116 Santee

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 After the National OA rescinded their outright ban on lodges making Ordeal-Brotherhood-Vigil flaps (now they just strongly discourage it) several lodges in the area are going back and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

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

Santee Lodge 116 Activity Patch Set for 2019

Since 2013 Santee Lodge has created activity patch sets with a common design.  Back in 2013 it was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the lodge.  The tradition has continued every year.  In 2019 the lodge leadership settled on a Totem Pole set for the 6 activity patches that make up the lodge calendar.  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

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 #11: OA Mugs Unboxing

You will see the smile on my face when one of my biggest regrets is erased with the Boy Scout collection that I unbox in this video. During a move I broke one of my most treasured OA mugs. Then through a stroke of luck the replacement mug literally landed in my lap. This video …Read More

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