Posts belonging to Category Blue Book

Metal OA Emblems – How Would You Categorize Them?

A while back I posted about a small metal flap issued by Shu Shu Gah Lodge as a Thank you by the Lodge Chief and Advisor for service to the Lodge.

Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 M1? Front

Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 M1? - Back

I recently saw a post by Glenn Chase on his Kecoughtan Emblems and History Site regarding new metal flaps from Wahunsenakah Lodge #333.

Which led me to think about the Blue Book Definition for the M Category which is:

M = Any full-size emblem that is metal (does not include hat pins).

By the current definition the Shu Shu Gah Flap is a paperweight, a nice curiosity, but not an M issue.

Should the current definition be expanded clarified to include smaller items? Jacket Patches aside, all other material or shaped based designations do not have size restrictions. Well X’s and A’s do but only to distinguish the shape designation from the J designation.

Should the M category only include ‘flaps’ that can be worn?

What about other metal emblems that are not flap shaped?

Should there be a minimum size to be considered an M issue?

What about coin-like metal items issued by Lodges, should they be included?

If you had to write a new description for the “M” designation how would you word it?

“A man that holds a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way.” – Mark Twain


Look Back – Wabaningo Lodge Emblem Handbook

Just about five years ago there was a post on the precursor to the Blue Book, the Wabaningo Lodge Emblem Handbook. It was really the first guide to cataloging OA patches.

It was published in 1952 and compiled and edited by Dwight W. Bishcel. It is a small booklet running about 100 pages and measured about 5 inches by 7 inches.

The Handbook is broken into several sections, including Regional Emblems, Lodge Emblems, Lodge Totems, and Lodges Without Emblems. It includes black and white photos ( and a few line drawings) of the Emblems (patches) described in the book.

The Emblems pictured in the book are early, and in some cases the first, patch from each represented lodge.

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Will Cuppy

Scouting Hot Finds Radio: Order of the Arrow Blue Book 2.0

Jason Spangler, the SanteeSwapper has the conclusion of his interview with Roy More of the Scout Patch Auction talking about the long awaited revision of the OA Blue Book.

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What’s Up with the Blue Book?

Wondering what is going on with the blue Book? Jason Spangler the Satee Swapper has an interview with Roy More at 1:00 PM today.

Roy More of the Scout Patch Auction now holds the right to the publication and he is activety working on the project and recruiting help. I was able to attend his session at the ISCA National Convention regarding the Blue Book project and I’ve got part 1 of that audio for you here. What you are going to hear is an unedited recording so that you can put yourself in the room with Roy and the others who were able to be in Dallas and attend the session.

You can listen to Scouting Hot Finds Radio: Blue Book 2.0 Update with Roy More live or as a podcast later.

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Interactive Blue Book

Roy More recently posted that the Interactive OA Blue Book was ready for testing.

They have added the ability to view existing data and add new issues and images to the database in a pending mode.

Clicking on the image above will bring you to the site.

I spent some time checking it out.  First I added Kittan Lodge and than input all 18 issues since their inception (including 3 fakes) all of which have previously reported on this site.

You can see the results there:

Screenshot of issues added for Kittan Lodge

I left some comments on the post about my experience.

Give it a read, check out the other comments and give the site a test drive.


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So What’s Up With the Blue Book?

Periodically a question is asked on Patch-L on the status of the Blue Book.  Without going into long detail, the facts of which I am not totally privy to, there has not been an issue available since the 2006 NOAC.

In a post speculating on the total number of issues for the 2009 NOAC, Roy More states:

We’ve taken over the management and publication of the OA Blue Book so we’re heading home from pre-NOAC to see that the system can handle all of these new additions. What an undertaking.

If you follow the link,  you find yourself here:

OA Blue BookThere are several posts, but no comments yet.

A few tidbits from the posts:

The site for The Blue Book is, we think logically, The site is very much “under development” but some of the things we will now be able to do:
– Anyone will be able to give submissions for new issues and varieties.
– Users will be able to add comments about issues including historical information such as number made, when issued, any restrictions, etc.
– More easily include new areas such as lodge totem pins or other memorabilia.

Should there be an overhaul of the issues in Blue Book as stated in the last, 6th, edition?

How do we handle lodges that do not have a number?

Go check it out and leave Ray your thoughts.


A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
George Santayana
US (Spanish-born) philosopher (1863 – 1952)

Explanation of Blue Book Terms and Definitions