Archive for March, 2010

An interesting bit of emphemera…Tamegonit Lodge stationery dating from 1957 inviting an elected candidate to Camp Naish for induction into the Lodge.  It provides some insight into how lodge inductions were done at that time.  It appears that “Initiations” were held annually at the Spring Conclave as opposed to the frequent induction ceremonies at summer camp and on varios spring and fall weekends the lodge hosts now.   Another interesting note is the inviation to bring one’s own sack lunch for use during the Ordeal.  If I had known that was an option, I would have brought something more substantial than a cheese sandwhich, hard-boiled egg and an apple!


I’d be interested in getting scans of Tamegonit letterhead from different eras.  Do you have something from an earlier or later date?

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I reached an agreement with the Camp Naish Trading Post to stock copies of my book, An Illustrated Guide to Tamegonit Lodge Memorabilia.  I am waiting on a shipment of books…once they arrive, I’ll get them out to camp.  Did you know that the Camp Naish Trading Post is open on Saturdays?  Saturday hours are 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6 pm.

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Many lodge members and collectors are familiar with the arrowhead patches (A1, A2, and A3) that were among the first pieces of memorobilia issued by the lodge.   This patch was typically sewn to a neckerchief to indicate a Scout’s membership in the Order of the Arrow.

A1b - the 'b' variety has pale blue details

 To complement the neckerchief, a neckerchief slide of the same design was also available to lodge members.   Two standard neckerchief slides are known to exist, each made of layered wood construction and hand painted with four colors (white, blue, brown, red).  The layered wood design provides relief to raise the totem pole and border above the background.  One measures 2 9/16 inches in height and the other is 2 15/16 inches in height.  The smaller wooden slide was made by a Scouter from Lawrence, Kansas.  These were sold privately for $1, not through Tamegonit Lodge or Camp Naish.    Additionally, a plastic version of the slide exists.  This slide has a plastic neckerchief holder on the back that is glued to the plastic arrowhead body.  Additional homemade versions are known to exist, two examples are shown in the image below.


 The scout shown in the picture below has yet another version of the slide, which appears to be larger than the slides in my collection.


Does anyone know who this Scout is?

If you have more information about the slides, please pass it along.

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Local Pick Up Now Available

Due to recent requests, I am pleased to announce the availability of a local pick up option for copies of An Illustrated Guide to Tamegonit Lodge Memorabilia. As an alternative to paying shipping fees, I am offering copies of the book for $15 with local pick up. Please contact me at broadkawvalley@gmail.com and I will give you two options on where to pick up a copy of the book (my home in Prairie Village or my office in Lee’s Summit). Please be aware that this option depends on product availability…I tend to run out of stock from time to time and it takes about 5 business days to receive an order.  Drop me a line and we can set up a time to meet.

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My dad was a camper at Naish in the summers of 1960, 1961, and 1962.  Here’s his troop picture (Troop 299, Asbury United Methodist, Prairie Village, Kansas):


Troop 299 Goes to Camp

Troop 299 Goes to Camp

My dad is at the far left in the second row from the front.  One interesting thing I spotted in the picture is the wooden arrowhead neckerchief slide from Tamegonit lodge worn by the leftmost adult in the back row.  Another interesting note about the picture is the stamp on the back which states “Weeks Photo Service, 5060 Clark Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS”.  My wife and I used to own a home at 5123 Clark Drive, just a few houses down from the address for Weeks Photo Service.

I also have his troop’s information packet with a packing list and camp songs from 1960.  I’ll get that scanned and posted soon.

Does anyone have any old troop pictures or know anything about Weeks Photo Service?

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Once again, Ryan Meador is organizing the Greater Kansas City Area Trade-O-Ree Boy Scout Swap Meet and Memorabilia Show.  All of the tables are sold out, so it should be a good show.

Here are the details:

March 19th & 20th, 2010
Friday 5pm until 10pm – Saturday 9am till 4pm
Hillside Christian Church
900 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64118

Admission is FREE.

I’ll be there on Friday night with copies of my book, An Illustrated Guide to Tamegonit Lodge Memorabilia.  Hope to see you there!

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Sea Scouting, which began in early 1910s, is one of the longest running programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Interestingly, the State of Kansas has some unique ties to the early periods of the program. The Sea Scout Ship (S.S.S.) Kansan, based out of Topeka, Kansas, was skippered by William Menniger. Menniger, along with his brother and father established the Menniger foundation and Clinic for the study and treatment of behavioral disorders.

How does this tie into Boy Scout memorabilia? Here’s how: I happened upon this video yesterday regarding early Sea Scout patches:

Sea Scout Memorabilia Interview

As I was watching the video, a round patch referred to as a National Flagship award, caught my eye as it is very similar to two patches in my collection that I have not been able to identify…until last night. After a quick digital picture and an email to several Scout memorabilia dealers/historians, the patches in my collection were identified as the 1931 National Flagship award. As it turns out, the S.S.S. Kansan won the National Flagship competition in 1931 and 1933.

Below is an image of the patches.  They are approximately 2″ in diameter and as show below, one is white and one is dark blue.  The color difference is intended to coordinate with the summer and winter uniforms used by the Sea Scouts.

1931 National Flagship Awards given to the crew of the S.S.S. Kansan

It is always fun to make a new Scouting memorabilia discovery, especially when it is already part of your collection. Does anyone else have any Kansas-related Sea Scout memorabilia?

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Up this week is a series of Naish Outpost rockers.  As indicated in the first image, the patch was used to encircle the regular-issue Camp Naish patch.  Pictured is one sewn to an Explorer uniform from Troop 52 out of Lawrence, Kansas.  The Outpost program was used to attract older Scouts back to camp that had already earned most of the merit badges, but still wanted a Scout summer camp experience.   


This iteration of the Outpost program in Kaw Council was active for several years and included a variety of activities such as hiking, backcountry-style camping.

 As shown below, I have located images of the rockers starting with 1954 and ending in 1960 (with the exception of 1959). 



  • Does anyone know when the Outpost program began using these rockers?
  • Was the rocker used in 1959?
  • How about after 1960?

Please let me know if you have any addtional rockers.

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One fond memory I have from my Scouting days is visiting the 1989 Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill.  Our family of four drove from Kansas City to Washington, D.C. to do some siteseeing and to also spend time at the Jamboree.  It was a fun vacation that also including some Scouting.  At the jamboree I made my first trade, a Troop 86 neckerchief for another troop neckerchief (I don’t recall the number/location, but I still have it somewhere in a box). The highlight was going to the opening show and seeing a laser light production produced by Steven Spielberg, it sounds corny now, but it was pretty impressive to a 12 year old. 

Of course, there was plently of other memorobilia associated with the Jamboree including a few issues from Heart of America Council.  First up is the neckerchief:

HOAC 1989 Jamboree NCsm

I can imagine that multiple color combinations were used for the fabric and screen printing for each Jamboree troop from the Council, however, this is the only instance of the neckerchief that I have located.

In addition to the neckerchiefs, there were also CSPs.  The standard-issue CSP has a yellow border:

1989 NJ YELO Prot

And Jamboree attendees also received a gold mylar version of the patch:

1989 NJ GMY Prot

In addition to the two patches above, prototypes of these patches have also surfaced.  Here’s a look at some of the alternate border colors considered for this patch (purple, blue and red):

1989 NJ Pur Prot

1989 NJ blue Prot 1989 NJ Red Prot

Another interesting note is that the council-issued CSPs have vertical stitching in the background while the prototypes shown here (including the gold mylar and yellow varieties) have horizontal stitching.

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