Chuck Jaxel recently announced on Patch-L that during the Te'Kening-Hunnikick merger convention weekend their members voted on a new name, number, and totem for their new lodge. "Beginning in 2014 Garden State's lodge will be Lenape Lodge 8 with a totem of the Red Tail Hawk." Chuck also confirmed that Lenape Lodge will be in Section NE-5B.
They were also savvy enough to grab Mascouten Lodge's lodge number, the lowest available.
Reference: 10/5/13 posting to Patch-L by Chuck Jaxel, Lenape Lodge #8 website
- The name for the merged council will be the Garden State Council. Originally, the name South Jersey Council was chosen, but National didn't approve the name because there had already been a council by that name in the past.
Effective: Jan 1, 2013
Reference: 12/11/12 posting to Patch-L by Chuck Jaxel
- This evening, the boards of both Southern New Jersey (Te'Kening 37) and Burlington County (Hunnikick 76) Councils voted to merge, effective 1/1/13, with both lodges to merge no earlier than 1/1/14.
Reference: 11/19/12 posting to Patch-L by Chuck Jaxel
The new council has two Scout Resource Centers in Westampton and Millville; however, National's council locator confirms Westampton, NJ. They also have a PO Box in Rancocas, but this doesn't appear to be used on their website or any of their forms.
This merger brought up questions regarding whether Burlington County Council covered all of the eponymous county, or just the northern half. Garden State Council's website lists all of the communities in Burlington County except for Washington and Bass River Townships. However, Jersey Shore Council's website lists Bass River, but not Washington Twp. Buena and Buena Vista in Atlantic County were moved to Garden State. however, both websites claim Buena Vista Township.