Boy Scouts Ceremony – Order of the Arrow

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 A Chief, a Medicine man and a Guide dressed in full ceremonial regalia greeted both youth and adult candidates prior to the Matinecock District’s monthly roundtable meeting on May 10th 2012 at John Glenn High School in Elwood.

In view of more than 50 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouting volunteers, parents and residents from the local communities, Nissequogue Chapters’ ceremony team held a special “Call Out Ceremony,” an annual event that recognizes those Boy Scouts and their adult leaders who had recently been nominated by their units to join the O.A.. This year 104  Scouts and 2 Adult Leaders were nominated from the 30 units in the Smithtown and Huntington areas that make up the Matinecock District, Boy Scouts of America.

The Order of the Arrow is the “National Honor Society” of the Boy Scouts of America.  The candidates are elected by their scouting peers at weekly troop meetings after having met the criteria (First class Scout or higher rank, Scouting Spirit and had camped a minimum of 15 days including a week long camping experience).  As dusk gathered, the Scouts and those in attendance watched and listened to the beat of the drum as the Nissequogue Chapters ceremony team, dressed in Native American regalia, proceeded with the Call Out Ceremony.  Those who were nominated will have a chance to participate in an induction weekend campout at Suffolk County Council, BSA, Baiting Hollow Scout camp, where they will receive their distinctive red and white Order of the Arrow sashes and the Shinnecock Lodge O.A. pocket flap.

Next OA Chapter meeting will be on June 14th at the Elwood Middle School at 8pm.  All past and present members are welcome to join us.  For more info, please contact Chapter Advisor Bill Davis at 631-942-9093 or email him at Matelope185 @ aol.com or visit us on the web at http://nissequoge.webs.com.

                                          Story & Photos by Phyllis Stein

 Photo top left: – The Order of the Arrow Ritual Team members at John Glenn High School (Elwood) gathered for the annual Nissequogue Chapter of the Shinnecock Lodge (Order of  the Arrow) special “call out ceremony” on May 12 for the Boy Scouts and their adult leaders from the Matinecock District’s Smithtown and Huntington area communities. Scouts and Scouters lined up to be Called Out by the “Indian Chief ” (far right) Eric Sicard (Troop 360, Huntington),  and assisted by (back to camera)“Medicine Man” Sal Sparacino (Troop 343, Hauppauge), and “Guide” Josh Linden (Troop 343, Hauppauge) during the ceremony.

 Photo above right – The Order of the Arrow Ritual Team members at John Glenn High School (Elwood) gathered for the annual Nissequogue Chapter of the Shinnecock Lodge (Order of  the Arrow) special “call out ceremony” on May 12 for the Boy Scouts and their adult leaders from the Matinecock District’s Smithtown and Huntington area communities. (right to left) Scouts were Called Out by the “Indian Chief ”  Eric Sicard (Troop 360, Huntington),  and assisted by (back to camera)“Medicine Man” Sal Sparacino (Troop 343, Hauppauge), and “Guide” Josh Linden (Troop 343, Hauppauge) as they participated in the ceremony.

 Photo bottom center – The Order of the Arrow Ritual Team members at John Glenn High School (Elwood) gathered for the annual Nissequogue Chapter of the Shinnecock Lodge (Order of  the Arrow) special “call out ceremony” on May 12 for the Boy Scouts and their adult leaders from the Matinecock District’s Smithtown and Huntington area communities. (left to right) “ Guide” Josh Linden (Troop 343, Hauppauge), Medicine Man Sal Sparacino (Troop 343, Hauppauge), and “Indian Chief ” Eric Sicard (Troop 360, Huntington) posed for a photo op following the Call Out ceremony and public recognitions.

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