Okay, hopefully way in the back of your mind you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen any posts lately from Broad Kaw Valley…the truth is, I’ve been working on another website project:  Kansas City Scouting Museum.  The new site is a virtual collection of Kansas City Scouting memorabilia that I’ve been working on with frequent BKV contributor Matt Perryn.  Matt will share some of the editing responsibilities for the site and will provide a boost from the Missouri side of the state line.

The centerpiece of the new site is the galleries section which will ultimately house many images of Scouting memorabilia from the Kansas City region and beyond.  Some of the galleries so far include Mic-O-Say Tribal Feast patches, Tamgeognit Lodge event patches, Kansas City Area Council activities, and Kansas military base shoulder strips — with more to come.  A few of the areas we’re trying to build/expand are the Troop neckerchiefs (both Eagle Scout and regular issue), Philmont trek items, and Brownsea/JLT items.  Several of the other galleries have images as well, feel free to poke around to find out what we have uploaded so far.  As always, if you have images to share, please contact us.

The site will also be online home of the Kansas City Trade-O-Ree held each spring and will include a blog and a resources section to download books and other information.

Finally, the Kansas City Scouting Museum will have a facebook presence to keep you updated on additions to our image collections.  Make sure to like the new page!

Here at Broad Kaw Valley, we maintain a What Is It page in hopes of identifying mysterious (at least to me) Boy Scout items.  One such item, shown below, has been in my collection for close to 15 years and I finally figured it out last week.  The felt “W” patch shown in the image was found on a shirt with a khaki and red “Macon” community strip at appears to date from the 1930s.

Camp Winnetka

In terms of figuring it out, here’s how it went down:

I posted a link to the What Is It site on patch-L and received response that it might be from Lake of the Ozarks Council which was based in Jefferson City, Missouri and that the patch was featured in the June 2003 ISCA Journal with a “Boonville” khaki and red strip.  After a few searches, I came up empty…so I turned to facebook.  I became a fan of Great Rivers Council (based in Columbia, MO) and posted the image on the wall.  Shortly thereafter, I got the response I was looking for:  Camp Winnetka near Moberly, MO.

A few more searches and I came up with a good case:  Moberly is 25 miles south of Macon and 40 miles northeast of Boonville.  The patch has been found on shirts with Macon and Boonville khaki and red strips. Also, I found an article from 2008 about a Macon, MO scout troop celebrating its 75th anniversary.  It references Scouts meeting at Camp Winnetka near Moberly in the 1930s before moving into the basement of the Macon United Methodist Church.

My conclusion?  Camp Winnetka sounds like a pretty good match to me.

If you have any additional information on Camp Winnetka or need help identifying a patch, please contact me.

I received this picture earlier this week of a Group of Boy Scouts from Olathe attending the 1953 National Jamboree held at the Irvine Ranch in California. The picture was used in an Olathe, Kansas newspaper, possibly the Olathe Mirror. The caption notes that all of the Scouts are from Olathe with the exception of a few noted below.

Scouts Attending the 1953 National Jamboree

Group portrait of Scouts from Olathe, Gardner, and Lenexa, Kansas before their trip to the 1953 National Jamboree. Top row, L to R: 1) Jim Silvers, 2) Bob Starrett, 3) Bob McCreary, 4) Hugh Bruner, Jr.; second row from top: 1) Jerry Bush, 2) Harry Roth, 3) Ron Bonjour (Lenexa, KS); third row from top: 1) Howard Hougland, 2) Roger Kaster, 3) Jim Kean; fourth row from top: 1) Thomen Reece (Gardner, KS), 2) Don Catlin; front row: 1) Tom Rendleman, 2) Bruce Burns, 3) Stanton Shopmaker, 4) Norb Garrett.

An interesting note: Two newspaper clippings I received noted that Norb Garrett (shown in the front row at the far right) sustained a head injury while participating in a hike at the Jamboree. The article states that he suffered a slight concussion after hitting his head on a stone. Following his injury, his parents traveled to California to be with their son.

Thanks to Gene T. for sharing this information.

A few weeks ago I posted about some images on www.jocohistory.org that I found of Scouts from the Kansas School from the Deaf. I did a little more searching of the site and turned up this image:

Troop 86, Olathe, Kansas - 1950 National Jamboree Attendees - Photo Credit: Olathe Public Library

The description of the photo states, “Group portrait of Boy Scout troop 86 before its trip to Scout Jamboree 1950. Back row, L to R: Howard Hougland, Harry Roth, Roger Kaster, Ron Bonjour, Jim Silvers, Sealy Lamb; front row, L to R: 1) Stan Roth, 2) Ivan Wicke, 3) ???? 4) Claude Kean, and 5) Park McGee.”

UPDATE:  If you recognize the person pictured 3rd from the left in the first row, please contact me at broadkawvalley at gmail dot com.

I communicated with the son of one of the boys pictured and he confirmed that his dad attended the Jamboree as a scout. 

My list of Jamboree items continues to grow – if you have anything to share, please feel free to contact me.  broadkawvalley at gmail dot com.

I found these four photographs over the weekend.  They document my preparations for Camp Naish  in 1989 & 1990.  My dad, Jack Lewis, attended Camp with me both years and we were transported by the conversion van shown in the background.

Yes, I was very excited to leave for Camp

Below is our Troop photo before departure – I count 30 boys and 7 adults. I recognize a few of the faces and still talk with a few of the people pictured.  I am pictured in the 2nd row, 5th from the left.

Troop 86 - Camp Naish, 2nd Session, 1989

Year Two (1990):

I am showing a little more restraint here.

Back for more! 26 boys, 6 adults. I am in the back row 3rd from left

Troop 86 - Camp Naish, 1990, 2nd Session

Note:  big thanks to my mom for sorting through all of our family photos and pulling out the Scouting-related prints. 

I received a nice batch of images earlier this week from a local collector in response to my call for Kansas City area Jamboree items. Here’s one of my favorites from the bunch (click for a larger view):

1960 National Jamboree - Kansas City Area Council, Troop 71

A few things to note are the sign with “Kansas City Area Council” visible in background at right, “Troop 71” totem pole visible in background at left (near tear) and the sign in foreground which states, “Troop 71 – Section 6”.  I spotted a few Region 8 neckerchief slides and Matt P. (who sent me the photo) noted that the text on one of the neckerchiefs looks like the text shown on the neckerchief below – which I’ve assumed to be a Kansas City Area Council JAmboree neckerchief.  Also, for you tribesmen, Scouts and Scouters with Mic-O-Say claws are visible.  

1960 National Jamboree - Kansas City Area Council Neckerchief

Thanks to Matt P. for sharing these great images.

Feel free to contact me if you have any more Kansas City-related Jamboree items.  broadkawvalley at gmail dot com.

A while back I came in to possession of a what appears to be copy of a copy of a copy of The Camp Naish Story which was published around 1965.  The cover of the book is shown below.

The book details the early years of what is now Theodore Naish Scout Reservation and includes pictures and maps from around Camp. It is a fun read for those with a connection to that place high above the Broad Kaw Valley. If you haven’t seen it, I scanned my copy and uploaded the PDF. It is available on the Broad Kaw Valley download page.  I ran optical character recognition on the file.  You should be able to search the text, but I am not sure how reliable the results will be.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading through it as much as I have.

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