Lo La'Qam Geela Lodge 491
Lo La'Qam Geela Lodge 491, Order of the Arrow - "The Land of Fire"
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Order of the Arrow
Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters elected by their fellow Scouts according to OA membership requirements, and inducted into membership by an OA lodge. The OA has been providing cheerful service to others through youth and adult OA members (known as "Arrowmen") in various lodges and councils throughout the USA since July 1915.
Five chapters exist that align to districts in the council: Amangi Kuwe (Big Pines District), DaGelMa (Roaring Rogue), Hyas Lamonte (Fremont), Klamath and Mow-A-Toc.
Mazama Lodge held its first Ordeal in the summer of 1948 at Camp McLoughlin on the shores of Lake of the Woods near Mt. McLoughlin. In the following year in August 1949, they were granted their charter with 42 members, electing as Lodge Chief, George Goodman. The Council Executive, Cliff Hanson, of the Crater Lake Council helped organize Mazama Lodge. Mazama, named after the mountain that erupted and created Crater Lake, was the namesake of the Council. The Thunderbird was chosen as Lodge totem as it has been a legendary, mythical inhabitant of Crater Lake.
In 1948 a group of dedicated Scouters started a Lodge in the Modoc Area Council. Makualla meaning "the time and place of testing," was chosen as its name and the Antelope became its totem. Chartered in 1950, Makualla was the first lodge to host our Section Conclave in 1952.
In 1994 Mazama and Makualla merged to form Lo La'Qam Geela Lodge. Lo La'Qam Geela means "Land of the Fire." The lodge chose a new totem, the Firebird. Lo La'Qam Geela hosted its first Conclave at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. The theme was, "Spirit of the Flame Uniting Our Fires."
This lodge is chartered by Crater Lake Council, providing scouting for much of Southern Oregon and Northern California. It is a local council (#491) of the Boy Scouts of America. All youth are invited to join scouting.