Armbands and Neckerchiefs

October 24, 2009

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One of the first issues of the lodge was not a patch or a neckerchief. By 1957 members of the lodge were wearing a service armband when they were out representing the lodge at service projects in the community. Early issues of the Santee Arrowmen confirm that the armbands were worn at least 3 events in 1957: May 3-4 for the Council Camporee, Oct 11-13 for a Camporee at Shaw Air Base and Nov 23 as ushers at the USC vs. UNC football game in Columbia.  It is not known how these armbands were given out or when they stopped being used.

Following the success of the “Service Arrowhead” in 1993, the lodge continued the program in 1994 by issuing a first ever lodge neckerchief. Designed by Lee Galloway the neckerchief was black with red trim. A pie shaped patch was sewn onto the bottom of it. Although it cost eight dollars to buy the neckerchief, like the service arrowhead before it, got a lot of brothers to come up to camp and do service projects. A total of 200 of these “Service Neckerchiefs” were made and all were earned in 1994.

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