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The Miami Lodge No. 495 is named after the great Miami Indian Nation. The name of the tribe means “People of the Pigeons”, referring to the great flock of passenger pigeons which at one time nested in the area. The official totem of the Miami Lodge is the Sandhill Crane. The first pocket emblem and neckerchief were designed by Don Huxley.
The first ceremony and induction of members was held in Cricket Holler Scout Camp in October, 1952. At that time, 121 new members were inducted by Arrowmen from Owasippe Lodge No.7 of the Chicago Area Council. A loan from the council permitted the lodge to purchase materials for Indian outfits for the second Ordeal. Ordeal and Brotherhood ceremonies were held annually at Cricket Holler through 1958. With the opening of Woodland Trails Scout Reservation in 1959, Miami Lodge embarked on a plan of holding events at both camps. This tradition continues. Unto this day, Miami Lodge No. 495 has returned to kindle the spark of brotherhood, cheerfulness and service in the Miami Valley.
The strong tradition of camp service has remained to today. In addition to the hours spent on the muddy back roads of Woodland Trails, the lodge has been extremely active in camp promotion. In recent times, the lodge has promoted camp in places as far as Michigan.