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I’ve uploaded a new version of the Tamegonit Lodge event patch checklist. It can be found in the Broad Kaw Valley downloads section.  The file is a PDF that should allow you to make a mark in the check boxes – the boxes will accept text so you can keep track of your dupes as well.  

The primary update is the addition of two varieties for the 2004 event patches – as shown below, each patch came in a “curved” and “flat” top. I made some other minor update/clarifications as well.  As always, if you have any additions/corrections, please let me know.

The list includes everything through the end of 2010 (from what I understand no event patches have been made for this year) – except for the belt coup beads that were given out in the late 1980s – see picture below.   Examples of the markings on the plastic beads include (which appear to be burned into the bead by hand): “FF” (Fall Fellowship), “SC” (Spring Conclave), “86” (1986), “TN” (Camp Naish), “OA” (Order of the Arrow). The round wooden bead has “SC” written in pen.  I didn’t get pictures from all sides, so I can’t catalog these handcrafted treasures just yet.

Thanks to Gene T. for the image of the associated backpatch and four “flat” tops.

Scanning the patches and making a picture checklist is on my list of things to do…sounds like a good winter project.

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For you avid Tamegonit Lodge event patch collectors, I just put together a checklist that you may download. The file is a PDF form that will allow you to enter any text or number into the boxes (in case you want to keep track of dupes). Eventually, I plan to create a version that includes a thumbnail image of each patch. If you have any additions/corrections, please feel free to contact me.

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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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    In addition to the Jamboree 2-piece set I posted two weeks ago, Tamegonit Lodge has also issued a 100th anniversary flap.  The design is similar to the ubiquitous S-13 and S-45 flaps with the subtle addition of “100th” surrounding the fleur-de-lis.  From what I understand, these are available at the Camp Naish trading post, which is generally open on the weekends now that the summer camping season is coming to a close.  Thanks to Matt Perryn for the scan!

    Tamegonit Lodge - BSA 100th Anniversary Flap

     Note:  The background color looks almost looks black  in the scan, but it is actually dark green.

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    It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since my first year as a Boy Scout camping at Camp Naish. 1989 was my first year as a camper and also the 50th anniversary of Tamegonit Lodge. In addition to the 50th anniversary flaps, here are a few interesting items that the lodge used to celebrate:

    The lodge’s first two odd-shapes (X1 and x2) were issued as part of the Lodge’s 1989 50thAnniversary celebration.  The event patches for this year (1989 Spring Conclave, 1989 Fall Fellowship, and 1990 Winter Banquet) combined to form the numeral “50”.  The oval- shaped patches were intended to fit in the center of the “0” in the “50”.  The X2 was awarded to members of the Lodge who accumulated enough points during the year based on attending different events (national and lodge), attending ceremonies and meetings, or working hours at Camp Naish. 

     The X1 was available for purchase through the trading post as part of a set that included the three event patches.  My mom gave me the money to buy this set during Camp Naish family night in the summer of 1990. Thanks, Mom! The X2 below was earned by my dad. Following is a scan of his scorecard.



    Achievement Award Score Card Side 1

    Achievement Award Score Card Side 1

    Achievement Award Score Card Side 2

    Achievement Award Score Card Side 2

    At the conclusion of the Lodge’s 50th Anniversary, the 1990 Winter Banquet, a silent auction was held for the sale of a framed set of the X1 and accompanying event patches.  Lodge member Bob Norris won the set for approximately $50 and still has it today.

    Framed 50th Anniversary Patches

    Framed 50th Anniversary Patches

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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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    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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