Archive for the ‘Kaw Council’ Category

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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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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Here are a couple of interesting neckerchiefs from Kaw Council…the first is a 1968 Troop 45 neckerchief complete with Philmont bull design (thanks to Mike Berenson for letting me scan his neckerchief). 

1968 Troop 45 Philmont Contingent Neckerchief

The second neckerchief (thanks to Jody Tucker) is from what I believe to be a Camp Naish staff contingent to Philmont from 1962.  As shown on the neckerchief, the “TN” brand of Camp Naish is shown next to the “PS” brand from Philmont.  Several years ago I remember a reference to a Camp Staff contingent to Philmont from 1963 or so, but I haven’t been able to track it down.

Camp Naish Staff Philmont Contingent Neckerchief

I am certain there are more contingent neckerchiefs out there from the Kansas City area…if you’ve got one, please send a scan my way and I’ll post it!


Mike Berenson just sent along the following scan of a 1961 Kaw Council Philmont neckerchief.  The neckerchief is a little faded but the boots have the Philont brands on the soles in yellow ink.  Thanks Mike!

1961 Kaw Council Contingent Neckerchief

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With thanks to Andy Dubill, I am pleased to offer for download a book titled, “The Patches of Camp Theodore Naish”.  The book contains images of many of the patches issued for Camp Naish dating back to the early 1930s.  It was put together in 1996 by several collectors in the Kansas City area.  Since that time, several additional patches have been discovered, many of which are included here at Broad Kaw Valley.  Nonetheless, it is a great resource for Camp Naish collectors/enthusiasts.   If you have any additions for future editions of the book, Andy’s email address is included in the document.

The Patches of Camp Theodore Naish

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An interesting bit of emphemera…Tamegonit Lodge stationery dating from 1957 inviting an elected candidate to Camp Naish for induction into the Lodge.  It provides some insight into how lodge inductions were done at that time.  It appears that “Initiations” were held annually at the Spring Conclave as opposed to the frequent induction ceremonies at summer camp and on varios spring and fall weekends the lodge hosts now.   Another interesting note is the inviation to bring one’s own sack lunch for use during the Ordeal.  If I had known that was an option, I would have brought something more substantial than a cheese sandwhich, hard-boiled egg and an apple!


I’d be interested in getting scans of Tamegonit letterhead from different eras.  Do you have something from an earlier or later date?

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Many lodge members and collectors are familiar with the arrowhead patches (A1, A2, and A3) that were among the first pieces of memorobilia issued by the lodge.   This patch was typically sewn to a neckerchief to indicate a Scout’s membership in the Order of the Arrow.

A1b - the 'b' variety has pale blue details

 To complement the neckerchief, a neckerchief slide of the same design was also available to lodge members.   Two standard neckerchief slides are known to exist, each made of layered wood construction and hand painted with four colors (white, blue, brown, red).  The layered wood design provides relief to raise the totem pole and border above the background.  One measures 2 9/16 inches in height and the other is 2 15/16 inches in height.  The smaller wooden slide was made by a Scouter from Lawrence, Kansas.  These were sold privately for $1, not through Tamegonit Lodge or Camp Naish.    Additionally, a plastic version of the slide exists.  This slide has a plastic neckerchief holder on the back that is glued to the plastic arrowhead body.  Additional homemade versions are known to exist, two examples are shown in the image below.


 The scout shown in the picture below has yet another version of the slide, which appears to be larger than the slides in my collection.


Does anyone know who this Scout is?

If you have more information about the slides, please pass it along.

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My dad was a camper at Naish in the summers of 1960, 1961, and 1962.  Here’s his troop picture (Troop 299, Asbury United Methodist, Prairie Village, Kansas):


Troop 299 Goes to Camp

Troop 299 Goes to Camp

My dad is at the far left in the second row from the front.  One interesting thing I spotted in the picture is the wooden arrowhead neckerchief slide from Tamegonit lodge worn by the leftmost adult in the back row.  Another interesting note about the picture is the stamp on the back which states “Weeks Photo Service, 5060 Clark Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS”.  My wife and I used to own a home at 5123 Clark Drive, just a few houses down from the address for Weeks Photo Service.

I also have his troop’s information packet with a packing list and camp songs from 1960.  I’ll get that scanned and posted soon.

Does anyone have any old troop pictures or know anything about Weeks Photo Service?

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Up this week is a series of Naish Outpost rockers.  As indicated in the first image, the patch was used to encircle the regular-issue Camp Naish patch.  Pictured is one sewn to an Explorer uniform from Troop 52 out of Lawrence, Kansas.  The Outpost program was used to attract older Scouts back to camp that had already earned most of the merit badges, but still wanted a Scout summer camp experience.   


This iteration of the Outpost program in Kaw Council was active for several years and included a variety of activities such as hiking, backcountry-style camping.

 As shown below, I have located images of the rockers starting with 1954 and ending in 1960 (with the exception of 1959). 



  • Does anyone know when the Outpost program began using these rockers?
  • Was the rocker used in 1959?
  • How about after 1960?

Please let me know if you have any addtional rockers.

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