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Lodge Chapter History




What Occoneechee mean ?
Occoneechee, means "the indians by the river."

Who was person start Order of the Arrow (OA)?




The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America. Eventually, the Order of the Arrow evolved into it's present organization, and adopted the following four objectives as it's guiding purpose:


To recognize those campers - Scouts and Scouters - who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, by such recognition, cause other campers to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant similar recognition;


To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit;


To promote Scout Camping which relates it's greatest effectiveness as a part of the unit's camping program, and to help strengthen the District and Council camping program both year-round and in the summer, as directed by the camping committee of the Council;
And to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service


When was the Natisihi Chapter started?
In the year of 1966

When was the Occoneechee lodge started?
Occoneechee Lodge began as an idea when Mr. Claude Humphreys recognized the potential of the Order of the Arrow at the 1937 National Jamboree. The application for membership was approved on August 30, 1937, and early in 1938 the new lodge members voted to take on the name of the Council; thus Lodge 104 became the Occoneechee Lodge. From that humble beginning almost 60 years ago with 50 active Arrowmen, Occoneechee Lodge has grown into a vibrant, active Lodge with a roster of over 2,200 Scouts and Scouters.

What is the OA based on?
Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Indians

History of the Occoneechee people?
Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the area around the Eno River was occupied by a substantial American Indian civilization. Their ancestors were an ancient people who collectively called themselves Yésah (which means "the people"). The Yésah originally came from lands to the west, over the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains in an area known today as the Ohio river valley.
Nearly one thousand years ago, the Yésah came under attack from a powerful enemy. They were forced to migrate over the mountains to their east and settle in what is now the piedmont of Virginia and North Carolina. This land was known as Ahkontshuck or Amañishuck, meaning "the high or hilly land." As the Yésah settled into the new land, they formed numerous villages such as Sapona (Saponi), Totero (Tutelo), and Occoneechee (Occaneechi).

The land originally settled by the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation is where the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area is located. Eventually, they relocated primarily in the old settlement of Little Texas Pleasant Grove Township, Alamance County, North Carolina.

NOTE: Rising more than 350 feet from the Eno River, the Occoneechee Mountain summit is the highest point in Orange County. The summit is also reported to be the highest point between Hillsborough, NC, and the Atlantic Ocean.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Occoneechee Tribe, as well as a Siouan tribe (also called the Eno tribe), lived along the Eno river banks. The Eno River name probably is from the Tuscarora Indian word "e-eno," meaning "a great way, far off." Likewise, the word, Occoneechee, means "the indians by the river."


When did the first OA ceremony take place?
The Order of the Arrow was founded in 1915 at a Scout summer camp on Treasure Island, on the Delaware River near Philadelphia.








Order of the Arrow History
The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in the summer of 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It grew out of a desire to emphasize that the good Scout camper is not only proficient in the skills of Scoutcraft, but also practiced the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. It was intended to make these Scout principles more effective in the lives of Scout campers. It focuses particular attention on making cheerful service and brotherhood working realities to its members.


As a means of establishing all this without preachment and within the understanding of Scouts who go camping with their troops, it was announced to them at the outset that at the end of their camping experience, each troop might choose those who best exemplified these traits to become members of the Order of the Arrow.


Other Order of the Arrow lodges were soon organized in nearby councils, and in 1921 representatives of those lodges met together in Philadelphia for the first national meeting. It became an official program experiment of the Boy Scouts of America in 1922. In 1934, the Boy Scouts of America officially approved the Order of the Arrow. In 1948, the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America. Since then, it has become a recognized part of the Boy Scout program and is used in all but a few councils throughout America.





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