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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.

 

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Creating The Definitive Muscogee 221 Insignia Guide – the Author’s Story Part 2

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

Muscogee Puts These Flap Designs To A Vote

Prior to the fellowship there was a Facebook discussion about the OA 100th anniversary flap design, most of the comments on the design were from adults in the lodge and a few designs were posted. The youth in the lodge were referring to the Facebook thread during the fellowship and submitted several more designs at …Read More

New Muscogee 221 Ceremonies Patch In The Works

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

Creating The Definitive Muscogee 221 Insignia Guide – the Author’s Story Part 1

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

Muscogee Lodge 221 Elangomat Flaps

The Nendawagan Elangomat Program is a recognition and incentive program for Elangomats proposed for Muscogee Lodge 221. Its name is derived from the Lenâpé word Nendawagan,meaning “A torch”. It is in recognition of those Arrowmen who by exceptional service as an Elangomat, serve as guide to other, newer Arrowmen, much as a torch is used …Read More

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Memorabilia History

Little Brother Can Pack a Big Punch!

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

Muscogee Lodge 221 Deep Freeze

The weekend of March 12-14, 1993, was a great time to spend at Camp Barstow near Gaston, SC. It was during this Spring Fellowship that Muscogee held the dedication for the William B. O’Tuel Memorial Training Lodge named in honor of a past Lodge Chief and National Vice-Chief. The weekend was also a great “Spring” …Read More

Muscogee Lodge 221 First Issue R1 – The 5″ Round

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

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