Order of the Arrow 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
The next Thunderbird OA chapter meeting will be on Thursday, December 13th, at 7:30 P.M. We will be having our annual holiday party, refreshments, and gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped gift to exchange. Dollar Store is fine. No gift over $5. The stranger/goofier/crazier the better. Join us for a year end party and wrap up as we prepare for the coming year.
Thunderbird District OA Chapter normally meets at the same time and place as Thunderbird District Roundtable - at 7:30 on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the LDS Church on Ridgeland Ave. in Naperville. Map It.
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.
Chapter Meetings and Lodge Activities for 2018
- December 13 - Holiday Party
- 2019 coming soon!
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.
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
- OA Lodge Calendar (right side of screen)
- Lowaneu Allanque Lodge #41 web site
- National Order of the Arrow National Order of the Arrow web site
- OA Central Region Section C7 OA Section C7 web site
Purpose 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.