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Kintecoying Lodge #4 History

For close to 100 years the Order of the Arrow has played a significant role in the life of millions of scouts, shaping them to be young men dedicated to the cheerful service of others and bound in brotherhood to their fellow man. Soon after Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Col. Carol A. Edson founded our Order at Treasure Island Scout Camp in 1915, word of the Wimachtendienk came to New York City. In 1920, four men were inducted into the Order and formed the 4th Order of the Arrow Lodge in the country. It was on that evening that the rich history of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service began in what we now know as the Greater New York Councils.

For 93 years, the Greater New York Councils chartered 5 lodges, one in each borough. Ranachqua Lodge #4 was founded in 1920 and served the Bronx. Shu-Shu-Gah Lodge #24 was founded in 1925 and served Brooklyn. Suanhacky Lodge #49 was founded in 1930 and served Queens. Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82 was founded in 1935 and served Manhattan. Aquehongian Lodge #112 was founded in 1938 and served Staten Island.

On August 30, 2012, after careful consideration over the course of many months, Scout Executive Charles Rosser announced the decision that combining the council’s five Order of the Arrow lodges into a single lodge will allow the OA to better fulfill the Mission of the Lodge and the Purpose of the Order of the Arrow. A committee of ten youth and 7 adults were tasked with transitioning the OA in the Greater New York Councils.

Members of the transition team were: Representing Ranachqua Lodge, Brenden DelBene (Lodge Chief), Matthew Thomas and Marc Messenger (Lodge Adviser). Representing Shu-Shu-Gah Lodge, Robert Rowley (Lodge Chief), Nicholas Goldrosen, and Anthony Bracciante (Lodge Adviser). Representing Suanhacky Lodge, Anthony Lectora (Lodge Chief), Andrew Sommer, and Michael Lectora (Adviser). Representing Man-A-Hattin Lodge, Alan Tang (Lodge Chief), Brendan Looi, and Michael O’Brien (Lodge Adviser). Representing Aquehongian Lodge, Allan Feldman (Lodge Chief), Christopher Sorensen, and John Perchiacca (Lodge Adviser). Lodge Staff Adviser Christopher Coscia, and Lodge Adviser Designate Colin Pinnavaia rounded out the committee.

The team met nine times between the fall of 2012 and the spring of 2013 to discuss how the lodge would be organized, the lodge name and totem, lodge committees, and chapter organization among other topics.

TThe Peregrine Falconhe Lodge name of Kintecoying comes from several modern day sources which claim that what we now know as Astor Place used to be named Kintecoying or, “Crossroads of Nations,” and was a pow-wow point for the Lenape tribes of Manhattan. At this spot, where the branches of the trails converged, the Lenapes traded with each other, exchanged news, and held spiritual ceremonies and tribal councils to settle disputes. The “Crossroads of Nations” also speaks to New York City’s role as the “Capital of the World” and a “Melting Pot” of peoples from many lands from around the globe. Although the national OA organization has stopped using lodge numbers to identify lodges, we believed that the tenure of service of the Order to our council is unique. In order to acknowledge the 93 years of Order of the Arrow history in New York City, the lodge decided to retain the use of the lodge number 4.

The Peregrine Falcon was selected as the totem of Kintecoying Lodge. A native bird to New York City, the peregrine falcon is a symbol of strength, adventure, leadership and new beginnings. Peregrine Falcons are among the world’s most common birds of prey and live on all continents except Antarctica. They prefer wide-open spaces, and thrive near coasts where shorebirds are common, but they can be found everywhere from tundra to deserts. Peregrines are also found living on the bridges and skyscrapers of our city. Having been put on the endangered species list in the 1970s the peregrine falcon is making a strong comeback with Day One Event Logopopulation numbers on the rise worldwide.

The transition team decided that an inaugural lodge-wide fellowship event would be held in April, 2013 to bring the GNYC OA Membership together and to officially form the new lodge. Kintecoying Lodge Day One was held on April 13, 2013 at Alpine Scout Camp. Brothers from across the city gathered to enjoy a day of fellowship, elect new lodge officers, and establish Kintecoying Lodge #4. The first lodge executive board was elected in the afternoon. Nicholas Goldrosen was elected Lodge Chief, Andrew Sommer was elected Vice-Chief of Inductions, James Maxham was elected Vice-Chief of Administration, Kirwin Seger was elected Secretary, and Patrick Machado was elected Treasurer.

At the Day One event, the Northeast Region, Order of the Arrow presented the lodge with a $7500 Hurricane Sandy Grant to assist Ten Mile River reconstruct a cabin that was destroyed in the October 2012 hurricane.            

Chapters were formed to administer the OA program in the local communities. Six chapters were formed.  Uteney Gokhos Chapter for the Bronx River District, Shu-Shu-Gah Chapter for Breukelen and Lenape Bay Districts, Man-a-Hattin Chapter for the Big Apple District, Aquehonga Chapter for Aquehonga District,  Mespaetch Chapter for Pathfinder and Tomahawk Districts,  and Matinecock Chapter for Founders District.


On the weekend of June 7-9, 2013, Kintecoying served as the service lodge for the 2013 Section NE-2B Conclave held at Camp Keowa at Ten Mile River. On June 9, 2013 Sam Messenger from Uteney Gokhos Chapter was elected Section Secretary - serving a second term, his first as a member of the Ranachqua legacy lodge.


On the weekend of June 13-15, 2014, Kintecoying attended the 2014 Section NE-2B Conclave held at Camp Seton. On June 15, 2014 Sam Messenger from Uteney Gokhos Chapter was elected Section Vice Chief and Nicholas Goldrosen from Shu-Shu-Gah Chapter was elected Section Secretary.

On December 29, 2014 our lodge and the Greater New York Councils were awarded a $4000 National Service Grant from the National OA Committee to assist with the construction of a new shotgun shooting range at Camp Keowa.


On April 27, 2015, Michael O'Brien of Man-A-Hattin Chapter was selected to serve as the second Lodge Adviser of Kintecoying Lodge.

At the 2015 BSA National Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA., It was announced that Colin R. Pinnavaia would be presented the OA Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University.

On the weekend of June 12-14, 2015, Kintecoying ran the entertainment for the 2015 Section NE-2B Conclave held at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. On June 14, 2015 Jeremy Duenas of Aquehonga Chapter was elected Section Secretary.

On June 28, 2015, the lodge hosted ArrowTour: Our National Centennial Experience at Alpine Scout Camp. Over 125 brothers, scouts, and families were in attendance to celebrate the Order's 100th Anniversary.

On August 2, 2015, the Lodge sent a contingent of 53 brothers and 21 staff members to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. After an intersting bus ride up, the conference was well recieved amongst the members of Kintecoying Lodge. At the conclusion of our 100-hour conference, we headed back to NYC. Due to some more interesting bus complications, our NOAC contingent spent an extra day in Pennslyvania before recieving a new bus to make the final leg of our trip home.

Centenial National Chief, Alex Call, sparked a fire in all of us when he introduced the #DareToDo - a 100 day campaign reminding us all to do good in the world every day of our lives. All members of the Order of the Arrow were encouraged to partake in the #DareToDo by posting to social media using the hashtag. Over 50,000 people and 1 million online impresions came from this succesful campaign. Numerous members of Kintecoying Lodge, Section NE-2B and the Northeast Region participated throughought the 100 day challenge which ended on November 14, 2015.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 22:35

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