Time Capsule Dedication Closes 75th Anniversary
Monaken Lodge brought its 75th anniversary to a conclusion on May 18 with the dedication of a new time capsule in Rimmey Lodge. The time capsule was permanently installed in front of Rimmey Lodge. It will be reopened in 2038. First Vice Chief Jon Chester along with Lodge Chief Mike Cavanaugh led the dedication and reflected on what this past year and to what honoring of the past 75 years meant to them.
Celebrating the Lodge’s 75th
The Lodge’s 75th anniversary celebration began in 2012 and was marked by the opening of the 50th anniversary time capsule at the Woodchuck Ordeal in October. Lodge brothers selected items for the capsule which include photos, patches, video, and objects that represent today at Scout Camp and the Lodge. Each item contributed is meant to show what being a member of Monaken Lodge is like at this time. The video includes highlights of the past year’s events within the Juniata Valley Council and Monaken Lodge. Also included is a letter from Lodge Chief Cavanaugh explaining the time capsule and its purpose and marks where the Lodge stands in membership and participation at this time.
Rededication of Rimmey
2008 marked the 25th Anniversary of Rimmey Lodge. In the fall, a group of volunteers installed the bricks around the flag pole area in front of cabin and also made general landscaping upgrades and interior renovations to the cabin. A total of 87 bricks were placed in the walkway. At the Woodchuck Ordeal on October 18, Monaken Lodge rededicated the cabin.
Fire at Camp
The Lodge Secretary had all of the Lodge records in the Indian Village Cabin at Seven Mountains Scout Camp. While attending a meeting at the Dining Hall, the cabin caught fire and all the records were destroyed. This is a reason for confusion about our early years.
First Call Out Ceremony at Camp
A call out ceremony was performed to recognize the staff as candidates for membership in the Order of the Arrow. In the fall of that year, an Ordeal was held. It is believed that Mr. Swetek and Mr. Babcook were Arrowmen from other parts of the state and could have done the induction. In 1939 nine Brothers were elevated to the Brotherhood Honor at a Pow Wow held in Virginia. In 1948, the first three Vigil members were inducted at Seven Mountains Scout Camp by Mr. Hocksworth.
Juniata Lodge is Chartered
Juniata Lodge was chartered by Jack Swetek and Reed Babcook at Camp Aquanuschioni. Camp Aquanuschioni was later known as Seven Mountains Scout Camp. Although the original charters names us as Juniata Lodge, local records indicate we were known as Monaken Lodge.
Growth of the OA
By 1921, as the popularity of the organization spread to other camps, local lodges attended the first national gathering called a Grand Lodge Meeting.
The First Call Out
The first call out ceremony was held at Treasure Island Scout Camp (just a few hours drive from Central Pennsylvania) by E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson. Goodman and Edson were searching for a way to recognize campers for their cheerful sprits of service at Treasure Island Scout Camp.