Archive for November, 2010

Consider Brownsea Island!  My brother and I were both members of Troop 22 as part of Heart of America Council’s Brownsea training course.  He in the late 1980s and I in the early 1990s. I remember that week learning outdoor and leadership skills fondly.   We both took the course at Bartle, but it was also held at Camp Powell and currently it is held at Camp Naish.    I found our neckerchiefs and other assorted items the other day…but I am sure what I have pictured below is just the tip of the iceberg for Kansas City area Brownsea items.  For example, I know the belt buckle and patches have changed, and I have seen other neckerchiefs not shown below.  Have a look…and feel free to send along any other images from your days on Brownsea Island.

Brownsea Uniform Strip - Worn below CSP and above the "22" troop numeral

Brownsea Belt Buckle - Earned by participants after completing requirements following training session

Brownsea Scoutmaster Belt Buckle

Brownsea Neckerchief (early 1990s)

Brownsea Neckerchief (late 1980s)

Neckerchief Slide (early 1990s)

Participant Patch (early 1980s)

Participant Patch (late 1980s - my patch has the same design with an elastic button loop)

For more information, Wikipedia has a good overview/history of the BSA’s leadership programs, Brownsea included.

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The Tamegonit Turkey Says…

Happy Thanksgiving from Broad Kaw Valley!

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This auction from a couple of weeks ago got me thinking about the SCOUTORAMA!

1961 Scoutorama Program Auction

In my experience, Kaw Council Scoutorama patches/memorabilia are generally dismissed by collectors as something that is not worth the effort of collecting.  Maybe it is because it seems there are so many 1972, 1973, 1974 Kaw Council Scoutorama patches floating around? 

After looking at the item above, it made me realize there are a lot of Kaw Council Scoutorama items out there (neckercheif slides, patches, programs)…the items below are probably just the tip of the ice bergorama.  I imagine the Scoutorama was a showcase of Scout skills similar to a Scout Show or a Round Up.  Interestingly the name of the event had several iterations “Scoutorama” “Royal Kaw-Rama” “Kaw-Rama” among them.  Also, I found it interesting that some of the programs state that the event was held in the American Royal Building…outside of the Kaw Council service area…in Missouri!

Scoutorama Neckerchief Slides


Kaw-Rama Patches


1953 and 1955 SCOUTORAMA Programs


And don’t forget the essential piece of your wardrobe…the 1971 Scoutorama belt buckle:


 The earliest item from the Scoutorama/Kaw-Rama I can pick out is the 1948 leather slide and the latest is the 1974 patch (the councils merged in 1974).  That means there are probably many more items from this event that are unaccounted for!  Keep an eye out and let me know if you find anything.

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Camp Naish 100th Anniversary Patches

To follow up on an earlier post, a reader passed along the following scan showing all 11 segments from Camp Naish this summer.   The “Staff” segment proved to be a difficult one to find, but several turned up after the summer camping season was over.   See image below for the Camp Naish BSA 100th Anniversary  patch and all of the segments:

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For you avid Tamegonit Lodge event patch collectors, I just put together a checklist that you may download. The file is a PDF form that will allow you to enter any text or number into the boxes (in case you want to keep track of dupes). Eventually, I plan to create a version that includes a thumbnail image of each patch. If you have any additions/corrections, please feel free to contact me.

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Nineteen years ago I was on staff for the 1991 NC-3 Order of the Arrow Section Conclave hosted by Tamegonit Lodge at Camp Naish. 

Following are three patches issued for the event.  The first is the standard participant patch (purple border), next is the staff patch (silver mylar border) and then the key three patch (gold mylar border).  Each staff member and key three member was only given one of the mylar versions.  My dad and I each earned one staff patch at the event.

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Purple Border (Participant)

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Silver Mylar Border (Staff)

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Gold Mylar Border (Key Three)


In addition to the patches, a participation pin was also available for those who satisfied the established requirements.  The pin is pictured below as well.

1991 NC-3 Section Conclave - Participation Award Pin

Interestingly, the slogan “Many Fires, One Great Light” proved to be quite popular and was modified for use at the 1992 National Order of the Arrow Conference.  The slogan for that event was “Many Fires, One Great Light.” 

Tamegonit Lodge also hosted section/area conclaves in the following years:  1956 (8-D); 1961 (8-D); 1978 (NC-3C); 1985 (NC-3); 1991 (NC-3); 1996 (C-6); 1999 (C-6); 2000 (C-6); 2007 (C-5B).  Also, when Tamegonit has hosted the event, more often than not it has not been held at Camp Naish.  Naish was used in 1978, 1985, 1991 and 2007, but in other years the event has been at other locations such as Bonner Springs (1956), the University of Kansas (1961), Whiteman Air Force Base (1996 and 1999) and Fort Leavenworth (2000). 

You might be wondering where to find additional information (including scans of patches) about Section Conclaves attended by Kansas lodges…look no further than:  http://scoutingkansas.org/ksconclaves.aspx.  Mike has done a great job of compiling information on the many Kansas sections and their events.  Check it out!

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There were some great K.C. Area items on eBay last week.  A source tells me that these items were part of an estate located near 95th and Mission.  The seller has items from a father and son who were both involved in Boy Scouts in their youth.  There are quite a few paper items connected to these two Scouts on eBay currently.  Here’s a quick rundown of the two highlights from last week…if you click on the photos below, it will bring up a PDF of the auction listing with pictures.

The first auction to go was a big one…the lot included 12 patches from the 1920s which included some decent non-KC area items:  a patrol leader patch with felt bars, an early star badge, Troop 10 felt numeral, and an early version of Mining Merit Badge.  The more exciting items were the  Camp Dan Sayre (used by Kansas City Council in the early 1920s, located near Noel, Missouri)  felts.  These included:  the 1928 and 1929 camper felts, a 1929 Honor Troop felt.  Also, the lot included a 1943 Camp Osceola triangle.  For more images of Osceola/Dan Sayre felts click here.  The other interesting items were the four felt “10” diamonds.  I have not seen those before, but my guess is that they have something to do with Troop 10.  Bidding got pretty heated towards the end of the auction, with the final bidding going over $2,500! 

Collection of Troop 10 and Camp Dan Sayre Felts

The second auction included a nice false merit badge sleeve.  These were used in the 1920s as an alternative to sewing the merit badges directly to the sleeve.  The sleeve includes 33 merit badges (I am not a merit badge collector, but you can read up on them here ).  To me, the interesting items are the “4M” felts (one from 1924 and one from 1925).  4M (Muscles, Morals, Mind and Manhood) was a camp honor program used at both the Elk Springs camp used by Kansas City area scouts dating back to at least 1915 and also used at Camp Dan Sayre through most of the 1920s.  Here is a quick summary on 4M — interestingly, 1924 4M patch on that link is green, rather than blue… The sleeve also includes two additional patches that  haven’t seen before…the felt circles at the top with “E 21” and “E 22″…they are similar to the 4M patches and probably date from 1921 and 1922, respectively, but there’s not much else to go on…again, click on the images to load a PDF of the auction listing.

False Sleeve with Merit Badges and 4M Felts

It is great to see these items come up on eBay…they also introduce new questions to be answered…I take it they didn’t blog about their patches back in the 1920s?  As always, if you have any information or something similar to these items, please drop me a line.

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Although this is not related to Kansas City…I thought it was kind of funny.  Hopefully the 100% campers got a prize too…

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1946 and 1947 Kaw Council Growth Award Pennants

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As the BSA Centennial comes to an end, I want to highlight a patch from the area that many won’t see around…the 2010 Vigil overnight patch.  Specific criteria have been established for Vigil honor members to earn these patches during Tamegonit Lodge’s Vigil weekend.  Only one is awarded per member per year and are designed to be worn on a member’s Vigil vest:

Tamegonit Lodge Vigil Vest with Overnight Awards

Initially given out in 1995, a total of 1,017 of these patches had been awarded through  2010.  Two special versions of this patch have been issued: one with a gold mylar border for  the 2005 50th Anniversary of the first Vigil ceremony for the Lodge and this year’s red bordered Centennial version.  Each patch is numbered and a record is kept by the Lodge.  The standard patches use the standard numbering system (1, 2, 3..) and do not start over each year;  the 50th Anniversary patches are numbered with 50-X (where X = the patch issue number) and the Centennial patches are numbered C-X (where X = the patch issue number).  Here’s the standard version:

Tamegonit Lodge - Standard Vigil Overnight Award

One hundred of gold mylar patches were made; of the total 92 were awarded, one was placed in the Tamegonit Lodge collection, and the remaining were destroyed.  The 92 awarded in 2005 were the most ever awarded at one Vigil Banquet, followed by 83 distributed in 2008.

Tamegonit Lodge - 2005 Vigil Award

This year, 200 patches were made; of the total 96 were awarded, one was placed in the Tamegonit Lodge collection at the Great House, and the remaining were destroyed.  Ninety six marks the most patches awarded in one year, followed by 92 in 2005.  Do you patch collectors see a correlation?

Tamegonit Lodge - Centennial Vigil Overnight Award

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