Fellow Arrowmen of Pellissippi Lodge 230,
Wow, it’s hard to believe that in just three days we will gather to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the first ordeal of our lodge. We will gather at beautiful Camp Pellissippi for fun, fellowship and competition. We will celebrate of our history and re-dedicate ourselves to the future. Here are some important things to consider as you prepare for the weekend. We are also still looking for some specialized volunteers (see below). If you can help, please contact me (865) 804-1634 or our Lodge Adviser, Jeff Moser (865) 230-1178.
The event is a BYOT (bring your own tent) event. Campsite assignments will be made early Friday and it will be based on registration. There are adirondacks at camp but maybe not enough for a particular chapter, so please come prepared to sleep in a tent that you bring.
East Tennessee weather is unpredictable, so come prepared to participate rain or shine. We will follow all safe scouting policies and procedures but a little rain won’t stop us.
Be sure to bring a camp / tailgating chair. The campfire on Saturday night will be in the parade field so you will want a chair or blanket to sit on.
The registration fee includes some awesome memorabilia – a replica of our first neckerchief with an embroidered Camp Pellissippi patch and a replica ordeal sash from the era. There will also be an event patch for sale for $5.00, 2017 Lodge Jamboree flaps for $5.00, Lodge mugs for $5.00 and more. Snacks and drinks will be for sale too. There will be water stations throughout camp so bring your own water bottle. The memorabilia trading post will be in the museum.
Brotherhood will be offered during the Fellowship. There is an additional cost of $20.00 to pay for the Brotherhood Sash. Brotherhood Candidates will meet at the Lodge tipi at 1:00 pm on Saturday to turn in their forms and receive additional instructions.
There will be a Vigil Breakfast on Saturday morning at 6:45. Vigil members will have the opportunity to purchase a replica Vigil sash for $25.00 during the breakfast.
The lodge museum will be located in the Arthur B. Wood lodge building. Several special guests will be hanging out there throughout the day on Saturday. Stop by, say hello and listen to great stories of our past.
We will take a group picture at 5:45pm on Saturday evening. Please wear your “class A” uniform and replica sash. Some of our guests may not have a class A and that’s OK. We want everyone to participate!
We are looking for twelve scouts in class A uniform to be torchbearers during the closing campfire. Please see Nathan Holland, if you are interested and would like to help.
We will need four flag ceremony teams - Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
We will elect our officers for 2017-18 on Sunday morning. If you are interested in running, petitions will be available at registration.
Safety and code of conduct – everyone will be asked to check-in upon arrival and check-out upon departure. The name badge will be your meal ticket. We have a lodge code of conduct and will ask everyone to abide by those expectations. Basically, if we behave like Scouts, no one will have a problem. We are going to do our best to keep car traffic in camp to a minimum. There will be exceptions but for the most part, please be prepared to walk – a lot.
Opportunities for Service:
We will need 2-3 adults per chapter to help run and judge the Quest events. Most jobs are very simple but we do need 3-5 adults who are “safety afloat” and “safe swim defense” certified to help with the canoe contest and free time canoeing. If more volunteer, we can rotate schedules. I believe both of these certifications can be completed on-line. Please consider helping!
Now, for two really big jobs – if any adult would like to arrive early and help deliver gear to each campsite as chapters check-in, we could use your help. If you have a truck and/or trailer, that would be ideal. Again, we are trying to keep car traffic to a minimum. If any adult would like to bring a golf cart to help transport some of our special guests to and from the Arthur B. Wood lodge / museum that would be fantastic. You would stay with your cart and drive it as needed.
That’s about it. I’m super excited to see everyone this weekend. We have a great weekend planned. If you haven’t registered, it’s not too late. Call the council office and register.
In Cheerful Service,