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As the BSA Centennial comes to an end, I want to highlight a patch from the area that many won’t see around…the 2010 Vigil overnight patch.  Specific criteria have been established for Vigil honor members to earn these patches during Tamegonit Lodge’s Vigil weekend.  Only one is awarded per member per year and are designed to be worn on a member’s Vigil vest:

Tamegonit Lodge Vigil Vest with Overnight Awards

Initially given out in 1995, a total of 1,017 of these patches had been awarded through  2010.  Two special versions of this patch have been issued: one with a gold mylar border for  the 2005 50th Anniversary of the first Vigil ceremony for the Lodge and this year’s red bordered Centennial version.  Each patch is numbered and a record is kept by the Lodge.  The standard patches use the standard numbering system (1, 2, 3..) and do not start over each year;  the 50th Anniversary patches are numbered with 50-X (where X = the patch issue number) and the Centennial patches are numbered C-X (where X = the patch issue number).  Here’s the standard version:

Tamegonit Lodge - Standard Vigil Overnight Award

One hundred of gold mylar patches were made; of the total 92 were awarded, one was placed in the Tamegonit Lodge collection, and the remaining were destroyed.  The 92 awarded in 2005 were the most ever awarded at one Vigil Banquet, followed by 83 distributed in 2008.

Tamegonit Lodge - 2005 Vigil Award

This year, 200 patches were made; of the total 96 were awarded, one was placed in the Tamegonit Lodge collection at the Great House, and the remaining were destroyed.  Ninety six marks the most patches awarded in one year, followed by 92 in 2005.  Do you patch collectors see a correlation?

Tamegonit Lodge - Centennial Vigil Overnight Award

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Big thanks again to Matt Perryn for sending along a scan of the patches available at Camp Naish this summer to commemorate the BSA 100th Anniversary.  As shown below, there was a central patch and several different strips available for a variety of participants.  Matt tells me there is also a “Staff” bar, but we haven’t been able to turn up an image of it.  If you have one, please pass it along.


Additionally, a 100th Anniversary rocker was given to Boy Scouts attending summer camp at Naish.  Thanks to my neighbors across the street, I was able to get one. Here’s a picture:

Finally, here are two belt buckles sent along by Matt that were available this summer at the trading post at Camp Naish: one for Camp and one for Tamegonit Lodge.

Camp Naish BSA 100 Anniversary Belt Buckle

Tamegonit Lodge BSA 100th Anniversary Belt Buckle

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Collectors of Tamegonit Lodge know that the first patch issued was the A1 arrowhead neckerchief patch. It is the largest arrowhead from 147, measuring 110 mm tall. A majority of the arrowhead patches I have seen have blue detailing in the totem pole and in the split shingle sign at the base of the pole (the Tennessee-shaped part). Here is an example from my collection, it is an A1b (the ‘b’ variety has pale blue details):

A1b - the 'b' variety has pale blue details

Over the years at least three versions of the A1 have surfaced with white details in place of blue. Here are the examples:


Some might speculate that the blue threads have faded over time to turn white. I have looked closely at two of them and there did not appear to be any residual blue in the threads. Another counter argument to the faded theory is this: wouldn’t the other colors in the patch (red and brown) be faded as well?

  • Does anyone have one of these in their collection?
  • Was the patch factory out of blue thread that day?
  • What should this be called? A1d?
  • Any other theories on why the threads are white?
  • UPDATE:  Another instance of the white thread A1 has surfaced in a recent eBay auction.

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    The Blue Book – Standard Order of the Arrow Insignia Catalog list one dance team chenille prototype as YC1.  It is noted as having a black background with a white MGM Indian head.  This is not actually a prototype for the C1 dance team chenille produced by the lodge in the late 1980s.  According to Kirk Doan, former lodge adviser, the chenille idea came about around 1983 as the dance team was getting started.  The patches were intended to be sewn to a jacket with the dancer’s name and some indication that they were a member of the Tamegonit Lodge dance team.  In addition to the YC1 shown below, there is also a red version of the chenille from 1983. Each of the patches is approximately 6 inches in diameter. See below:





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    1990, the year I was inducted into Tamegonit Lodge 147, was also the 75th Annivserary of the Order of the Arrow.  In addition to the flaps for the National Order of the Arrow Conference, Tamegonit Lodge also offered a service flap.  To earn the flap, a lodge member had to complete eight hours of service, fill out a card and have it signed by the lodge chief, camp director, Order of the Arrow coordinator or camp ranger.   Below is a scan of the service flap and a card signed by my dad, Jack Lewis, and Camp Ranger Lloyd Walker.



    8-hour service_1sm

    As previously mentioned, there were also NOAC flaps issued this year with a similar design, but with a grey or silver mylar border (trader/delegate) and the text, “1990 NOAC” in the “Service” text location.  Here’s an example:


    However, the most intriguing example from 1990 is the red-bordered 1990 NOAC flap:


     When the 1990 8-hour service flaps were delivered, two flaps at approximately the middle of each pouch stated “1990 NOAC” rather than “Service”.  I was working in the trading post during Spring Conclave and watched as then-Lodge Chief Tom Sullivan destroyed some of the flaps with a Buck knife.  To my knowledge, at least one escaped the knife and is in a collection.  Are there more of these out there?

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    An interesting bit of emphemera…Tamegonit Lodge stationery dating from 1957 inviting an elected candidate to Camp Naish for induction into the Lodge.  It provides some insight into how lodge inductions were done at that time.  It appears that “Initiations” were held annually at the Spring Conclave as opposed to the frequent induction ceremonies at summer camp and on varios spring and fall weekends the lodge hosts now.   Another interesting note is the inviation to bring one’s own sack lunch for use during the Ordeal.  If I had known that was an option, I would have brought something more substantial than a cheese sandwhich, hard-boiled egg and an apple!


    I’d be interested in getting scans of Tamegonit letterhead from different eras.  Do you have something from an earlier or later date?

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    Many lodge members and collectors are familiar with the arrowhead patches (A1, A2, and A3) that were among the first pieces of memorobilia issued by the lodge.   This patch was typically sewn to a neckerchief to indicate a Scout’s membership in the Order of the Arrow.

    A1b - the 'b' variety has pale blue details

     To complement the neckerchief, a neckerchief slide of the same design was also available to lodge members.   Two standard neckerchief slides are known to exist, each made of layered wood construction and hand painted with four colors (white, blue, brown, red).  The layered wood design provides relief to raise the totem pole and border above the background.  One measures 2 9/16 inches in height and the other is 2 15/16 inches in height.  The smaller wooden slide was made by a Scouter from Lawrence, Kansas.  These were sold privately for $1, not through Tamegonit Lodge or Camp Naish.    Additionally, a plastic version of the slide exists.  This slide has a plastic neckerchief holder on the back that is glued to the plastic arrowhead body.  Additional homemade versions are known to exist, two examples are shown in the image below.


     The scout shown in the picture below has yet another version of the slide, which appears to be larger than the slides in my collection.


    Does anyone know who this Scout is?

    If you have more information about the slides, please pass it along.

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    My dad was a camper at Naish in the summers of 1960, 1961, and 1962.  Here’s his troop picture (Troop 299, Asbury United Methodist, Prairie Village, Kansas):


    Troop 299 Goes to Camp

    Troop 299 Goes to Camp

    My dad is at the far left in the second row from the front.  One interesting thing I spotted in the picture is the wooden arrowhead neckerchief slide from Tamegonit lodge worn by the leftmost adult in the back row.  Another interesting note about the picture is the stamp on the back which states “Weeks Photo Service, 5060 Clark Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS”.  My wife and I used to own a home at 5123 Clark Drive, just a few houses down from the address for Weeks Photo Service.

    I also have his troop’s information packet with a packing list and camp songs from 1960.  I’ll get that scanned and posted soon.

    Does anyone have any old troop pictures or know anything about Weeks Photo Service?

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     I am pleased to announce the publication of An Illustrated Guide to Tamegonit Lodge Memorabilia 1939-2009.  The book includes over 140 pages and contains high-resolution images of all of the major patch and flap issues from Tamegonit Lodge #147.  In addition, there are sections on rare and one of a kind items, arrowhead neckerchief slides, prototypes and paper items from the lodge.  Each chapter includes a narrative section and full color images of Tamegonit Lodge memorabilia. 

    To download a sample chapter from An Illustrated Guide to Tamegonit Lodge Memorabilia click on the link below:

    Download Sample Chapter

    To purchase a copy through CreateSpace ($16.95), click on the link below:

    An Illustrated Guide to Tamegonit Lodge Memorabilia

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    First off, congratulations to all of the new Vigil Honor members of Tamegonit Lodge.

    Beginning in 1995, all new Vigil Honor members of Tamegonit Lodge have been given a Vigil vest.   As shown below, the vest comes with a triangle Vigil patch and a rectangular name patch sewn below it. 

    Following are three types of name patches:  Type 1a was used for classes 1995-2008, Type 2 will be used for classes 2009-, and Type 1b has a gold mylar border to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vigil Honor in Tamegonit Lodge.  Only the members of the 2005 class received these.  Shown is a blank patch without a name.  The main difference between Type 1 and Type 2 is the font, which is more legible in the newer version.

    The name patches include the honoree’s Vigil name in Lenne Lenape, the English translation, and the year awarded.

    Type 1a, 1995-2008 (Translation:  Zealous Patch Trader)

    Vigil Name Type 1

    Type 2 – 2009- (Translation:  Smiling Rock Climber)

    Vigil Name Type 2

    Type 1b – 2005, 50th anniversary blank

    Vigil Name Type 1b

    If you are a Vigil member of Tamegonit lodge from a year prior to 1995, you may purchase a vest with a personalized name patch.  If you are interested, drop me a note and I can put you in contact with the appropriate person.

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