Native American themes and customs have been a huge part of the Order of the Arrow for over a century. They set the tone for our ceremonies, provide opportunities to learn about their rich history, and let youth get involved with dancing and much more. At this year’s section conclave, Drew Eldon, the American Indian Activities Conclave Vice Chief, is bringing all of these things together in a huge way!
Drew does much more than lead the conclave’s American Indian Activities (AIA) committee, however. Back home in Jaccos Towne Lodge – where Drew and others proudly support their otters (the lodge’s totem) – he currently serves as the lodge chief! Drew, who is a Brotherhood member of the lodge, previously served as the secretary and treasurer. He has also stayed committed to serving his troop. He’s been the Quartermaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and is now a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. In addition to leading in both his lodge and troop, Drew is also the Central Flame Chief for Firecrafter. Firecrafter is a unique program ran almost exclusively within the Crossroads of America Council.
Beyond his Scouting commitments, he balances school with hobbies like hiking and even coin collecting! He is also looking ahead to next year and is planning to major in Secondary Education in Math at either Indiana University or Franklin College. While he is excited for that, he is far more excited for the 2016 Section Conclave! Drew can’t wait to meet many new Scouts at Conclave and unveil the drum and dance demonstrations and lessons he is bringing to Culver.