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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.

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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

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 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 After the National OA rescinded their outright ban on lodges making Ordeal-Brotherhood-Vigil flaps (now they just strongly discourage it) several lodges in the area are going back and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

A Patch Collectors Guide To Santee Lodge 116

  Download the free PDF: A Patch Collectors Guide To Santee Lodge 116 (35 pages in color) In the post  Blue Book era of OA collecting the trend I see in the hobby is for dedicated lodge historians to publish their own lodge memorabilia books.  I first published this book in 2008 and followed it …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

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

Santee Lodge 116 First Issue Patch – The Arrowhead

The first lodge emblem did not come out until 1955. This patch is in the shape of an arrowhead and is commonly called the “Arrowhead”. Prior to this time members only had their white sashes and dangle pin to distinguish them as brothers in the Order of the Arrow. The “Arrowhead” was ordered to have …Read More

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

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