When compared to many other lodges in the Order of the Arrow, Sakuwit Lodge #2 is very young yet it carries on the traditions of those that are much older. When Sanhican Lodge #2 of George Washington Council and Narraticong Lodge #9 of Thomas A. Edison Council merged on September 2, 1999, Sakuwit Lodge #2 of Central New Jersey Council was born, boasting over 700 members, and began serving the Scouts and Scouters of the area by providing service to council camps, promoting scout camping and recognizing those who best follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
An all youth merger committee unanimously selected Sakuwit as a new name and adopted the Raccoon as a totem. On September 2, 1999, new lodge bylaws were authorized and a new lodge was created. The name of Sakuwit Lodge is significant because Sakuwit literally means "from the mouth of two rivers," symbolizing the merger of Sanhican and Narraticong as well as the fact that a great deal of the lodge is located between the Raritan and Delaware Rivers. The lodge totem, a raccoon named Rockwell, is a fitting symbol of New Jersey's camping traditions. The lodge number, "2," stands out as a reminder to all of the rich traditions of the Order of the Arrow in the area, as well as that with all of the mergers of the years Sakuwit Lodge is truly the second oldest Lodge in the United States. In 1999, the lodge celebrated its 80th anniversary.
Since the lodge's inception, it has hosted over thirty events and contributed service to many more. Presently, Sakuwit Lodge holds four annual service weekends, three in the spring and one in the fall. Assistance is also provided at Cub-Parent weekends, council camporees, the council program launch and many other events. Activities like the Trade-O-Ree and performances by the Gold Feather and Soaring Eagle Dance Teams also help both the lodge and the council. Over the past few years, Sakuwit Lodge has also donated thousands of dollars for the fire ring and other projects at Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation.
The attached timeline shows the mergers and name changes leading to creating Sakuwit Lodge #2.
Click here to view the Lodge Chapter names from its inception.
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NOTE: The information on the history of the Sakuwit Lodge #2 was taken with permission from the data collected by Joe Sinniger.