OA or Not OA – Half Moon Lodge or Camp Tri-mount

OAornotOAA couple of month back, I wrote about an non-OA issue which could be easily mistaken for an OA issue.   John Pannell posted last October his thoughts on What is an OA Issue? His criteria included:

# There is documented evidence of what lodge or chapter issued the item in question.
# There is text on the patch that reasonably point to it being an Order of the Arrow item.
# Verifiable testimony from someone active in the lodge or chapter at the time the purported item was issued.
# There are design elements used that reasonably point to it being an Order of the Arrow item.

So here is the patch in question, a jacket patch.

Half Moon Lodge #28 or Camp Tri-Mount Jacket Patch?

Half Moon Lodge #28 or Camp Tri-Mount Jacket Patch?

So following John’s points.

1. There is no documentation that this is a lodge issue.

2. The text “Gather the Clan” is frequently used on OA issues.  As a matter of fact, it was the theme for the 2009 Section NE-7B Conclave hosted by Half Moon Lodge and held at Camp Tri-Mount.
Below is the conclave patch.

Section NE-7B 2009 Pocket Patch

Section NE-7B 2009 Pocket Patch

4. Design elements used that reasonably point to it being an Order of the Arrow item, check – Native American with OA Sash who looks like he is wearing eyeglasses.

3.  Verifiable testimony from someone active in the lodge or chapter – ZZZZZ Testimony confirmed that this is not an OA issue but is merely a Camp Tri-Mount issue.

So while I hate to clutter up the Blue Book with non-OA issues, should this be listed with the notation “Not an OA Issue” to avoid someone thinking that they ‘discovered’ a previosuly unlisted OA issue 10 or 20 years from now?

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