Lodge Numbers & Why #27

Until December 2003, Order of the Arrow Lodges were issued a unique "Lodge Number", separate from the council number. Numbers were issued sequentially as lodges were chartered. A side effect of this was that having a lower lodge number bestowed prestige. 

As time went on and councils changed and merged new lodges would be formed. The new lodge would be offered a choice of any available numbers. Thus lodges like Pa-Hin which didn't come into existence later then the first lodges could end up with a much lower lodge number then they would have had if a strictly sequential timeline was maintained.

For example, Pa-Hin Lodge was chartered in 1977 with the lodge number 27. The four lodges that merged to create Pa-Hin had lodge numbers of 52 (Chan-O-Wapi), 183 (Chatoka), 176 (Minniduta), and 371 (Thunderbird). While Pa-Hin is now approaching a respectable 40 years of history (38 years as of 2015) there is no question it was not 27th lodge created. 

In December 2003 the national Order of the Arrow committee voted to "discontinue using lodge numbers for national reporting and registration purposes".

Many lodges, including Pa-Hin, continue to utilize their lodge number in their branding. 

Past Pa-Hin Lodge Staff Advisers

Staff Advisers are appointed by the council Scout Executive. 


Staff Adviser   Term  
Name   Hometown    Professional Position 
  August 14, 2020 - Present  Ryan Hansen Fargo, ND District Executive
   December 1, 2016 - August 13, 2020  Tom Barry Fargo, ND Council Program Director
  July 2, 2016 - November 30, 2016 Brad Olson Grand Forks, ND District Director
   January 1, 2014 - July 1, 2016   Sam Ross   Hawley, MN   District Executive
   2001 - December 31, 2013   Brad Olson   Fargo, ND  Council Program Director
   1995 - 2000   John Feick  Fargo, ND  Council Program Director
   199? - 1994  Bill Adams  East Grand Forks, ND   District Executive
   ??? - 1989 - ???  John Feick  Fargo, ND  Council Program Director