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I’ve posted previously about Sea Scouting in Kansas (see links below), primarily focusing on the S.S.S. Kansan from Topeka, Kansas. Recently, a local collector sent me an image of a Sea Explorers shirt he picked up with a Kansas connection.  The shirt, shown below, has a red and white “Independence” community strip and a “Kans.” state strip [these are a little difficult to see in the picture] on one shoulder, but the more exciting piece is the S.S.S. Ka Hawk ship patch on the other shoulder.

Sea Explorer Jumper with Ka Hawk Ship Patch

I promptly did a search on “Ka Hawk” and found the S.S.S. Kansan wasn’t the only ship from Kansas to have success in flagship competitions. Apparently, the S.S.S. Ka Hawk was a part of the National Flagship Fleet in 1945 and 1946. As a result, the crew would have received patches similar to those shown below. Additionally, the ship earned the National Standard award in 1947 for which the crew would have received the “National Standard Senior Scout Unit” award also shown below.  Keep your eyes peeled for these Sea Scouting items with a Kansas connection.

1945 & 1946 National Flagship Fleet Awards

1947 National Standard Senior Scout Unit

Note: A special thank you to Bruce Johnson for permission to use the images above.

For more information about the flagship competitions see the history section at www.seascout.org

Here comes the Kansas City tie-in –  In looking through the results, I found one other interesting item: in 1940 the S.S.S. Kansas Citian from Kansas City, Missouri was part of the National Flagship fleet.  Now I am on a quest to find out more information (and maybe a ship patch?) for the S.S.S. Kansas Citian…

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Thanks to Jody T. for sharing the Sea Scout shirt images.

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I’ve uploaded a new version of the Tamegonit Lodge event patch checklist. It can be found in the Broad Kaw Valley downloads section.  The file is a PDF that should allow you to make a mark in the check boxes – the boxes will accept text so you can keep track of your dupes as well.  

The primary update is the addition of two varieties for the 2004 event patches – as shown below, each patch came in a “curved” and “flat” top. I made some other minor update/clarifications as well.  As always, if you have any additions/corrections, please let me know.

The list includes everything through the end of 2010 (from what I understand no event patches have been made for this year) – except for the belt coup beads that were given out in the late 1980s – see picture below.   Examples of the markings on the plastic beads include (which appear to be burned into the bead by hand): “FF” (Fall Fellowship), “SC” (Spring Conclave), “86” (1986), “TN” (Camp Naish), “OA” (Order of the Arrow). The round wooden bead has “SC” written in pen.  I didn’t get pictures from all sides, so I can’t catalog these handcrafted treasures just yet.

Thanks to Gene T. for the image of the associated backpatch and four “flat” tops.

Scanning the patches and making a picture checklist is on my list of things to do…sounds like a good winter project.

I received a few more Kansas City jamboree item images the other day.  First, we’ve got a hat pin from Heart of America Council.  The design is modeled after the JSP issued that year (also shown below).

1985 JSP Hat Pin

1985 Heart of America Council JSP


 

The item I was really excited to see is this Jamboree troop photograph from Troop 218:

Heart of America Council 1985 National Jamboree Troop 218

Click on the image above for a larger version.  Recognize anyone?

 
Thanks to Gene T. for the materials above.  Based on our communication, there was another Jamboree troop from Heart of America Council that year – either 217 or 219.  If you have any more information about it, please pass it along in the comment section below or email me at broadkawvalley at gmail dot com.

I received the following image from a man who attended the 1950 National Jamboree as a member of the Kaw Council contingent.   It is a neckerchief on red cloth with hand-painted covered wagon, sunflower, and wheat – the design uses negative space to reveal “KAW”.  He thought he had some council trading items and pictures – but hasn’t been able to find them yet…

1950 National Jamboree Kaw Council Neckerchief

I received another Kansas City area jamboree item image last night: the 1964 Kansas City Area Council travel bag.

Interesting item, reminds me of a bowling bag…

1964 National Jamboree Travel Bag

I’ve received messages from a few others that are digging through their collections. I’ll post more as they arrive.

For more items Jamboree items check out my earlier post: Looking For Information – Kansas City National Jamboree Items

I stumbled on an interesting collection of photographs hosted by the Johnson County (Kansas) Museum.  One of the collections includes several images of Troop 87 from Olathe, Kansas.  Troop 87 was affiliated with the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, but disbanded in the 1980s based on a February 2010 article in the Olathe Daily News.  Based on the photos on the website, Troop 87 was quite active including visits to Philmont and Region 10’s Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base.  Here are some samples (All Photos Credit:  Kansas State School for the Deaf.):

Troop 87 at Charles L Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base (date unknown)

Troop 87 Departing for Philmont (date unknown)

Troop 87 Group Photo - portions of "Olathe" and "Kaw Council" text visible at right.

On another note, if you have any information about this 1965 Deaf Camporee patch, please contact me.

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The first contribution to my call for Kansas City National Jamboree items was waiting for me this morning.  Here it is:

Big thanks to Mike B. for sharing!  Please contact me at broadkawvalley at gmail dot com if you have something to send along.

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