Archive for October, 2010

I was browsing eBay yesterday and the following item caught my eye…it is a drills manual from Troop 1 of Kansas City, Missouri. The print date is 1914. The preface reads, “Drills and marches are valuable because of the qualities they develop in the individual boy such as obedience to command, mental and physical alertness, and a good carriage.” How many Troops of today have their own drill manuals? I imagine not many do…  More importantly, how many Scouts have a good carriage

Click on the link below to the item.

Item number: 360314013080


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I recently felt the urge to find my Eagle Scout neckerchief…and when I did I also found my dad’s and my brother’s.  There are all sorts of Eagle Scout neckerchiefs out there ranging from BSA National-issue to homemade.  The three neckerchiefs shown below are in between — modifications of standard Troop neckerchiefs.  In each case ribbon has been added to the edge of the neckerchief to add a red, white and blue/Eagle Scout effect.  On the latter two, the words “Eagle Scout” and the year the award was earned is embroidered above the troop logo.  I like the understated look of the neckerchiefs.   In chronological order:

Jack Lewis, 1962, Troop 299, Asbury Methodist Church, Prairie Village Kansas

Eric Lewis, 1988, Troop 86, First United Methodist Church, Olathe, Kansas

Kory Lewis, 1992, Troop 86,First United Methodist Church, Olathe, Kansas

What does your troop use to honor Eagle Scouts?   If you have an Eagle Scout neckerchief from the Kansas City area that you would like to share, send me a picture and any pertinent information (year earned, troop location, Scout’s name) and I’ll post it.

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An area collector recently found an amazing sash with a connection to Camp Naish on an a popular online auction service.  Shown below, is the sash with six Camp Naish felt diamonds (one from 1936, two from 1937, one from 1938 and two from 1939).  Based on my knowledge, there were between 8 and 12 total diamonds in local collections prior to this find…the fact that this sash has six is truly astonishing. 

I saw the sash first hand at Tamegonit Lodge’s Vigil Banquet this year and it is in great condition.  As I previously posted here, there was a gap at year 1938…until now.  As shown in the picture below, the 1938 diamond is shown with blue felt and red text.  Additionally, it is interesting to note that the Scout apparently attended for two sessions in 1937 and 1939. 

So the next questions to answer are:  are there more sashes like this out there?  Is there a diamond for 1935?  1941?

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A good friend and scout memorabilia collector, Mike S. passed along the following images. First is a certificate of completion for a Junior Leader’s Training Course held at Camp Naish on June 11-13, 1936.  He picked the item up from an online auction site with the accompanying felt patch shown below.  The certificate is signed by Earle Berhend, Instructor and early figure in Camp Naish history.   Both the certificate and patch are in great condition.  Nice find, Mike.  Thanks for sharing!

Note:  I’ve heard a similar patch was made in 1934, but haven’t seen an image…keep your eyes peeled!

1936 Junior Leader Training Certificate

1936 Felt Junior Leader Training Patch

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Two piece sets have become commonplace with OA issues for national events (NOAC and Jamboree).  They typically include a lodge flap and a lower chevron that continues the flap design.  Some lodges get pretty clever with their designs, you can do a search on eBay and turn up a variety of examples.  Tamegonit Lodge/Tribe of Mic-O-Say/Heart of America council have jointly produced two sets for recent National Jamborees (2001 and 2005).  In the case of the 2001 set, a fake of the lower chevron has surfaced.  Pictured below are the two patches.  The one on the left is the original, while the one on the right is the fake. 

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The easiest way to tell the difference is by looking at the Mic-O-Say claws on the left hand side of the patch.  The original patch has black claws, while the fake has silver-mylar claws. 

The fakes show up on eBay fairly regularly, keep an eye out.  There are no apparent differences between the companion OA flap and the flap commonly sold with the fake chevron.

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