New OA Lodge Formed

Posted in Scouting News by John E. Pannell on January 15th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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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9 Responses to “New OA Lodge Formed”

  1. JEFF ANSLEY Says:

    I bet the name will be Tahquitz

  2. John E. Pannell Says:

    I agree with you, Jeff. To me that seems to be an obvious choice except for two possible complications: The Tribe of Tahquitz is going to remain active and the name was previously used (Tahquitz 127).

    It will be interesting to see what’s decided.

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  4. Randy Stiegler Says:

    The Tahquitz name is the one name that is not under consideration, for the very reasons John mentions in his post. The Tribe of Tahquitz has an 86+ year history with the LBAC and we will not infringe upon it.

    Look to the name to be representive of the local area/tribe/features etc. Our hope is that our lodge will have a long and meaningful relationship with our youth, council, community and the OA family of lodges.

  5. Bill Griesmyer Says:

    I look forward to see what results in a new lodge. Does anyone know what is going on in Wisconsin? It seems I heard there is to be either a council merger or a council being absorbed.

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  7. Jim Gavigan Says:

    The ordeal was held at the councils Camp Tahquitz on the 18th and 19th. The ceremony team was provided by Ta Tanka 488.
    My question is how did Puvunga receive such a low lodge number, is it the council number?

  8. John E. Pannell Says:

    Jim –

    OA numbers are no longer assigned. Technically Puvunga lodge could have picked whatever number it wanted. My guess — and I’ve not tried to verify it yet — is that “32″ is the council’s number.

  9. Doug Dodge Says:

    Correct, LBAC is #32, thus Tribe’s long continuous history in the council.

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