturday only or choose the lodging option for Friday and/or Saturday night. OA youth will be staying at the Robbins dorm building, along with some adult members.  The lodge is subsidizing costs for youth members. Youth OA members will receive a special reduced rate for the weekend program, meals and lodging in return for their service at the convention. There will be a rec center available for the OA youth. 

Adult OA members wishing to be a part of the OA service team can contact the lodge adviser. Adult OA members will assist with the convention and also be able to participate in the program & Spark Sessions. They will provide adult supervision at the dorm and rec center. Adult members choosing this option will stay at the dorm building and have a special lodging rate. Adult OA members who wish to participate in the Council Convention with the Friday night Derby option or the Saturday evening dinner and Silver Beaver recognition, should register as a regular attendee at the Convention. Lodging for Convention attendees is at Kern Lodge. Lodging for the OA youth and adult service team members is at the Robbins dorm building. 

Convention Schedule for OA Members

  1. Friday night – optional overnight lodging at dorm, rec center, games, snack & more.
  2. Saturday – Breakfast option, Celebration of Districts program, Spark sessions, Lunch, Eagle Celebration program, youth activities before dinner, Dinner buffet option 
  3. Saturday Spark sessions include: 
    1. Camping & Outdoor Cooking: Tips & Tricks (for all Scouts & adult leaders)
    2. “Life After Eagle”: Opportunities for Older Scouts (for all Scouts & adult leaders)
    3. The OA: Inquiring Minds Want to Know More (for all Scouts & adult leaders)
    4. and more…
  4. Saturday evening – rec center, Brotherhood ceremony, activities, games, snack & more, optional overnight lodging at dorm
  5. Sunday – optional breakfast, OA leads Scouts OWN service 

OA Youth members will use this password during registration: OAY23 

Registration link:

Contact the lodge adviser with questions:   

Kon Wapos Lodge 10th Anniversary

The Lodge Communications team is assembling a history book to mark the Lodge’s 10th anniversary covering the highs, lows, and everything in between of the last 10 years. This is where you come in: tell us what you know; send us your pictures.

We want to include your stories, memories, pictures, and ideas for this history book! Use the form at the link below to submit your materials. Have a lot? Share it with us via email at

This could be as simple as why you completed your Ordeal; your experience getting called out at summer camp; what your Ordeal project was; maybe it rained all night during your Ordeal; or maybe you made a best friend at a lodge event. We want to hear all about it!

We anticipate project completion by Lodge Gathering in August.


Unit visitations will start in early 2023 and go through April 1st. Order of the Arrow teams from each chapter will visit units in their district to promote summer camp, share information about the Order of the Arrow and conduct a unit election, if there are youth eligible for membership in the unit. Members should contact their chapter to become a member of the unit visitation teams. The process of scheduling the unit visitation will begin with an email from the lodge to the unit leader and committee chair. The unit leader will submit names of youth eligible for election and request a visit. The chapter will confirm the schedule with the unit leader.

Adult Nominations

Units that conduct a youth election are eligible to have their unit committee submit names of adults to the lodge for consideration to become adult candidates for membership. Instructions will be provided to unit leaders and committee chairs.


A new National OA policy is for those elected to be announced at the time of the election. The purpose of this announcement is to provide immediate recognition for those who were elected. Candidates can still be called-out during a ceremony at one of the spring camporees or at summer camp.


OA call-out ceremonies are not required before attending the Ordeal. Call-out ceremonies will be conducted by the lodge at camporees during the spring of 2023 and during summer camp at Bear Paw and Hiawatha. A unit may conduct a call out ceremony with permission from the lodge. Someone elected in 2023 who completes their Ordeal in June of 2023 can be called out at summer camp. Those who attend a camp outside of Bay-Lakes Council can be called out if their unit leader requests permission from the lodge. The lodge adviser will provide a letter for the unit to present to the out-of-council camp. The purpose of the OA call-out, is to recognize those who have been elected and to inspire those who are not yet elected to want to become members.


Candidates who were elected in 2022 and who have not completed their Ordeal, will be eligible to complete the Ordeal in 2023. They will receive an invitation from the lodge to complete their Ordeal.


Ordeal induction weekends will be held during June at each of the 4 council camps. There will also be an induction weekend in August at Gardner Dam Adventure Base. Registration will open for those weekends early in 2023. Registration links will be provided to all OA members and candidates.


You can pay your 2023 dues on-line. You maintain or renew your Order of the Arrow membership status with a current BSA membership and payment of the $15 OA lodge dues. Your $15 supports OA programs and council programs like the campership fund, Kon Wapos S’mores night at camp, camp leader recognition and more.  

You can also register as a “Golden Arrow” member which covers your dues and lodge events in 2023.  Youth $80, Adult $100. Over $140 value. A special lodge flap with a golden arrow will be sent to members who choose this option.

OA High Adventure

As a youth member of the OA, you can experience the adventure of the BSA National High Adventure bases at a reduced rate. Kon Wapos Lodge has scholarship funds to assist with transportation costs.  Contact the lodge adviser.

More information about OAHA opportunities:

Upcoming Events

April 14-16, 2023
L.E. Phillips Scout Reservation

April 14-16, 2023
Green Lake Conference Center

April 28-30, 2023
Camp Rokilio

Spring Conference

August 18-20, 2023
Gardner Dam Adventure Base


Sept. 22-24, Gardner Dam Adventure Base and Bear Paw Scout Camp

Order of the Arrow members are invited to serve in various ways to support the Bay-Lakes Scout Fest event.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

National Jamboree, July 19-28, Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia

You can be a part of Operation Arrow at the National Jamboree.  OA members age 16+ can apply to serve on the Operation Arrow team at the Jamboree.   Contact the lodge adviser for more information. 

You can also find information at the National Jamboree website. 

Additional Opportunities

Maple Syrup Open House

Order of the Arrow members are invited to serve as members of the staff to support the annual Maple Syrup Open House at Bear Paw. Stay tuned for more information on how you can register to serve on staff.


March 11, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

We encourage youth to attend STEM Pi Day.  We are looking for adults to assist with the program.  Stay tuned for more information on how to register as a participant or volunteer. 

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Cheerfully Serving Bay-Lakes Council since 2013

Nathan T., Lodge Chief

Mike Mailand, Lodge Adviser