Order of the Arrow - Thunderbird Chapter

Thunderbird Chapter  - Order of the Arrow - Lowaneu Allanque Lodge 41



  • Thunderbird Chapter Chief: Connor McConnell
  • Thunderbird Chapter Vice Chief: Colin Cain
  • Chapter Advisor: Ed Hedborn 630-989-0655
  • Associate Chapter Advisor: Bill Birch
  • Associate Chapter Advisor: Jenn Cain
  • Associate Chapter Advisor: Bill Froelich
  • Associate Chapter Advisor: Scott McConnell

Thunderbird District OA Chapter meets at the same time and place as Thunderbird District Roundtable - 7:30 – 8:30 PM - Please Note our NEW LOCATION: Trinity Green Trails - 2701 Maple Ave, Lisle, IL 60532 - Map Link

The next Thunderbird OA chapter meeting will be on Thursday, February 14th, at 7:30 P.M. Dress for the weather! We will have a short business meeting to go over elections and upcoming OA events and opportunities, and then go outside for a winter sports extravaganza OA style!

Order of the Arrow Representatives and members: Please make announcements at your Troop meeting about our Chapter Meetings and Lodge Events to let all OA members know what is coming up, and that they are welcome to attend!

Information and forms for Ordeal candidates may be found on-line at the Lodge website.




Ordeal     Brotherhood     Vigil


Chapter Meetings and Lodge Activities for 2018

  •       2019
    day month   topic
    26 Jan   Winter Council of Chiefs
    Kalahari Resort
    1305 Kalahari Drive Wisconsin Dells, WI
    14 Feb   New Meeting Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    2701 Maple Ave, Lisle
    14 Feb   Winter Sports - Outside
    15-17 Feb   National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
    Geneva Center, Rochester, IN
    2-3 Mar   Lock-in at Rush-Copley Healthplex
    2000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, IL
    14 Mar   Ice cream social/game night
    15-17 Mar   National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
    Camp Cherry, Cedar Rapids, IA
    11 Apr   Sky High Sports - River & Ferry, $20/person, waiver
    11 Apr   Mid America Raceway - Slot Cars, Ogden Plaza
    12-14 Apr   Section C-7 Conclave, Sailing the 7CsRacine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Racine, WI
    9 May   Pixel Blast - $10/person, games free
    13 Jun   Von Oven Campout - Cast Iron Cooking & Service Project
    11 Jul   No meeting
    8 Aug   Stomp Rockets
    12 Sep   New Member Night
    10 Oct   Ceremony Training - Crossover & Call Out
    25-27 Oct   National Leadership Seminar (NLS)
    Beaumont Scout Reservation, St. Louis, MO
    14 Nov   Election Training - Troop OA Representatives
    12 Dec   Holiday Party
    9 Jan   Winter Sports - Snow Snakes/Bowling/etc.
    12 Feb   Native American Craft - Fingerweaving
    12 Mar   Lisle Bowl - $12/3 games + shoes
    9 Apr   Marble Run
    14 May   Spoon Catapults
    11 Jun   Von Oven Campout - Cast Iron Cooking & Service Project
    Jul   No meeting


Annual Dues

All OA members are required to pay annual dues of $20. You can also pay for your dues and 4 discounted lodge events (spring and fall fellowships, winter banquet, and frendship powwow). If you have not done so, please pay your dues at OA41.org. Every penny of your dues goes straight to the Lodge to provide all of the awesome experiences throughout the year for our members. It also goes to provide camperships to our council camps, Lodge Leadership Development training for members, and to help with various lodge service projects. Scoutmasters; Charter renewal is going on now. It is a great time to collect and pay lodge dues for your members and submit them on-line. 

As always, feel free to contact Mr. Hedborn with any questions.

Annual Elections

January and February are the time for our annual OA Elections. This year there are some changes. Elections will be held for Boy Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units. Eligibility requirements for Boy Scouts and adults remain the same. Scouts BSA, Venture Crew and Explorer Post elections will be held after February 1st. Order of the Arrow membership requirements for election follow:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

The Order's commitment to our unchanging mission and purpose remains steadfast, and we are excited to welcome others who share that commitment by extending membership in Scouting’s National Honor Society to participants of all older youth programs. We look forward to having female members in 2019 and know that, like all of our OA members, they will serve as role models and inspirations to others – both within the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.


OA FORMS and Web Links

OAPurpose of the Order of the Arrow

To recognize those campers – Scouts and Scouters – who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such a manner to warrant recognition.

  • To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
  • To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as part of the unit’s camping program, both year-round and in summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the Council.
  • To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

OA Lodge #41