Participation Chapter/Lodge Events By Jonathan Lindsey Tortugas Chapter Adviser [email protected] (575)-649-3911 Common Problems ● ● ● ● Kids know what the ordeal is, and assume that's all we do. Scoutmasters think we steal their older boys. Scouts and Scouters don't see our work. Boring meetings make for reduction in scouts ● Uneducated Arrowmen Sash n Dash ● No rewards for effort LLD Presented Ideas ● Chapter Campout ● Comradere ● Ownership in teams ● ● Patch on attendance Forcing through parents Youth chapter meeting run by youth Summer event – bbq, water baloon fight, druming and singing party Fun outtings ● Recruitment Inter chapter events ● Fun Filling Chapter The Categories ● Incentives – Bribes ● Structure – Organization Of Chapter ● Fun – no explanation needed ● Interpersonal Relationships – Being Friends ● Recruitment / Awareness – Being Visable Incentives ● Food ● Medicine Bags – with significant meaning ● Patch on attendance ● Beads for attendance ● Chapter Level Awards Structure ● Youth Run Organization ● Filling Chapter Positions – – Advisers making sure youth do not feel alone Limitations on who can serve (adding prestige) ● OA Orientation** ● OA Membership Adoptions ● Communication ● Meeting Planning ● Training Fun ● Chapter Camp Out ● Summer Events – – – – ● Games at meetings – ● BBQ Water Balloon Fights Drumming / Singing Parties Swim Parties Steal the bacon with OA questions Fun Outings Interpersonal Relationships ● ● ● Camaraderie Ownership in teams (Ceremony, Dance, Drum) Recruitment Recruitment / Awareness ● ● ● Chapter Service Projects Arrow of Light Ceremonies / Bridging Ceremonies Participation at District Events What Wapaha Chapter is doing right ● Introduction to the Order of the Arrow, Your Chapter and what it means to you! ● Chapter Camp Outs ● Ownership in Ceremony Gear ● ● Incentives – Patches for Vice Chiefs and Teams Strong Interpersonal Relationships Where Wapaha Came From • 3 youth • 5 adults • Poor leadership • No activities / participation Where Wapaha is now • 15 youth active • 10 adults • Leadership with succession plan • Dedicated Ordeal • Dedicated Pre-Ordeal Team • Starting a Dance Team What Tortugas Chapter is doing right ● Chapter Service Projects ● Strong Interpersonal Relationships ● Involved in District Functions ● Brand New Incentive Programs ● – Arrowman of the Year – Legacy Sash Program – OA Coins for Elections Team – Recogition for Chapter Adviser/Chief Plaque (still being worked on) Chapter Identification: Chapter Neckerchiefs So how do we get there? ● ● ● ● Through planning meetings, we can make them fun. Through training, we can make sure the youth and adults know what to expect from each other Through training, youth can understand the roles and positions which will persuade them to take up a position of responsibility Through friendship, creating that close bond between existing members. ● Through ownership and competition between chapters. ● Through exposure on the district level ● Friendly competition between chapters at lodge events Participation It may not start with the letter U, but it does start with YOU!