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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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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 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 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 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

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

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Memorabilia History

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

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

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

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