Named after Chief Irataba of the Mojave Nation.
At the conclusion of each week of summer camping at Arataba, a pained plaster casting of “Chief Arataba” was given to the Troop with the highest cumulative score.
The 1965 Camp Helendade patch was taken directly from the plaster casting.
There was a massive mound of stones across from the lodge at Arataba. It was called, “Chief Arataba’s Grave.” The tradition was to pick up stones around the Lodge area and toss them on the “grave.”
This was a barely disguised method of keeping the Lodge area cleared of stones.
(Source: Joe Rosenthal)