This summer there was more than just sunbathing going on at the shore of beautiful Lake Cayuga. From August 21st-23rd Camp Barton, in Trumansburg, NY was home to the Section NE-3B Conclave.
Now in it’s 4th year, Section NE-3B had the opportunity to celebrate many milestones, including the centennial of the Order of the Arrow. This year’s conclave theme was Paddle Onward: Looking Downstream. Profiting from the section geography with the headwaters of the Susquehanna, Delaware, Mohawk, and Hudson Rivers in the section; this theme is about recognizing the milestone we have reached and continuing to achieve more. Much like a river never stops flowing, continually overcoming obstacles such as rapids and dams, so does the Order. The goal for this weekend was not only to remember the path taken but also to paddle onward. In other words, to let our momentum not die down, but empower us to continue onward.
Each participant was urged to profit from each and every moment at Conclave during the Friday night gathering. Saturday started with a rededication ceremony to the Order and it’s values. After getting their toes wet in the training cells, the guests were invited to participate in The Rapids, an afternoon of excitement and fun. In addition to a variety of open program areas, we hosted the Swampathon, Bubble Soccer, and even Civil War re-enactors came to share their canon with us. That evening, the section said a large Happy Birthday! to the Order with a Centennial Celebration complete with birthday cake and inflatables. With bubble soccer set up outside and a patch auction inside, there was fun to be had all around.