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Otyokwa
(Brotherhood in the Algonquin language)
Otyokwa Lodge started in October 1945 by a ritual team from the Tom Kita Chara Lodge from Samoset Council in Wausau. From 1945 until 1948 the lodge operated out of Nawakwa, the council camp at that time, near Cornell. Then, upon the development of Camp Phillips, its ritual grounds were moved to the new camp.
Chartered: 1946 
Home of the 1958 National OA Chief James Kolka  Kolka 
1984 Winner E. Urner Goodman Camping Award  GoodMan 
Lodge Totem
TotemThe Otyokwa Lodge totem was designed and approved in 1953 by vote at the Otyokwa Lodge 337 conclave. So it was that the totem peculiar to the Otyokwa Lodge was designed after the "gauntlet", made of rawhide lacing and glazed beads. The fifty [colored] beads representing the gauntlet knots symbolically represent "the greatest medicines", the four dark blue beads stand for the four seasons, the four light blue beads for the four basic foods, the two yellow for the sun and the moon, and two black for the wind and the rain. The thirty-eight red (in form of the arrow) for the thirty-eight major stars and constellations. The white beads serve as the background. Extending from this significant totem are three thong ends each, when knotted, represent the three levels of membership in the Order of the Arrow - Ordeal - Brotherhood - Vigil.

1974 Winter Banquet Program
1973 Winter Banquet Program
1972 Winter Banquet Program
1969 Winter Banquet Program
1967 Winter Banquet Program

The Beginning of Otyokwa Lodge
From an interview former Lodge Chief Jay Jones had with Wayne McGowan

I was the lodge chief at Samoset (Tom Kita Chara Lodge when we were contacted by the Regional office in Chicago and asked if we would install a new lodge in the Eau Claire council. (This was an era in which the national council had officially adopted the Order of the Arrow as the camp honor society and was working hard to replace old individual camping honor societies--of which I am quite sure there was one in existence at Nawakwa--with the OA.

Our ritual team on which I was Allowat Sakima (by viortue of being lodge chief)drove over to Nawakwa with Elroy Birsch who was the Asst. Scout executive and camp director of Camp Tesomas. Someone from the Chippewa Valley professional staff who was an OA member had conducted the Ordeal starting the night before and ending about 3:00 Sat. afternoon. Since there were no ritual bowls at the camp, and since we wanted to hold the ceremony in a somewhat secluded place we organized it in a field just outside of camp. At 4:00 PM with the sun shining brightly and cows mooing in the background we donned Indian regalia and conducted the Ordeal induction ceremony. I believe there were about 20 scouts and adults inducted but I understand the list of the charter members has been lost. (The only person I know for sure that was inducted that day was Helge Grotte, at that time scoutmaster of the troop in Cornell, because we talked about it in later years.) We had an early supper at camp with the new members and drove back home that evening.

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Historical Otyokwa Lodge Photos from film clip - Camp Phillips 1951

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Old Dining Hall


"He alone is worthy to wear the Arrow who will continue faithfully to serve his fellow man" - E. Umer Goodman