OA Lodge History

Nanuk Lodge #355 was established July 1, 1947, with the inception of the Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based out of the State Capital of Juneau. Initially the Council was responsible for the entire State of Alaska.

The Lodge Totem is the great Alaskan Polar Bear, which the Inuit people call “Nanook”, the lodge name is a variation of that name. By 1957, scouting was developed enough in the Anchorage area to support a new council. The Western Alaska Area Council was formed on July 1, 1955 and retained the original lodge name. Southeast Alaska formed a new lodge, named Kootz, which merged into Nanuk Lodge in 2006, thus becoming the lodge of the Great Alaska Council. Nanuk Lodge is responsible for OA programs across 297,833 square miles, covering the Aleutian Islands, Western Alaska Coast, South-Central Alaska, and the Pan-Handle to the South-East.

Nanuk was a National Quality Lodge in 2004, 2007 & 2009

Nanuk has the following JTE accomplishments:
Bronze – 2013, Gold – 2014, Gold – 2015, Gold – 2016, Silver – 2017, Gold – 2018

Nanuk has been awarded the following awards:
National Camping Award 1996, OA Innovation Award 2014

Lodge Key Three History

The Key Three is made up of the Lodge Chief, Lodge Adviser, and Lodge Staff Adviser. These individuals oversee the complete operations of all lodge functions and business. The Chief is elected annually by our members and the Advisers are appointed by the Scout Executive on a yearly basis. Below are those who have served at the helm of our organization.

Year Lodge Chief Lodge Adviser Lodge Staff Adviser
2023 Joshua Nelson Al Szewczyk Ian Sands
2022 AJ Szewczyk Al Szewczyk Samuel Giacalone
2021 Conner Kniefel Brice Alexander Samuel Giacalone
2020 Joe Pavia-Jones Brice Alexander Samuel Giacalone
2019 Alexander Christenson/Joe Pavia-Jones Brice Alexander Benjamin Ormsby
2018 Ian Sands Samuel Giacalone Benjamin Ormsby
2017 Ian Sands Samuel Giacalone Benjamin Ormsby
2016 Andrew Arsenault Samuel Giacalone Benjamin Ormsby
2015 Michael Wilson Samuel Giacalone Benjamin Ormsby
2014 Nigel Floyd Samuel Giacalone Benjamin Ormsby
2013 Nicholas Greene Tane Vincent Justin Savidis
2012 Jacob Hanchett/Tyler Berger Gordon Ward/Tane Vincent Justin Savidis
2011 Andre Giacalone Gordon Ward Justin Savidis
2010 Andre Giacalone Gordon Ward Justin Savidis
2009 Adam Ward Gordon Ward Cal Hiebsch
2008 Samuel Giacalone/Adam Ward Nick Stout/Gordon Ward Cal Hiebsch
2007 Samuel Giacalone Nick Stout Don Olson
2006 Chris Beck/Samuel Giacalone Nick Stout Don Olson
2005 Grant Evans/William Foster Nick Stout Matt Hill
2004 Konrad Pyle Nick Stout Matt Hill
2003 Justin Kaucic/John O’Grady Nick Stout Matt Hill
2002 Justin Kaucic Rindi Patterson  
2001 Scott Patterson Rindi Patterson  
2000 Sam Correa Rindi Patterson  
1999 Duane Granath Rindi Patterson  
1998 Brad Lowry Rindi Patterson  
1997 Jamie Rothwell Ron Bitzer  
1996 Brad Lowry Dale Hartzler  
1995 Kelly King Dale Hartzler  
1994 Kelly King Noah Smith  
1993 Daniel Patchin Noah Smith  
1992 Daniel Patchin Noah Smith  
1991 David Daly Noah Smith  
1990 David Daly Noah Smith  
1989 Edward Glenn Noah Smith  
1988 Edward Glenn Travis Barber  
1987 James Griffin Ray Morris  
1986 James Griffin Ray Morris  
1985 No Record Ray Morris  
1984 Stan Atschley Ray Morris  
1983 Steve Sherrod/Stan Atschley Ray Morris  
1982 Steve Sherrod Ray Morris  
1981 Scott Learned Ray Morris  
1980 Ed Penisten Ray Morris  
1979 Jerold Everand Ray Morris  
1978 Johnny Ellis Ray Morris  
1977 Dennis Mitchell Richard Lewis  
1976 Mark Jackson Richard Lewis  
1975 Mark Jackson Daniel Contini  
1974 No Record Ralph Dobbs  
1973 No Record Ralph Dobbs  
1972 Randall Farris Ralph Dobbs  
1971 Randall Farris James Henson  
1970 Jack Horner James Henson  
1969 John Lambe Hal Hopkins  
1968 Jaque Sumner D.M. McKinnon  
1967 Don W. Stevens Theophilus Putt  
1966 Glen Wardle Joe C. Spurlock II  
1965 Glen Wardle Joseph Marino  
1964 Grover Wright Joseph Marino  
1963 Grover Wright Joseph Marino  
1962 John Borreceo Joseph Marino  
1961 Dick Enberg Jr. Walter Strong  
1960 Fred Braun Walter Strong  
1959 Don Witsoe H.J. Rosen  
1958 Donald Wiley H.J. Rosen  
1957 Dale Clark Maurice F. Powers  
1956 Dale Clark Maurice F. Powers  
1955 Arnie Christiansen Norman A. Lowenstein  
1954 Harry Campbell Norman A. Lowenstein  
1953 Wayne Powers Norman A. Lowenstein  
1952 Bennie Dupris Jr. Norman A. Lowenstein  
1951 No Chief Elected Doermus P. Scudder  
1950 No Chief Elected Doermus P. Scudder  
1949 No Chief Elected Doermus P. Scudder  
1948 No Chief Elected Russell A. Apple  
1947 Duane Huntly Harold Gribble  

Section Leadership History

Nanuk Lodge has played a pivotal role in our section since the Lodge joined the Section in 1992. We have a strong history of youth and adult leaders throughout the organization. Here is everyone who has held a nationally-recognized leadership role in our section.

Year Name Position
2023 Scott Hobbs Section Vice Chief
2022 Conner Kniefel Section Vice Chief
2019 Ian Sands Section Chief
2012 Andre Giacalone Section Vice Chief
2011 Andre Giacalone Section Vice Chief
2010 Samuel Giacalone Section Chief
  Adam Ward Section Secretary
2009 Samuel Giacalone Section Chief
2007 Christopher Beck Section Chief
2006 Christopher Beck Section Secretary
2003 Justin Kaucic Section Vice Chief
2001 Raymond C. Wall Jr. Associate Section Adviser
2000 Brad Lowry Section Chief
  Rick Wride Section Staff Adviser
1999 Brad Lowry Section Chief

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