Conclave Recap | Section NE-2A
Section NE-2A hosted its centennial conclave on June 19 through the 21st at the beautiful camp June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation, where Tschitani Lodge served as the service lodge for the weekend. The theme was quite long in name, but was used to show progression through the weekend: “From the Island to the Summit, the Legacy Lives On”. The theme was selected based upon the location of the founding of the Order of the Arrow, Treasure Island, and the progression since its founding to the most recent of notable events, our rededication at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. In the planning of the theme, the concept of acknowledging the past as well as showing the impact it would have as we move forward into our second century of service.
After lodges settled into their campsites, the lodges came together at the waterfront for a luau with assorted activities, cracker-barrel with themed food, the opportunity to meet out-of-section guests who were also in attendance. These special guests included the 2015 National Chief Alex Call, 2015 Northeast Region Chief Matt Bell, and 2015-2016 Section NE-6A Chief Zach Sager.
Saturday morning was filled with the Conclave University training program. The program was broken down into 4 tracks, with a total of 28 sessions offered, based upon what the participants’ involvement in their chapter and or lodge. A variety of training sessions were offered within each track for Arrowmen to customize their experience and make it the most beneficial. This year marked the third year of the Conclave University program as well as the introduction of the Master's degree, the highest recognition available for participation in the training program.
The afternoon was kicked off with The Big Event, Section NE-2A’s major inter-lodge competition, where each of six lodges send representatives of their contingent to compete in a race to compete challenges across the camp. Each lodge met the challenge and completed the event, but one lodge out-competed the rest and were named the Conclave Conquerers: Nacha Nimat Lodge. This also marks the lodges’ third consecutive conclave where they have won this award!
Assorted activities continued throughout the afternoon, including an authentic Native American pow wow, assorted games and activities, and an ArrowTour stop. Arrowmen from around the area took time to attend and experience the ArrowTour program, including program enhancements like the climbing wall and a hamster ball race. The conclusion of the afternoon came about with a significant amount of rain, which thankfully decreased significantly over the span of dinner.
Saturday evening consisted the closing show, where Arrowmen competed in an assortment of Minute to Win It challenges and overcome the wet environment that was a result of the earlier rain. After the games had come to an end, we had two special performances; a Rubix Cube performance where Conclave Coordinator Howie Craig showed Arrowmen the intensity that is solving a Rubix Cube in high speeds as well as blindfolded, and a magic show where Noah Cross, service lodge member, performed a series of illusions and card tricks. The night continued with awards and recognition and ended with a keynote address for Alex Call, where he spoke about the importance of each and every Arrowman as we progress in to our second century of service.
Sunday morning brought to us the annual business meeting. The election brought new faces into section office, as well as a returning officer. 2014–2015 Section NE-2A Vice Chief Nicholas Aubrey was elected to serve as 2015-2016 section chief, Pocumtuc Lodge Chief Joshua Laprade was elected to serve as 2015-2016 section vice chief, and Nacha Nimat Lodge Chief Peter Demkowicz was elected to serve as 2015-2016 section secretary.