Last month, the Northeast Region hosted its inagural Lodge Key 3 Summit. The theme of the weekend was Your Piece of the Puzzle" and was a weekend filled with training, fellowship, and fun for lodge leaders around the Northeast Region.
Click on the link below to read a recap of the event written by our own Phil Z., lodge chief of Moswetuset Lodge 52 , and click here to view the 2013 Lodge Key 3 Summit photo gallery.
Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in the Northeast Region’s first ever Lodge Key 3 Summit at Camp Alpine in New Jersey. Throughout the weekend, I learned much from my fellow lodge chief brothers as well as the amazing staff to put together the event.
When I first arrived at the event with my lodge adviser, it was great being able to revisit the facilities of Camp Alpine (with prior experience at NLS) and to see both new and familiar faces. We opened up with a showcase of every lodge presenting a prime idea of a program or event, highlighting what worked best in their lodge, such as a free pass for each new Ordeal member, a week of service at summer camp, scholarships for Arrowmen, and much more!
Saturday came and what a great day of training and fellowship it was. After breakfast, us lodge chiefs had the chance to receive training from past region chiefs, Patrick Rooney and Ken Hager, past section chief Raymond Cheung, and Northeast Region Chief, Tyler Allen! Not only were we able to learn more about our positions as lodge chief and the impact we make, we were able to hear great and inspiring talks from respectful figures in the Order of the Arrow, such as Dr. Carl Marchetti, Northeast Regional President Hab Butler, Northeast Region Chairman Mark Chilutti, and many more Scouters who operate on the national level.
Of course, what’s a Scouting event without a little recreation? We had the chance to join together in fellowship by playing a bit of competitive dodge ball against each other.
After dinner, past National Chief and Vice Chief, John Rehm and Preston Marquis, got us pumped up to get ready for the 100th anniversary of the OA and how to get our lodges ready for NOAC 2015! It was great being able to share ideas at our tables on things such as fundraising money to the “Centennial Challenge” of how to get as many Arrowmen as we can from our lodge to NOAC. Eventually we settled down with loads of pizza ready for us to eat.
What I love about being in the Order of the Arrow are the connections and friendships that I get to make all around my area and the region, and being able to be share great (and maybe not-so-great, yet ridiculous!) ideas with like-minded individuals. It is incredible to see the amount of commitment and service from our leaders around the region, and even better to see the passion that drives our Order. I know, coming out of the summit, I will take back these best practices from around the region back to my own lodge in order to deliver the impact and service I want.
You can view the 2013 Lodge Key 3 Summit photo gallery by clicking here.