Collecting New York State, one patch at a time.
Who am I?
For those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Bill Mulrenin and I’m an Eagle Scout and Vigil Member of Shu-Shu-Gah Lodge #24 in Brooklyn, NY. In Scouting I have received the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver, and the Scouter's Key. I've been active in Scouting since my youth, and have served in a variety of capacities, most currently as the Committee Member for Boy Scout Troop 23 at Our Lady of Angels here in Brooklyn.
Outside of the unit level, I am a Trustee of the Ten Mile River Scout Camp Museum and Co-Chairman of its' Memorabilia Committee, the New York State Editor for the Blue Book, and the International Scout Collectors Association Vice-President for New York State.
My collecting interest is all memorabilia issued by the OA Lodges which were headquartered in New York State. I collect not only embroidered items such as flaps, odd-shaped patches, and neckerchiefs, but all types chapter patches, activity patches too. I also to a lesser extent collect neckerchief slides, hat pins, and wooden nickels from these lodges, In other words, if it comes from the MYS lodges I collect, I am interested in any items I don't already have in my collection.
There have been over 75 lodges from NYS whle not everyone issued a patch, the ones that did, have issued over 2300 lodge items and 500 chapter issues according to Blue Blue Book VI. I have compiled over 600 more additions and corrections for Blue Book VII.
The New York State Lodges which have issued patches, neckerchiefs or other items include:
28 Half Moon
34 Ko Nosh I Oni
34 Ona Yote
86 Nischa Nimat
120 Gosh Wha Gono
181 Nischa Nimat
219 Lowanne Nimat
339 Tana Wis
397 Tschipey Achtu
410 Nischa Nitis
418 Nick Stoner
477 Ah Wa Ge
500 Ona Yote Kaonaga
546 Chi Sigma
My needs from these lodges can be found here. Do you have something from one of these lodges that you would like to trade? Please email me with the details.
I further specialize in all Shu-Shu-Gah Lodge #24 items including Chapter Issues and Lodge Activity Patches. As Blue Book editor for New York State, I am always looking for new issues, merger information and corrections to previous editions. Please drop me a line and we can keep the Blue Book updated and make a trade or two. To help keep the collecting community informed about new issues from NYS, I blog about them at http://www.nyoatrader.com/blog
I also collect all memorabilia from Ten Mile River Scout Camps. TMR is the summer camp operated by Greater New York Councils. There have been over 2-dozen different camps open at TMR over the last 75+ years, many of which issued their own patches and neckerchiefs. I am mainly interested in pre-1965 issues and any items issued by either Camp Hayden during the late 70's and early eighties or Camp Ranachqua since the early 80's while leased to Rockland County Council or Hudson Delaware Council respectively.
In addition, I collect all editions and printings of the Order of the Arrow Handbook. If you have any editions or printing not listed here please let me know so I may update my records.
This site will be an ongoing project as I add pages and links, which will include various reference information, my needs and dupes as well as some helpful links if you are interested in more information.
Many of the patches mentioned and described in the following pages can be view at John Pannell's Excellent "Internet Guide to OA Insignia" Why not click here to go and have a look. If you are interested in downloading the Blue Book V you can find it at there too:
If you are interested in learning more about collecting Scout Patches or other Scouting memorabilia, please checkout the International Scouting Collectors Association website.
Last updated: March 25, 2011
The First NOAC Contingent Piece?
Dr. Ron Aldridge in the first volume of his "Patches and Memoribilia of the Order of the Arrow at National Event" refers to an Aluminum neckerchief slide from Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 as the first NOAC Contingent item on page 2-14.
"40N/24NS1 This is the first known contingent item. It is an aluminum neckerchief slide picturing a flying Blue Heron, a red arrow, WWW and 1940."