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Tribe of Tahquitz

The Tribe of Tahquitz is the honor Scouting organization of the Long Beach Area Council.  

Current Leadership

Chief - Ben Steidl, Troop 117
Little Chief - Ryan Mace, Troop 65
Medicine Man - Clark Moore, Troop 74
Mountain Man - Talon Stradley, Crew 228
Keeper of the Tally - Ethan Horvath, Troop 75

What We Do

The group was created in Idyllwild in 1925. It consisted of 15 honor scouts, which were chosen to start and maintain a perpetual volunteer summer camp staff at Camp Tahquitz. To keep active during the winter months, the Tribe has developed an extensive Indian Lore, backpacking and service program. 

These programs benefit the Long Beach Area Council and surrounding community and give the Tribesmen unique youth leadership experience. The Tribe is particularly known for the Indian Lore ceremonies that it's members perform throughout the year at Scouting and civic group meetings. 

A great sense of dedication and many traditions has been developed throughout the 80-plus year history of this great organization. The Tribe exists only in the Long Beach Area Council.

Tribe of Tahquitz Membership Requirements - To be eligible for membership, a Scout must be at least 14 by December 31 of this year; hold the rank of First Class or above with two of the following merit badges:
 

  • 
Backpacking

  • Camping

  • Cooking

  • Hiking

  • Wilderness Survival



Also have at least two long-term camping experiences, one of which must be at Camp Tahquitz. Scouts who will be 13 by December 31 of this year and are at least a Second Class Scout meet the requirements for Neophtye membership of the Tribe. 

All adults (18 years or older) who spend a full week at Camp Tahquitz with their troop are eligible to be Honorary Tribesmen.

Tribe of Tahquitz Membership Invitation - Near the end of the week of summer camp that a troop attends, the Tribe camp staff, along with scoutmasters present in camp, meets at Tribe Rock. There they discuss all of the Scouts present in camp who are truly "Honor Scouts." Then, after a democratic vote, those Scouts are offered an invitation to join the Tribe. 

Induction

The Tribe announces and invites its new Tribesmen, Neophytes and Honorary members at the Friday night awards campfire. In order to become regular members, Tribesmen and Honorary Invitees must complete the Annual Induction ceremony held at Camp Tahquitz over Labor Day weekend.

 Still want to know more about the Tribe of Tahquitz? History articles are available in the portion of their site.

Please see the Tribe of Tahquitz website here www.tribeoftahquitz.org 

Chiefs of the Tribe of Tahquitz:

2016 - 2017 Ben Steidl
2015 - 2016
Calvin Belcher
2014 - 2015
Luke Higbee
2013 - 2014 Matthew Downs
2012 - 2013 Sean Gray
2011 - 2012 Ryan Long
2010 - 2011 Kevin Folkerts
2009 - 2010 Anthony J. Nickelatti
2008 - 2009 Andrew Chambers
2007 - 2008 Timothy Gilleland
2006 - 2007 Shawn Long
2005 - 2006 Tyler Eisenhower
2004 - 2005 Robert Lund
2003 - 2004 Thomas L. (TJ) Kendall, Jr.
2002 - 2003 Ryan Cochran
2001 - 2002 Andy Long
2000 - 2001 Joseph Johnson
1999 - 2000 James "Packy" Crowell
1998 - 1999 Trevor Crowell
1997 - 1998 Keith Dixon
1996 - 1997 Ryan Shotwell
1995 - 1996 James Russell
1994 - 1995 Scott Willis
1993 - 1994 David K. Kerns
1992 - 1993 Brandon A. Gray
1991 - 1992 Johnny Gunde
1990 - 1991 Eric Sherman
1989 - 1990 Cory Kemp
1988 - 1989 Matt Murray
1987 - 1988 Eric Johnson
1986 - 1987 Marty Killebrew*
1985 - 1986 Mark Voykovic
1984 - 1985 Scott Fremgen
1983 - 1984 Timothy E. Howes*
1982 - 1983 Randy Miller
1981 - 1982 Jeffery S. Tylicki
1980 - 1981 Scott Affre
1979 - 1980 Mark Ledbetter
1978 - 1979 Mike Dermody
1977 - 1978 Paul Sheppard
1977 Mike Cox
1976 - 1977 John Coveney
1975 - 1976 Mike Emling
1974 - 1975 Keith S. Molle'
1973 - 1974 John Payne
1972 - 1973 Pete Alwinson
1971 - 1972 Scott Heule
1970 - 1971 Rick Van Stralen
1969 - 1970 Chris Marks*
1968 - 1969 Tom Greene
1967 - 1968 Mike Tippetts
1966 - 1967 Jim Davy*
1965 - 1966 Ron Griffen
1964 - 1965 Robbin Schellhous
1963 - 1964 Bill Wenger
1962 - 1963 Jim Delong*
1961 - 1962 Terry Baker*
1960 - 1961 Dick Leevers*
1959 - 1960 Jerry Smith
1958 - 1959 Roy McBride
1957 - 1958 Gil Walker
1956 - 1957 Jim Byrne
1955 - 1956 Paul Jones*
1954 - 1955 Ron Korman
1953 - 1954 Tom Herren*
1952 - 1953 Dave Short
1951 - 1952 Larry Strom*
1950 - 1951 Herman Zittel
1949 - 1950 Dick Aschieris*
1949 John Thornton
1948 - 1949 Steve Ramos
1947 - 1948 Jim Moor
1946 - 1947 Leland Reeve*
1946 Dick Shannon?
1945 - 1946 Vince Jones*
1944 - 1945 Gordon Douglass
1944 Eugene Reid*
1943 - 1944 Bob Campbell*
1943 John Kortz*
1942 - 1943 Allan Taylor*
1942 Dan Angell
1941 Spencer Jennison*
1940 Charles B. Miller*
1939 Oran Lowery*
1938 Warren Proctor?
1937 Al Schlecht*
1936 H. Wilson Albright*
1935 Allan Gilliam?
1934 Eugene Talbott*
1933 Howard Ulrich*
1932 Comly Palmer*
1931 Idris Owen*
1930 Don Randall*
1929 Charles Wade*
1928 Dick Killen*
1926 & 1927 Randolph Richards*