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 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 referred to each chapter as an Apanuc which means “Village”. The 9 Apanucs were 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 were plenty of opportunities for Ut-In Sélica Arrowmen to demonstrate cheerful service. The Lodge ran 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.


Twenty-six years after it first formed in 1994, the last official business of Ut-In Selica Lodge took place on December 5, 2020 at the virtual lodge banquet. During the banquet, Ut-In Selica recognized its final class of Vigil candidates, and a special 26th Anniversary “Death Flap” was developed to commemorate the history of Ut-In Selica. Ut-In Selica would merge with Kaweah Lodge 379 and Achewon Nimat 282 to form Yerba Buena Lodge of the Golden Gate Area Council.


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).