OA W3 Area Conclave..
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 26 May 1993 04:21:40 EDT
This past weekend was the Order of the Arrow (Area) Conclave for Sections
W3A, W3B & W3C... (or Tri-Clave <g>).
I thought I'd relate a few insights into the adventures of our Lodge (Miwok)
at the Conclave and maybe stir some memories from your youth.
Our Lodge is known for excelling in many of the Indian skill areas tested at
OA Conclaves, including the Dance Team competitions and the Ceremony Team
competitions... we have won the Indian Dance competition at the last 10 W3A
Section Conclaves, and 8 out of the last 11 Ceremony Team competitions
including last years.
So needless to say, we went into this years Conclave anticipating to do well
in these and other areas.
As expected, out super Dance Team won many of the individual dance events
as well as the team dance event making it 11 years straight, but the fun
story comes out of the ceremony competition... (yes I know better than to
give details of the ceremonies, but I can relate the story with out giving
away anything specific about the ceremony).
There were two catagories for ceremony judging, the pre-Ordeal ceremony, and
the Brotherhood ceremony. Our team entered both with the same 4 youth, but
playing different roles in the two ceremonies.
There were 7 teams competing in the two events, with the pre-Ordeal coming
before the Brotherhood. In the pre-Ordeal ceremony competition we walked
away with the best performance and simply wowed the judges. The most
critical thing they could find was that one Scout (who had been on the team
for two weeks) wasn't being as expressive with his hand as he could have
been. (The other three members of the Team have been doing ceremonies for 1
to 3 years)
While waiting the 10 minutes between the pre-Ordeal and Brotherhood
competitions, the boys walked over to the archery competition (50 feet away)
and entered for our Lodge (unscheduled as none of our guys are very good
with archery). The fun part was they were still in full indian costume (less
headress) while shooting the arrows <g>. (we ended up with 3rd place in
archery for the Conclave)
As the Brotherhood competition started, the boys asked if it would be OK to
have a 'candidate' to play off of for the competition (something no other
team had asked) and the judges said it would be OK... so, we grabbed a
likely Brotherhood sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H arrowman standing nearby and used him.
Part way through the ceremony one of the boys started laughing and couldn't
stop... he missed some lines, and the others had to cover for him (the
judges had the books with the normal lines so they knew when we blew it).
For the last third of the ceremony the laughter came off and on in spurts
and we figured we had completely lost that event...
Meanwhile, a call came in on the support staff radio (I was monitoring for
my son who was part of medical staff, but is also on the Ceremony Team and
was therefore performing) asking where our 'team' was because the Conclave
'management' had a request of them. Seems the Section youth in charge of the
Conclave had already heard about the boys performance in the pre-Ordeal
competition and wanted them to do the (official) Brotherhood ceremony for
the Conclave later that night.
When the boys FINALLY finished the B-hood competition 10 minutes later,
(funny how when things are a disaster they seem to take forever...) they
said they'd be happy to do the evenging ceremony for the new B-hood
candidates. They were then informed that they needed to get to the mess hall
(the Conclave was held on Treasure Island Naval Base, in the middle of San
Francisco Bay) for chow, and back to the base theater to help with the
evenings show, then do the B-hood ceremony that evening. They had to all be
at the theater in less than 25 mins.
(Anyone who knows about military mess halls knows that 20 minutes into mess
call, the line is three blocks long and the wait a good 30 mins to get in)
Well, the boys used 'executive privilege' to go to the front of the line and
did make it to their commitments on time.
The evenings Brotherhood ceremony was VERY good, held in a secluded spot on
the base, the fire was done quite well considering... they used a metal
garbage can lid inverted on the ground... it looked real, there were 47
Brotherhoods that night and all said they enjoyed [for those Brotherhood and
Vigil members on the list, you'll know what that means] the ceremony.
The next morning when the awards were announced we were all waiting to hear
the bad news about the Brotherhood ceremony competition... given the
laughing spell in the middle we figured at best a 3rd... when it was
announced that we had taken 1st place in BOTH ceremony competitions. When
one of the Lodge Advisers asked the judges later how we had managed to win
the B-hood one, the judge explained that they understood the effort required
to remain 'in character' and the pressure of competition, and judged the
team on their performance (lines delivered, character interpretations,
request and use of a 'candidate', etc...) and only knocked them down in one
area for the laughing. They actually raised their score in one area for
continuing to the end instead of just quiting after the laughing started.
And added points in another area for using a 'candidate'.
The weekend was very full and lots more went on, but I thought I'd share
this little piece of my weekend with you'all.
How does this compare to the experiences others have had at Conclave events?
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