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June 15, 1942 marked two beginnings for scouting in central South Carolina. One was the official opening of the new Camp Barstow at its Gaston area location. The other beginning was the chartering of Muscogee Lodge #221. Mr. J. Rucker Newbery, editor of the first OA handbook, and the degree team from Augusta, GA helped to start the lodge and preformed the first ceremonies.
On March 14-16, 1947 Muscogee Lodge hosted the first Area Z Conclave meeting at Camp Barstow. Roscoe Stevens, who was then Scout Executive, was also the Area Z leader that year. This is probably the main reason why Muscogee Lodge was chosen to host this pioneer event. For only three dollars, the brothers of Area Z came together for this historic event.
In 1995 Muscogee Lodge and the Indian Waters Council said goodbye to Camp Barstow in Gaston, SC only to say hello to the new Camp Barstow on the Little Saluda River. The first summer of operation for the new Camp Barstow was in 1996; however Muscogee Lodge began holding Fellowships and Ordeals at the new camp as early as August 1995.
The nice thing about working alone for the majority of the book was that I was able to work at my own pace. I could sit down and knock out just a page or two, or I could work until two o’clock in the morning and finish an entire chapter. When I met up with …Read More
Despite my eagerness to get started, I needed to first plan out the book’s format and its scope. It is well-known in the patch collecting community that many issues fall into more than one category and are not always easy to label. I had to decide if I wanted to follow traditional cataloging conventions or …Read More
Sometimes when seeing a patch you have that déjà vu experience and you think to yourself, “Where have I seen that before?” Here are a few from Muscogee that conjure up that feeling. (Images are courtesy of Jason Shull unless otherwise noted) The 1985 Spring Fellowship patch was based on the 1959 Camp Barstow patch. …Read More
History has always been a passion of mine. Ever since I began collecting patches as a youth, I have often wondered about the stories behind them. I gained a lot of this knowledge early on by attending the patch auctions that Muscogee held at each of its fellowships and listening to the narratives the auctioneers …Read More
At the recent Fall Fellowship it was decided to issue patches in recognition of an Arrowman’s participation in ceremonies. The idea comes from the current Elangomat round that can be purchased, one per person, by those serving in that position at Ordeals. The discussion allowed for patches to be made for Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil …Read More
I traded for this prototype with Jason Spangler around the winter of 1992 and it’s the only one that I’ve ever seen in nearly 20 years of collecting. This one has been tucked away since then in my brother’s collection. It resembles the 1977 Jamboree flap but it is fully embroidered like the S3/S4/etc. The …Read More
In 1949 Muscogee Lodge issued its first patch, a five-inch round neckerchief patch, was sold along with a white silk neckerchief that was made from an old parachute. The neckerchief and patch sold, as a set, for five dollars. Because of the high cost they sold rather slowly, and were still being sold in the …Read More
I previously wrote about Muscogee’s first issue, the 5-inch Round (R1) that was issued with the materials to be sewn onto a neckerchief. Shortly after the issue of the R1 came its little brother, the 3-inch Round (R2). These have a similar design only smaller in size, and are found both on and off a …Read More