Archive for June, 2010

This week we have five jamboree contingent items from the 1964 National Jamboree, which was held at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The first four are contingent neckerchiefs from the Kansas City Area Council. I assume the different colors were used by different troops from KCAC.

Thanks to Ryan Meador for the last three scans!

This same general design was used for the 1969 Jamboree as well. See my earlier post about contingent items from that Jamboree.

The last item is a small folding comb from KCAC. Jamborees seem to yield a great deal of odd and unique items. At one time I had a small woven sack of wheat from Quvira Council in Wichita, Kansas. I am sure there are a host of other oddities with which this comb could be included.

I can imagine all of the Jamboree participants lining up to get their council-issued combs before departing for Valley Forge. Look sharp, boys!

Does anyone have additional 1964 National Jamboree KCAC contingent items?

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There was a time when I collected a lot of Jamboree items, specifically 1969 National Jamboree items. I was initially drawn to it by the colorful pocket patch and jacket patch, but it blossomed from there. I had the trivet, the salt and pepper shakers, the aquatic staff hat, the sweater guard, the souvenir neckerchief, the commemorative 16mm film, the 35mm slides, baggage tags, wide game cards, jamboree troop flag. I thought all of that stuff was great, but my favorite items were the contingent neckerchiefs and patches from local councils. Well, I’ve gotten rid of most of the jamboree trinkets and curios, but I still have a few items from the Kansas City area. First is the neckerchief patch used by Kaw Council troops:

Kaw Council Neckerchief Pie

I used to have one of these on neckerchiefs (orange with black piping, see below) and I’ve seen a couple of other colors (one green, one salmon, and one yellow). My guess is that the different colors were used by different Jamboree troops from Kaw Council. The design is a little goofy, but it is an interesting piece.

Also, I kept two items from Kansas City Area Council. One is a neckerchief:

KCAC 69 Jambo Neckerchief

For other Jamborees, I’ve seen multiple color variations for Kansas City Area Council Neckerchiefs. As with their Kaw Council counterparts, I assume these are for multiple troops.

The last item is a small leather patch (approx 2″ tall):

KCAC Leather Shield

I am not sure how this was used. It could have been given away from a booth by the Scouts or distributed in some other way. Did anyone attend the Jamboree?

I know of some other Kaw Council/KCAC contingent items from different Jamborees (some not in my collection). I’ll try to dig up some more images to share.

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This week we have a couple of early Camp Naish staff neckerchiefs.

The 1944 edition is the earliest I’ve seen, but the 1945 is definitely the most intriguing I’ve seen. The 1944 variety is based on a BSA standard issue neckerchief with hand stitched embroidery added to identify it as a staff neckerchief. This one is a very dark green with red text:

1944 Staff Neckerchief

My parents found this one at a local flea market in with some other scout stuff. Keep your eyes peeled, you never know what you might find!

The 1945 version (picture scanned from The Patches of Camp Theodore Naish compiled by Andy Dubill) includes the sought after “Frontiersman” Camp Naish patch and is in near mint condition with a nice look to it.

1945 Camp Staff Neckerchief with Daniel Boone patch

In looking at camp staff photos compiled by the Heart of America Council Camp Staff Alumni Association, there were only 16 members on staff in 1945, each would be pretty hard to come by.

Additionally,  Camp Naish staff neckerchiefs can be viewed at campnaish.org. Also, the Heart of America Council Camp Staff Alumni Association is gathering images of all Camp Staff neckerchiefs from Naish, Bartle and Rotary. I can put you in contact with the person leading that effort if you have additional neckerchief images.

I just communicated with the lead person on this project and they need images from the following years:
1946-50, 64, 66, 68,70-72, 91-92, any after 1996

Do you have an earlier Camp Naish staff neckerchief?

Do you have any neckerchiefs from 1946-1949?

 If so, I’d like to get an image of them.


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As a collector, I have always been interested in seeing the early uniforms with patches and activity badges.  Up this week is a unique example of a uniform from the 1940s.  If each bar is represents one year returning to camp, this camper started camping at Naish in 1941 (if you assume the Daniel Boone patch also represents one year at camp) and camped through 1947. 


But wait!  The uniform was procured on eBay and when the winner opened the package, he inspected the pockets and found two more rockers, a 1948 and a 1949, that were not sewn to the shirt!


A fine example of a long-time camper from Camp Naish.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t any identifying information included with the shirt.  No doubt, this was a scout or scouter with a lot of stories to tell.

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At the Kansas City Trade-O-Ree in February 2009, Dave Evans had a couple of interesting neckerchiefs that he picked up at an estate sale:

1976 Camp Site Shawnee

1976 Camp Site Shawnee


Camp Site Sioux Neckerchief
Camp Site Sioux Neckerchief

Neither neckerchief appears to be professionally made judging by the quality and definition in the design.  They both appear to be made of a muslin material.  The 1975 neckerchief, complete with “Sioux” typo appears to be screen printed.  It is also not clear if these were made by a troop that camped in these sites or if all campsites had specific neckerchiefs during this time period.  Have you seen something similar?  Do you remember getting one as a camper?

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