Articles from May 2014

Look Back – Area 2-J 1971 Conclave

Five years ago, I was posting about the 1971 Area 2-J Conclave. Areas predated the current Sections and were in use from circa 1949 to 1972.

I say stealth issue as the pocket patch does not indicate that it was for Area 2-J, does not mention the event nor indicate where it was head.

The arrowhead shaped patch does contain WWW and is dated 1971.

Area 2J 1971 Arrowhead

Area 2J 1971 Arrowhead

According to the OA section list, the following lodges were part of Area 2-J at this time.

  • Ranachqua Lodge #4
  • Shu-Shu-Gah Lodge #24
  • Suanhacky Lodge #49
  • Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82
  • Aquehongian Lodge #112
  • Shinnecock Lodge #360
  • Buckskin Lodge #412
  • Yokahú Lodge #506
  • Arawak Lodge #562



“We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.” Robert Wilensky


Memorial Day May 26, 2014



Memorial Day Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery May 31, 1982

In America’s cities and towns today, flags will be placed on graves in cemeteries; public officials will speak of the sacrifice and the valor of those whose memory we honor.

In 1863, when he dedicated a small cemetery in Pennsylvania marking a terrible collision between the armies of North and South, Abraham Lincoln noted the swift obscurity of such speeches. Well, we know now that Lincoln was wrong about that particular occasion. His remarks commemorating those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” were long remembered. But since that moment at Gettysburg, few other such addresses have become part of our national heritage—not because of the inadequacy of the speakers, but because of the inadequacy of words.

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.

Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.

Read the rest here.


100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow 2015

The logo for the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow has been released by National. There are three variants depending on the desired audience.

Here is an example of one of the first uses in a patch. It was issued for the 2014 BSA National Annual Meeting which was held May 21–23 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, in Nashville, Tennessee

100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow National Meeting Patch

100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow National Meeting Patch

Centuries of Service refers to both the last 100 years and the next 100.

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“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” Ralph Hodgson


Look Back – Lodge #409 Tuighaunock S16 – Whatsit

Seven years ago I posted about what I beleive is a phantom issue from Tuighaunock Lodge #409 described in the Blue Book as the S16.

…The 409S16 is also a need of mine.  I have not seen one.  It was added to the BB by Bob Connor before I took over from him.

I suspect it may be a duplicate of the S14, S14.5 or another S10 design variant.

By S10 variant,  I mean following the design of the S10 (pictured below) but with the dimensions of the S16 description.

The full description for the S16 is:
S16 RED R M/C RED DYL FDL; 53x114mm

Image used with the permission of OAImages

409 Tuighaunock S10

Does anyone have a 409 S16 in their collection or duplicates?

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“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.” Michel de Montaigne


See you on Sunday? 35th Annual Northeast Trade-O-Ree May 18, 2014

Have not been to a TOR since last fall and am anxious to scrath the patch trading itch. So I’ll be at the 35th Annual Northeast TOR this sunday.

The TOR will be held on May 18, 2014. This is a solid local TOR, where you get to see people who normally work Saturday’s and don’t usually make the other local TOR’. Hope to see some of you there.

Description: Northeast Trade-O-Ree
Start Date/Time: May 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Contact E-mail:
Details: 35th Annual Northeast Trade-O-Ree Sponsored by Lenapehoking Lodge IX

See the original post for more details.


“Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts.” John Gunther


BSA Proposed Merger Chicago Area Scout Councils

The merger mania continues with a note from the Central Region.

 With that in mind, the BSA Central Region volunteer leadership has re-examined the structure of area Scouting programs and discussed options with local leaders. As a result of these discussions, four area councils—the Chicago Area Council, headquartered in Chicago; the Northwest Suburban Council, headquartered in Mount Prospect, Illinois; the Des Plaines Valley Council, headquartered in La Grange,
Illinois; and the Calumet Council, headquartered in Munster, Indiana—are working with regional volunteers to determine a new structure that will allow us to best serve the youth in these

As to to the timing and structure:

Whether this will follow the Michigan (Field Service Councils) Model or the more traditional merger structure remains to be seen. The note further states that no changes will take place before January 1, 2015.

With 2015 being the 100th Anniversary of the OA, you would hope that the existing lodges would get to attend the NOAC under their existing structure.

More information as it becomes available.

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“Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together….” Carl Zwanzig


Look Back – Buckskin Lodge #412 Training Neckerchief N6.5?

Five years ago I wrote about an unlisted neckerchief from Buckskin Lodge #412 which I designated the N6.5 from the collection of Frank Mullane. The design is that of the X1.7

Buckskin Lodge #412 N6.5

Buckskin Lodge #412 N6.5

Blue Book Style Stats:
N6.5 – – RED BLK BLK FDL; SSC BLK Trained

This is a need of mine, anyone have one for trade or sale?


“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” – Albert Camus