Arrowmen across the country are asking about Wachipi, the American Indian Seminar held on June 6th-10th, 2017 at the Philmont Training Center. Many are aware of the rich history that American Indian Activities (AIA) has in our Order but what’s so special about this event?
1. You will learn how to properly represent American Indian Activities.
There is a lot of confusion in the Order of the Arrow about what role AIA serves in our organization. Many believe that it strictly consists of lodge ceremonies, but that is simply the tip of the iceberg. From dance teams to tipis, Wachipi will help you strengthen AIA programs back in your home lodges.
2. You will be able to start new programs in your Lodge.
There is going to be a lot of information at Wachipi that you can bring back to your lodges. While many lodges may want to start a dance team, it can be hard to find proper training for American Indian Craft and the dances themselves. Wachipi will provide arrowmen with the tools needed to get these programs up and running.
3. You’ll get to learn about AIA from around the nation.
One thing many Arrowmen don’t know about is the diversity of AIA from lodge to lodge. Wachipi allows Arrowmen to compare programs with other Arrowmen who share their passion for AIA.
4. You can find a new passion in the Order.
“This is a chance for members who aren’t necessarily involved in AIA to come and find an interest for life.” Wachipi was created to breathe new life into the Order of the Arrow’s AIA program. Whether you are already passionate about AIA , or looking to get involved, Wachipi is for you.
5. The Lodge that sends the most Arrowmen will receive a reward.
Wachipi is also offering a challenge to every lodge: The lodge that sends the most Arrowmen from each region will receive a beautiful pendleton blanket.
To find out more about Wachipi, visit http://www.oa-bsa.org/pages/category/category/wachipi-2017