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Nineteen years ago I was on staff for the 1991 NC-3 Order of the Arrow Section Conclave hosted by Tamegonit Lodge at Camp Naish. 

Following are three patches issued for the event.  The first is the standard participant patch (purple border), next is the staff patch (silver mylar border) and then the key three patch (gold mylar border).  Each staff member and key three member was only given one of the mylar versions.  My dad and I each earned one staff patch at the event.

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Purple Border (Participant)

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Silver Mylar Border (Staff)

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Gold Mylar Border (Key Three)


In addition to the patches, a participation pin was also available for those who satisfied the established requirements.  The pin is pictured below as well.

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Participation Award Pin

Interestingly, the slogan “Many Fires, One Great Light” proved to be quite popular and was modified for use at the 1992 National Order of the Arrow Conference.  The slogan for that event was “Many Fires, One Great Light.” 

Tamegonit Lodge also hosted section/area conclaves in the following years:  1956 (8-D); 1961 (8-D); 1978 (NC-3C); 1985 (NC-3); 1991 (NC-3); 1996 (C-6); 1999 (C-6); 2000 (C-6); 2007 (C-5B).  Also, when Tamegonit has hosted the event, more often than not it has not been held at Camp Naish.  Naish was used in 1978, 1985, 1991 and 2007, but in other years the event has been at other locations such as Bonner Springs (1956), the University of Kansas (1961), Whiteman Air Force Base (1996 and 1999) and Fort Leavenworth (2000). 

You might be wondering where to find additional information (including scans of patches) about Section Conclaves attended by Kansas lodges…look no further than:  http://scoutingkansas.org/ksconclaves.aspx.  Mike has done a great job of compiling information on the many Kansas sections and their events.  Check it out!

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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 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be held this summer at Indiana University on August 1-6. I’ve attended a few NOACs (92, 94, 98) and know that they are a lot of fun. In addition to copious opportunities to trade patches there are shows, training opportunities, and the chance to see a different part of the United States. Tamegonit Lodge, as it has done in the past, has issued a fundraiser set to help defray the transportation costs for the contingent. Here is a link to Heart of America Council’s webpage explaining the three issues for this year. Here is the brief description of the three sets: fundraiser (shown below), trader (1,000 made), mylar (200 made).

    Tamegonit Issues S60 and X10

    The trader and mylar have a creative design. It is based on Indiana Jones and features a turkey dressed like Indie. The link above promises that the mylar version will have “special” features. The previous NOAC mylar (2006) has battery-powered LEDs that flash.

    The mylar, as usual will be tough to get. If you are planning on going are interested in trading me one of your sets, I’ve got plenty of older issues to trade you. Contact me if you are interested.

    Again, here is the link for more information about the patches. It also has the contact information if you wish to support the lodge’s contingent. You should buy at least one to help the guys out.

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    Up this week is a unique neckerchief from the Order of the Arrow Section 8-D conference held in 1956.  Most instances of this patch that  I have seen are loose and not sewn to a neckerchief as shown here.  The event was hosted by Tamegonit Lodge that year, but this is the only neckerchief I have seen.

      1956 8D Neckerchief

    Any thoughts on what it might be?

    • Section Chief neckerchief?
    • Event staff neckerchief?
    • Homemade one-of-a-kind neckerchief?

    Please contact me if you have any information about this neckerchief, chief.

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