Lincoln Heritage Council

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Lincoln Heritage Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Country United States
Founded 1993
Scout Executive Barry G. Oxley II
Website
http://www.lhcbsa.org/
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The Lincoln Heritage Council (LHC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America serving 64 counties in four states: Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee.

Organization[edit]

The council is organized into four geographical service areas: Southern Indiana, Central Kentucky, Metro Louisville and Western Service Area.

  • Bernheim District: Bullitt and Jefferson counties in Kentucky
  • Cherokee District: Jefferson County in Kentucky
  • Chief Old Ox District: Clark, Scott and Washington counties in southern Indiana
  • Dan Boone District: Carroll, Oldham, Shelby, Trimble and Henry counties in Kentucky
  • George Rogers Clark District: Floyd, Harrison and Crawford counties
  • Gheens District: Serving Jefferson county in Kentucky and Floyd county in southern Indiana
  • Lincoln Trail District: Breckenridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue and Meade counties in central Kentucky
  • Old Kentucky Home District: Nelson, Spencer, Adair, Green, Taylor and Marion counties in Kentucky
  • Seneca District: Jefferson county in Kentucky
  • Alottawatta District: Calloway, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, and Trigg counties
  • Audubon District: Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio
  • Indian Mounds District: Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken, Hardin (IL), Massac (IL), Pope (IL) and South Fulton (TN)
  • Lost River District: Butler, Edmondson, Logan, Simpson, Warren
  • Mammoth Cave District: Allen, Barren, Cumberland, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe
  • Tecumseh District: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd, Union, Webster

History[edit]

The Lincoln Heritage Council is one of the oldest BSA local Councils serving both urban and rural areas in the United States. Their first charter was granted under the name Louisville Area Council in 1912. The council was then renamed to the Old Kentucky Home Council. In 1992, the George Rogers Clark Council merged with the Old Kentucky Home Council, forming the Lincoln Heritage Council. In 2012, the Shawnee Trails Council merged into the Lincoln Heritage Council.

Shawnee Trails Council was formed from the merger of Four Rivers Council and the former Audubon Council. The Four Rivers Council originally served youth within the area bounded by the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, the Tennessee state line except for South Fulton, TN and the river counties in Southern Illinois. Audubon originally served youth within a jagged border formed by the Ohio, Rough, Tennessee, and Barren Rivers. In 1951, the Cogioba Council, headquartered in Bowling Green merged with the West Kentucky Area Council to form the Audubon Council serving a good third of Kentucky. In the early 90s, Audubon merged with the Paducah based Four Rivers Council, adding the additional counties on the other side of the Tennessee River as well as counties in southern Illinois and northwestern Tennessee with the exception of the Fort Campbell military reservation in southern Trigg and Christian counties, which remained a part of the Middle Tennessee Council.

The Mammoth Cave District is the home of Camp Rotary at Temple Hill, run by the Rotary Scout Foundation. The camp was the former home camp belonging to the long-merged Cogioba Council. Rotary Scout Reservation provided the setting for the B-P Rover Crew's semi-annual Rover Scout Wee Moot, the longest-running Rover Scout Moot in the United States, which took place from 1953–1993, with a reunion held in 1999.

Camps[edit]

Harry S. Frazier Jr. Scout Reservation[edit]

The Harry S. Frazier Jr. Scout Reservation is located in Clermont, Kentucky. It was originally created as the Old Kentucky Home Scout Reservation. Its primary draw is its week long summer camp, Camp Crooked Creek, which offers advancement opportunities to both Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts. It offers the following program areas in which Scouts can advance: Shooting Sports, Ecology, Citizenships, Handicraft, Aquatics and Outdoor Skills. The camp features a first year camper program known as Dan Boone Hill as well as two elements for older Scouts: a Project COPE course and a climbing tower. Camp Crooked Creek is also home to the Green River Trek and Frontier Town, which gives older Scouts the ability to learn new skills.

Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation[edit]

Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation is located in Charlestown, Indiana. It includes the John Work House and Mill Site, a Registered Historic Place. Tunnel Mill held Boy Scouts summer camps as early as 1917 and yearly under the direction of the George Rogers Clark Council (after it was formed) from 1928 - 1992. After merging into the Lincoln Heritage Council in 1993, it has been used regularly for Cub Scout Day camps, Webelos camps, and various camporees and Order of the Arrow activities, while still being utilized for various unit activities when camp schedules permit.[1]

Camp Roy C. Manchester[edit]

Camp Roy C. Manchester is located on the shores of Kentucky Lake near Aurora. From 1973-1983, Camp RCM took advantage of the BSA's attempt to create regional Outdoor Adventure ("High Adventure") bases around the nation. The Land Between the Lakes National Outdoor Adventure Center was a cooperative effort between the BSA and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The BSA officially abandoned the National base but permitted the Four Rivers Council to continue to offer high adventure-related facilities for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and U.S. Coast Guard approved Sailing training. RCM has been used for summer camp since August 1956. Prior to 1957, summer camp was at Camp Pakentuck (named as a contraction of Paducah, Kentucky) in Southern Illinois. Summer Camp was held in both locations in 1956, first at Camp Pakentuck and then three weeks of rough "outpost" camping in early August at Kentucky Lake. Camp Pakentuck was owned by the Four Rivers Council but was also used by the Egyptian Council of Southern Illinois, and was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Belleville where it became part of the larger Camp Ondessonk. RCM was originally named the Kentucky Lake Scout Reservation, which was later changed to the Four Rivers Scout Camp (frequently called the Four Rivers Scout Reservation in earlier years), with a final change to its current name in 1979. Camp Roy C. Manchester was also the home camp of the former White Feather Lodge, Order of the Arrow and currently serves as the home camp for the White Horse Lodge, Order of the Arrow.

Camp Wildcat Hollow[edit]

Camp Wildcat Hollow is a 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) camp located in Russellville, Kentucky. Camp Wildcat Hollow served as the Shawnee Trails Council summer camp until the program was moved to Camp Roy C. Manchester in 1993. Camp Wildcat Hollow is now used as a training facility and for Cub Scout day camps. Camp Wildcat Hollow was also the home camp of the former Wapiti Lodge.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The council currently is served by the Nguttitehen Lodge #205, Order of the Arrow. The lodge was formed in the merger between White Horse and Talligewi lodges in 2012. The lodge totem is a fire, representing the fire of cheerfulness. The lodge name is Lenni-Lennape meaning

"to be of one heart and one mind:".[2]

Talligewi Lodge #62[edit]

Talligewi Lodge #62 was first chartered on January 1, 1995. The creation of the Lodge came as a result of the merger between Tseyedin Lodge #65 of the George Rogers Clark Area Council and Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123 of the Old Kentucky Home Council.[3] Tseyedin Lodge #65 [4] was charted in 1932 and Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123 [5] was chartered in 1938.

A merger committee of four advisers and six youth from each lodge and the OA Staff Advisor met several times in the late Spring and Summer of 1994 to work out details of the merger. Both lodges interacted somewhat at the National Order of the Arrow Conference held at Purdue University and came together that fall for a joint Fall Fellowship weekend at Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation.

Tseyedin Lodge #65[edit]

The totem for Tseyedin Lodge #65 was the raccoon although it is thought that they were originally known as “the fox tribe” since a fox appears on the very earliest lodge flap (F1) and arrowhead patches (A1, and A2).[6] But through slight changes in the lodge totem, it is evident that the raccoon was the lodge’s totem for the remaining decades of the lodge’s existence.

Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123[edit]

The totem for Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123 was the cardinal since this bird is so prevalent throughout Kentucky and the lodge’s name translates to “Red Bird” in the Sioux language.

The totem for Talligewi Lodge #62 is a Mandan Indian.[7] The Talligewi were an ancient tribe that was thought to have been wiped out at the Battle of Sand Island at the Falls of the Ohio River between Clarksville, IN and Louisville, KY. A brief history of the Talligewi Indian tribe can be seen here.[8]

White Horse Lodge #201[edit]

History[edit]

White Horse Lodge #201 was first charted on January 1, 1996. The creation of the Lodge came as a result of the merger between Wapiti Lodge #367 of the Audubon Council and White Feather Lodge #499 of the Four Rivers Council.

Wapiti Lodge #367[edit]

Land of the Big Caves and Walah Elemamekhaki Lodges #405[edit]

Land of the Big Caves Lodge #405 of the Mammoth Caves Council was first charted in 1949 and changed its name to Walah Elemamekhaki Lodge #405 in 1950. Its totem was a Kodiak Grizzly Bear.[9] The lodge was absorbed by Wapiti Lodge #367 in 1952. Wapiti Lodge was first chartered in 1949 and its totem was the American Elk.[10] Wapiti means elk in the Shawnee language.

White Feather Lodge #499[edit]

White Feather Lodge (named after a fictitious Indian chief) began at Camp Pakentuck (a combination name of Paducah and Kentucky) in Southern Illinois, moved to Camp Roy C. Manchester in 1957. White Feather Lodge began as a pre-OA society (White Feather Society) in 1951 and was converted into an OA lodge in 1953 via a ceremonial team from Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123 led by Don Thom performing the function of Allowat Sakima. The Society was modeled after Blackhawk Lodge from Illinois, as the Camp Director then had been active in Blackhawk. The Society issued a red ribbon with a white feather silk screened on it. A few neckerchiefs with the white feather silk screened on them are known to exist.

White Horse Lodge was selected as the name of the replacement lodge as (i) the horse was important to the Native American, and (ii) white was arguably part of both predecessor lodges (as Wapiti meant American, or white, elk and the former White Feather Lodge).

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