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

The Future of Santee Lodge 116

What follows is a message from the Santee Lodge adviser Robin Fowler in regards to the situation with the lodge facing the provisional charter status of the Pee Dee Area Council. Brothers of Santee Lodge, Are you aware that the Pee Dee Area Council is operating on a Provisional Charter at this time? Do you …Read More

Santee Forms Voltron in 2020

Ever since the 75th Anniversary of the lodge way back in 2013 Santee has created an activity patch set for all lodge events.  Each year in the fall a committee takes design proposals and settles on one to carry the entire lodge year program.  These patches are usually ordered all at once from the patch …Read More

75th Anniversary Set for Santee Lodge 116

To celebrate the lodge’s 75th anniversary Santee 116 issued a unique activity patch set that is tied together with a star shaped jacket patch.  This center patch featured the diamond anniversary logo and the names of the 5 OA chapters in the lodge.  The initials CC represent the home camp – Camp Coker.  The events …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 Lodge 2022 Activity Patch Set

For going on a decade now the lodge has issued an activity patch set. In 2022 the designer, William Duffell, went with a “teardrop” design which throws back to patches that have been issued as far back as the 1974 Fall Fellowship. There are 5 patches in the set. This is one less than all …Read More

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Memorabilia History

Burn Those Parakeets!

The Blue Book listing for Santee Lodge 116 has a curious listing that I’m sure most folks have never heard the story on.  It is listed as ZS1 and the description reads, “Known examples burned in fireplace”.  Well it just so happens that I stumbled across the only pictures ever taken of this patch and …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

Santee Lodge 116 First Issue Patch – The Arrowhead

The first lodge emblem did not come out until 1955. This patch is in the shape of an arrowhead and is commonly called the “Arrowhead”. Prior to this time members only had their white sashes and dangle pin to distinguish them as brothers in the Order of the Arrow. The “Arrowhead” was ordered to have …Read More

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