Ut-in Selica Lodge 58 History (Est. 1994)

Ut-in Selica was formed in 1994 by the merger of Swegedaigea Lodge 263 of the Silverado Area Council and Oo Yum Buli Lodge 468 of the Mt Diablo Council.   The new Lodge’s name means “Twin Spirits” in the Costanoan language, and the new Lodge flap echoes that by including images of the former Lodge totems, the Golden Eagle and the Golden Hawk. The new Lodge chose the California Grizzly Bear as its new totem, and it also appears on the Lodge flap.

In keeping with the adoption of the Costanoan language, Ut-In Sélica now refers to each chapter as an Apanuc which means “Village”. The 9 Apanucs are Lu-Pain, Wek-Wek, Ole-li-li, Iowac, Sem-Yeto, Tú Je Sa-Sa, Moluk, Ajapeu, and Swegedaigea. With three council camps to maintain, there are plenty of opportunities for Ut-In Sélica Arrowmen to demonstrate cheerful service. The Lodge runs a controlled twenty-mile hike on the Fagés II Trail once a year. After years and years of trying, the Ut-In Sélica Lodge finally was recognized, for the first time in history, as a National Quality Lodge in 2007 and then again in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The historical Lodge number for Ut-In Sélica is #58. Ut-In Sélica is associated with Mt. Diablo Silverado Council #23. The existence of two numbers has been confusing in certain situations in recent years. Consequently, for the purposes of national reporting and registration purposes, only the council number (#23) is to be used. Such reporting and registration may take place at events such as the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and at conclaves. This directive was issued by the National Order of the Arrow Committee in December 2003.

Lodge numbers have been assigned to each and every OA Lodge established the order started back in 1915. Numbers have generally been issued in the order that Lodges were formed, so that the OA Lodges with the lowest numbers are typically the oldest. In recent years, Lodges were given options to select numbers other than the next succeeding number. In cases where Lodges have opted to select lower numbers, the historical significance of the Lodge numbers has been diminished.

Although only council numbers are now to be used for many reporting and registration purposes, Lodge numbers are not being taken away. This is discussed more fully in national OA Operations Update 04-9, dated September 2004 (and available on the national OA web site). Many Lodges continue to use their Lodge numbers for numerous purposes, such as displaying them on their insignia (e.g., pocket flaps). Some Scouts and Scouters who collected OA memorabilia do so from a historical standpoint, and therefore order their collections based on Lodge numbers.

Since we have recently undergone the change noted above, there are different ways to identify our OA Lodge. You may see affiliations with your OA Lodge shown as: Ut-In Sélica, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council #23 (as required for national reporting and registration); as Ut-In Sélica Lodge #58 (like on the standard issue pocket flap); or even just with the Lodge name and #23 (council number).

Years ago, in the dim ages, in the valley of the Delaware, lived a peaceful tribe of Indians – Lenni Lenape their name was. Deer and bear, wildcat and panther, through the forest oft they hunted. On the bosom of the river, peacefully they fished and paddled. Round their busy village wigwams still the chase they nimbly followed. In this state of bliss so happy many moons they lived contented, springtime blossomed into summer, summer into autumn ripened, autumn died on winter’s bosom. Thus the seasons in succession never ending seemed to pass on.

But, behold, a cloud arising changed how soon this peaceful aspect. Neighboring tribes, and distant enemies, suddenly disturbed their hunting. Then Chingachgook, aged chieftain of the tribe, make quick inquiry: “Who will go and carry warning of this dire and dreadful danger to all Delaware’s, our brothers?” But none wished to make the journey.

Then spoke up the noble Uncas, worthy son of the old chieftain, “O my father, I am ready; send me on this gracious errand. If we would remain a nation, we must stand by one another. Let us both urge on our kindred, firm devotion to our brethren and our cause. Ourselves forgetting, let us catch the higher vision. Let us find the greater beauty in the life of cheerful service.”

Off upon the trail they started, Old Chingachgook and young Uncas; and in every tribal village some were found who were quite willing to spend themselves in others’ service. When at last the fierce marauders were forced back to their own country and peace was declared between them, they who first themselves had offered for the service of their Brethren, to the places most respected by the chieftain were promoted: for, said he, who serves his fellow is, of all his fellows, greatest! As a seed dropped by the sower on good soil bears quick fulfillment: so this saying of their chieftain in their hearts found glad acceptance and they asked that in some manner he should make its memory lasting.

So together fast and firmly Chief Chingachgook bound these warriors in a great and honored Order, into which can be admitted only those who their own interests can forget in serving others. And so firm must be their purpose so to live, that their companions, taking note of their devotion, shall propose them to the Order. We, therefore, to them succeeding to the present day perpetuate the names and token of this Brotherhood of Cheerful Service called by Delaware’s: Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui!

Twenty-six years after it was formed in 1994, the last official business of Ut-in Selica Lodge took place on December 14th, 2020 at the lodge merger task Force meeting. Ut-in Selica would merge with Achewon Nimat Lodge 282 and Kaweah Lodge 379 to form the Yerba Buena Lodge of the Golden Gate Area Council.