Kanwa tho Lodge was founded on January 6, 2013 at the lodge's inaugural Winter Banquet. Kanwa tho Lodge was created through the consolidation of Mascoutens Lodge #8 and Mikano Lodge #231. The consolidation was due to the Council consolidation of the Southeast Wisconsin and Milwaukee County Councils, respectively.
Kanwa tho Lodge's first Lodge Chief, Tyler Waiss, was elected at the 2013 Banquet.
Kanwa tho Lodge provides service to four Council camps, and it became a challenge to allocate adequate service time for each camp. Therefore, it was decided to provide a "Fix-It" work day for Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta in the Spring, while the full lodge induction weekend (called a "Conclave" would be held at Indian Mound Scout Reservation. It was decided to switch these locations for the Fall service events; therefore, the Fall Conclave is held at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta, and the Fall Fix-It is held at Indian Mound Scout Reservation.
Summer Conclaves are held at LeFeber Northwoods Camps and Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation just before each summer campsing season. The "home base" of the Summer Conclave alternates every year, and work crews gather and travel to the off-year camp from the "home base" for service.