Archive for January, 2011

This is the first of several posts about the Sharing Native American Ways Seminars (SNAWS) held jointly by Heart of America Council, BSA, Heart of America Indian Center, and the Kansas City Indian Club.  The first event was held in the mid 1980s and continues today under different leadership.  The primary goal of the event was to teach Scouts about tribal cultures and the lives of American Indians.  I attended the event at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1992, but my memories of the event are a little clouded…however, I do have some images to share.  Here they are, beginning with 1988 (noted as SNAWS IV):

1988 SNAWS

1989 SNAWS

1990 SNAWS


I don’t know if there were any patches before 1988, but if you have one, please send an image along.

Also, the December 1997 issue of Scouting magazine has an article about the event (starting on page 30).

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I took my son to McDonald’s for lunch over the weekend and while we were there, I spotted a Scouter and his son wearing their Class A uniforms.  What caught my eye was the Scouter’s gold bordered 1985 National Jamboree CSP from Heart of America Council.  I stopped to talk to them and it turns out that they had just come from working on his son’s Eagle Scout project.  We chatted about the Jamboree and Camp Naish (they both had multiple camper year segments on their shirts) and I wished them well.  Our meeting inspired me to share the following images of the 1985 Heart of America Council CSPs.  It is my understanding that the gold border version was for adult leaders, the silver border was for youth leaders and the red border was for participants/traders.  Interestingly, these are the first JSPs issued by Heart of America Council.  The council started in 1975, so they missed out on the 1977 and 1981 Jamborees.  Fortunately, they came up with these three for the Boy Scouts’ Jubilee celebration:

Gold Border 1985 Heart of America Council JSP

Silver Border 1985 Heart of America Council JSP

Red Border 1985 Heart of America Council JSP

As with many of the local Jamborees, I am not sure if there were any other items issued (neckerchiefs, other patches, etc…).  If you have any other items from the 85 Jamboree, please send me an image.

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Camper Awards

Given the amount of snow we’ve had in Kansas City over the last couple of days, I thought now would be a good time to share a couple of  camper award items…only to be earned by the stoutest of campers.

First is the Heart of America Council Campmaster Corps Twelve Month Camper Award.  Here are the requirements:

  • Camp outside in temporary or natural shelter each calendar month of the year.
    No permanent man-made structures (i.e. cabins, campers, etc.) will count toward the award.
  • Must be completed within any two (2) calendar years (24 months).
  • Record of place, date and shelter required along with unit leader’s signature.
  • May be earned by both youth and adults and may be earned more than once.

This award has been around for many years.  When I was younger, the patch looked like this:

Twelve Month Camper

I’m not sure if that is the current patch.  Does anyone have something different?

Next we have the Jerry Campbell Camping Award which is awarded by Tamegonit Lodge to troops that meet four requirements  including earning the 12 month camper discussed above.  The other requirements involve regular attendance by the Troop’s Order of the Arrow Troop Representative (or designee) at chapter meetings, current registration by all Troop Arrowmen, and writing a 100-word minimum essay regarding, “How my Troop exhibits Brotherhood and Cheerful Service throughout the year”. 

Here’s an image of the award.  Troops that earn the patch in multiple years are given a year designation patch as shown below:

Jerry Campbell Camping Award

 With all of the snow on the ground out there, do you think your troop is up for earning these awards?  If so, here are the links for the applications:

Campmaster Corps 12 Month Camper Award
Jerry Campbell Camping Award

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Following is a message from Tamegonit Lodge 2012 NOAC Advisor, Rick Petty regarding an upcoming auction/sale that will be held during Winter Banquet.  The event is on January 15.  Here’s a link for the more information on Winter Banquet.

Looking at the list below, there are several interesting items including the spirit turtles and two big collections of event patches.   Best of all, the proceeds go to help Arrowmen attend upcoming national events. 

The 2012 NOAC Committee will be sponsoring a silent auction during the banquet to raise funds to help offset transportation costs to OA National events such as SummitCorps, Indian Summer and the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference.  We will have a large variety of Tamegonit event patches and flaps up for auction as well as a few items for sale.  Please consider supporting the silent auction while at the banquet.

Auction items include:

The “Ultimate Tamegonit Lodge Event Patch Collection” which includes over 80 event patches.

A complete set of framed 2006 NOAC patches

A complete set of framed 2009 NOAC patches

A complete set of framed Lodge Spirit Turtle patches

An Illustrated Guide to Tamegonit Lodge Memorabilia autographed by author Kory Lewis

A complete set of framed 2008, 2009 and 2010 Lodge event feather patches

A-2 Arrowhead with F-2 Lodge flap 

Complete year sets of Lodge event patches from 1997 through 2004

1960 Kaw Council BSA Staff neckerchief

1974 Camp Naish Kaw Council neckerchief

A variety of Lodge flaps and other patches


Items for sale include:

2009 NOAC Trader sets

2004 jacket patches

2007 center patches

A special thanks goes out to Gene Tuley, Dave Evans, Jody Tucker, Kory Lewis, Kirk Doan, Skip McGurk, John Schatzel, Rick Ledgerwood, Warren Minear and the 2010 LEC for their donations and support for this auction.

In cheerful service,

Richard Petty

2012 NOAC Advisor

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Two weeks ago I posted some sports-themed patches, including one for the Kansas City Chiefs. Thanks to reader Mike E., we have three more Chiefs patches shown below. Hopefully the patches will bring the Chiefs some playoff luck, but I think they’ll need more than Boypower to beat the Baltimore Ravens.

Thanks, Mike E.! Go Chiefs!

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Another Brownsea Post?

Yes!  A. Green sent along a few photos of the Brownsea items he earned/received when he participated as a camper and staff member in the early 2000s.  Included is the newer version of the belt buckle, a different neckerchief slide, staff neckerchief and participant patch (with yarn pocket loop).  Check it out:

Participant belt buckle - the color is a little off in the photo, the actual buckle is silver/pewter - see picture below

Staff neckerchief and standard neckerchief slide

Pocket patch with yarn loop

 Big thanks to A. Green for digging up his stuff over Christmas break!

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