Knowledge is Power – Lettered Areas

Knowledge is Power

Before the current system of OA Sections began in 1973, OA Lodges belonged to Areas. There were 12 Areas, each corresponding to one of the 12 BSA Regions that existed during that time.

The New York City Lodges, for example, belonged to Area 2-A (and later to 2-J). The number 2 represented Region 2.

You may not know, that prior to the numbered Areas there existed Areas designated by letters (the NYC Lodges belonged to Area C).

Some of the lettered Areas issued patches, slides and neckerchiefs for these conclaves and conferences. These represent some of the earliest known examples of OA memorabilia.

While not from a NYS Lodge, there is one currently on eBay a 1945 Area J Conclave Neckerchief Slide. The bidding on this item started at $ 5.00 and with over two days left (as I post this) the bidding is already over $ 400.00. It will be interesting to see where it ends up.

Table of contents for Knowledge is Power

  1. Knowledge is Power – Nentico Lodge #12 X1
  2. Knowledge is Power – Owaneco Lodge #313 Quinnipiac Dancers
  3. And I thought YOU were crazy!
  4. Knowledge is Power – Sea Scout Eagle Badge
  5. Knowledge is Power – Wakpominee Lodge #48 A1 Wabiningo
  6. White Sea Scout Eagle Badge
  7. Knowledge is Power – The Silver Fawn
  8. Another Eagle Scout Badge
  9. Knowledge is Power – Lettered Areas
  10. Knowledge is Power – P2K Arrowheads
  11. Knowledge is Power – Uncommon Flaps from Common Lodges
  12. Knowledge is Power – A Philmont P2K Arrowhead on eBay now
  13. Knowledge is Power – Region 7 Canoe Base
  14. Knowledge is Power – Region 13
  15. Knowledge is Power – Silver Fawn Revisited
  16. Knowledge is Power – Adirondack Lodge #357 R1
  17. Knowledge is Power – Tahgajute 247 X1
  18. Knowledge is Power – Area I 1945 Conclave
  19. Knowledge is Power or Oh My God!!
  20. Knowledge is Power – 1937 Jambo Shoulder Tab
  21. Early Region 2 Patch on eBay
  24. Boy Scout Order of the Arrow Patch – Vintage – Rare
  25. Knowldge Is Power – Sislija X2
  26. Most Expensive OA Lodge Event Patch?
  27. Delaware County Council OA Neck’chief worn 1958 Enclave
  28. Achpateuny Lodge #498 Dance Team Issue
  29. Knowledge is Power – Wabaningo Lodge Handbook
  30. Knowledge is Power Air Ace Medal Type 2
  31. Sea Scout Eagle Revisited
  32. Y2K Philmont Arrowheads
  33. Collecting OA Handbooks
  34. 2009 NOAC American Folklore Set
  35. Before there was 4, there was 6 and before that 12
  36. Knights of Dunamis
  37. P2K – Philmont Arrowhead
  38. Early Troop Committee Armband
  39. Air Scouts and Air Explorers
  40. WTF – $ 2000 Hat Pin
  41. 1937 World Jamboree USA Contingent Flash
  42. Sea Scout Eagle Badge on White Twill
  43. 1935 Boy Scout National Jamboree Shoulder Tab and Patch
  44. Scouts De America
  45. World Brotherhood Camporee
  46. RWS: Chautauqua County, RARE-original style, gauze back
  47. Philmont Ranch Hand P2K Arrowhead
  48. Felt Vigil Sash on eBay
  49. Felt Flocked Vigil Sash
  50. 1948 OA Handbook Hardbound Edition – The Finale
  51. OA Belt Buckle
  52. Philmont Dollar Patch
  53. Knowledge is Power – The Silver Fawn Redone
  54. NY Pre-OA Honor Society – Order Of The White Swastika
  55. National Order of the Arrow Indian Seminar
  56. Ah Wa Ge OA Lodge 477 Neckerchief Slide
  57. A Look Back – The Silver Fawn
  58. Tahgajute Lodge #247 J3 Ceremonial Team Patch


  1. John Pannell says:

    Among the lettered Areas, pay special attention to “Area Z”. Area Z covered what is roughly now SR-5 (western NC and SC). The conclave for this area has been dubbed the “Dixie Fellowship” for over 50 years now.

    Area Z patches are *highly* collectible. Some can sell for thousands of dollars. There is a very strong sense of history and tradition amongst the Arrowmen and collectors in this area.

  2. nyoatrader says:


    Agreed the Dixie Fellowship connection adds to the value. The condition of the slide was pretty rough, which I’m sure held the price down.

    From observing eBay, I suspect any Dixie Fellowship items particularly from the numbered Area years would be a good pickup if found at a Northern TOR.

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