Archive for September, 2010

Here’s an interesting flea market find:  a 1941 Boy Scout Round Up neckerchief from Kansas City.  According to “Trail to Eagle:  Six Decades of Scouting in Kansas City 1910-1970,”  Kansas City began hosting annual Boy Scout Round Ups in 1912.  The book states that it was an indoor event intended to showcase Boy Scout skills (pioneering, first aid, firebuilding, etc.) and that the Kansas City event was the first of its kind held indoors. 

The neckerchief is a standard-issue Boy Scout neckerchief with a stencil/block print on top.  It could have been made on site and available to the boys or possibly made by a troop to wear during the event.  I’ve never seen an item similar to this but would enjoy seeing a picture of yours if you have one.

1941 Kansas City Boy Scout Round Up

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As I posted previously, I was on the organizing committee for the Camp Naish 75th Anniversary celebration held on June 30, 2001. I helped make arrangements for the memorabilia display in the South Camp Dining Hall. In addition to my collection, Mike Schieders, Gene Tuley, and Jim McDuff (and others that I might have forgotten) all brought out their displays to share with those in attendance.

As a special thank you, I received a limited-run silver mylar version of the 75th Anniversary patch. Here is an image of it along with a letter from Jody Tucker, who was the chair of the committee. I am not sure how many of these were made, but there were about a dozen of us on the committee.

Click for a Larger View of the letter

It was a great event and I look forward to celebrating more anniversaries at Camp Naish.

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While flea markets and estate sales are good places to find some local scouting memorabilia, you probably won’t find a Camp Naish sign like this in one of those venues:


While working as a volunteer ranger at Camp Naish in the 1990s, my dad saved this from the dumpster/scrap pile when the covered information board/bench structure was removed from the end of the Central Camp parking lot. The base of the structure had rotted, so the whole thing was taken down.   He happened to be at the right place at the right time and saved it from destruction.   It is about 8.5 feet long and has the ubiquitous brown and yellow paint scheme from Camp Naish.

This hangs in what we playfully call “the Museum.”  Also pictured is a display of Scouting memorabilia including my Tamegonit Lodge collection (at far right), my dad’s Eagle Scout certificate and medal, my brother’s Eagle Scout medal and my Eagle Scout medal, and my dad’s troop’s summer camp picture at Camp Naish from 1960.

This makes me think of the old sign at the entrance to Camp Naish (I think Bartle had one too) that said something to the effect of., “SLOW DOWN. One boy’s life is worth all your time.”

Did that make it to the burn pile or is it hanging in your basement?

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about the early felt diamond patches used for Camp Naish.  In gathering images for that post, I found two different types for 1940.  As shown below, there is a navy blue version with yellow text and a blue/grey version with red text.


Considering there are very few of these known to exist, it is remarkable that there are two different versions from one year.  If you have any information about these patches, please contact me.

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