lodge_adviser_patchThe 2014 Southern Region Lodge Advisers’ Summit will be held on August 8 – 10 at the Huntsville Marriott hotel, on the grounds of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  This program will be completely different than the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) or other such conferences for advisers.  Rather than focusing on “how to become a better adviser”, we will focus on the process of “how to become a better lodge”.

Some of our Southern Region Lodges have exemplary programs, and yet most have at least a few specific issues that challenge their goal of maintaining a quality Order of the Arrow program within their council.  This summit will leverage the strength and proven ideas of our best programs as we explore development of the process, not only the “how’s” – how do you do it, but also the “why’s” – why is that important, in developing a consistent, quality OA program that each member can be proud to be a part of.

Our weekend program will begin at 7:30 PM on Friday, August 8, and end by 11:00 AM on Sunday, August 10.  The summit fee of $285 will include housing (2 advisers per room) at the Huntsville Marriott for 2 nights, meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast, summit materials and conference room fees.  Note that no meal will be served Friday night, so plan to eat on your own prior to arrival.

The Huntsville Marriott is only about 5 miles from the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) for those who choose to fly.  Shuttle transportation from and to the airport will be provided.  For those driving, the Huntsville Marriott is on I-565, right off of I-65.

Each Southern Region Lodge should send their current Lodge Adviser, or, if your lodge will transition to a new Lodge Adviser during late 2014 or 2015, the upcoming Adviser should be the one to attend.  Only one adviser per lodge will be allowed to attend due to limitations of our hotel and meeting space.

Online registration is open now; please click on this link to proceed:  http://reservations.scouting.org/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x3374557f4

Once you’ve registered, you should be directed to a page to pay the registration fee online.  If you do not see this, please contact our Region Staff Adviser, Brian Glass.