Catawba Lodge

Mecklenburg County Council

2024 Order of the Arrow  Section E-7 Cornerstone Conclave

Posted 9.7.23

The Catawba Lodge is hosting the Cornerstone Conclave held in April 2024!  This event is a gathering between all of the Order of the Arrow Lodges in Section E-7 which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, and parts of Georgia.  Arrowmen are able to join together in fellowship with one another as well as compete in various areas ranging from Ceremonies, Native Dance and Sing, Trainings, and QUEST events. These various competitions all contribute towards the annual Lodge of the Year Award which is only given to one Lodge a year. Conclave is a great way to meet new Arrowmen from other lodges and join together in fellowship with your brothers.

The 2024 OA Section E-7 Cornerstone Conclave will be held April 26-28, 2028 at Belk Scout Camp.  The contingent fee is $80 for Catawba staff (pending CoC approval). This year's theme will be "Building the Future Together". 

Cost: The fee for this year's Section E-7 Conclave will be $80 per Catawba Lodge delegates. This fee includes meals, delegate patch, camp usage fee, program, BSA Insurance, Catawba t-shirt and spirit items.

Conclave memorabilia items may also be purchased as part of your registration. All pre-order merchandise orders must be placed by January 30, 2024. Delegate registration will close March 4, 2024. **Please note** Any delegates who register after January 30th will NOT be guaranteed a ditty bag.

You must be a registered Order of the Arrow member to attend. A medical form will be required.

If you are interested in learning more about Conclave, please contact the Conclave Committee Chair:  Al Nedrich or Conclave Committe Co-Chair:  Tim Morgan

Letter and Paper Registration – pending

Online Registration – pending


Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder's Award was created to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to the lodge.  The award is reserved for an Arrowmen who demonstrates to fellow Arrowmen that he or she memorializes in his or her everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson.  The Award is a handsome bronze medallion bearing the likenesses of E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson, with wooden base and brass plate suitable for engraving.  Also available is a special Founder's Award arrow ribbon, with a gold colored arrow suspended from a red ribbon.  Lodges may petition the National Order of the Arrow Committee to present up to four awards annually, based on Lodge membership. If the Lodge presents more than one award, one must be to a youth under the age of 21.  These Awards are presented at the Lodge's annual banquet in December.


O.A Crenshaw Family Arrowman of the Year 2023

The O. A. (Olvin Alexander) Crenshaw and Family Arrowman of the Year Award is given to one adult and one or more youth per year for outstanding service to the Lodge.  All members of the Lodge may make nominations for the Arrowman of the Year Award.  The youth recipients are voted on by adults and the adult recipient is voted on by youth.  It is voted on at the October Executive Committee Meeting.  These Awards are presented at the Lodge's annual banquet in December.


NEW FOR 2023... 


Your Lodge Inductions Team has made signing up for this year's Elangomat and Nimat efforts EASY!!!  The following are hyperlinks for both of those service efforts.  Additionally, the Inductions team is also providing REQUIRED training for both roles.  All information on event and training dates are available in the following sign up pages.  



Fall Fellowship - October 5-7, 2023

Update posted 9.9.23

Catawba Lodge Brothers:

Fall Fellowship registration is CLOSED!!!


Catawba Lodge hosts its most prominent event of the year, the Fall Fellowship, at Belk Scout Camp. During the weekend, Lodge members conduct service for the camp and participate with their chapter in an all out Spirit Competitions. There are training sessions and Indian Lore seminars offered, along with one or two unique activities every year. The annual Patch Auction is held on Saturday night. This is the last time that Brotherhood induction is offered in the calendar year. Fall Fellowship is the venue for the Lodge and chapter elections, as well as for the reception and recognition of new brothers in the Vigil Honor.

Check in for Fall Fellowship is between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm (Health Lodge). It is suggested that you arrive on the early side.  Please Bring a PRINTED copy of your Health Form - unless you paid for All Events and turned in a new copy of your health form for the year (MUST BE 2019 edition). 

The BSA requires everyone to have a current Health Form on file.  For your convenience, we have attached a link to access the forms - below. You only need Parts A&B (along with a copy of your insurance card) for this event. 



Hope to see you there!!


Chase Hensley

Catawba Lodge Chief


Eric Sasser

Crew 1465, Crew Committee

Etowah District, Unit Commissioner

Catawba Lodge, Membership Adviser

Catawba Lodge, Cornerstone Conclave Adviser

Cell: 704.254.6897

Catawba Lodge 459:  2023 Inductions Bulletin #1 

Update posted 1.13.23

Order of the Arrow Membership Eligibility:

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, the National Order of the Arrow Committee deemed it appropriate to allow all of the pandemic-era policies, including those relating to membership, to expire.  In addition, the national committee decided that as of January 1, 2023, individuals selected as candidates for membership in the Order of the Arrow retain that eligibility for a period of 18 months from the date of their selection.  After that period, individuals may be considered again for selection if they continue to fulfill the eligibility requirements.  This increase from the previous 12 months will give lodges and individuals additional time for induction opportunities and aligns with the 2022-23 National Business Plan objective of membership growth.  For the latest membership information, please visit

Catawba Point Information

Updated: 4.3.23

Catawba Point is our new meditation garden on the property of Camp Grimes near the new Belk Dining Hall.  It consists of a Flagpole, Totem Poles from our 2015 Dixie Fellowship incorporated with local plants and flowers.  But your help is needed to make PHASE 2 of this dream come true.  Through the purchase of commemorative bricks and commermorative jacket patches, you can help see this plan to fruition.  Help honor a loved one such as an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver Recipient, Woodbadge Participant/Staff Member, or someone special who has passed. 

Thank you for your support in this endeavor, it is greatly appreciated!

Please click on the following links for Commemorative BRICKS and JACKET PATCH orders:



Other Lodge News

Chapter Election Results

Congratulations to the following Arrowmen and their officer elections within the Apache, Etowah and Sehwatu Chapters:

Apache Chapter:

Chapter Chief - Alex Flowers

Vice Chapter Chief - Josiah Amaral

Chapter Secretary - Reed Coleman

Chapter Quartermaster - Derek Leswing

Update as of 4/20/23

Chapter Chief - Josiah Amaral

Vice Chapter Chief - James Keene

Chapter Secretary - Reed Coleman

Chapter Quartermaster - Derek Leswing

Etowah Chapter:

Chapter Chief - Holden Bagley

Vice Chapter Chief - Skye Kehoe

Chapter Secretary - Isabel Joyce

Chapter Quartermaster - Rachel Kauffman

Chapter Spirit Chair - Hannah Todd

Sehwatu Chapter:

Chapter Chief - Nick Daniels

Vice Chapter Chief - Ben Bruh

Secretary - Skyler Phelps

Lodge Election Results

The following are our New Lodge officers for 2022-23. 

Lodge Chief - Chase Hensley

Vice Chief of Program - Louis Maillet

Vice Chief of Inductions - Sam Brown

Vice Chief of Indian Affairs - Adam Shaw

Vice Chief of Administration - Hannah Todd

Lodge Quartermaster - Rachel Kauffman

Thank you for your continued service to the Lodge!!

Lodge Calendar and Events Update

Good Day Catawba Lodge 459!

Updates to the calendar will be posted here as they arise,

Yours In Brotherhood,

Chase Hensley

Catawba Lodge Chief

What's New!

Catawba Lodge has launched a revamped web site that is geared toward supporting desktops, tablets and phones.

The banner at the top of the site will show breaking items of interest.

Reminders of events and activities will be posted in the slideshow and some slides will have links to the details.

A handy agenda style calendar is posted below that quickly shows upcoming events and it is scrollable to look further out.

Additional work will continue toward cleanup of old data and some new features so you will see more changes.

If additional information is needed please contact us @

Email Key Three:

Chief: Chase Hensley

Adviser: Al Nedrich

Staff Adviser: Brian Sweeney

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Page Revised: 9/9/2023