117 Croatan

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 Conclave Flap

Croatan Lodge will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the OA with a Birthday Party Theme at Conclave.  There will 1000 Flaps in circulation.  They will go on sale at the March Ordeal.   Wayne Miller Croatan Lodge Patch Advisor

Croatan Lodge 117 History – the 1940’s

One Lodge member attended the 13th National Lodge Meeting In 1940 held at Camp Twin Echo in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. 615 Arrowmen attended representing 64 Lodges celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Order. The North Carolina Lodges were assigned to the Area H designation. The Area was changed to I in 1942. Camp Charles opened again …Read More

Croatan Lodge 117 History – the 1960’s

The 1960’s saw increased Lodge activity. Woody Harrison, from Wilson, was elected Lodge Chief in 1960. Dick Auger served as the Lodge Staff Adviser from 1960 until 1963. The first Lodge flap was issued in this year with the restriction of one per life. as well. The first Lodge Newsletter, “Smoke Trails”, was started. This …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

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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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