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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.

News

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

Santee Is Splitting Up For The Centennial

For the OA Centennial Santee is going to have a fellowship set for the third year in a row.  In a typical year the lodge has five events that patches are issued for.  So for 2015 the five patches are going to fit together and make an approximate 15″ wide set.  The idea for this …Read More

Santee Scores With New Flap Issue

News from Camp Coker this last fellowship- Santee 116 has a new standard issue flap.  The S44 makes the third version of a design that was first issued in 2010.  Designed by Steven Lastauskas with help from Todd Knaperek the first version of this design was the S32.  In my frame I have it labeled …Read More

Santee 116 Centennial Issues Are Out!

Just came back from Camp Coker and the Santee Lodge 116 Summer Fellowship.  Numerous patches were issued and I thought I’d post here on CarolinaOA.com an update for the collecting community.  I will use Blue Book issue #s only as a suggestion as these are what I would assign them in order of issue. S45 …Read More

Santee Centennial Set Rolls Out For the OA Birthday

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow Santee 116 is issuing an activity patch set.  Although the first event in the set happened in January the patches were not ready.  However, they were sold at the recent Spring Fellowship and the lodge store adviser was kind enough to bring out the …Read More

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Memorabilia History

Santee 116 Dixie Fellowship Host Flap Broke the Mold

If you go back and take a look at lodge host items issued for either the Cardinal Conclave or Dixie Fellowship I think 1983 marks the beginning of a new era.  Up until that point I’m not aware of any patches being issued by host lodges unless you want to count some of the early …Read More

The Desolation of Head – Santee Issues You’ve Never Seen or Heard Of

One of the goals of CarolinaOA.com is to share the stories that are so obscure that people in that lodge or council might not even know.  I’ve got one of those for you today but first you have to go back about 15 years to the reign of terror. During the late 1990s the Pee …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

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