CHEROKEE SCOUT RESERVATION
OUT LEAD. OUT SERVE. OUT ACHIEVE.
Incredible call-out ceremonies happen here!
Welcome to Cherokee Scout Reservation. Tsoiotsi Tsogalli, the Order of the Arrow Lodge for the Old North State Council, is proud to take an active role promoting the Old North State Council’s camping program, which is one of the four pieces of the mission of the Order of the Arrow:
procedures, and all that go with them are necessary in any large and growing movement, but they are not what counts in the end. The things of the spirit are what count:
During your week at Cherokee Scout Reservation this summer, take a moment to look around and notice the huge presence of the Order of the Arrow and our Lodge. Once again, over 2/3 of camp staff positions are filled by active OA members of our Lodge. Each one of these OA members, along with the remaining camp staff, strives to make the summer camp program in the Old North State Council one of the best in the country. Make a point to attend the Lodge meeting on Monday evening to learn about opportunities that are available for any Arrowman during their week at summer camp.
Brotherhood conversion will again be available during summer camp to any Ordeal member who has been an active OA member for at least 10 months, and also for all new members who completed their Ordeal in the fall of 2015. Any Ordeal member who has paid his dues for the current year can seal his commitment to the Order by converting to a Brotherhood member. The requirements for Brotherhood conversion are not difficult and include memorization of the Obligation, the Song of the Order, the Admonition, the Sign, the Handshake, and others. This is not by any means a pass or fail test. Conferences are held by officers of the Lodge and Committee Chairmen following the Monday night Lodge Meeting, and can be done at another time by request to our Order of the Arrow Representative on staff. A special Brotherhood ceremony is done each Tuesday night to recognize and honor our new Brotherhood members.
The translation of our Lodge name, Tsoiotsi Tsogalii, is from the Cherokee language meaning “We Three are Friends” and was adopted over twenty years ago upon the mergers of three Lodges, Tali Tak Taki Lodge 70, Tsalagi Lodge 163, and Uwharrie Lodge 208. The Lodge totem is the Red Tail Hawk. Our Lodge today comprises over 950 arrowmen that are spread across five different chapters.
Each of our chapters is aligned with one of the districts within our council. The lodge is run entirely by our youth members, led by the Lodge Chief, Vice Chiefs, and Committee Chairmen.
Each Thursday night, after the campfire portion of Visitor Night is complete, our Lodge ceremony teams will once again conduct our famous call-out ceremony for all candidates who were elected by their troop for induction into the Order of the Arrow. This ceremony has been a Thursday night tradition at Cherokee for many years and has been enjoyed by thousands of Scouts and their families. You will not want to miss this impressive call-out ceremony to pay recognition to your honor campers. Youth members of the Order of the Arrow are invited to be a part of the ceremony,
as either an escort or a torch-bearer. Information on how to participate will be available at the Monday Night Lodge Meeting. Newly tapped-out candidates for the Order of the Arrow must attend an Ordeal weekend to become a full member of the Order. Ordeal weekends for the 2017 tap-out candidates are listed in the Lodge event schedule below. See the Lodge website (lodge70.org) for additional information on Ordeals and our other events.