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Saponi Chapter at Winter Banquet!

Winter Banquet was a great finish to a year full of fun and fellowship. Your VC of Communications, Luke Chen, arrived at Camp Durant along with Mr. Wetzel and Mr. Neas and began working on the service project that the chapter was completing at Loblolly campsite. The Saponi chapter members from Troop 45 soon arrived and the chapter quickly wrapped up the service project. Your VC of Communications then went with Troop 45 back to their campsite where they were having their annual capture the flag outing. Chapter Chief Alberto Daniel and Chapter Advisor Carlton McKee soon arrived in time for the Winter Banquet EC meeting. After that, the whole chapter headed to the dining hall for Winter Banquet.

At the banquet, your chapter ate well and congratulated fellow arrowmen who received awards. Wayne Brock, the former Chief Scout Executive, attended the banquet as a guest speaker. Lodge officers were sworn in at the banquet as well. 

A few of our chapter members won awards from the lodge.
Chapter Adviser, Carlton McKee earned an award for helping out planning the logistics of NOAC 2018. He got a plaque that has the full NOAC 2018 patch set.
Mr. Keith Wetzel, Mr. Tomkins, and Chapter Chief Alberto Daniel earned the Serving the Thunderbird Award.
Chapter Chief Alberto Daniel also won the Ceremonialist Award.
Please congratulate our chapter members who won awards when you see them.
The chapter then took pictures at the photo booth. After singing the OA song at the end, the chapter left, knowing they had a great time at Winter Banquet 2018.
Luke Chen
Saponi VC of Communications
Thunderfest Chaiman
Saponi Chapter at Winter Banquet
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Saponi Chapter at Lodge Leadership Development 2018

Parties, classes, lecturers, and meetings are just some words you might use to describe college. On the Friday and Saturday of November 15-16, Arrowmen from Occoneechee Lodge 104 came together to learn about their position as a leader in the lodge. At Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, our chapter officers, committee chairmen, lodge officers, and prospective leaders came to learn about different leadership skills and Occoneechee Lodge events of 2019. Saponi Chapter had their Chapter Chief, Vice Chief of Program, Vice Chief of Admin (North), and Vice Chief of Finance attend the event. Two Chapter Advisers, Mr. Keith Wetzel and Mr. Neas, were also in attendance. At Lodge Leadership Development our brothers were taught how to become better leaders in their elected positions and how to excel beyond the limits. Some of our Brothers learned more about Conclave 2019, life at Summer Camp, Unit Elections, and Drumming and Singing. The Brothers in our Chapter who went to LLD enjoyed their time there, although they would like to have the chapter bring more people down to Campbell University for this one day. Our Chapter Chief and Adviser attended the weekend event.

Saponi Chapter has 3 youths as lodge Committee Chairmen: Luke Chen is Thunderfest Committee Chairman, Jake McCall is Troop Rep Committee Chairman, and Alberto Daniel is the Tipi Committee Chairman.


Luke Chen

Saponi VC of Communication, Thunderfest Chairman

Saponi Chapter Atttends LLD

2019 Occoneechee Lodge 104 Events

2019 Occoneechee Lodge 104 Events




What to expect?

Spring Pow Wow

March 15th-17th, 2019

Camp Durant

Ordeal, Brotherhood Trail, Vigil Nominations Due, AIA Competitions, Quest for the Golden Arrow, and Conclave Preparation.

SR-7B Conclave

April 12th-14th, 2019

Camp Durant

AIA Competitions, Quest for the Golden Arrow, Section Elections, Big Shows, and OAX.

Spring Inductions

May 17th–19th, 2019

Camp Durant

Ordeal, Summer Camp Preparations, and Conclave Reflection.


August 23-24

Camp Durant

Patch Trading and Silent Auction

Fall Fellowship

September 20th–22nd, 2019

Camp Durant

Ordeal, Brotherhood Trail, Vigil Nomination Ceremony, Lodge Elections, Service Projects.

Vigil Gathering (Vigil Members Only)

October 10th-11th, 2019

Camp Durant


Lodge Leadership Development Weekend Event

November 15-16

Campbell University

Leadership Training and EC meeting

Lodge Leadership Development Day Event

November 16th, 2019

Campbell University

Leadership Training and Guest Speaker

Winter Banquet

December 7th, 2019

Camp Durant

2019 – 2020 Lodge Officers Oath of Officer, Recognition Banquet, Cater food and Fellowship. 

2019 Conclave Registration and Staffing Information

Saponi Chapter

Conclave 2019 Registration is now open. Conclave 2019 is different from other Conclaves you may have been to because in 2019 Occoneechee Lodge 104 is hosting Conclave at Camp Durant and over 1,000 people are going to be there. Conclave is definitely different from your Ordeal and I know a lot of you have been to a Conclave before, but this Conclave will make all the other Conclaves a joke. I know the majority of you guys have not been to an Saponi Chapter meeting or a Lodge event in a while, but I want you all to come back to the OA for this one event in 2019. I know the majority of all haven’t been to an OA event at all since your Ordeal or Brotherhood Ceremonies, but Conclave is nothing like your Ordeal or Brotherhood Trail at all. Conclave is a section event wide event where 6 lodges from North Carolina come together for food, fun, and fellowship. OA members from Mount Airy, North Carolina to the Coastal Plains of North Carolina will be at Camp Durant for the weekend of April 12-14th, 2019.

Just like I said earlier Conclave 2019 will be at Camp Durant on the weekend of April 12th-14th, 2019. Our lodge, Occoneechee Lodge 104 will be hosting Conclave 2019 at the lodges camp, Camp Durant. At Conclave 2019 there will be great shows, OAX where different vendors around the country and North Carolina will come to Camp Durant to show off what they have. Some of the vendors that are coming are OA High Adventure, Climbing Wall, new Zip lines at the COPE Course, Mountain Biking, Minute to Win it games, and shows that will be happening throughout OAX. There are Section Elections where the section votes for there new section officers, A lot of food and there will be Food Trucks at Conclave this year. Special Guest and Celebrities will be coming to Conclave some Special Guest that will be coming is the a Former Chief Scout Executive, National OA Chief, OA Southern Region Chief, National OA Vice Chief, and other famous Scouts who are associated with national and the region. I don’t know more about any other celebrates or famous people yet, but once I find out you will know ASAP. 

As a member of Occoneechee Lode 104 you will have to be at Conclave in the early afternoon on Friday April 12th, 2019, or Thursday April 11th, 2019 depending on the Committee you are staffing with. If you have ever served as a Saponi Chapter Vice Chief or a Chapter Chief then you will staff at Conclave 2019. If you served as a Occoneechee Lodge Vice Chief or Lodge Chief you will staff at Conclave 2019, this also goes with any Section Chiefs, Section Officers, and National Officers that are in the Saponi Chapter. If you have been in the Saponi Chapter for a long time I also want you to staff as well. Adults I encourage you staff at Conclave just make sure you are comfortable with the committee that you chose to staff at for Conclave 2019. To staff at Conclave you all need to register at .

When you get to that website you need to click “Conclave Registration” and answer some questions about yourself at a point in the registrtion you will select a Committe to Join and that Committee is where you will be staffing at for Conclave 2019. Here are some of the Committee that you can staff at:  AIA (Ceremonies, Dancing, Drumming), Shooting Sports (Shotgun, Rifle, Archery), Climbing/COPE, Hospitality, Vigil (Vigil Members Only), Mountain Biking, Logistics, Health and Safety, Food (Cook Crew), Security (Prefer for Police, Security Officers), Brand and Marketing/ Admin Service, Shows (Show Tech or Shows), Photography, Trading Post (Trading Post or Concessions), Registration (Registration and Recognition). Once you have pick a committee to join then put why you can be a good person for that Committee. Then click continue and the next page you can order merchandise for Conclave 2019. Click continue then click check out. 

That all the information I have for Conclave 2019 and if you have any questions please contact me at 

Sign Up for Conclave


Alberto Daniel
Saponi Chapter Chief
SR-7B Conclave Recognition Committee Chairmen
2019 Tipi Committee Chairmen

Fall Fellowship Recap

Fall Fellowship began on a warm night on Friday October 20th. That night, some of our brothers went to the Camp-wide Campfire on Friday night. Others were back at camp setting up, getting the campsite ready for the chapter. On Saturday morning the chapter members woke up and walked to the Grand Lodge for breakfast. At assembly, the chapter presented our our Spirit Theme which was Scrabble. We had cardboard with holes in them for rope, and sentinels on the cardboard which had the letter. At flags the chapter spelled “Saponi” and “WWW”. A lot of people like the creativity that we had. At breakfast we had eggs, biscuits, grits, and bacon. The chapter would like to say thank you to the cook crew for the great meal. After breakfast some of our brothers went to the ceremony rings to prepare for the Brotherhood Ceremony later that night. Others went back to camp and to the Brotherhood Service Project. At lunch, the chapter came together to eat and talk about their morning. For lunch we had Philly Cheese Steaks and chips. It was very good. After lunch the chapter attended Lodge Elections and voted for our new 2018-2019 Lodge Officers. After the Lodge Elections, our brotherhood candidates went to the Brotherhood Trail and others members went to complete some service projects. Then, your Chapter Chief and VC of Communications went to the Ordeal Ceremony to welcome the newly inducted members to the Chapter. The chapter then brought the new members to camp to introduce them to the rest of our chapter. Shortly after the new members came back to camp, the Brotherhood ceremony team left to go and get ready for the ceremony. At flags before dinner, the chapter got to spell more words. For dinner, the chapter ate Spaghetti and Bread. After dinner the chapter members went to the Brotherhood ceremony and Thunderfest. That night everyone went to bed tired after a long day. On Sunday morning at flags, the chapter spelled “Spirt” to show even without the other “i” in spirit we still have spirit. We then served breakfast to the lodge and ate bagels and cream cheese. After Breakfast the chapter left to go home.

Overall Fall Fellowship was a great event and the chapter looks forward to going to LLD in November and Winter Banquet in December. 

Luke Chen

Saponi Vice Chief of Communications

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