History

 2009-????        Bob McLaughlin, Sub Committee Adviser              Tadlock, Sokley, Sub Committee Co-Chairman

 2008-2009        Bob McLaughlin, Sub Committee Adviser              Evan McLaughlin, Sub Committee Chairman
  •  At the end of 2008 T J Ward went off to NCSU and passed the reins to Evan McLaughlin

  • Ceremony Support continues to be recognized in the planbook as a voting committee

  • The Fire Rats were presented with a special letter of thanks from the ceremony team for their hard work and unwavering support to the lodge.

  • For the first time in recent history the Fire Rats were able to participate in several Cracker Barrels due to pre-ordeal, ordeal and brotherhood ceremonies starting on time.

  • Working with the ceremony and VCI, developed a condensed ceremony schedule to accommodate more candidates in less time.

  • Additional T-Shirts were ordered.  50% of the t-shirts sold in less than 3 weeks.

  • Ceremony Guide Book being updated based upon lessons learned from the 2009 season

  • At the 2009 Catawba Lodge Banquet, Jamie Roinick was presented with the distinctive honor of being the 2009 Fire Rat of the Year!

  • Evan selected both Austin Tadlock and Scott Sokely to be co-chairmen for the Ceremony Support team in 2010.
 2005-2008        Tom Ward, Sub Committee Adviser                        TJ Ward, Sub Committee Chairman
  • At the end of 2005 Colby Torrence stepped down as youth chairman.
  • TJ Ward who was an active member of the team was voted into the Chairman position.

  • The team continued to be recognized as a Sub Committee in the 2006 Planbook.

  • The team was recognized at the several of the events by the Lodge Vice Chief of Inductions as one of the hardest working teams in the Lodge.

  • Additional t-shirts were ordered with larger image on the front pocket so that it was more recognizable.

  • The introduction of the Ceremony Support Team totem was officially recognized during the 2005 annual banquet (A 33 inch strike anywhere match stick that will house the names of the youth chairmen, and advisers of the Fire Rat Team).

  • With the original 50 service award patches gone, the team decided to order an additional 50 patches.  The design remained the same except the no longer used lodge number 459 was removed.

  • We have just completed the 2006 year and the current number of active members stands at 33.

  • The team once again proved that this is a true YOUTH led team that the others can pattern themselves after.

  • On 11/1/2006 the Ceremony Support Team was voted in as a Standing Committee. This gives our committe a vote on the Lodge Executive Board.

 2004-2005        Tom Ward, Adhoc-Committee Adviser                   Colby Torrence, Adhoc-Committee Chairman
  • Don Dehner (Smoldering Rat) stepped down from the advisor position and will stay on working with the team’s data base.
  • Tom Ward stepped forward and has been advising the team since.

  • The team was first recognized as a Sub Committee in the 2005 Planbook.

  • Two new cabinets made, one for each ring (CCSC and Grimes) to house all the equipment being used by the team.

  • Team members spent many hours helping and doing whatever was needed to get the new ring (CCSC) completed.

  • The team Published a Ceremony Support Website to expand our communications capability to our team and other potential team members.

 2002-2004        Don Dehner, Adhoc-Committee Adviser                 Colby Torrence, Adhoc Committee Chairman
  • Our first active Youth Chairman was voted in, Colby Torrence (became a Vigil member of the Lodge in 2004 and was given the name of "Machkachten Amangachpoques", the position that he "became").

  • The Fire Rat Service Award Backpatches were designed, presented to the Lodge and ordered.   Those members of the ceremony support team who earned a total of 13 points could purchase a patch to wear on their vest.  There were 50 original patches ordered.

  • Team equipment was purchased specifically for each ring (CCSC and Grimes) eliminating having to check out equipment from the rangers.
  • The name of “Fire Rats” was chosen to identify the ceremony support team and it's Native American Indian (Lenni Lenape) translation was found which is “Machkachten Amangachpoques” (Mack-ashen A-mangatch-pokiss). 

  • Olive green vests were voted in as being the "official" Fire Rat identification for team members.

  • Ceremony Support t-shirts were designed and ordered and could be worn by team members after a level of service was achieved.  These were black t-shirts, the design on the front was a campfire with "Ceremony Support Team" in the fire flames, and "Catawba Lodge" below the fire, and the design on the back was the Service Award Back Patch, all printing was done using silver shimmer as the color.

  • The t-shirt eligibility spreadsheet was converted to a database that could keep track of not only t-shirt eligibility, but also service award eligibility.

  • The smudge pots were again up dated by to a quart paint can, a conduit clamp, a tiki torch wick, and adopting the use of citronella instead of the kerosene. The design increased the burn time from 2 to 5 hours with out the worry of rain putting out the pots and the smudge pots were nicknamed the “Catawba Lights” by one of the lodges.

  • The Ceremony Support Team Book was updated to include the smudge pot changes, addition of the equipment, time schedules of ceremonies, point’s criteria for earning the “Fire Rat” patch, diagrams for setup of each ceremony, and other information that would be helpful to the team.

  • The team continued to be recognized as an Adhoc (Temorary) Committee during this time period.

  • We had finally become a Support Team that worked exceptionally well, and assisted the lodge in many different areas. Active team members now numbered about twenty five.

 2000-2002        Don Dehner, Adhoc-Committee Adviser
  • This is the time period that origination of what we know today as the “Fire Rats” began.

  • There were just a handful of youth that would help out during ceremonies.   But the word was getting out and there were more and more repeat team members at each event.

  • The support team wore t-shirts of the “Ceremony Team” which were black with the Catawba Lodge patch on the front and a medicine wheel on the back in teal color.

  • The original guidelines were completely reworked and incorporated into a Ceremony Support Team Book that had all the changes regarding the team being a separate entity from the Ceremony team. 

  • The team was first recognized as an Adhoc (temporary) committee during this time period.  This was a step in the right direction but being recognized as a permanent committee of the Lodge continued to be a team goal.
 1998-2000        Dohn Dehner, Group Adviser
  • At the end of the 1997 year Nancy asked Don Dehner to take over the support duties since he had been assisting since joining the lodge in 1992.

  • There wasn’t much of a turnout so ideas starting to come out to get a true support team started. Something was needed that would get the youth more involved and eventually take over the entire setup process.
 1997-1998        Nancy Carroll, Group Adviser
  • Nancy Carroll took over the reigns for Ceremonial Support as both Max Cooper and Bill Kennedy moved into other positions within the lodge.
 1992-1997        Max Cooper, Group Adviser
  • Max Cooper stepped forward to start organizing the group by developing a guideline on how to set up the ring and trail, what items were needed and a means of keeping track of who worked at each event.

  • Bill Kennedy came into the lodge and worked on ways to start and enhance the ceremony fires. He was eventually given the name of “Fire Marshal Bill”.

  • The smudge pots were modified by moving from the number ten cans to using oil filter canisters continuing to use a roll of toilet paper and kerosene to light the ring and trail.

  • It was decided to find a new and larger ring (Camp Grimes) and most of the events held during this time were directed at constructing the new site located by the frontier cabin.

  • The first metal cabinets which were placed at the rings at both camps (Grimes and CCSC).
 Previous-1992
  • There is no written records as to any of the OA members that did the setup and other duties required for the ceremonies and most of the work was done by a small group of dad’s, troop members, and ceremony team members.