Wahpekute Lodge

Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow was founded in 1915 at Treasure Island Scout Camp, which was near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carrol A. Edson. They saw that other scout camps had honor societies and so they wanted to create one for their camp.  

Wahpekute Lodge serves more than 380 members across 14 counties in the Twin Valley Council.  Wahpekute Lodge is part of Section C 1-A.  Wahpekute Lodge is The Lodge of the Year for Section C 1-A.  To contact the Wahpekute Lodge click on the member’s page below for the Lodge Adviser, Paul Taylor.

Wahpekute Lodge Flap

Lodge Leadership

Lodge Advisor: Paul Taylor
pt1173@gmail.com or 507-381-1173
Staff Advisor: Becky Sandquist
rebecca.sandquist@scouting.org or 507-387-0293
Lodge Chief: Joey Kotten
Email jdkotten@gmail.com


OA 14th Annual Golf Tournament

Order of the Arrow 13th Annual Golf Classic
Friday, June 7, 2024
Shoreland Country Club, St. Peter
Noon Lunch followed by event
$400 per team (or $100 per person)

Where did the time go?  Once again, it’s time to register for the Order of the Arrow Gold Classic. This time it’s year 14 and the event is still growing and going strong!  

The tournament begins at noon with lunch at the Shoreland Country Club in St. Peter.  Shot Gun start to golfing is at 1pm. 

Following your best golf game ever, will be dinner.  Throughout the afternoon of fun and shenanigans, will be challenge holes, silent auction and door prizes.

Now in year 14, the OA Golf Classic is a tradition!  It’s time to gather your team and get registered.  Cost is $400 for a team of 4 or you can register individually for $100 and be partnered with 3 others.  

All proceeds for this event will go toward the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) in 2024.

Registration is open until Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

Questions, please contact Paul Taylor at 507-381-1173 or pt1173@gmail.com or Lisa Boomgarden at 507-317-7411 or dbltrubl2@gmail.com


OA Spring Conclave

OA Spring Conclave
Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2024
Cuyuna Scout Camp
All OA members welcome!
Prices vary

Order of the Arrow Members – The Conclave time is here!  It’s the perfect time of fellowship plus it’s a great way to help launch Cuyuna Summer camp!

All members should arrive at Cuyuna between noon and 4pm on Friday, June 14, 2024.  Everyone will be camping in designated sites so please plan accordingly.  Cost for conclave is $45 ($30 if registered by May 22, 2024) and includes Friday night dinner, 3 meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast.

Ordeal – Those who have been elected into the OA, will begin their Ordeal on Friday, June 14th, at Cuyuna Scout Camp during the Conclave.  Please begin arranging transportation to and from Cuyuna.  

Ordeal candidates should arrive at Cuyuna between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 14th.  Please bring appropriate clothing for the expected weather.  You will need work clothes and gloves, your uniform, and a clean change of clothes along with your personal items.  Also, on your list to bring is rain gear, tent, sleeping bag, ground cloth, and bug repellant.  

Cost for your Ordeal is $65 ($50 if registered by Mat 22, 2024) and includes:  OA dues for 2024, OA sash, OA handbook, patches, meals for the weekend.  There will also be a trading post open for misc. purchases.

Brotherhood – thank you for your continued faithful service to your fellowman.  Your Brotherhood ceremony will happen during the Conclave the weekend of June 14-16, 2024, at Cuyuna Scout Camp.  Please begin arranging transportation to and from Cuyuna. 

Cost for your Brotherhood is $60 ($45 if registered by Mat 22, 2024) and includes the Conclave, your new sash and meals for the weekend. 

Golden Ticket Brotherhood Candidates – Those of you who purchased Golden Tickets and will receive Brotherhood during Conclave, the Golden Ticket does not include cost of supplies for your Brotherhood.  There will be a $20 fee to cover expenses.

Bus Details – A bus traveling to Cuyuna will be leaving the Center for Scouting in Mankato at 9am on Friday, June 14, 2024.  If you would like to ride, please indicate so during your registration process.  Fee is $15 per person.  Seats are limited so please register early.

Registration is open until May 31, 2024.

All persons on property need a Health Form parts A/B

Questions contact Paul Taylor at 507-381-1173 or pt1173@gmail.com

Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22

NOAC 2024

NOAC 2024
University of Colorado Boulder
Twin Valley Council Trip dates are Thursday, July 25 – Sunday, August 4, 2024
Cost is $950

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the flagship national Order of the Arrow event.  It is held every two years at a major university campus and is attended by as many as 8,000 Arrowmen from all 50 states. It is second only to the BSA National Jamboree in size and scope. Our largest conference was in 2015, attended by more than 15,000 Arrowmen to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.

At this time Twin Valley Council intends to attend NOAC.  You will travel via bus as a group to the event with touring stops to and from Boulder, CO.  Cost for this event is $950.  The lodge is currently in the process of securing fees and contracts to lock in a final price.

Please register by clicking the link below and paying the $950 fee.

More information will be out as it is secured.

Questions please contact Joey Kotten at 507-766-4351 or Paul Taylor at 507-381-1173.


OA Section Conclave Registration

OA Section Conclave Registration
Camp Wilderness near Park Rapids, MN
Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 2024
Early Bird $48 after August 9th $58

Join nearly 300 other Order of the Arrow members from across the Section for a weekend of fun, food, and fellowship! This year, this event will be hosted by Pa-Hin Lodge at Camp Wilderness. Members should be prepared for camping and will need to bring their own camping supplies. Food will be provided.

This year’s Section Conclave will have many activities; to solve the “Mystery of the Wilderness”. Expect to network with 5 other lodges from different states and feel a real sense of brotherhood on a larger scale. Learn more about the OA through Pow-wows, attend various training sessions to better your lodge or chapter, and try to solve the mystery at large.

Registration is open until Friday, August 23, 2024.

Can you find the arrow?

Questions contact Joey Kotten at 507-766-4351 or jdkotten@gmail.com

Mystery of the Wilderness (1)

OA Membership Renewal for 2024

Wahpekute Lodge is excited to announce you can now renew your membership electronically.

Simply click on the registration button below and enter the information.  Payment will be collected at the end of the registration process. 

Cost for 2024 is $25 per person and Golden Tickets are back for $125.  Golden Tickets include:  2024 dues, Winter Conclave, Spring Conclave, Fall Conclave, and 2023 Section Conclave.  If a Golden Ticket holder does Brotherhood or receives Vigil there will be an additional fee for those events.

Questions contact Paul Taylor.


Our OA Lodge has always been very strong. Just look at the number of scouts and leaders wearing the lodge pocket flap. Attendance at each district OA chapter meeting has increased but could continue to get better. 

Membership in the Order of the Arrow is much more than completing a weekend ordeal and wearing a patch. Your OA members need to be active. PLEASE encourage all youth OA members to attend the monthly chapter meetings held at Roundtable. Since you or a leader from your troop should attend each roundtable, offer to pickup your scouts and bring them along.

Every troop should have a scout who serves as their Order of the Arrow Troop Representative. This is an official position for scouts, and a position patch is available. This scout is responsible for attending the monthly chapter meeting and energizing other troop OA members to attend. He serves as the coordinator of all OA information from the lodge and chapter to his troop.