The Tonkawa Lodge was organized in 1936, shortly after Camp Tom Wooten built. When the OA Lodge was first organized it was strictly a summer camp group that did not meet after the summer camp season was over. They did all their inductions and activities while the summer camp was in session. Later, they had other activities outside of summer camp.
lodge gave many hours
of service during their inductions and work
weekend to improve the camp.
On Friday nights, the Order of the Arrow members
perform dances for visitors
and Scouts. Show here is the spear and
shield dance performed by
Wolf Ring - 1966
Tepees were made out of concrete.
Here is a photo that was used in the 1958 camp promotional brochure. Note that the Scouts and visitors sat on the ground. This was before the bleachers were constructed in a new campfire ring.
The camp hosted the OA Area Conclave in 1939 with the Tonkawa Lodge serving as host. Members of the Circle Ten Council's OA Mikanakawa Lodge earned their Brotherhood during the Conclave and then returned to start their own Brotherhood program.
The 1952, OA Area 9-B Conclave was held at Camp Tom Wooten. Some 500 Arrowmen attended this Conclave. Tonkawa Lodge, who served as host, obtained a tent and Army field stoves from Camp Mabry and cooked all the food outside next to the dining hall. Ben Lindsay was Adviser of the lodge at that time. Thirteen Otena Lodge members of Comanche Trail Council were inducted into the Brotherhood Honor during this Area meeting.
A. C. Love was an
active instructor of Indian lore to the members of
the Tonkawa Lodge at
Camp Tom Wooten. He spent several summers at
the camp teaching Indian
lore working with the Tonkawa Indian dance
team. Click HERE
to read about him and his work as wrtten by Chief
A. M. Venne in September
OA Area 9-D Conclave
was held at Camp Ton Wooten in 1959. Here to
your right is
the patch that was produced for that conclave.
1966, the OA Area 9-D Conclave was held at Camp
Tom Wooten with Tonkawa
Lodge again serving as host lodge. To the left is
the conclave patch designed
by the lodge for the weekend.
Conclave had some
600 in attendance. Pictured below is
Conclave Arrowmen getting
fed chow under a National Guard tent. Note
the Army Field Ranges.
Left to right: Mike Holeman, Dan Hemingson, Jack Gatlin, Bobby Kenyon, Gover Kenyon (Lay Adviser) 1964
This is a photo of a Calling Out Ceremony for new candidates for the Order of the Arrow during summer camp at Camp Tom Wooten. Walter Wendlandt, in front, was the chief and Leo Lee was beating the drum.
The Order of the Arrow built an Arrowhead Ring for Camp Tom Wooten in 1957 complete with a concrete Teepee. The Opening Campfires were held in the new ring as well as the Friday Night campfires for visitors and Scouts, and their "calling out" ceremonies for new member candidates.
John W. Wittliff
Thomas E. Starr
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