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On June 8, 1938 East Carolina Council chartered an Order of the Arrow lodge. Croatan Lodge has a rich history that has been a positive influence to the Boy Scouts of Eastern North Carolina. The name "Croatan" was chosen due to the local Indian tribe. The word is from the Algonquin Indian language and interpreted as "dark yellow". The original totem was the "Virginia Dare Oak Tree" but over time became the deer, an animal prevalent in the eastern part of the state.  The first Vigil Honor recipient was in 1952.

Currently, Croatan Lodge provides great service and leadership to its council's camps at East Carolina Scout Reservation - Camp Boddie and Pamlico Sea Base.


Croatan Fundraiser Flaps For A Reverent Cause

At the recent Ordeal, Croatan Lodge issued two Fundraiser Flaps to raise money to build a new Chapel. The Chapel at Camp Boddie was destroyed a couple years ago in a Hurricane. There are two issues. There are 200 Flaps with a Purple Mylar Border and there are 500 Flaps with a standard Purple Border. …Read More

Croatan Lodge 117 History – the 1950’s

Less is known about Lodge leadership and activities during the 1950’s. Stratton Murrell became Lodge Chief in 1950. He led some members of the Lodge on an exciting 200-mile canoe trip down the Tar River. In 1952 Jack Mentus took over the position of Lodge Chief. He served on the Camp Charles staff for a …Read More

2015 MSU Delegate Set Released

Croatan Lodge will be sending a large delegation to the 2015 NOAC at Michigan State University. We will celebrate our heritage by incorporating many themes from Lodge Patches from the past. This will be a 5 piece set which will include a Center Patch and an East Carolina Council CSP. One unique aspect of the …Read More

Croatan 117: Pirates of the Pamlico 2014 Cardinal Conclave

For Conclave 2014, Croatan Lodge used the theme:  “Pirates of the Pamlico.”  Therefore our flap was of a Pirate Theme.   There were 1000 Flaps issued, beginning with the March Ordeal.  To this point, there are still flaps available.  In addition, each attending Delegate was given Two Dangles, the design being a Treasure Chest.  There were 475 available, …Read More

Croatan Lodge 117 History – the 1930’s

In February of 1937 Council Executive John J. Sigwald, Assistant Scout Executive George Thomason, and the Council President Mr. F.C. Harding from Greenville, attended the annual regional meeting in Columbia, South Carolina. At this meeting a session on the Order of the Arrow was held by E. Urner Goodman. Following the meeting the councilmen discussed …Read More

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Memorabilia History

Croatan Lodge 117 F1

While many OA lodges began issuing flap shape patches in 1957 and 1958, Croatan Lodge did not issue its first flap until 1960.  This cut-edge, twill flap had a design similar to the lodge’s series of arrowhead, odd shape patches that were used from 1953 – 1959.  There is a skinny, blue deer jumping inside …Read More

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