Posted:  July 29, 2020

Arrowmen and Ordeal candidates:

The Lodge has reached its maximum number of registrations - 60 Ordeal candidates - for the September Ordeal.  This event will be held at Belk Scout Camp on Friday - September 11 and Saturday - September 12. 

Mr. Sasser - the Lodge's Membership Advisor will start a wait-list in case we have some drops.  Please email or phone - Mr. Sasser @ or 704.254.6897 if you are interested in being put on the waiting list.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding.

Catawba Lodge

Posted:  July 25, 2020


Due to the logging project schedule at Belk Scout Camp, the August Ordeal slated for (8/14-8/15) has been CANCELED. All registered August candidates will be automatically registered for the September Ordeal (9/11-9/13).  Please have candidates contact Eric Sasser if they are unable to attend the September Ordeal at  

While this year has presented a number of scheduling challenges, we appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding.

Beau Seate
Catawba Lodge Chief

Effective Immediately and subject to change:
Posted:  May 18, 2020


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Unfortunately due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus Catawba Lodge has chose to cancel June Ordeal.  This decision was not made without consulting scout leaders, scout executives, & official guidelines.  The decision was also made with information we currently don’t know.  This includes guidance for ordeals from OA National & North Carolina Phase 2 reopening.  This means our next Council event will be September Ordeal (9/11-9/13). Our next region event will be Carolina Order of the Arrow Conference - COAC (8/28-8/30). Thank you all for your patience and understanding with this decision.  

The following have been changed from the April 2nd update:

All Council OA functions and activities other than elections are postponed and suspended until 8/28. We are still waiting to make a determination on September Ordeal.

All Lodge sponsored National and Regional functions and activities are postponed and suspended until 8/28. 

All Lodge expenditures are to be put on hold until 8/28. If your committee needs anything during this time period please email the Key 3 for approval.   

Remote elections have been approved by OA National. Any Ordeal Candidate that has been elected from January 1st - July 1st will have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal.  

All remaining items from the 3/19 update remain intact. Feel free to email if you have any questions or concerns regarding today’s update.  Hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

Beau Seate
Catawba Lodge Chief

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Temporary Camping Night Policy Due to COVID-19
Posted:  April 30, 2020

The Catawba Lodge is developing an implementation plan based on this national policy.

In light of the extended period of camping restrictions attributable to COVID-19, the following temporary modification is being made to the camping requirements for OA eligibility:

Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if all the following stipulations are met:

  • To be counted, all virtual camping nights should be a direct result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and be part of a BSA unit-organized unit camping event (i.e., multiple members of the unit are involved and camping simultaneously at remote locations).
  • Some form of unit-organized communications should occur either during or immediately following the event.
  • All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines should be followed.
  • No more than 3 nights of virtual camping are to be credited in any month in which government- or council-imposed COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

This change is in effect until September 1, 2020.

Units which have already held an election between March 1, 2020, and April 30, 2020 are authorized to hold one additional election for any individuals who were ineligible at the time of the election due to the camping requirement, but would have been considered eligible at the time if this temporary policy had then been in effect.  This second election must be completed no later than July 1, 2020.  Those who were previously considered for election in the first election may not be reconsidered on this second ballot (i.e., no one can be considered for election more than once in a year).

For questions related to this update, please email

2020 Vigil Honor Class!!!
Posted:  April 23, 2020

Please join me in congratulating the 2020 Vigil class for Catawba Lodge:

Candidates:                  Guides:

Aidan Gough        Tracy Lane
Peter Staffieri        Anthony Roux
Vaughn Bolt        Jenn Bolt
Eli Jewell        Greg Jewell
Bob Coughlin        Braeden Coughlin
Joseph Grier        Dusty Sparks
Darel Torrence        Colby Torrence
Kendall McAteer        Larry Unferth

Griffin Cook
Vigil Honor Chair

"Always pass on what you have learned"

Message from the 2020 National Chief
Posted:  March 18, 2020


Our world has experienced a lot of change in recent days, and I want to take a moment to address the current situation. While the change caused by the spread of COVID-19 may seem disconcerting, we cannot lose sight of the bigger picture and our overall mission. The values that Scouting and the Order of the Arrow brings to communities are needed now more than ever before, and as we go through the uncertain days ahead, I implore you to always keep those principles at the forefront of your mind.

To any Arrowman who has a family member or friend affected by the virus, my thoughts are with you.

Earlier this week, we announced the suspension of all in-person national, region, and section events until May 2. We encourage you to work with your local council regarding lodge and chapter events. You can find our updates related to COVID-19 at With the spread of the virus postponing many Scouting and OA events in the coming weeks, I know that many of you feel disheartened. I’m disappointed too, but I am not discouraged.

To every Arrowman who planned to attend a Scouting event that has been affected by the virus—I am sorry. I cannot wait to see the exciting programs that still lie ahead, even if they may be delayed.

To every unit elections chair, ordealmaster, conclave coordinator, and Arrowman involved in planning an event that has been postponed or cancelled—I am sorry. I appreciate all that you have done to deliver our Order’s program to our members, and your talent is still needed as we move forward.

To every Arrowman who feels discouraged right now—I want you to reflect for a moment on how you feel. If the pause until your next Scouting event is saddening, I challenge you: channel these emotions into something positive. When we return to normal, whenever that may be, Scouting and the Order of the Arrow will need your help. Let’s work together as one united brotherhood to deliver this program to every Arrowman and the future generations of Scouts who will come after us.

While some of our lives and Scouting plans may temporarily change, our core values of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service remain unaltered. These principles that bind us together are far stronger than any change or setback we encounter and will persist through the uncertain days ahead.

Maintain our bonds of brotherhood. Keep planning, engaging and innovative events that will help the future of our Order. Above all, never lose sight of the values we cherish.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

If I can ever be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out. Stay healthy, and I’ll see you along the Scouting trail soon.

In brotherhood,

Zach Schonfeld

2020 National Chief

CATAWBA LODGE - 70th Anniversary Award Pin
Posted:  November 6, 2019
This Anniversary Award Pin is available for all youth and adult Arrowmen in the Lodge.  Arrowmen must complete all requirements between December 1, 2019 and October 3, 2020 and then must attend the re-dedication ceremony at the 2020 Fall Fellowship.   Completion of the Award Card qualifies the Arrowman the option to purchase the Award Pin in the Lodge Trading Post during Fall Fellowship 2020.

Arrowmen must complete the following activities:

Please click HERE the award card!!

UPDATE - NOAC CANCELLED as of May 1, 2020
NEW!, NEW!, NEW! - National Order of the Arrow Conference - "NOAC That Never Happened" - LIMITED PATCH SET SALE!!!!!!!!!!
Updated:  May 13, 2020


Hello Brothers - Friday will be the LAST DAY we offer the "NOAC that Never Happened" patch set to Lodge members only so if you are interested please contact Gray Newman at if you are interested. After Friday we will be putting this offer out to non Lodge members.

I know the fundraiser, trader, and delegate sets are out there on the trading sites but it is the founders day patch that makes this set unique and completes the collection. Please let know how many you want.  We are offering a patch package from the “NOAC That Never Happened” for $20.

You will receive a set of the Trader, Fundraiser and Delegate patches along with a Founders Day patch that was to be handed out at NOAC itself.  If you are interested please send an email to letting him know how many packages you want.  We have a limited supply and it will be first come first served.  Once we have received the orders we will send out payment info.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Again, if you have any questions regarding payments, email Gray Newman.

NOAC Youth Chair - Vaughn Bolt
NOAC Advisor - Gray Newman / 704.609.3160


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