Located in the Southeastern Corner of the State of Arizona, Victorio
Chapter serves the Cochise District of the BSA Catalina Council.
This includes the towns of Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Elfrida,
Sierra Vista, St. David, Tombstone, Wilcox and others. Over the
years there have been between 20 and 30 Troops in this area.
Originally, Victorio was the name of the Lodge associated with the
BSA Cochise Council that merged with the BSA Catalina Council and
its Order of the Arrow Papago Lodge in 1964. It was named after a
Warm Springs Apache leader that lived in the 1800's whose Apache
name is traditionally thought to have meant wild turkey in their
language and called Victorio by the Mexicans and Americans living
in the area.
Victorio Lodge had two chapters, one for each Cochise North and
Cochise South Districts. Victorio Chapter preserved some of their
previous Lodge structure by having two clams within the Chapter
when the merger occurred.
Victorio Chapter continues to serve as an active element of the
Papago Lodge 494 and actively supports the four pillars upon
which the Order of the Arrow was founded: Serve and Support
Scouting; Develop Leaders of Character; Promote Outdoor
Adventure; and Be an Active Honored Brotherhood.