Today it is commonplace for contingents to wear and trade flap shaped emblems specifically made for conclaves. Twenty years ago Nawakwa Lodge Arrowmen were the first to wear a contingent flap to a Virginia conclave, but the first flap shaped contingent patch was created 18 years before that.
On January 1, 1973, Powhatan Lodge 456 and Koo Koo Ku Hoo Lodge 161 merged to form a new lodge, Tutelo 161. The new lodge was named after the last known tribe to inhabit the site of the council’s Camp Powhatan, located in rural Pulaski County, Virginia.
With the first Section SE-1 conclave just a few months away, the new Lodge didn’t have time to order emblems for the event. Brad Roscoe, Tutelo’s first Chief, created leather flaps for the Lodge 161 contingent. The first group he made were on a darker leather. A second batch were on a lighter leather. Reportedly there were six of the first variety and 35 of the second. The contingent also wore handmade blue neckerchiefs with the lettering “TUTELO 161” inside three arrows (the lodge’s new totem).
It would be nearly 20 years before a Virginia OA lodge wore a flap shaped contingent patch to their Conclave. Nawakwa Lodge wore a delegate flap patch to the 1991 SE-8 conclave, pioneering a tradition that carries on today. But most Virginia Arrowmen probably aren’t aware that the first flap shaped conclave contingent patches were designed and created by a resourceful Lodge Chief who was intent on making sure the new lodge identity was not missing at the first conclave they attended.


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