Bob White Lodge, Order of the Arrow:
On March 29, 1936, Scout Chief J Rucker Newbery announced that the Order of the Arrow would be instituted in the Augusta Council with officials from Greensboro, NC, Tali Tak Taki # 70 to preside. The next known mention of the Order of the Arrow was on August 13, 1936, where it was announced that an “Order of the Arrow” three day hike and planning session would take place at Camp Linwood Hayne on Boy Scout Road in Augusta, Georgia. On August 20, 1936, it was announced that Kenneth Forney was the first Bob White Lodge Chief. The Bob White Lodge was named for the bobwhite quail which inhabited the Boy Scout Road Camp Linwood Hayne. However, the Lodge name was recorded as two separate words of “Bob White” instead of the correct spelling of the bird, “bobwhite.” The Bob White Lodge was assigned the number 87 as the eighty-seventh OA Lodge created. However due to mergers, the OA now registers Lodges by their Council Number. The Bob White Lodge proudly includes “87" to celebrate its continuous chartering since 1936. From 1936-1939, the Bob White Lodge was in Area 6.
The original Bob White Lodge inductees were Aurelius Barnett; Louie Cassels; O'Neal Cave, Lucian Chaney; Marion Dasher; Cleveland “Buddy” Creed; Forrest Thurston “Rip” Clary; Kenneth Forney; Jack Gulledge; Charlie Gwinn; Walker Harper; Alex Kelly; Marvin Kelly; Grady McRae; Maurice Murray; Augustine Statham Quinn; Sam Saye, Jr.; Leon Simon; Carl Stelling, Jr.; Guyton Thompson; and Chase Ward. These were the first Arrowmen inducted in Georgia or South Carolina.
The Bob White Lodge was active throughout the remainder of the 1930's as staff at Summer Camp and in re-building and roofing the Rivers Lodge. During its first decade, the Bob White Lodge helped establish the Order of the Arrow in the region by installing a number of other Lodges. On May 17, 1938, the Bob White Lodge installed Tomo-Chi-Chi Lodge # 119 in Savannah, Georgia. On August 27, 1938, the Bob White Lodge installed Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge # 129 in Atlanta, Georgia. Also in 1938, the Bob White Lodge installed Santee Lodge # 116 in Florence, SC and Tsali Lodge # 134 in Asheville, NC. Augusta Scout Chief J Rucker Newbery was the Region Area 6 leader. The Bob White Lodge was in Region 6.
In 1938, eight Bob White Lodge members became the first Brotherhood Order of the Arrow members in Region 6 (Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina). These first were O’Neal Cave, Lucian Chaney, Ed Danforth, Jack Gulledge, Grady McRae, Guyton Thompson, Carl Stelling, and Charles Willis.
The Bob White Lodge remained active throughout the 1940's. In December 1940, the OA Campout included steaks, which were a true treat in the great depression. In September 1941, the Annual Banquet and Business meeting was held in Augusta. The out of town youth slept in the homes of Augusta Arrowmen because they could not get back home at a decent hour. Also in September 1941, seven youth and 3 adults from the Bob White Lodge attended the Carolina Jubilee in Chapel Hill, NC. In October 1941, the Bob White Lodge sponsored a Camp Linwood Hayne Camporee.
With the United States entry in World War II, news of the Bob White Lodge diminished. Many Arrowmen were mentioned in the Augusta Chronicle in various efforts with their troops supporting the war effort. Kirby Hoyt made models of enemy aircraft to train soldiers in identification. Despite the war time limitations, the Bob White Lodge still did its part to promote the OA. On July 24, 1942, the Bob White Lodge installed Muscogee Lodge, Columbia, SC. The Bob White Lodge lost its founder on February 20, 1943 when J Rucker Newbery became the Scout Executive in Charleston, SC. By May 1943, Newbery had started his second lodge with the installation of Unali’yi Lodge # 236 in Charleston, SC. On October 17, 1945, the Bob White Lodge installed the Ini-To-Lodge Flint River Council, Georgia. The Lodge remained active in area meetings each year. In 1949, former Bob White Lodge Chief Robert Humphries was elected the Area Chief for Area Z.
Due to the growth in the number of Lodges since 1936, the OA was frequently reorganized into areas. In 1940 to 1941, the Bob White Lodge was part of Area H which included Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. By 1942-1944, the Bob White Lodge was in Area J which included Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina due to the expansion of the number of Lodges. By 1944, Area Z was created from Area J which included most of north and central Georgia and most of South Carolina. Area Z was in existence until 1949. In 1949, the OA was organized into 12 regions which mirrored the national regions. The Bob White Lodge was placed in Region 6, Sub-Region C.
The Bob White Lodge continued to grow and fulfill its mission and purpose in the 1950's. In 1954, J. Paul Whittle was inducted as our first Vigil honor member. In 1955, the Bob White Lodge hosted its first Area Conclave for Area 6-C. It was held at A. H. Stephens State Park. In 1956, 1957, and 1959, the Bob White Dance Team was the Area 6-C Champion dancers. In 1957, the Bob White Lodge built the Council Ring at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne, where they had been moved in 1949. The Bob White Lodge provided continuous service to Camp Linwood Hayne with camp improvement projects until the camp was closed in 2005.
In the 1960's, the Bob White Lodge remained active in providing service to the Council and to the Camp. In October 1960, it hosted the Scout Olympics at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. In 1960, the Lodge gave its first “Arrowman Award” to Charles Blackwell. In 1961, Lodge Chief Jeff Howard was elected the Area 6-C Chief. Most spectacular, the Lodge hosted the Area 6-C Section Conclave in 1965 and 1968 at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. To close out the 1960's, the Bob White Lodge moved the Rivers Lodge from the Boy Scout Road Camp Linwood Hayne to Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne to save it from destruction.
In the 1970's, the Bob White Lodge remained exceptionally active. In 1973, it helped Augusta celebrate its 250th Anniversary with the Bob White Dancers as part of the program. It continued work on roofing the moved Rivers Lodge with a dedication occurring in 1973. In 1974, the Dancers performed weekly at the Augusta library. In 1978, the Bob White Lodge hosted an American Indian Powwow. It hosted the 1979 Area 6-C Area Section Conclave at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. In 1973 and 1977, the Bob White Lodge was a National Standard Lodge.
In 1972, the Areas were realigned with the Bob White Lodge leaving Area 6-C joining the Lodges of Georgia to form Area 5 with Sub regions A and B. Area 5 held a single conclave for the entire Region. Lodge members L. Henry Turner and David Surrett became Area Chiefs. Turner was elected in 1974 and 1975 and Surrett in Area 5.
In 1977, the Bob White Lodge instituted the prestigious “J. Rucker Newbery Award.” It is presented annually to a maximum of one youth and one adult. In the first year, three youth were selected. They were Jimmy Geer, Wally Shealy, and David Surrett . Three adults were also selected. These were Calvin Benson, Jim Newman, and Paul Whittle. The J. Rucker Newbery Award was hand crafted by Arthur Croll from 1977 until he passed in December 2010 at 95 years of age. By tradition, the last year's recipient passes the handcrafted “Croll original” J. Rucker Newbery Award to the new recipient, youth to youth, adult to adult. The last year's recipient then receives the "new" J. Rucker Newbery Award as his permanent award. In 1979, the Lodge also instituted its “Arrowman of the Year” Award by conferring it on Robbie Valentine.
As before, the Bob White Lodge continued being active the 1980's. In 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, the Bob White Lodge hosted a fun day for children with disabilities at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. It co-sponsored a Native American Affairs Seminar on 1984. At NOAC in 1981, the National Order of the Arrow created the First Founder’s “Spirit of Achievement Award.” In December 1981, J. Paul Whittle was named as the Bob White Lodge’s first recipient of this prestigious award.
In 1986, the Bob White Lodge was proud to host Dixie for the first time and in the Lodge’s 50th anniversary year. The 1986 Dixie Fellowship was held at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. Chip Grant served as the Section Vice-Chief of the Dixie Fellowship, and Robert Boquist was Lodge Chief at the time.
The Guque Dancers, the Lodge’s dance team as it was called by a Cherokee name at that time, placed 3rd at the 1987 Dixie and second at the 1989 Dixie. At the 1989 Dixie, Bob White tied Skyuka Lodge for 1st place in the Quest for the Golden Arrow. Skyuka was declared the winner of the Golden Arrow after winning a tie-breaker pull-off tug of war.
In 1989, our Lodge made changes in the Lodge program, and improvements in Lodge Administration. The committee structure was redone to better suit the current needs of the Lodge. The Lodge also began to incorporate fun activities in- to its Ordeals; including the annual egg toss contest, the whirlybird Olympics, and an adult vs. youth tug of war contest. This event became better known as “Funk on the Field”. In 1989, the Lodge earned the distinction of National Honor Lodge.
In 1982, the Areas were again realigned with the Bob White Lodge rejoining their South Carolina brethren from old Area Z in SE5, where Dixie had been held since 1952.
Again, the Bob White Lodge remained active throughout the 1990's. In 1990, the Lodge hosted an Indian Affairs Conference at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. At the 1992 N.O.A.C. Scott McKie, in his last Dance Competition as a youth, placed second in the National Fancy Dance Competition. In 1994 Bob White Lodge hosted the Dixie Fellowship at the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. Also in 1994, the Bob White Lodge received a grant was received to construct a shelter for the new C.O.P.E. Course. In 1994, the Lodge hosted Dixie at the High- way 56 Camp Linwood Hayne. In 1997, the Bob White Lodge earned Lodge of the year distinction in a four way tie at Dixie. It earned Section Honor Lodge in 1997, and 1998. It was a Quality Lodge in 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998. Three time Bob White Lodge Chief Jay Widby was elected Section Chief in 1999. In 1999, the Bob White Lodge was one of four Lodges in the Southern Region to earn a National recognition for its One Day of Service Award. The award was presented because the Bob White Lodge's community service man hours exceeded the Lodge membership.
In 1993, SE-5 became SR-5 with two more Georgia Lodges joining SR-5.
In the 2000's, the Bob White Lodge continued its seventh decade of active service. The Lodge sent a large contingent to NOAC in 2000. In 2001, the Bob White Lodge voted to authorize District Chapters, with each District working to further enhance our Lodge. The Lodge began to focus more on council and district service.
In 2002, the Lodge inducted over 120 Ordeal members, 94 at the Spring Ordeal alone. At the 2002 NOAC, Jay Widby received the Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award. While several former Lodge members of the Bob White Lodge (J. Rucker Newbery, Larry Warlick, Dr Ken Davis, David Surrett) have received this award, Jay was the first one to receive it while a current member of our Lodge. In 2003, the Lodge instituted its “Spirit Award” by conferring the Spirit Stick on Todd Garcia.
In the Spring of 2004, the first Ordeal was held at the Knox Scout Reservation. Lodge Member Pete Cato was elected Vice Chief of the Section at the 2004 Dixie Fellowship.
In 2006, the Lodge hosted Dixie at the newly developed Knox Scout Reservation. The Lodge was instrumental in providing the manpower to clear campsites, fields, and have the camp ready for Dixie and Knox’s first Summer camp in 2006. In 2009, Patrick Garcia was elected Section Secretary. In 2009, Arrowmen furnished the bulk of the civilian labor to put on the 3,000 person Jimmie Dyess Days Camporee. The Lodge laid out campsites, acted as troop guides, and operated its Store/Information booth at the Bob White Lodge Tipi.
The strength of the Lodge was easily seen in the awards it earned. It was a Quality Lodge in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009. It was a Section
Honor Lodge in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009. It won the Spirit Award at Dixie in 2005 and 2007. It won the Knowledge and Training Award at Dixie in 2008. It earned first place in Newsletter in 2009. It earned a national award for the 2007 Scoutreach program. It sent Kent Plunkett, Keith Jones, and Bill Charters to the ArrowCorps5 project. The Lodge sent 15 Arrowmen, youth and adults to the 2004 NOAC at Iowa State, 19 youth and adults to the 2006 NOAC at Michigan State, and 11 youth and adults to the 2009 NOAC at Indiana University. At the 2009 NOAC, SR-5 demonstrated the most unity and loudest pride in the nation. The Section Officers and Lodge Chiefs staged their Cheerwine chugging con- test before rocking the last show.
In the 2010's, the Lodge continued on its excellent record of service in its eighth decade. It was a Quality Lodge in 2010 and 2011. It was a Section Honor Lodge in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and earned the Journey to Excellence Gold Award standard in the first year of the Award Program. In 2010, Patrick Garcia was reelected as Section Secretary.
In 2011, the Bob White Lodge sent a full contingent to the SummitCorps to build 28,000 feet of bike trails for the National Park Service adjacent to the Bechtel Summit Reserve. On December 30, 2010, the Bob White Lodge received a National Service Grant to move the Rivers Lodge, its 1813 hand hewn log cabin, from the Highway 56 Camp Linwood Hayne to the Knox Scout Reservation. By October 2011, the Rivers Lodge was moved with a month to spare from the deadline in the grant. In 2012, the Lodge received its first E. Urner Goodman Camping Award for camp promotion.
In 2012, Arrowmen again furnished the bulk of the civilian labor to put on the 3,000 person Jimmie Dyess Days Camporee. The Lodge laid out campsites, acted as troop guides, and operated its Store/Information booth at the Bob White Lodge Tipi. The Lodge sent 14 Arrowmen, youth and adults, to the 2012 NOAC at Michigan State. Again, SR-5 demonstrated the most unity and loudest pride in the nation. The Section Officers and Lodge Chiefs staged their cheerwine chugging contest before rocking the last show.
To close out 2012 and as part of the OA’s centenary celebration, the Bob White Lodge provided a Legacy Rock to be installed in Brotherhood fireplace at the Bechtel Summit Reserve. The Legacy Rock was made from Georgia granite from our area. It was 22.5 inches by 10 inches by 4.5 inches with “Bob White Augusta, Ga” carved into the face of the rock. It weighed 85 pounds. The rocks were to be delivered by December 15, 2012 to the OA National Chairman Ray Capp's home in Nashville, Tennessee. The Lodges were encouraged to use a rock which is representative of their area. Ultimately, the rocks are to be used at a fireplace at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The Bob White Lodge was the first in SR5 to do so.
In 2013, Steve Kerr became the Lodge Adviser. Bob White had a great representation on staff at the 2013 National Jamboree, the first to be held at the Bechtel Summit Reserve in West Virginia. The Lodge also set a contingent of two to National Lodge Adviser’s Training Seminar and three to the National Leadership Seminar. The Lodge continued its service to the Council through events including University of Scouting and Merit Badge University.
The Centuries of Service (2014-2016)
The Order of the Arrow announced its theme of a Centuries of Service. To honor that commitment, the Bob White Lodge set out on a three year task mission of service and celebration. The Lodge completed the task of putting a roof on the cabin. In May of 2014 the Key 3 launched an initiative aimed at Arrowmen service at district and council events. Arrowmen left an impact at events including Cub Fun Day, Cub Day Camp, two-thirds of summer camp staff, assisting in moving the Service Center, Council Camporee, among other events with the Lodge giving almost 5,000 hours of service in 2014. The Fall Ordeal saw unprecedented numbers in attendance due to improved communication. The Lodge hosted its first Lodge Leadership Development by national standards in years and followed up with a second one in the fall. 2014 was the first year since 1972 that the OA did not have a national event; however the Bob White Lodge still had impact on such a level with attendance at the National Meeting in Nashville, OA Adviser’s Seminar at Philmont, and National Leadership Seminar & National Lodge Adviser’s Seminar in SR-1B. At NLS, Lodge Chief Reed Powell was Reed was appointed to the National Communications Team for the OA. Through its hard work, the Lodge obtained Journey to Excellence Gold for 2014. The Lodge will send a contingent of 19 to NOAC at Michigan State as well as three Arrowmen on staff. As the centennial year continues, the Lodge will prepare Knox Scout Reservation for the 2016 Dixie.
We always look forward to taking our Lodge to a higher and brighter future in the life of cheerful service.
Official OA History
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