Pa-Hin Lodge #27 of Section C-1A out of the Northern Lights Council in Park Rapids, MN currently (as of 2016) has a total of 10 Chapters spanning 2 Timezones (Central and Mountain), 4 States (MT, ND, SD, MN), 76 counties, and more than 96,000 square miles of area. The 2014 roster count was over 600 registered members. Current Membership is around 350 Arrowmen.
“Our lodge doesn’t have an excess of traditions, but we do have many regular events. For starters, we have a gavel that passes from one lodge chief to the next. When a lodge chief is done leading, they sign their name and year before passing it on to the next chief. We also hold our three conclaves a year on the same weekends. Our first Spring Conclave, in the East, is always Mother’s Day weekend, and our second conclave, in the West, is always the weekend immediately after. Fall Conclave for us is always the second weekend in August,” Fugleberg said.
Pa-Hin Lodge stands out because they span across four different states and have dedicated members willing to drive ten hours to a weekend event. Since they are a large lodge, it’s hard for them to meet and communicate as easily as a geographically smaller lodge. However, despite their geographical disadvantage, they still have monthly LEC meetings, and large attendance at Lodge events. They use Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, WhatsApp, and a conference calling system to keep members informed and to conduct business. “It’s not easy, but we make it work,” Fugleberg said.
Pa-Hin’s primary scout camp, Camp Wilderness, is located in Park Rapids, MN.
“Our camp stands out because we constantly try to please our scouts using new programs and excellent customer service. Camp Wilderness has constantly added new programs and activities, adding an ATV program a few years ago, and a disc golf course last year. Since a camp can’t run on new activities alone, the staff works overtime to provide amazing opportunities for the scouts. Because our camp is relatively small, the sta ff can work extra hard to make sure that the Scouts have the absolute best time possib le. Staff members at this camp have taught merit badges during free time, dived in dumpsters looking for campers items, while visiting campers almost religiously,” Fugleberg said.