Recipient of the NATIONAL SERVICE AWARD for the past 8 consecutive years!
Wiatava Lodge #13 was formed in 1973 to serve the Orange County Council in Southern California, but the history of our lodge begins long before that. Like many councils, the Orange County Council originally had its own honor camper society, known as the Tribe of Gorgonio. It was founded around 1927 at Camp RoKiLi, the council summer camp at Barton Flats in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Wiatava Lodge #13 was officially formed on January 1, 1973. The lodge chose local Indian traditions for both its name and totem. Wiatava is the Cupeño Indian name for Lost Valley, and means place of the oaks. Our totem is the cogstone, an ancient and mysterious artifact, found mostly in archaeological sites in and around Orange County.
Rather than keeping the number of either of our predecessors, Wiatava Lodge asked the national office for the lowest number available at the time, and thus became lodge 13.
Spring Ordeals were held at both Lost Valley and Camp Ahwahnee in 1973, and the first lodge Pow Wow was held at Lost Valley that fall. The Pow Wow alternated between the two camps until 1978, when Camp Ahwahnee was closed. Since then, all our Pow Wows have been held at Lost Valley.
The district chapters have remained an important part of our lodge operation, though their names and boundaries continue to shift as the council membership changes.
Over the years, Wiatava has built a national reputation, usually sending one of the largest contingents to the National Order of the Arrow Conferences. Our lodge has also provided a National Chief of the Order of the Arrow – Evan Chaffee (2007) – and a National Vice Chief – Larry Brown (1979-80) – along with numerous section and regional officers.
My personal service goals are to exceed last year’s number, and to earn the National Service Award, which only goes to two lodges in each region. That means as a lodge we need an average of about 35 hours of service per arrowman.
What will help us get to 35 hours per Arrowman?
Reports for every hour of service that we are doing needs to be turned in. Individual Service can be tracked on a spreadsheet throughout the year and turned in by the November lodge meeting. Service to Scouting that is beyond your registered position counts as OA service. Here is an example. If you are registered as an Assistant Scout Master and you are an Eagle Scout Adviser all your time spent working with Eagle candidates would count as service. These hours can be tracked on a personal spreadsheet and turned in to the lodge. Please make sure your spreadsheet has the following information. Date, number of hours, and description of service provided.
– Camp promotion Visitations
(1 hour maximum per visitation)
– Service to scout camps
– Staff of district or council events
– Staff for community events
– Ordeal projects (working of both members and candidates may be counted)
– Service to community
A few specific tips that are good to remember. If you’re getting paid, it’s not service. If the organization is getting paid, is a for profit organization, it will not earn any service hours.
– Projects in which the chapter or any member receives some type of material compensation for the project (not including meals)
– OA ceremonies, unit elections, or other official OA functions
– Staff for Chapter Ordeals
– Projects performed for any profit making company which will directly gain profit from the service (churches, governments, and community centers shall be considered non-profit.)