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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

2016 Activity Set For Santee 116 Is Approved

For the 4th year in a row Santee Lodge 116 will have an activity patch set for the upcoming 2016 year.  Paxton Roberts had his design approved at the recent fellowship with the first patch coming out in January for Winter Banquet. The set features some familiar parakeets and pulls on a lot of Santee …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 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 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

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

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Memorabilia History

Santee Lodge Almost Hosted the 1942 National OA Meeting

This was shared by Jason Shull and it was honestly a surprise to everyone he told about it.   As some of you may know there were plans to hold the a National OA Meeting in 1942 and apparently one of the places that was strongly considered as the host site was Cheraw State Park just …Read More

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

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