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Santee Lodge 116 was chartered in 1938 to the Pee Dee Area Council headquartered in Florence, South Carolina.  It serves eleven counties in the northeastern corner of the state stretching from rural farmland to the popular beaches along the grand strand.  The heart of Santee Lodge is the council's summer camp property Camp Coker just outside of Society Hill, SC in Chesterfield County.  The camp was founded in 1928 and during the life of the lodge much of its service has been centered around promoting, maintaining, and improving this jewel of the sandhills.  The totem of the lodge is the Carolina Parakeet which is an extinct bird that was the only native species of parakeets in North America.  Since 1955 the lodge has featured the bird on all of its memorabilia and lodge members proudly celebrate that heritage.  Over its many years of service Santee Lodge has won many awards including the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award and numerous Dixie Fellowship recognitions.  Although a small lodge compared to many of its neighbors Santee has stood out for the quality of its people and their passion for Scouting.  In fact Rusty Riddle in his book on the history of the Dixie name Santee 116 as the #1 lodge in the section over the first fifty years of the conclave.


Santee Gets In The Centennial Spirit

Santee Lodge has approved a couple OA Centennial issues which will be available in 2015. All of these designs were drawn by Vigil Honor brother Todd Knaperek of Tsali Lodge. As noted in an earlier post the lodge is doing a 5-patch set for the lodge events in 2015. At the 2014 Fall Fellowship this …Read More

Santee Lodge 116 Brings Back The O-B-V

At the 2017 Fall Fellowship old blue is back at Camp Coker. After the National OA rescinded their outright ban on lodges making Ordeal-Brotherhood-Vigil flaps (now they just strongly discourage it) several lodges in the area are going back and reissuing sets. Catawba Lodge 459 was probably the first in the area to do this …Read More

Pee Dee Area Council Scout Memorabilia Show – January 3, 2015

CLICK TO OPEN PDF OF FLYER – FEEL FREE TO SHARE Santee Lodge 116 is putting on a Scout Memorabilia Show in conjunction with their Winter Banquet.  This will be the first Trade-O-Ree of 2015 and just about every kid in America will be on vacation leading up to this Saturday only event.  Dealer set …Read More

Santee Lodge Kicks Off Dixie Host Set With 2014 Winter Banquet

Santee Lodge 116 returned to Myrtle Beach, SC for it’s annual Winter Banquet for the first time since 1996.  The lodge banquet was held at the Sea Mist Resort on January 4th.  The day was more than a banquet however with an LEC meeting and the first full Dixie staff meeting.  For patch collectors this …Read More

75th Anniversary Set for Santee Lodge 116

To celebrate the lodge’s 75th anniversary Santee 116 issued a unique activity patch set that is tied together with a star shaped jacket patch.  This center patch featured the diamond anniversary logo and the names of the 5 OA chapters in the lodge.  The initials CC represent the home camp – Camp Coker.  The events …Read More

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Memorabilia History

Burn Those Parakeets!

The Blue Book listing for Santee Lodge 116 has a curious listing that I’m sure most folks have never heard the story on.  It is listed as ZS1 and the description reads, “Known examples burned in fireplace”.  Well it just so happens that I stumbled across the only pictures ever taken of this patch and …Read More

The Curious Little Santee 116 Trader Flap

In August of 2011 at the LLDC the executive committee approved a new “Trader Flap” for the lodge. The vote came at the direction of the scout executive in order to have a Santee flap available for open sale in the Florence office. Several designs were drawn up around tables in the dining hall. However, …Read More

My Favorite Collection – Lodge T-shirts!

I really can’t tell you where I got hooked on lodge T-shirts.  My brother will tell you that when he shipped out for the army after graduating high school that I raided his drawers looking for cool clothes.  Among the shirts in there was the 1983 Dixie staff t-shirt from Santee 116.  It is not …Read More

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