Yerba Buena Lodge - the Order of the Arrow Lodge for Golden Gate Area Council

Members of the Order of the Arrow posing for a group picture at their vigil induction.

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Yerba Buena is the Order of the Arrow Lodge of the Golden Gate Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and was established on January 1, 2021. Below is recent news about our lodge and it will be updated on a regular basis.

2021 Induction Weekend

During the weekend of September 25-26th, our lodge hosted an induction weekend at Camp Herms. At this event, 78 scouts were inducted as new members in our lodge. We welcome them into Yerba Buena Lodge. Furthermore, we had 22 Arrowmen seal their membership by completing their Brotherhood. Many congratulations to all!

2021 Area W-3 Conclave

On September 10-12, 2021, the Area W-3 Conclave, jointly hosted by Sections W-3N and W-3S was held on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA. Order of the Arrow members had fun with various activities ranging from lodge competitions, live and silent auctions, a Brotherhood ceremony, a Vigil rededication, and more. Additionally, OA members had the opportunity to participate in smaller interest groups tailored towards individual interests such as Scoutcraft! During the Conclave, Section W-3N swore Yerba Buena’s own Lodge Chief Aditya Sriram in as Section Vice Chief. We hope everyone that attended had memorable and amazing experiences!

Vigil Weekend

On May 22-23, 13 Brotherhood members kept their Vigil and obtained the Vigil honor. Vigil honor is highest honor the lodge can bestow on a member, awarded for distinguished contributions to the lodge, Order of the Arrow, or the broader Scouting community. Yerba Buena Lodge congratulates these members on receiving this honor.

Spring Virtual Induction Weekends

On March 26-27 and April 16-17, Yerba Buena Lodge hosted two virtual induction weekends. Over the course of these inductions weekends, we inducted 92 new members. Yerba Buena Lodge welcomes these new members into the Order of the Arrow.

Additionally, 31 Ordeal members decided to seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow and earn the Brotherhood honor. Yerba Buena Lodge congratulates these members on the completion of their induction.

Lodge Convention

At the Lodge Convention on Saturday, January 23, over 90 members from the legacy lodges connected via Zoom to participate in the first ever Lodge Convention and Election of Yerba Buena Lodge.

The meeting started promptly at 6:05 PM with Chase VanDerveer acting as the “master of ceremonies” who led the lodge in the OA obligation.  We were honored to have in attendance three National OA officers that gave a warm welcome to our new lodge; National Chief Derek Porter, National Vice Chief Greg Brown and Western Region Chief Dakota Morosi.  The youth then broke out into their own Zoom session to elect the first officers of Yerba Buena Lodge while the adults had their own session.

Following the breakout sessions, we are pleased and honored to announce the first Officers for Yerba Buena Lodge for the year 2021:

  • Lodge Chief – Aditya “Adi” Sriram
  • Lodge Vice Chief Visitations – Nathan Kent
  • Lodge Vice Chief Inductions – Abhiram “Abhi” Mokkapati
  • Lodge Vice Chief Activation – Chase VanDerveer
  • Lodge Secretary – Thomas Pehl
  • Lodge Treasurer – Bobby Foreman

Congratulations to our new officers.  Following the election we had a great game of Kahoot! and the meeting ended with the singing of the closing song.

Lodge Patch Design

Thirty-seven (37) flap designs were submitted to the lodge for consideration as our new first flap. The youth of the Lodge merger task force team whittled those 37 flaps down to 4 that were presented and voted on at the convention by both youth and adults.  All flaps were displayed anonymously.  The Lodge congratulates Craig Leighty for the winning Lodge Flap entry which is to become the first lodge flap of Yerba Buena.

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Arrrowmen pose for a photo in front of the Camp Herms sign at Induction Weekend
Staff of the 2021 Induction posing for a photo in front of the Camp Herms sign
Arrowmen from Yerba Buena posing for a picture at Areaclave
Members of the Order of the Arrow relaxing on the grass at areaclave
Picture of Scouts at a service table loading their dinner plates with food.
Pocket flap patch showing the Golden Gate bridge with a humpback whale breaching in the foreground.