Welcome to the Conclave 2016 web site! This is your one-stop source for info on the 2016 SR-7A Conclave, which will be held on the weekend of April 29 – May 1, 2016 at Camp Powhatan in Hiwassee, Virginia. Check back often for updates on new programs and activities for 2016!
About the Theme
Following the 2015 SR-7A Conclave, Arrowmen got “All Fired Up” for a NOAC where “It Starts With Us.” 2016 is a year where the world will celebrate the summer Olympics and we as Arrowmen will celebrate an Olympic year starting our next century of service. Like the Olympic torch, we in SR-7A will ask our Arrowmen to “Pass It On” to the second century of Arrowmen. What will you pass on?
Dear SR-7A Conclave Participant:
The moment that you have been waiting for is almost here! This Friday, over 1,000 arrowmen from across the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond will gather at Camp Powhatan for the 2016 SR-7A Conclave.
Here are a few final announcements and reminders as you prepare for Conclave:
Directions: Camp Powhatan is located at 2600 Max Creek Road; Hiwassee, Virginia 24347. Some people have reported that their phone GPS (in particular Apple Maps) takes them to the wrong location. It is recommended that you print and bring with you the paper directions to Camp Powhatan located HERE, just in case.
Tents: Canvas wall tents and cots have been set up in the campsites that the lodges will be using and there should be enough space available for most (but probably not all) Conclave participants to stay in a canvas wall tent. Arrowmen are also encouraged to bring their own tent in case all of the canvas wall tents are taken when you arrive.
Be Prepared: Conclave is held rain or shine. The weather in the mountains of Virginia can be very warm during the day and very cool at night this time of year. When packing, make certain that you will be prepared no matter what the weather holds. Also, be aware that cellular service is spotty at Camp Powhatan for some carriers. Be prepared for the possibility of a weekend without cellular access. In case of emergencies only, the camp may be contacted at (540) 980-3787. This number is not to be used for welfare checks or general communications.
Arrival and Check-in: Upon your arrival to Camp Powhatan, you will be directed by the service lodge to the designated gear drop off area. Your gear will be deposited there and it will be delivered to your lodge’s campsite. Arrowmen are encouraged to label gear with their name and lodge information. All Conclave participants will then check-in at the OA Shelter where you will receive your packet, Passport, and Conclave patch. Check-in at the OA Shelter will run from 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Anyone arriving after 10:00 pm should check-in with their lodge at their lodge’s campsite.
Meals and Activities on Friday Night: A light dinner/crackerbarrel will be served on the Fridaynight of Conclave in the Dining Hall from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. The Conclave Carnival will begin at 7:30on Friday night with the Conclave Kickoff show at9:00 pm. A Vigil Challenge (rededication) will occuron Friday night with a 9:45 pm start time.
Campsites: Electricity is available at the campsites at Powhatan but Arrowmen are asked to reserve power outlets for those who require the use of a CPAP machine. Those using CPAP machines need to bring their own extension cord. Click HERE for a map of Camp Powhatan. Lodges will be camping in the following campsites:
Weekend Schedule: The full Conclave Schedule may be found HERE as well as the Training and the Quest for the Golden Arrow schedules.
Conclave Service Project: A reminder to bring 3 or more stuffed animals to Conclave and get this patch! The stuffed animals you bring to Conclave should fit the following criteria:
Saturday Night Patch Auction: A patch auction will be held on Saturday night of Conclave with the proceeds being used to help offset costs associated with the Conclave Service Project If you have items that you would like to donate, please bring them to Conclave. A donation box will be located in the Trading Post. All donations are greatly appreciated!
Vigil Challenge on Friday Night: If you’re a Vigil honor member, look at Conclave newsletter in your packet to find details about participating in the Vigil Challenge (rededication) beginning at 9:45 p.m.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend for the 2016 SR-7A Conclave!
2015-16 SR-7A Section Chief