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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

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 After the National OA rescinded their outright ban on lodges making Ordeal-Brotherhood-Vigil flaps (now they just strongly discourage it) several lodges in the area are going back and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

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 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

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

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Memorabilia History

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

Cloth Talk 2.0 Episode 3: Santee Lodge 116 Musical Chairs

In Episode 3 of Cloth Talk 2.0 Hank Birdsong and Jason Spangler turn the attention to Santee Lodge 116.  For those that collect the lodge one of the more puzzling issues might be the S12 flap.  It was first issued in 1995 replacing the S1o which had been the lodge’s single combination honors flap for …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

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