I hope you all had a wonderful, fun, and safe Holiday season. It has been a success-ful year and O-Shot-Caw is now ready to take on 2012 and the new Journey to Excellence set forth by the OA National Committee. Reflect-ing on the recent however. We recently held or attended some successful events like Haunted Forest and Section Seminars.
On October 22, 2011, at the Heron Preserve in Markham Park, the O-Shot-Caw Lodge held our annual Haunted Forest, one of the largest service events in scouting. Over the course of a day, Arrowmen put together a massive display to entertain Cub Scouts and families across south Florida. The 2011 Haunted Forest was ex-tremely successful due to all of the hard work and dedication from the brothers of O-Shot-Caw Lodge. Our lodge raised an astonishing $21,000 to support the Joseph Aaron Abbott Campership Fund! This helps to make it possible for scouts with financial needs to attend summer camp.
Following the Haunted Forest, O-Shot-Caw Lodge attended the Sec-tion S4 Seminars. It was a chilly weekend, but still very fun. The weekend was hosted by Echockotee Lodge and they did an excellent job running the event.
It is that time of year to pay your annual dues! Please log on to www.o-shot-caw.org and renew your commitment. Just around the corner is the Winter Ordeal, at Camp Everglades on January 4-6, followed by a lodge presence at the Lincoln-Marti Camporee on January 20-22, and an Indian Village display at Scoutmaster’s Camporee on February 17-19. I can't wait to see you all out there! It is my pleasure to announce that the O-Shot-Caw Lodge #265 is a National Quality Lodge for 2011! This is an outstanding achievement for our lodge; it is something we aim for because it is the vision the Order of the Arrow has for Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service.
It has been an extraordinary year for us. I have enjoyed serving as your chief and I look forward to continuing that service in 2012.
O-Shot-Caw Lodge Chief