2017 Founder's Award Nominations

posted Aug 26, 2017, 9:49 PM by Lodge Adviser

Fellow Lodge Members,

The Founder’s Award was created in 1981 by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge.  The award is reserved for a member who demonstrates to his fellow Arrowmen that he memorializes in his everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by the Order’s founders, Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson.  

While the Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction, the Founder’s Award is used to recognize those Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have impacted the Lodge in a positive and lasting way. This is a rare and distinguished honor presented to recognize the spirit of our Founders visible in worthy Arrowmen.

Nominations are given for exceptional and long-term service to Achpateuny Lodge. There can only be TWO Founder's Awards presented per year in Achpateuny Lodge.

Please provide as much information about the nominee as possible.  In this way the Awards Selection Committee can make a fair assessment of the contributions of the nominee to the Lodge. 

To be eligible for the Founder’s Award an Arrowman must:

1.              Be registered in the Far East Council, BSA.

2.              Be a member in good standing of Achpateuny Lodge #803 (2017 dues paid).

In order for a nomination to be accepted it must:

1.              Be submitted on the current Google Forms link below or on the Founder’s Award Nomination Form.

2.              Be received no later than November 1, 2017.

Please use the below Google Forms link to submit your nominations:

You can also fill out the attached document electronically and email it to the Lodge Adviser, Mr. Daniel O'Neill at

Past recipients of the Achpateuny Lodge Founder's Award can be found under the History Section of the Lodge Website.

2017 Vigil Honor Nominations

posted Aug 26, 2017, 9:40 PM by Lodge Adviser   [ updated Aug 26, 2017, 9:42 PM ]

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Vigil Honor.  The nomination deadline is midnight December 1, 2017.

Vigil Honor members are selected by a committee comprised of Vigil-ineligible youth members from across the council.  Most of these youth members probably don’t know your nominee so please elaborate on as much of your nominee's OA and Scouting-related information and activities as possible.

You may nominate multiple candidates but please remember that the Vigil Honor is meant for only the most active and deserving Brotherhood members who have demonstrated the OA principles of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service.

Access the online nomination form at Google Forms here:

Please report problems with the online form to the Lodge Adviser at

The attached 2017 Vigil Eligible List are the current Arrowmen eligible to be nominated for the Vigil Honor based on the below eligibility criteria of a member in good standing with Achpateuny Lodge #803 and a Brotherhood member for at least two years. If it turns out the nominee's registration is not with Achpateuny Lodge in the Far East Council we can not accept the nomination. 

Members who are unable to access the online form can use the attached nomination form.  Nomination forms should be sent to

If you do not receive notification that your nomination has been received via Google Forms or email within 72 hours of submission please contact


Vigil Honor nominations

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Brothers who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following: their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting or their Scout camp. Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation. 

The Vigil Honor dates back to 1915 when our Founder, Dr. E. Urner Goodman, became the first Vigil Honor member.  The Vigil Honor is a recognition of one’s commitment to servant leadership.  Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. 

Please provide as much information about the nominee as possible.  In this way the Vigil Selection Committee can make a fair assessment of the contributions of the nominee to the Lodge, the OA, Scouting, or their Scout Camp. 

To be eligible for the Vigil Honor an Arrowman must:

1.              Be registered in the Far East Council, BSA.

2.              Be a member in good standing of Achpateuny Lodge #803.

3.              Be a Brotherhood member for at least two years.

In order for a nomination to be accepted it must:

1.              Be submitted on the current Vigil Honor Nomination form or via Google Forms (link above).

2.              Be received no later than midnight December 1, 2017.

Are YOU Ready for NOAC 2018?!

posted Aug 12, 2017, 10:14 PM by Lodge Adviser

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!

During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.

The 2018 NOAC will be held from July 30 - August 4, 2018 at Indiana State University in Terra haute, Indiana.

The conference fee is $525 and includes housing, food, and program activities. It does not include travel costs. Arrowmen can travel to NOAC with a contingent from our lodge, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending in the conference.

In the coming months you will find everything you need to know about NOAC 2018: how to go, what exciting opportunities await you, and the plans for the conference.  Watch the Lodge Website and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with information and announcements.

2016 OA Unit of Excellence Recipients!

posted Jul 29, 2017, 11:49 PM by Lodge Adviser

Congratulations to the following Troops for achieving the
Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award
They will receive a ribbon for their Troop Flag!

Troop 22 Japan
Troop 35 Japan
Troop 82 Korea
Troop 88 Korea
Troop 485 Philippines
Troop 351​ Philippines
Check out the Resources Tab for information regarding the OA Unit of Excellence Award!

2017 Section W6P Conclave

posted Jun 24, 2017, 6:58 PM by Lodge Adviser   [ updated Jun 24, 2017, 7:01 PM ]


The 2017 Section Conclave will be held on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Pohakuloa Training Area from 8-10 September 2017. Registration information will be posted as soon as it is available. If you are interested in attending please email more about it in the Section W6P Newsletter attached below!

Hail and Farewell!

posted Jun 1, 2017, 9:27 PM by Lodge Adviser

I would like to congratulate Joshua LaBenne, Glenn Jones, and Ryan Chen for a job well done during their time as Achpateuny Lodge Officers. Their year of service will not be forgotten as Achpateuny moves on through the Second Century of Service!

I would also like to congratulate and formally welcome our 2017-2018 Lodge Officers, whose terms began June 1st. This year's Lodge Chief is Sidney Killick, from the Shaonaxan Chapter; the new Lodge Vice Chief is Surya Sriram, from Taleka Chapter; the new Lodge Secretary is Nikita Romanov from Taleka Chapter and the Lodge Treasurer is Darren Fang from the Amangi Wachtschu Chapter. I wish them all the best of luck as they navigate Achpateuny through what will be an amazing year full of amazing events both within the borders of our Lodge and in the Order of the Arrow!

Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui,
Dan O'Neill
Macheu Nallih Achpussin Alloquepi
Achpateuny Lodge Adviser
Far East Council, BSA

National Leadership Seminar in JAPAN!

posted May 12, 2017, 7:41 PM by Lodge Adviser   [ updated May 12, 2017, 7:48 PM ]

My Brothers! 

There is a great opportunity coming up this fall! The Order of the Arrow National Leadership Seminar is coming to Tama Hills Recreation Area in Japan! The course will be held November 10-12, 2017. 

Online registration is open at - please sign up as soon as possible (scroll down to find the Tama Hills course).  It's just a registration, with no payment collected at time of sign up! The course fee is currently $150, this fee will be reduced for Achpateuny Lodge members depending on Achpateuny Lodge fundraising efforts. The full ghost patch will be used a benefactor fundraiser patch. The colored patch is free for participants who sign up to attend the NLS. The colored patch is also available to non-participants as a fundraiser. Come to NLS to earn the OA NLS Triangle Patch which complements the Lodge Participant Patch and fundraiser patch.

Patch Order forms will be available shortly!

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development. Run by the Region Chief and his Advisers, it provides an in-depth look at leadership skills and techniques. An NLS discusses how these skills can be applied in your role in the OA and in other aspects of your life. The National Leadership Seminar is a weekend conference on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format is designed to complement the longer, more detailed Wood Badge and National Youth Leader Training (NYLT) Programs. Near the end of the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills studied in the seminar on projects in their lodge, council, and community.

Announcing the 2017-2018 Achpateuny Lodge Officers!

posted May 5, 2017, 11:39 PM by Lodge Adviser   [ updated May 5, 2017, 11:43 PM ]

We are pleased to announce the results of the Lodge Officer Election and present to you the 2017-2018 Lodge Officers. Their term will begin June 1st. Congratulations!


The 2017-2018 Achpateuny Lodge officers are:


Lodge Chief: Sidney Killick

Lodge Vice Chief: Surya Sriram

Lodge Secretary: Nikita Romanov

Lodge Treasurer: Darren Fang


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Lodge Chief elections!

2017 Lodge Officer Elections

posted Apr 14, 2017, 9:04 PM by Web Admin Achpateuny Lodge   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 9:06 PM ]

The candidates for Lodge Officers of Achpateuny Lodge for the 2017-2018 term, in alphabetical order, are:

Lodge Chief

Sidney Killick (pending Chapter Electoral Approval)

Lodge Vice Chief

Surya Sriram (pending Chapter Electoral Approval)

Lodge Secretary

Darren Fang
Nikita Romanov

Lodge Treasurer

Darren Fang
Jonathan Shaffer

Each of these candidates has a history of providing outstanding service to the Order of the Arrow and Scouting. They have had a positive impact on their units, clans, chapters, and the lodge. The candidates' election statements, as well as their background and photo, are below.

Voting is open to all youth members of the lodge who are under the age of 21. Please review the candidate information before casting your ballot.

Youth may access the ballot here:

Voting is open through April 25, 2017.

Good luck to each of the candidates!

OA Expansion and Ceremony Team Flap Set

posted Apr 3, 2017, 4:01 AM by Lodge Adviser

Four amazing Limited Edition Patches have been produced to support Order of the Arrow expansion in Asia. The Far East Council and Achpateuny Lodge support Arrowmen in over 12 countries in the Far East. These patches are available as a fundraiser to support Ceremonial Regalia and Ceremony accomplishment for Arrowmen in hard to reach areas throughout the Asia region. The fundraiser is available to all Lodge members in good standing with 2017 dues paid until May 1st, then it will be made available to the general public. 

An email has been sent out to all members with the required form as an attachment. If you have not yet paid your 2017 dues, please send your dues with your Patch order, or click on the link on the Lodge homepage. Email with questions or to obtain an order form if you did not receive one via email. Images of the patches are below!


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