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?

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ISCA and TSPA Partner for Updated OA Blue Book

This is old news, relatively speaking, since it was announced before the Jamboree; but I wanted to highlight it here since I had not reported it before.

The International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA), and The Scout Patch Auction (TSPA), announce a new collaborative partnership to develop the next generation of Order of the Arrow issues catalog. At its June 23rd meeting, the ISCA Board approved the agreement in the final step to move this effort forward.

“Our goal is to expand upon the existing work which has been known in the past as “Blue Book” while correcting some of its weaknesses and problems” said Roy More President of TSPA. Craig Leighty, President of ISCA, added “this collaborative partnership will move forward for the hobby a representative effort to set standards and validate issues for the collector and to finally address some of the new matters, such as how to identify a lodge that has no number.”

So while it will take some time, the “Blue Book” likely under some other name will be updated and live on. Since the initial announcement ISCA, has begun forming groups/committees whose members will spearhead the project. Once the full framework is in place, it will be released to the individual lodge and area editors.

I’m on board for helping with the NY lodges. More to come I’m sure.

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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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