Lincoln Heritage Council

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Lincoln Heritage Council
Lincoln Heritage Council, patch.jpg
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersLouisville, Kentucky
CountryUnited States
Scout ExecutiveJason Pierce
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The Lincoln Heritage Council (LHC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America serving 64 counties in four states: Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee.


The council is organized into four geographical service areas: Southern Indiana, Central Kentucky, Metro Louisville and Western Service Area.

  • Iroqouis District: Bullitt and Southwest Jefferson counties in Kentucky
  • Cherokee District: Jefferson County in Kentucky
  • Dan Boone District: Carroll, Oldham, Shelby, Trimble, Spencer, and Henry counties in Kentucky
  • Lewis and Clark District: Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties in southern Indiana
  • Lincoln Trail District: Breckenridge, Nelson, Marion, Washington, Taylor, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties in central Kentucky
  • Seneca District: Northeast Jefferson county in Kentucky
  • Audubon District: Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, and Ohio counties
  • Four Rivers District: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, Hardin (IL), Massac (IL), Pope (IL) counties and South Fulton (city only) (TN)
  • Wapiti District: Allen, Green, Adair, Barren, Butler, Cumberland, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren counties
  • Tecumseh District: Caldwell, Christian*, Crittenden, Hopkins, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg*, Union, and Webster counties

(* - The parts of Christian and Trigg counties that are contained within Fort Campbell, KY (US Army base) are served by the Middle Tennessee Council.)


The Lincoln Heritage Council is one of the oldest BSA local Councils serving both urban and rural areas in the United States. Their first charter was granted under the name Louisville Area Council in 1912. The council was then renamed to the Old Kentucky Home Council. In 1992, the George Rogers Clark Council merged with the Old Kentucky Home Council, forming the Lincoln Heritage Council. In 2012, the territory of the Shawnee Trails Council was transferred to the Lincoln Heritage Council.

Shawnee Trails Council was formed from the merger of the Four Rivers Council and the Audubon Council. The Four Rivers Council originally served youth within the area bounded by the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, the Tennessee state line except for South Fulton, TN and the river counties in Southern Illinois. Audubon originally served youth within a jagged border formed by the Ohio, Rough, Tennessee, and Barren Rivers. In 1951, the Cogioba Council, headquartered in Bowling Green merged with the West Kentucky Area Council to form the Audubon Council serving a good third of Kentucky. In the early 90s, Audubon merged with the Paducah based Four Rivers Council, adding the additional counties on the other side of the Tennessee River as well as counties in southern Illinois and northwestern Tennessee with the exception of the Fort Campbell military reservation in southern Trigg and Christian counties, which remained a part of the Middle Tennessee Council.

The Mammoth Cave District is the home of Camp Rotary at Temple Hill, run by the Rotary Scout Foundation. The camp was the former home camp belonging to the long-merged Cogioba Council. Rotary Scout Reservation provided the setting for the B-P Rover Crew's semi-annual Rover Scout Wee Moot, the longest-running Rover Scout Moot in the United States, which took place from 1953–1993, with a reunion held in 1999.


Harry S. Frazier Jr. Scout Reservation[edit]

The Harry S. Frazier Jr. Scout Reservation is located in Clermont, Kentucky. It was originally created as the Old Kentucky Home Scout Reservation. Its primary draw is its week-long summer camp, Camp Crooked Creek, which offers advancement opportunities to both Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts. It offers the following program areas in which Scouts can advance: Shooting Sports, Ecology, Citizenships, Handicraft, Aquatics and Outdoor Skills. The camp features a first year camper program known as Dan Boone Hill as well as two elements for older Scouts: a Project COPE course and a climbing tower. Camp Crooked Creek is also home to the Green River Trek and Frontier Town, which gives older Scouts the ability to learn new skills.

Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation[edit]

Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation is located in Charlestown, Indiana. It includes the John Work House and Mill Site, a Registered Historic Place. Tunnel Mill held Boy Scouts summer camps as early as 1917 and yearly under the direction of the George Rogers Clark Council (after it was formed) from 1928 - 1992. After merging into the Lincoln Heritage Council in 1993, it has been used regularly for Cub Scout Day camps, Webelos camps, and various camporees and Order of the Arrow activities, while still being utilized for various unit activities when camp schedules permit.[1]

Pfeffer Scout Reservation[edit]

Pfeffer Scout Reservation is located on the shores of Kentucky Lake near Aurora. It hosts Camp Roy C. Manchester (RCM; formerly the Four Rivers Scout Camp or Reservation), having changed its name in 1979 to honor Roy C. Manchester. From 1973-1983, Camp RCM took advantage of the BSA's attempt to create regional Outdoor Adventure ("High Adventure") bases around the nation. A "first year camper" program offered at the camp was featured in the March/April 1981 issue of Scouting magazine, which resulted in similar programs being offered in all BSA camps nationally. The Land Between the Lakes National Outdoor Adventure Center was a cooperative effort between the BSA and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The BSA officially abandoned the National base but permitted the Four Rivers Council to continue to offer high adventure-related facilities for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and U.S. Coast Guard approved Sailing training.

RCM has been used for summer camp since August 1956. Prior to 1957, summer camp was at Camp Pakentuck (named as a contraction of Paducah, Kentucky) in Southern Illinois. Summer Camp was held in both locations in 1956, first at Camp Pakentuck and then three weeks of rough "outpost" camping in early August at Kentucky Lake. Camp Pakentuck was owned by the Four Rivers Council but was also used by the Egyptian Council of Southern Illinois, and was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Belleville where it became part of the larger Camp Ondessonk. RCM was originally named the Kentucky Lake Scout Reservation, which was later changed to the Four Rivers Scout Camp (frequently called the Four Rivers Scout Reservation in earlier years), with a final change to its current name in 1979. Camp Roy C. Manchester was also the home camp of the former White Feather Lodge, Order of the Arrow and currently serves as the home camp for the White Horse Lodge, Order of the Arrow.

While participating at summer camp, Scouts take part in traditional flag raising and lowering ceremonies. Summer camp at Camp Roy C. Manchester offers Scouts a chance to learn Scout Skills in a safe, outdoor environment. The camp has sixteen campsites located on over four hundred acres of land and six miles of shoreline. Program focus includes, the First Year Camper (Eaglebound) program and a variety of aquatics activities—including sailing, water skiing, motor boating, swimming, canoeing, rowing, and fishing. Older Scouts have the opportunity to sail on Kentucky Lake, the largest artificial lake by surface area east of the Mississippi River. Current programs for older scouts include High-Adventure Sailing and Operation Iron Eagle, a week-long back country camping experience.

Camp Wildcat Hollow[edit]

Camp Wildcat Hollow is a 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) camp located in Russellville, Kentucky. Camp Wildcat Hollow served as the Shawnee Trails Council summer camp until the program was moved to Camp Roy C. Manchester in 1995. Camp Wildcat Hollow is now used as a training facility and for Cub Scout day camps. Camp Wildcat Hollow was also the home camp of the former Wapiti Lodge.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Nguttitehen Lodge #205[edit]

The council currently is served by the Nguttitehen Lodge #205. The lodge was formed in the merger between White Horse Lodge #201 and Talligewi Lodge #62 in 2012. The lodge totem is a fire, representing the fire of cheerfulness. The lodge name is Lenni-Lennape meaning "to be of one heart and one mind:".[2]

Talligewi Lodge #62[edit]

Talligewi Lodge #62 was first chartered on January 1, 1995. The creation of the Lodge came as a result of the merger between Tseyedin Lodge #65 of the George Rogers Clark Area Council and Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123 of the Old Kentucky Home Council.[3]

A merger committee of four advisers and six youth from each lodge and the OA Staff Advisor met several times in the late Spring and Summer of 1994 to work out details of the merger. Both lodges interacted somewhat at the National Order of the Arrow Conference held at Purdue University and came together that fall for a joint Fall Fellowship weekend at Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation.

The totem for Talligewi Lodge #62 was a Mandan Indian.[4] The Talligewi were an ancient tribe that was thought to have been wiped out at the Battle of Sand Island at the Falls of the Ohio River between Clarksville, IN and Louisville, KY. A brief history of the Talligewi Indian tribe can be seen here.[5]

Tseyedin Lodge #65[edit]

Tseyedin Lodge #65 [6] was chartered in 1932. The totem for Tseyedin Lodge #65 was the raccoon although it is thought that they were originally known as “the fox tribe” since a fox appears on the very earliest lodge flap (F1) and arrowhead patches (A1, and A2).[7] But through slight changes in the lodge totem, it is evident that the raccoon was the lodge’s totem for the remaining decades of the lodge’s existence.

Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123[edit]

Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123 [8] was chartered in 1938. The totem for Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123 was the cardinal since this bird is so prevalent throughout Kentucky and the lodge’s name translates to “Red Bird” in the Sioux language.

White Horse Lodge #201[edit]

White Horse Lodge #201 was first chartered on January 1, 1996. The creation of the Lodge came as a result of the merger between Wapiti Lodge #367 of the Audubon Council and White Feather Lodge #499 of the Four Rivers Council. White Horse Lodge was selected as the name of the replacement lodge as (i) the horse was important to the Native American, and (ii) white was arguably part of both predecessor lodges (as Wapiti meant American, or white, elk and the former White Feather Lodge).

Wapiti Lodge #367[edit]

Wapiti Lodge was first chartered in 1949 and its totem was the American Elk.[9] Wapiti means elk in the Shawnee language.

Land of the Big Caves and Walah Elemamekhaki Lodges #405[edit]

Land of the Big Caves Lodge #405 of the Mammoth Caves Council was first chartered in 1949 and changed its name to Walah Elemamekhaki Lodge #405 in 1950. Its totem was a Kodiak Grizzly Bear.[10] The lodge was absorbed by Wapiti Lodge #367 in 1952.

White Feather Lodge #499[edit]

A precursor to the lodge, called the White Feather Society, was founded at Camp Pakentuck (a combination name of Paducah and Kentucky) in southern Illinois in 1951. The Society was modeled after Blackhawk Lodge from Illinois, as the camp director at the time had been active in the Blackhawk Lodge. The Society issued a red ribbon with a white feather silk screened on it. A few neckerchiefs with the white feather silk screened on them are known to exist. The society was converted into an OA lodge in 1953 via a ceremonial team from Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge #123. Don Thom performed the role of Allowat Sakima during the ceremony. In 1957, the lodge changed its home camp to Camp Roy C. Manchester on Kentucky Lake.

Thomas Fielder, of Paducah, Kentucky, was elected National Conference Chief in December 1968 at the Order of the Arrow national committee meeting[11] for a 2 year term. After his election, White Feather Lodge created the first patch to honor a National Chief[12].


  1. ^ Tunnel Mill Historical Society
  2. ^ Talligewi Lodge Facebook Merger Announcement July 3, 2012
  3. ^ Our Lodge History
  4. ^ Official Lodge Patch List from Talligewi Lodge #62
  5. ^ Brief History of the Talligewi indians
  6. ^ Tseyedin Lodge Order of the Arrow Insignia
  7. ^ Tseyedin Lodge Order of the Arrow Insignia
  8. ^ Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge Order of the Arrow Insignia
  9. ^ Wapiti Lodge Order of the Arrow Insignia
  10. ^ Walah Elemamekhaki Lodge Order of the Arrow Insignia
  11. ^ "Order of the Arrow - Ini-To Lodge 324, Flint River Council BSA". Flint River Council, BSA. December 2, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2017. In December the Order of the Arrow National Committee met. Thomas E. Fielder from Paducah, Kentucky was National Conference Chief and Philip L. Chabot from Bel Air, Maryland as National Vice Chief.
  12. ^ "National Officer Flap Issues". November 2, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2017. First patch to honor a National Conference Chief Thomas Fielder (1969)

External links[edit]

  • [1] Camp Roy C. Manchester, Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America