Aquehongian Lodge #112 YeX1996

Identification AideI am of mixed mind on listing this issue.  John Pannell posted last October 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.

This is an example of the reverse issue.  We have an issue which is not an OA issue, but because “There are design elements used that reasonably point to it being an Order of the Arrow item” I think it should be listed with the notation “Not an OA Issue” to avoid someone thinking that they ‘discovered’ a previosuly unlisted OA issue.

The name, Aquehonga has a long history for Staten Island Scouting.  It of course is the name of a camp at Ten Mile River Scout Reservation which was established in 1938 and used by Staten Island Scout.

Of course, it is also contained in the name of the OA Lodge for the Scouts in Staten Island, Aquehongian Lodge #112.

Back in 1996, Staten Island merged the existing 2 districts in that borough into a single district named Aquehonga.

While the patch contains the MGM Indian Logo and features two native Americans with sashes, it is not an OA Issue.

Aquehongian Lodge #112 eYX1996

Aquehongian Lodge #112 eYX1996

Blue Book style stats:
eYX1996 GMY R M/C – LBL 1996 FDL: BLU 1996 Aquehonga’s First Camp-O-Ree (Not an OA Issue)

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