VOLUME vI____________________________________________________February,
The "Nendawen" (Torch Bearer) is the official publication of  KLAHICAN
LODGE, 331, Order of  the Arrow, B.S.A. It is published periodically to
share information that is related to Scouting  and / or the Order of the
Arrow. To Submit  articles, artwork, or announcements, call any  staff 
member or advisor. Allow 4-6 weeks for publication. We reserve the right
to edit information for space constraints. Send a S.A.S.E. for return of
materials to: 
      Roy E.Risley, 130 Queens Court, Wilmington, N.C. 28411 OR  FAX
your input to: 910/686-3887   OR  try our E-Mail Site:
publications staff needed, immediate openings -call advisor for
Cyber Publicist: Jim Taylor,  686-7060,  PUBLICATIONS  ADVISOR: Roy E.
Risley,  686-9866,  ASST. ADVISOR: Bill Miller, 686-1137, LODGE CHIEF:
Nathan Finnin- PROFESSIONAL  ADVISOR: Patrick Boykin, 395-1100 -LODGE
ADVISOR: Jim Strawbridge


Feb. 24    Council Recognition Banquet
Mar.3-5   Spring Fellowship-DRY RUN FOR CONCLAVE 2000-ALL COMMITTEES
                  TO BE UP AND RUNNING-Please report to camp as early
Friday as possible.
Mar.11     Scout Show 2000
Mar.18 Work day at Camp Bowers - Bring your tools.
May 5-7    Spring Camporee Weekend
May 12-13   Spring Fellowship Weekend
May 14th    MOTHER"S DAY
June 4-10     Week 1 @ Camp Bowers
July 29/Aug 3 NOAC in Knoxville,Tn.

"Calling all Chapters"- please send your meeting times /dates /locations
for the next issue by the 1st Sunday in February (6th) for the
February/March edition.
Central Chapter meets 1st Thursday of the month @United Methodist
Church, Lumberton, at 7 PM
Lakes Chapter meets 1st Thursday of the month @ Interim Health Care,
Whiteville, at 7 PM
Coastal Chapter meets 4th Tuesday of the month @ First Baptist Activity
Center, Wilmington, at 7 PM
Western Chapter.. Call Nathan for information
This issue of the Nendawen is dedicated to the 
90th BIRTHDAY of the B.S.A.!
AMERICA is returning to the values  BOY SCOUTS never left
from the CHIEF.
 Nathan Finnin, Klahican Lodge Chief and C2K Chief

Dear Brothers,
  As Conclave 2000 grows nearer and nearer, so do our responsibilities
as Arrowmen.  I would like to challenge each of you to become as active
as you possibly can, while keeping in mind your obligations to your
family, school/work, troop, and churches.  This Conclave will be a
success only if WE make it a success.   Workdays are ALWAYS going on at
Camp Bowers. Talk to your troops about taking a camping trip to Bowers,
and working on a camp beautification project. I would again like to
thank all those who have poured countless hours of work into this
Conclave over the past two years.  Please feel free to contact me at
(910) 395-1300, or to learn more about your
role in Conclave 2000.
Our LLD course has been postponed due to the "Great Blizzard if 2000",
but will be rescheduled shortly.   I hope that all is well in your homes
and communities following the rarely seen snow that we have been exposed
to this past month.   Please remember your "daily good turn" as we ride
out the rest of this winter.        The simple act of clearing a
windshield, or shoveling a walkway for an elderly neighbor can make the
day easier for many people and would be greatly appreciated. 
Lodge Elections will be coming up in May, so please be thinking about
nominations for next years Lodge Officers.  Those Arrowman planning to
run need to think seriously about the commitment that is needed to
properly execute the job.   LLD is a great course for anyone seeking a
position in either the Lodge, or your Chapters.   If you have any
questions about the available positions please refer to the " Order of
the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisors." 
 As the Spirit Leads,
                       Nathan Finnin, Lodge Chief 99-2000 / Conclave
2000 Chairman

Are you an active member-the kind that would be missed,  
Or are you just contented-that your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings and cringle with the crowd, or do you stay at
home and cry both long and loud?
Do you take an active part to help your group along, or are you
satisfied to be the kind to just "belong"?
Do you ever go to visit a Brother who is sick, or leave the work for
just a few, then talk about a "clique"?
There's quite a program planned that means success if done, 
and it can be accomplished with the help of everyone.
So attend the meetings regularly and help with hand and heart, 
don't be just a member, but take an active part.
Think it over Brother, are we right or wrong?  Are you an active member? 
Or do you just belong? 


Greetings from Coastal Chapter!  We are counting down to Conclave.  We
still need your help.  If you would like to get involved with Conclave
contact any of your Lodge Officers or Advisers.  It isn't too late. 
Coastal Chapter Members, we need a good showing at both Spring
Fellowship and at Conclave.  Besides all of this, everyone will have a
great time.
Lodge Chief Nathan Finnin and I were disappointed to cancel the Lodge
Leader Development Conference in January.  We only had 3  arrowmen sign
up!  As it turns out, there was some bad weather that weekend, but the
lack of interest is source of concern.  We will try again later this
spring.  The LLDC is mandatory for Lodge and Chapter officers, and
anyone who wants to run for office.  It is also great leadership
training experience for any member of the OA.  Stay tuned for an
announcement about the rescheduled date.
Sign up for NOAC, right away!!!!   Time is running out.  See you at the
next Chapter Meeting.
Yours in Service,
J. Corpening

by Brad Corpening

Greetings Brothers.  I hope each one of you is getting ready for
Conclave.  If you have any, any interest in dancing as part of a team
dance, please call me.  We are trying to enter a team in the dance
competition at Conclave, and need more dancers.  Ceremony team members,
don't forget to practice! We have much work to do this spring.
I know many of you have experienced bad weather in the last few weeks. 
I'm sorry we couldn't have a Coastal Chapter meeting in January, but
we'll make up for it this month.  We'll have more on dance, and will
spend some time getting organized for Conclave.
Join me at our next Chapter Meeting and at Spring Fellowship.

Yours in Service

"The Wild Places"
"It's the freedom of the wild things that you love so much to see"
by Rick Rutherford

This is the first in a series of articles about wilderness areas in our
state. The information given was obtained from the GORP website (Great
Outdoor Recreation Pages).
Near the western border of NC, the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock area was first
designated a wilderness by the 1975 Wilderness Act. The 1984 North
Carolina Wilderness Act increased the original 14,033 acres to the
present 17,013 acres. Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock is also part of the
Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee, but lies chiefly within
the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. 
The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness is made up mainly of the Little
Santeetlah and Slickrock Creek watersheds, which are joined by a common
ridgeline at their headwaters. These basins are extremely steep and
rugged, with elevations ranging from a low of 1,086 feet at the mouth of
Slickrock Creek to over 5,300 feet on Stratton Bald. Rock outcrops are
common, and numerous drainages and cascading streams dissect the
terrain. A dense hardwood forest, some of which is virgin, blankets
these slopes. Only occasional grass or heath bards along the high ridges
break the forest. Black bear and wild boar are common to these woods.
The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness was primeval forest until the
early 1900's. Originally part of the great Cherokee Indian Nation, it
was explored by Lt. Henry Timberlake in the 1750's, ceded to the United
States in 1835, then settled by a handful of families in the mid 1800's.
In 1915, Babcock Lumber Company purchased Slickrock and began logging
the drainage. The company built a railroad along Slickrock Creek,
extending it farther up the creek and its tributaries as the logging
progressed. In 1922, with about a third of the area still unlogged, the
company was forced to halt operations because the Caldenwood Dam being
constructed on the Little Tennessee River was to flood the lower portion
of the railroad. Steel rails and equipment were removed, but traces of
the old logging operation still remain. Portions of trails in the
Slickrock drainage follow the old railroad beds. For trail information,
contact the North Carolina Forest Service.
The Little Santeetlah Creek drainage within the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock
Wilderness is dedicated as a living monument to the memory of Joyce
Kilmer. He was a teacher, journalist soldier, and poet. However, it is
as a poet that he is chiefly remembered. His love of the common and
beautiful things, especially in nature, found a simple and delicate
expression in verse. His most famous poem is "Trees." A simple bronze
plaque in the heart of the forest tells his story. 
Like the Wilderness, the 3,800 acres of the Memorial Forest is
maintained in its primitive and natural state -a place of inspiration
and a treasure of native flora and fauna. It is an impressive remnant of
the vast virgin wilderness that once covered this nation. There are huge
trees, many of which are hundreds of years old. Some of them are 20 feet
around the base and more than 100 feet high. They include yellow poplar,
hemlock, sycamore, basswood, oak and many others.  In addition to the
trees, there are an outstanding variety of shrubs, vines, ferns, mosses,
and herbaceous plants. 
The Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail provides a 1- or 2-mile loop
for viewing the large trees and the memorial plaque. This trail is for
day-use only and does not connect to any other trails within the
wilderness. No overnight camping is permitted in the Joyce Kilmer Picnic
Area and trailhead.

Yellowstone National Park has many advocates on many fronts.  One of the
programs which often leads individuals into a life-long appreciation and
support of Yellowstone is the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps. Some
30 students will be selected to work in the YCC this summer.   
Following is an overview of the program, with instructions on how
students can apply to spend this summer working in Yellowstone through
the YCC.
  "The Yellowstone National Park Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) was
established in 1984 as a joint effort between the National Park Service
and Yellowstone National Park. The YCC was established to accomplish
needed conservation work on public lands; provide gainful employment for
young people from all social, economic, and ethnic classifications; and
to develop an environmental understanding and appreciation of
participating youth in our nation's natural, historical, and cultural
heritage. Private donations by the Loyal Order of the Moose provide
funding for the program. The Yellowstone YCC program is one of only two
residential YCC programs in the National Park Service (Yosemite has the
  YCC is a work program, not a summer camp. Approximately 30 students
are randomly selected each summer from North America, and participants
are expected to complete forty hours of work each week. There are
thirteen staff members, including the Camp Director, Work Coordinator,
Cook, Logistics Assistant and 9 Crew leaders. The work takes place in a
variety of weather and terrain conditions. In the past, YCC enrollees
have been instrumental in building backcountry bridges; trail
construction and maintenance; log cabin restoration; painting; and
working on a wide variety of various resource management, maintenance,
and research projects. Since many of the projects take place in remote
locations within Yellowstone, crews may be camped out for up to 10 days.
When a crew is camped out in the park for a work project, YCC provides
all pertinent camping equipment. When crews are based out of your
primary YCC camp in Mammoth, they stay in facilities that were built in
1978 specifically for youth programs. The dormitory and dinning hall are
well equipped to help make the summer in Yellowstone as comfortable and
enjoyable as possible.
 Along with the work projects, enrollees spend significant time involved
with the environmental and recreation opportunities Yellowstone has to
offer. Much of these activities are done in the evenings and on
weekends. Activities include hiking, rafting, fishing, backpacking,
ranger led programs, guest speakers, enrollee and staff presentations,
and tours of greater Yellowstone ecosystem resources and historical
sites, and a variety of education and awareness games. Enrollees hike an
average of 100 to 200 miles throughout the summer.
The YCC Program runs for 8 weeks and begins mid June. Enrollees receive
minimum wage with deductions for room and board.
    The YCC experience allows both youth and staff the opportunity to
learn, grow, and work in the grandeur of Yellowstone. The program gives
the youth values to carry throughout their lives to make a difference in
the world.
 You may download an application by going to and reading the online version of this
story.  If you are unable to download the online application or if you
need additional information, please contact the YCC Program Manager at
Yellowstone National Park headquarters by calling (307) 344-2148 or by
writing the park, 
Attention: YCC Program, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
(Yellowstone Net provides you opportunity to voice your opinion
regarding the various Yellowstone issues to your congresspersons and to
editorial sections of magazines and newspapers by going to:


Print or Type all answers. All questions and statements must be answered
to enable Selection
Office to determine applicant's eligibility. Incomplete applications may
have to be rejected.
Authority is PL 93-408. You must be at least 15 years of age and not
have reached age 19 during
the term of employment.
Name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
Mailing Address (Street or P.O. Box)
State Zip Code

Area Code Telephone Number Date of Birth
Month Day Year
Social Security Number
______-- -- ______ ___________Male
Are you able to participate in strenuous physical work activities?
____Yes ____No
Reference Information:
Reference(teacher or
counselor)______________________________________________________ -

Phone number: School_________________________________________-

Applicant's Statement:
I am familiar with the YCC program and interested in working in the
outdoors to develop and maintain the natural resources of the United
States. If selected, I will obtain a work permit if required. I have or
am applying for a social security number. I am a permanent resident of
the United States or its Territories or possession. I do not have a
history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might
jeopardize my safety or that of others. I certify that all information I
have given above is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
Incorrect statements constitute grounds for immediate dismissal. You
have my permission to give this application to any YCC official to whose
camp I am selected.

(Signature of Applicant) (County)
I am familiar with the YCC program and the applicant has my permission
to participate.

(Signature of Parent or Guardian)
YCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please send completed applications to: Attention YCC Program, P.O. Box
168, Yellowstone
National Park, Wyoming 82190.


______Yes, I will be at the March 3-5 Fellowship:  I am enclosing 

______Yes, I plan to attend the March Fellowship:  I will pay my $14.00
on arrival at camp.
              I understand that I hereby obligate myself to pay even if
I do not attend.


______I intend to seal my membership in the lodge by completing my
Brotherhood: I am 
             enclosing  $27.00.

______I plan to seal my membership in the lodge by completing my
Brotherhood:  I will pay
             my $27.00 on arrival at camp. I understand that I obligate
myself to pay even if I do 
             not attend.



                 $19.00.    Mail to:   Cape Fear Council, P.O. Box 7156,
Wilmington, N.C. 28406 or
                 Fax Number: (910) 395-0894.  If you call the office
(910) 395-1100 and ask to be put
       on the "will pay" list, we will consider you  "preregistered".

Check your name on the address label on the front of this Nendawen. If
"Conclave 2000 Host" does not appear above your name, you are NOT
registered according to the records in the Council Office.  If you plan
to attend as a member of the lodge delegation or as a staff member, YOU
MUST REGISTER!!!  The deadline for being sure that you get the host
lodge material is March 6, 2000. All who register after this date will
not be assured of getting any of the material.


      Yes, I want to attend the conclave.  My fee of $35.00 is enclosed,
my Medical Release form is enclosed, and I understand that I must have a
current Medical Record turned in to the Lodge Contingent     Leader
before I can attend.

Name                                         Age     

Address                             Ord/Bro/Vig     


Contact                           Day Ph#             

          Night phone#______________

Make your check payable to: Cape Fear Council.  Deadline for
registration with a guarantee of receiving the delegate packet is
Monday, March 6, 2000, at 5:00 pm in the council office. Mail to:
Conclave, Cape Fear Council, P. O. Box 7156, Wilmington, NC 28406

Participant's Name:                                   

Contact                           Day Ph#             
                          Night Phone#______________

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, I understand every effort will be made
to contact me (my spouse or next of kin).  In the event I 
cannot be reached, I hereby give my permission to the 
physician selected by the adult leader in charge to secure 
proper treatment, including hospitalization, anesthesia,
surgery, or injections of medication for my son (for me, if adult).

Signature of parent or adult:                         

Please indicate any allergy(s) we may need to be aware of: