Bob White Lodge, Order of the Arrow:
Bob White Lodge is seventy years old this year; it was founded by Scout Executive J. Rucker Newbery in the summer of 1936. The first members of the Lodge were staff members at Camp Linwood Hayne. Tali Tataki # 70 from the General Greene Council, Greensboro, North Carolina, installed the Lodge. As the charter members recall, they had to abide by the ordeal rules by being quiet while performing their appointed jobs.
In the early years of the Order, an animal or bird identified the Lodges. Ours was named Bob White because of the quail that inhabited old Camp Linwood Hayne on Boy Scout Road. Most Lodges have changed or translated their names leaving our Lodge and the Blue Heron Lodge #349 in Virginia, as the only two Lodges that do not have Native American translated names.
Kenneth Forney was our first Lodge Chief. He was followed by O’Neal Cave, who traveled the states of Georgia and South Carolina installing new Lodges, several whom are in our current section. Our Lodge is the oldest Lodge in the Georgia and South Carolina area, and is credited with installing Lodges in the two state areas, including those in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah, Georgia and the Lodges in Columbia and Florence, South Carolina.
In 1937, Lodge members helped reconstruct a log cabin which became the official home of the Bob White Lodge. In the early 1970’s, the Cabin was dismantled from the old Camp Linwood Hayne off of Boy Scout Road in Augusta and reconstructed at its current location at Camp Linwood Hayne in South Richmond County, Georgia.
The third Lodge Chief of the Bob White Lodge was Carl Stelling. In 1938, eight Bob White Lodge members became the first Order of the Arrow members in Region 6 to receive the Brotherhood Honor.
In 1942, Chief Newbery moved to Charleston to become their Scout Executive and founded their Lodge. He went on to serve as National Secretary of the Order of the Arrow. In 1948, he compiled and edited the first OA Handbook. J. Rucker Newbery was awarded the Order of the Arrow’s Distinguished Service Award in 1948 while serving on the National level.
In 1948, at the Area Z meeting in Charleston, Bob White Lodge Chief, Robert Humphries was elected as Area Chief. In 1955, the Bob White Lodge hosted its first Area Conclave for Area 6-C. It was held at A H Stephens State Park. The next two Area Conclaves Bob White Lodge hosted were in 1965 and in 1968 at Camp Linwood Hayne. The Region system was changed in 1973 and the Lodge hosted the Area 5 Conference in 1979.
We hosted the 1986 Dixie Fellowship at Camp Linwood Hayne. Chip Grant served as the Section Vice-Chief of the Dixie Fellowship, and Robert Boquist was Lodge Chief at the time. 1986 was also our 50th anniversary. The Guque Dancers, the Lodges dance team, placed 3rd at the Dixie hosted by Tomo Chi-Chi in 1987, and 2nd at the Dixie hosted by Tsali Lodge. In 1989, at a Dixie held by Unali’yi Lodge, our Lodge had the best showing at a Dixie. The Lodge placed 3rd in the planbook competition, placed in many quest events, and our Lodge tied for 1st place with Skyuka Lodge in the quest for the Golden Arrow. The tie was decided by a pull-off tug of war, which Skyuka had obviously practiced for, and Bob White Lodge took 2nd place overall in the quest.
Over this decade we sent many outstanding youth to the National Order of the Arrow Conferences at various Universities around the nation. The Lodge also sent promising youth leaders to the National Leadership Seminars held during this time.
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 into its Ordeals; including the annual egg toss contest, the whirlybird Olympics, and an adult vs. youth tug of war contest. Better known as “Funk on the Field”. In the same year our Lodge earned the distinction of National Honor Lodge. Jeff Yearick and Scott McKie were selected to serve on the Order of the Arrow Service Corps at the 1989 National Scout Jamboree.
Graham Murray was our Lodge Chief in 1990. A contingent from the Lodge attended the 1990 National Order of the Arrow Conference in Indiana. The Bob White Lodge hosted a very successful Section Indian Affairs Seminar in the fall of 1990. Scott McKie served as SE-5 Section Vice-Chief of Indian Affairs in the 1991-1992 season. In 1992, Bert Wright began the term of Lodge Chief, but Gabe Garner succeeded him upon his resignation due to time constraints. In 1992 a contingent of five youth and six adults represented the Lodge at the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Knoxville, Tenn. 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 1993 Bob White Lodge had two members, Steven Rauls and Eric Wilson, to serve on the National Jamboree Staff. In 1994 Bob White Lodge hosted the Dixie Fellowship. Eric Wilson served as Dixie Vice-Chief with Steve Hevel as his Advisor.
1995 proved to be a busy year for the Lodge. A great contingent went to N.O.A.C. as well as to the Dixie hosted by Tomo Chi Chi at Camp Blue Heron. Two Ordeals and three Trail to Brotherhood opportunities were held with great success, and a grant was received for our Lodge to construct a shelter for the new C.O.P.E. Course. The Lodge Officers made great strides this year to improve our Lodge. This was evident in our success in many areas, at Dixie, Troop elections, and camp improvements.
In 2000, our Lodge Chief, Jay Widby, was elected as Section Chief. The Lodge sent a large contingent to NOAC. The year 2001 brought many changes to our Lodge. In 2001 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.
2002 was a banner year for the Bob White Lodge. The Lodge inducted over 100 members at the March Ordeal. At the 2002 NOAC, Jay Widby received the Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award. While several former Lodge members (Larry Warlick, Dr Ken Davis, and David Surrett) of the Bob White Lodge have received this award, Jay is the only one to receive it while a current member of our Lodge.
2003 Lodge Chief Kane Bonnette was selected to be the Administrative Coordinator for the Dixie Fellowship of 2004. Also in 2004, the first Ordeal at Knox Scout reservation was held in March. Lodge Member Pete Cato was elected Vice Chief of the Section at the 2004 Dixie Fellowship. Also, in 2004, the Lodge sent 10 Arrowmen and 5 adults to the 2004 NOAC at Iowa State.
2005 started successfully as we prepare to host the 2006 Dixie Fellowship at Knox Scout Reservation. Former two term Lodge Vice Chief Joe Dorsey was selected to become the Dixie Vice Chief for 2006.
At 2005 Dixie, hosted by Muscogee Lodge, the Bob White Lodge performed exceptionally well, taking first place in Ultimate, second place in Plan Book, and received the C. Norman Alston Spirit Award.
The Bob White Lodge has been cheerfully working to prepare for Dixie 2006; the changes in the scenery at Camp Knox were phenomenal in the first four months of 2006. As Dixie 2006 approaches, we are eager to cheerfully serve Section SR-5 as 2006’s service lodge.
In the first half of the current decade, the whole of the Lodge’s efforts were centered upon readying Camp Robert E. Knox for Dixie in 2006. Having successfully hosted Dixie and showcased the potential of Camp Knox, the Bob White Lodge faces the future with intentions to dynamically improve many aspects of its administration and program, all in the name of dutifully rendering cheerful service to the Georgia-Carolina Council and the communities it serves.
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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