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  • Vigil Weekend 2019 Recap
    Warm temperatures and clear skies set the stage for this year’s Vigil Weekend at Firelands Scout Reservation.  Dozens of current Vigil Honor members joined ten of this year’s candidates for their service project and overnighter.

    This year’s Vigil class voted to make benches for our council camps.  With the assistance of skilled woodworkers like Larry Andrews, the team cut all the 2x2s, 2x4s, and 4x6s they needed for their bench design.

    Upon completing as many benches at the afternoon hours allowed, everyone gathered for a filling dinner before preparing for the evening activities.  Evening ceremonies began as the sun set and with the sunrise, Vigil Honor candidates became Vigil Honor members.  Family members, guests, and fellow Scouters joined those already at camp for a delicious breakfast and celebration.

    Congratulations to Erielhonan Lodge’s newest Vigil Honor Members:
    • John Boksansky ~ Machque Mawenemen ~ Bear Who Unites
    • Adam Bryski ~ Leke Elangomellan ~ Steadfast Friend
    • Kaleb C. ~ Ika Ntatu Mechelgik Ntaxesem ~ Wearer of Many Skins
    • Sean Fahnestock ~ Nkeme Mikemosu Kumhokunk ~ He Who Works in the Clouds
    • Caden H. ~ Kikinhet Nkekeleksi ~ He Who Guides With Laughter
    • Evan R. ~ Nikanixit Naxisemes ~ Leader of Young Brothers
    • Roger Simpson ~ Ulhatenamu Hemptet Ehashentesit ~ Cheerful Cloth Trader
    • Nathan S. ~ Schachachgelendam Pemtunhet ~ Determined Speaker
    • Steve Volk ~ Gischelenclamen Amangi Tkuwe ~ He Who Makes Big Waves
    • Steve Wysong ~ Anatschiton Mexelkik ~ One Who Cares for Many People

    Thank you to all of the Vigil sponsors as well for their support throughout the weekend!

    (Photos courtesy of Christy Howard—thank you!!)
    Posted Jun 16, 2019, 5:04 PM by Erielhonan Lodge
  • Philbreak 2019

    By Paul L. Hiszem

    This past March I spent a week at Philmont participating in the Order of the Arrow sponsored Philbreak. Over several weeks of spring breaks, approximately 120 Arrowmen participated in a week of service at Philmont. Going from Saturday to Saturday we provided much needed assistance helping Philmont both recover from the devastating fires of last May/June and prepare for possible future fires on the property. Each week there were between 30 to 50 Arrowmen who assisted workers from the Philmont Conservation department. The Conservation staff provided supervision, ran the chain saws, and help us complete our various jobs.

    The week I participated, we worked at two different job sites. The first was just off Beaubien Road below Lovers Leap camp. We worked at burning a wide swath of land on both sides of the road. We were basically creating a fire break for possible future fires. Our fire break would help provide a safe evacuation path in the event of a future fire. We cleared all of the trees and brush, creating stacks of logs that were made available to the public. We also created large, ten feet tall burn piles of brush that will be burned safely next winter when there’s snow on the ground. At our other work site near Ute Gulch we worked on a mountainside creating log barriers helping to prevent erosion. The barriers resembled a gigantic Plinko board, shunting water off to the side and slowing it down greatly to prevent erosion.

    It is the intent of the Philmont Conservation department to offer another round of Philbreak weeks next year during spring breaks. This year the cost was $100 plus transportation. I took the Amtrak from Sandusky to Raton, New Mexico. My transportation costs were around $400. During the week I spent at Philmont we stayed in lodging at the Philmont Training Center. We had two beds in our rooms with bathrooms. We at in the dining room at the Training Center for breakfast and dinner. We packed our own lunches from food that Philmont supplied. Participants on my week ranged from high schoolers, college age students, and adults into their 60s and early 70s. We had Arrowmen from all over the country. 

    Think about spending some time next year out at Philmont. Whether you’ve been there before or don’t have the time/money to do a trek, the week was well worth it.

    Posted May 21, 2019, 2:30 PM by Erielhonan Lodge
  • An Elangomat’s View of Spring Induction Weekend 2019
    By James Webb
    “Great Scott!” – Doc Brown

    Erielhonan went “Back to the Future” to see and experience many firsts! It was our Lodge Chief’s first Induction weekend. Erielhonan invited and received the first 27 new Erielhonan Ordeal candidates of the year (and then made them members). Our first female youth were inducted into the lodge. These are just a few of the firsts that created a weekend of fun times. 
    The Lodge Chief had a lot on his hands this weekend. Chief Evan did a fantastic job and delegated and enabled Owen, Vice Chief of Program, and Spencer, Ordealmaster, do their jobs. The Lodge Chief also saw his mother become a new member of the Lodge as she was a candidate this weekend…that is a first for Erielhonan and very rare event from our historic lodges and the Order of the Arrow’s 104-year history. It was great to see the Lodge Executive Committee work together and have a successful event. 

    “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” – Doc Brown

    A beautiful sunrise greeted us Saturday morning. Not knowing much of what the day had in store for the 27 candidates, the day started pretty early. There was wildlife that scurried throughout camp and into the night starting about 2:30 AM—the first irksome item that some experienced. This caused most of the members to be up and going about 6:00 AM, or about an hour earlier than required. We were at least treated to a beautiful sunrise…for those of us that were awake. After breakfast, the work began.

    “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” – Marty McFly

    It was interesting to see the work detail breakouts. Some of the tasks were very irksome and not just for the new members but also for the Elangomats and members of the lodge that were left with a little extra white paint on gear and uniforms. All remained positive and tasks were completed for Firelands Scout Reservation.

    Erielhonan welcomed our first three female youth into our Lodge this weekend. They are the first few of many more to come this year and in the future! Welcome! It was an honor to serve as your Elangomat. I hope the experience is one you will not forget. Continue to remember the teachings, continue to practice them and grow from them. They will serve you well in your Scouting adventure and in future career paths. 

    “Whoa, this is heavy!” – Marty McFly

    “Look! There’s a rhythmic ceremonial ritual coming up!” – Doc Brown

    We held a Brotherhood ceremony to conclude the official events of Saturday. This was a first for eight new Brotherhood members. It was not a first for the Ceremonialists, though, who did an outstanding job! Even though this was not a first event for these members, it was a first Brotherhood event for them. A little rain moved it under a pavilion but the ceremony was still an amazing induction. Welcome to the Brotherhood! Continue to serve Erielhonan Lodge and others!

    To wrap up the weekend event, we went “Back to the Future” movie watching! It was a great event. It was great to see old friends and make new ones. Here is to achieving “1.21 GIGAWATTS!!!” (Doc Brown) and making it to the Summer Induction at Beaumont Scout Reservation! See everyone there!!

    Congratulations to Jordan S. on being presented the Founder’s Award!

    Posted May 6, 2019, 6:44 PM by Erielhonan Lodge
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