Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge 40: The First Ninety Years 1929-2019


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Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge 40: The First Ninety Years 1929-2019


MA-KA-JA-WAN LODGE 40: THE FIRST NINETY YEARS 1929-2019, by John L. Ropiequet and Ian C. Hopkins, chronicles the history of the North Shore chapter of the Order of the Arrow (OA), an honorary Scouting society, over a 90-year span from its founding in 1929 to the present. Boy Scouting organizations in the North Shore towns from Wilmette to Lake Bluff and west to Libertyville combined to form the North Shore Area Council at the end of 1926, with Winnetka’s Scouts joining in the summer of 1928. One of the first goals of the new organization was to open its own summer camp rather than use the Chicago Council’s camp in Michigan. This goal was accomplished in the summer of 1929 when the Council opened Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan in northern Wisconsin, which its successor, the Northeast Illinois Council, continues to own and operate today. The OA chapter began its own intertwined history when the camp opened. Founded by E. Urner Goodman, a Wilmette resident in 1929, when he headed the Philadelphia Council in 1915, the OA slowly expanded across the country, and Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan was the home of its 40th chapter. Over 500 lodges have been opened since then, and Lodge 40 is now the sixth oldest in continuous operation. The 200-page book is the result of research culled from over thirteen thousand news articles in eight local newspapers and other sources and contains hundreds of illustrations. The history of separate lodges in the Evanston Council and the Oak Plain Council in Waukegan that merged with Lodge 40 in 1969 and 1971 is also covered in detail.