Conclave is a great place to make new friends and be inspired to go back home and REIMAGINE the ways we strengthen our units, lodges, and communities. In order to do that, though, we need to be healthy so we can help others, and this includes taking precautions to help continue to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This week, the Southern Region Section 7A leadership team, in consultation with the leadership of Shenandoah Lodge and Virginia Headwaters Council, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 SR-7A Conclave that was scheduled for October 2-4, 2020 at Camp Shenandoah.
While this was a tough decision, we believe it is the right one, and it has been made out of concern for our members, volunteers, guests, and community. Our top priority is always the health and safety of everyone involved in our events.
It’s been over three decades since a Virginia Conclave has been rescheduled or canceled, and we know you’ll have questions about what this change means for you and your lodge. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make this change as smooth as possible. We will send out information about refunds for Conclave registration and memorabilia pre-orders in the next few weeks.
We love the SR-7A Conclave just as much as you do. It is Virginia’s marquee OA event, and we are sad that we will not be able to watch a sea of Arrowmen gather in the fields of Camp Shenandoah to celebrate our brotherhood. However, we remain excited about our next Conclave and look forward to seeing you at Pipsico Scout Reservation in April 2021 hosted by Wahunsenakah Lodge 333.
To elect the 2020-21 SR-7A Section Officers, a teleconference will be held on Tuesday, August 18th at 8:00 p.m. EDT. To join this call and cast a vote for section office, youth Arrowmen (under 21 on August 18th) must pre-register using this form by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 17th. On the day of the call, virtual meeting information will be sent to those who have pre-registered. Youth Arrowmen who wish to run for section office must submit a letter of affirmation from their council’s Scout Executive by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 16th. These letters must be sent to Section Adviser John Donat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this Section Officer Election call, candidates will have an opportunity to make a two-minute speech, and questions for the candidates may be submitted via the pre-registration form as well as in the teleconference chat feature during the meeting. Following the speeches and the question forum, voting will take place via a form sent out during the meeting based upon information indicated in the pre-registration form. We will send out more details about the exact voting procedure in the next few weeks.