Ni-Sanak-Tani News

NEW PATCH is IN – This special edition patch will get you in to all Lodge-sponsored events in 2017 for one price… $90. All Banquet, Wing Ding, Ordeal weekends, Rendezvous, and Section Conclave, and you get a limited edition patch for others to recognize your commitment to NST.

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High School/College Arrowmen… Consider participating in the OA High Adventures:OA Canadian Odyssey, Philmont Trail Crew, and Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage, or Sea Base Ocean Adventure.  A week of service, plus a week of exploring the high adventure base way beyond the limits normally placed on typical unit treks, for a price that can’t be beat and peers that include the national, regional and section leadership.



OperationArrow2017_400x400Jamboree 2017 Staff Update

OA is looking for youth to serve on staff of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. OA Service Corp, OA Trek Guides and OA Indian Village still have slots available.

Click here for the Jamboree Staff Registration on the Summit BSA web site.


National Leadership Seminar – This regionally-offered weekend Leadership course is a bit like National Youth Leader Training, but a lot more fun. Arrowmen cannot repeat this course. Ni-Sanak-Tani will pick up a portion of the cost of the course for active Arrowmen. Click the link above to learn more about Central Region’s NLS. Offered near us in February, April and November.

Developing Youth Leadership Seminar – This regionally-offered weekend adult advising course is essential to associate lodge advisers and chapter advisers. Learn how to support your youth officers, and they’ll need a ride to NLS, anyway. Click the link above to learn more about DYLS.


Where to Go… Activities Guide

Over 100 pages of places to go in the Gateway Area Council region, including southern Wisconsin, SE Minnesota and northern Illinois. Compiled by Ni-Sanak-Tani, Lodge #381, Order of the Arrow.


Camp Decorah Summer Camp OA Experience Camp Decorah Holmen, WI.
Details of the summer camp OA activities will be in the May/June Smoke Signal, including the Monday evening OA social, and Wednesday OA Day, plus the Brotherhood Ceremony (Wednesday) for qualified NST Ordeal members, or for all Brotherhood members to watch. Friday OA Recognitions will again showcase our recent Ordeal and Brotherhood members.
NOTE1: OA Elections will not be held during Camp weeks, per National OA Policy 5-05, without specific advance approval of the Lodge Chief, Lodge Adviser, and Lodge Staff Adviser and/or the Supreme Chief of the Fire.
NOTE2: Camp OA Recognition/Callout will be available to out-of-council troops only with prior submission of their home lodge’s approval, including a copy of the certified election results.

Ordeal Experience – Camp Decorah Holmen, WI. The weekend Ordeals are planned to end around 11am on Sunday; You won’t get all your materials if you leave early, unless scheduled in advance.

  • Weekend: June 9-11 (Check-in, Friday 8:30-9pm Training Center; ends Sunday 11am)
  • Weekend: August 4-6 (Check-in, Friday 8:30-9pm Training Center; ends Sunday 11am)


Click here for the generic Event Registration Form.


Lodge Elections – August 26, 8pm-10pm, during our Rendezvous. Camp Decorah Holmen, WI. FREE FOOD, starting at 8pm, followed by a brief annual meeting and elections for the 5 elected lodge positions. (Lodge Chief , Vice Chief Program, Vice Chief Administration, Vice Chief Inductions, Vice Chief Finance.)  Anyone wanting to run for Lodge Chief needs to submit a letter to the Supreme Chief of the Fire by August 15th explaining why they’re running, and some of their plans for the lodge, if elected.

Chapter elections (Chapter Chief, Chapter VC Program, Chapter VC Inductions, Chapter Secretary) will be held at the September District Roundtable sites (9/12).

Brotherhood Opportunities Camp Decorah Holmen, WI. After 10 months, seal your membership

  • Saturday, June 10th 2017 (Brotherhood University during Nipachton Ordeal)
  • Wednesdays during summer camp
  • Saturday, August 5nd 2017 (Brotherhood University during Wuliechenummen Ordeal)
  • Saturday, August 26th 2017 (Brotherhood University during Rendezvous)