Conclave Recap | Section NE-6A
On May 15-17th, Section NE-6A hosted its centennial conclave. 619 Arrowmen from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia gathered at Rodney Scout Reservation to
explore what it means to have a “Future Founded in Tradition”.
Nentego Lodge of the Del-Mar-Va Council hosted the conclave, standing up to the challenge of hosting the largest conclave in Section NE-6A history.
On Friday evening, Arrowmen enjoyed a traditional campfire, with skits, songs, and cheers provided by members of the Camp Rodney staff. Nourished by an evening cracker-barrel, Arrowmen went to bed to prepare for a day of training and fun.
Early on Saturday morning, Arrowmen rose to rededicate themselves to the values of the Order of the Arrow. After an excellent breakfast, a myriad of training was facilitated with topics including BSA awards and recognition, patch design, training fundamentals, and Order of the Arrow High Adventure. National Vice Chief Donnie Stephens was invited to facilitate the training on Order of the Arrow High Adventure. Ceremonies competitions also took place during this time. This excellent training was coordinated by 2014-2015 Section Vice Chief Kyle Brendel. Kudos to him for a job well done.
Shortly after training concluded, drones took to the sky and recreation began. Bubble soccer, jousting, and an obstacle course, patch trading, rifle shooting, and volleyball competition, excited Arrowmen about what it means to bridge the gap between the two centuries of service. The numerous remote controlled photography quadcopter drones captured some awesome photos and videos of everything that went on.
To cap off the excellent day, the closing campfire allowed for the two guest lodges, Nentico and Amangamek-Wipit to have their chance at some skits, as well as to poke some fun at their companions. The campfire concluded by challenging attendees to spread the spirit of Scouting, and to show that together, the spirit will grow brighter.
To finish the weekend, the section business meeting was held. Nentico Lodge of the Baltimore Area Council swept most competitions taking home victories in the adult cook off, volleyball and lodgeball. “We won everything!” chanted the lodge as they were announced as the winner of the highly coveted spirit award.
However, all was not lost. Amangamek-Wipit made a strong resurgence in the ceremonies competitions, with members winning prizes in the Pre-Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil ceremonies. At the conclusion of the business meeting, incumbent Section Chief Zach Sager was reelected, former Secretary Michael Bloom was elected to the
position of section vice chief, and Nentego Lodge Member Trevor Beachboard was chosen to serve as the section secretary. These officers look forward to another great conclave at Goshen Scout Reservation on May 20-22, 2016.