Yowlumne Lodge was small for the first ten years, and even disbanded from 1949 to 1956, but it ultimately blossomed with youth involvement and the spirit of the White Wolf. The 1960s and 1970s were full of motivation, leadership and brotherhood, which led to many memorable highlights in the late 1980s as members of our lodge won ceremony and dance competitions. After being voted most spirited lodge at the 1985 conclave, our Ordeal ceremony teams placed 1st at Southern California area conclaves in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and our Brotherhood teams placed 1st in 1987 and 1990. In Indian dancing, Patrick Madding and Ernest Fong placed among the top ten Fancy Dancers in the nation at competitions of the 1986 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) in Fort Collins, Colorado, with Ernest placing second. Again, at the 1988 NOAC in Bloomington, Indiana, both Ernest and Patrick placed in the top ten.
Beginning in 1973 Yowlumne and other lodges in Section W4A, which was made up primarily of lodges in the Los Angeles area, began holding annual gatherings known as "conclaves". Yowlumne hosted its first section conclave at Highland High School in Bakersfield in 1976, and hosted another conclave at Bakersfield City College in 1987. Yowlumne was even chosen as the outstanding lodge at the 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 conclaves. Then in 1988, 1989 and 1990, three years in a row, Lodge Chief Cary Evans was elected to serve as section Chief, and was followed as chief in 1991 by fellow Yowlumne arrowman Gavin Smith. The Golden Anniversary of our lodge came in 1995, the same year we hosted a W4A Conclave at the China Lake Naval Weapons Station in Ridgecrest. Most recently, Yowlumne hosted the 2002 W4A Conclave at the same locality. After being associated with Section W4A for over 25 years, Yowlumne became part of Section W3B - central and eastern California and western Nevada - in 2002.
Founded at Treasure Island Scout Camp in Pennsylvania in 1915 as a Brotherhood of Honor Campers, originally known as Wimachtendienk Wingolauchsik Witahemui (Brotherhood of Cheerful Service), the Order of the Arrow became the official senior scout program of the Boy Scouts of America in 1934. The spirit of the Order lives on today in the lives of many scouts, and the Order remains an important part of the scouting program of the Southern Sierra Council. With the moon at its back, Yowlumne Lodge hopes to keep alive its proud tradition of service and howl in many successful years to come.