I received word earlier today from Randy Stiegler, VP of Program for Long Beach Area Council (LBAC), that this council has just recently formed an OA lodge. LBAC was one of two councils (to my knowledge) within the BSA that did not have an Order of the Arrow lodge.
Randy tells me the current lodge membership is just 22 but that will rise rapidly over the next few months. The new lodge will have its first call out and Ordeal in May. There is no news yet on a lodge name, totem or patches. I will share that here when I know something.
The Tribe of Tahquitz will remain an integral part of LBAC. It will work side by side with the OA lodge to support the council and its programs.
This is the first new OA lodge formed in over 40 years that has not been the result of a merger or consolidation. The last new lodge before this was Achsin 565. Founded in 1970, Achsin lodge was attached to the Chamorro Council headquartered in Agana, Guam. It merged with Kamehameha 454 and Pupukea 557 to form Mokupuni O Lawelawe 567 in 1973.
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