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.

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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

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

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

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

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Memorabilia History

The Desolation of Head – Santee Issues You’ve Never Seen or Heard Of

One of the goals of CarolinaOA.com is to share the stories that are so obscure that people in that lodge or council might not even know.  I’ve got one of those for you today but first you have to go back about 15 years to the reign of terror. During the late 1990s the Pee …Read More

Cloth Talk 2.0 Episode 3: Santee Lodge 116 Musical Chairs

In Episode 3 of Cloth Talk 2.0 Hank Birdsong and Jason Spangler turn the attention to Santee Lodge 116.  For those that collect the lodge one of the more puzzling issues might be the S12 flap.  It was first issued in 1995 replacing the S1o which had been the lodge’s single combination honors flap for …Read More

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

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