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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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Santee Lodge Kicks Off Dixie Host Set With 2014 Winter Banquet

Santee Lodge 116 returned to Myrtle Beach, SC for it’s annual Winter Banquet for the first time since 1996.  The lodge banquet was held at the Sea Mist Resort on January 4th.  The day was more than a banquet however with an LEC meeting and the first full Dixie staff meeting.  For patch collectors 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

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

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 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

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

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