El-Ku-Ta Lodge History

The El-Ku-Ta Lodge was founded in 1956 as part of the Summer Camp Program at Camp Steiner, which is one of the Camps in the High Uinta Mountains in Northern Utah. The Lodge is part of the Great Salt Lake Council and was chartered by the National Order of the Arrow as Lodge #520, Several years ago The National OA office did away with Lodge numbers and now refer to Lodges by their names and/or the Council number which that Lodge is Affiliated with, Which for the Great Salt Lake Council is #590.
The name El-Ku-Ta comes from the famous Rocky Mountain Elk and Utah, or Elk of Utah. The Elk has been chosen as the Totem for our Lodge and is seen on almost all our patches and Logo's that have been produced over the years. The El-Ku-Ta Lodge flaps are known to have two Native Americans Facing each other as a sign of Brotherhood, with an Elk in the Middle and high mountains in the background representing the High Uinta mountains where we were first founded.
Over the years the El-Ku-Ta Lodge has become known for it's great youth leadership. A special weeklong JLT was established in 1986 called "Coup Trail" which has been the basis for raising and training our own youth Arrowmen to assume the positions of leadership on the Chapter and Lodge levels. This course has had some High's and some lows, but it has endured the test of time and is very strong today in teaching the values and principals of youth leadership with a focus on the OA and it's programs.
The Elkuta Lodge is a member of Section W2W of the Western Region of the BSA. Our Lodge has produced several Section Chiefs and Section Officers to date, as well as two Western Region Chiefs, Ryan Mecham in 1990 and Brandon Fessler in 1998. The El-Ku-Ta Lodge is also proud to have produced the 1996 National Chief, Ryan Pitts.
We share membership in Section W2W with four other lodges, Tu-cubin-noonie Lodge from the Utah National Parks Council, Awaxaawe Awachia Lodge from the Trapper Trails Council, Shunkah Mahneetu Lodge from the Grand Teton Council, and Ma-I-Shu Lodge from the Snake River Council.
The El-Ku-Ta Lodge is presided over by an Elected Lodge Chief and several Lodge Vice Chiefs as well as other Lodge officers as needed. All Lodge officers are under the age of 21 years old.

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 El-Ku-Ta Lodge Chiefs

1956-57        Vernon Lamphier
1958             Steve McDermott
1959             Ken Borg
1960             Harris Vincent
1961             Tom Zarr
1962             Don Walk
1963             Fred Butterfield
1964             Mike Fletcher
1965             Clive Romney
1966             Kay Israel
1967             Robert Hill
1968             Greg Ott
1969             Clark DeWall
1970             Gary Osaka
1971             Daniel McRae
1972             Frank Matheson
1973             David Dickman
1973             Jim Olsen
1974             Mick Mackay
1975-76        Matthew Hosford
1977             Tom Johnson
1978             Patrick Berryman
1979             Calvin Curtis
1980             Alex Berryman
1981             Kurt Holbrook
1982             Rob Merrill
1983             Rusty Bayles
1983-84        Trent Grose
1984-85        Daren Sagers
1985-87        Virgil Christensen
1987-89        Steve Sugden
1989-90        Michael McBride
1990-91        Ted Neilsen
1991-92        Jasemaurice Feichko
1992-93        Bradley Mecham
1993-94        Rand McMullin
1994-95        Ryan J. Pitts
1995-96        Weston Blaney
1996-97        Brandon Fessler
1997-98        Chris Hereth
1998-99        Michael Duven
1999-01        Landon Huber
2001-02        Aaron Anderson
2002-03        Tyler Engh
2003-04        Eric Greene
2004-05        Shawn Condie
2005-06        Tyson Meyer
2006-07        David Engh
2007             Josh Clements
2008-09        J. Ellis Hunsaker
2009-11        Caleb Cannon
2011-12        Kyle Palmer
2012-13        Christian Mickelsen
2013-14        Kaden Baker
2014-15        Hayden Taylor
2015-16        James Anderson
2016-17        Nathaniel Rodgers
2017-18        Karson Baker

El-Ku-Ta Lodge Advisers

1956-1958          Unknown
1958-1961          Ralph Howes
1961                   Vernon L. Mattsen
1962-1976          Dr. Bryce Fairbanks
1976-1980          Bert Holfeltz
1980-2011          David E Halliday
2011-2014          Cal Condie
2014-2017          Brad Mecham
2017-Present       Blair Hope

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Founders Awards and Vigil Honor Recipients

In 1987 the National Order of the Arrow introduced the Founders Award. This award is the highest honor that can be given to one of it’s members.  All Founders Award recipients must be approved and endorsed by the National Committe based on dedication and commitment to the order, and the principals it was founded on, in its highest levels.  Each year the number of Founders Awards that a lodge can petition for is based on the total number of members in the lodge that year. At least one Founders Award must be presented to a youth Arrowman. Also each year the Lodge is also allowed to Induct a certian number of it's members to be able to recieve the Vigil Honor, which is the highest level of order of the Arrow Membership. One must have been a brotherhood member for at least two years and a current dues paid member to be concidered for this honor. 

List of Founders Award Recipients from the El-Ku-Ta Lodge

List of Vigil Honor Recipients from the El-Ku-Ta Lodge