This year’s Section NE-2B conclave was truly one to remember for all who were able to be a part of it. The theme was "From Treasure Island, to Long Island and Every Island in Between".It's a multifaceted theme.
The event was held at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp on Long Island, NY, which is famous for its beach towns. The camp even had a beach nearby overlooking the Long Island Sound so it was only right that the theme had an island aspect to the program with tiki torches, island music, and tropical food. The second facet of the theme was the centennial, which is why "From Treasure Island" was added. Section NE-2B wanted to make sure that the participants left with an understanding of the 100th anniversary.
The opening and rededication ceremonies focused on preserving the Order’s rich traditions, while still looking to improve the future of the OA.
However, themes alone can't carry a conclave to success. The Friday night icebreaker games helped unite the section by exposing Arrowmen to different activities focused on meeting their fellow brothers. Innovative trainings that were offered on areas such as communications and branding gave guests the tools to enhance their lodge programs. The enthralling Saturday afternoon activities allowed for some fun in the sun with activities like: rifle shooting, archery, COPE, ceremonies competitions, a dunk tank, ultimate frisbee, and Section NE-2B’s famous "anything floats" competition, where lodges built vessels out of anything they could find.
On Sunday morning, Arrowmen were already talking about their plans to attend next year. During the business meeting Chris Boyle of Buckskin Lodge was reelected as chief, Liam Garigiulo of Shinnecock was elected vice Chief, and Jeremy Duenàs from Kintecoying was elected Secretary. The joy that everyone was able to experience was due in part because of the hard work that the section officers and COC put in. Our centennial conclave was able to change the lives of the 263 people in attendance and help to set the tone for our next century of service.