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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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As I posted previously, I was on the organizing committee for the Camp Naish 75th Anniversary celebration held on June 30, 2001. I helped make arrangements for the memorabilia display in the South Camp Dining Hall. In addition to my collection, Mike Schieders, Gene Tuley, and Jim McDuff (and others that I might have forgotten) all brought out their displays to share with those in attendance.

As a special thank you, I received a limited-run silver mylar version of the 75th Anniversary patch. Here is an image of it along with a letter from Jody Tucker, who was the chair of the committee. I am not sure how many of these were made, but there were about a dozen of us on the committee.


Click for a Larger View of the letter

It was a great event and I look forward to celebrating more anniversaries at Camp Naish.

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While flea markets and estate sales are good places to find some local scouting memorabilia, you probably won’t find a Camp Naish sign like this in one of those venues:

Museum

While working as a volunteer ranger at Camp Naish in the 1990s, my dad saved this from the dumpster/scrap pile when the covered information board/bench structure was removed from the end of the Central Camp parking lot. The base of the structure had rotted, so the whole thing was taken down.   He happened to be at the right place at the right time and saved it from destruction.   It is about 8.5 feet long and has the ubiquitous brown and yellow paint scheme from Camp Naish.

This hangs in what we playfully call “the Museum.”  Also pictured is a display of Scouting memorabilia including my Tamegonit Lodge collection (at far right), my dad’s Eagle Scout certificate and medal, my brother’s Eagle Scout medal and my Eagle Scout medal, and my dad’s troop’s summer camp picture at Camp Naish from 1960.

This makes me think of the old sign at the entrance to Camp Naish (I think Bartle had one too) that said something to the effect of., “SLOW DOWN. One boy’s life is worth all your time.”

Did that make it to the burn pile or is it hanging in your basement?

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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.

40-diamond-comparison

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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Previously I wrote about a felt star patch used by Troop 7 for Camp Naish attendance in 1934. At some point in the following years Camp Naish issued its first camp patch. The early patches are simple diamond-shaped patches with an N and a two digit year. Here are some examples:

Note that the images (scanned from Patches of Camp Theodore Naish, Andy Dubill) shown are not consecutive in year (missing 38).

This begs the following questions:

  • Was a patch issued for 1938? UPDATE – see: A Missing Piece to the Puzzle
  • Was a patch issued in 1935? Or earlier?
  • If so, what color are they?
  • The earliest year-dated rocker that I have seen is 1945. What was the last year that the felt diamonds were used?I don’t personally have one of these patches, but would like to add at least one to my collection. I have seen several wonderful examples on campimages.com and campnaish.org, both on uniforms and off. If you have a spare, let me know.
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    Big thanks again to Matt Perryn for sending along a scan of the patches available at Camp Naish this summer to commemorate the BSA 100th Anniversary.  As shown below, there was a central patch and several different strips available for a variety of participants.  Matt tells me there is also a “Staff” bar, but we haven’t been able to turn up an image of it.  If you have one, please pass it along.

     

    Additionally, a 100th Anniversary rocker was given to Boy Scouts attending summer camp at Naish.  Thanks to my neighbors across the street, I was able to get one. Here’s a picture:

    Finally, here are two belt buckles sent along by Matt that were available this summer at the trading post at Camp Naish: one for Camp and one for Tamegonit Lodge.

    Camp Naish BSA 100 Anniversary Belt Buckle

    Tamegonit Lodge BSA 100th Anniversary Belt Buckle

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    Camp patches, particularly the old felt type, are popular items among collectors. I find some of them pretty fascinating in their design and construction, particularly those that have multiple pieces layered together rather than a screen print design. Andy Dubill put together a collection of images of Camp Naish patches called The Patches of Camp Theodore Naish which has some nice old felt camp patches. The oldest Camp Naish-related issue appears to be a troop-issued felt star from Troop 7 from Kansas City, Kansas:

    This one was used in 1934, but was it the first year they used the stars?

    Since there were many other troops camping at Naish during its early days, including my own Troop 86, it makes me wonder if there are other troop-issued felt patches or neckerchiefs from this time. Ask your grandpa and your great-grandpa and let me know what you find out.

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