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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.

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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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    It seems that since the early days of Boy Scout camps, there has been a need to recognize those campers that return for year after year. In some of the early felt camp patches there are patches that state, 1st year camper, 2nd year camper, 3rd year camper, or something similar. An alternative, and the system used for Camp Naish, is the rocker. There are five eras of rockers. The first is a chevron-type that typically goes with the Daniel Boone or Frontiersman camp patch. The chevron is a red bar that went below the camp patch. These were used from around 1941-1944.

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     A camper from this time period indicated that there was also a white version of this chevron that was used for a winter camping event held at Camp Naish around 1941 or 1942.  Does anyone have additional information about this event?

    The next type is the red and green twill variety. These were used from 1945-1950 with the early white twill versions of the Camp Naish patch.

    Following that is the white and red twill variety. These were used from 1951-1962 An were used with later versions of the white twill of the Camp Naish patch.

    Up next is the green and red twill. These were used from 1963-1977 with the green twill versions of the Camp Naish patch.

    The current era is white and red twill again. These have been used since 1978.
    These have a more uniform font than the previous white and red twill versions and typically have plastic backing.

    Camp Naish is not the only Camp to use the rockers, there are many other versions out there with alternate color schemes. Also, there have been other special-issue rockers for Camp Naish, including outpost versions, that I’ll post about later.

    Keep on rockin’.

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    Through the years Camp Naish anniversaries have been celebrated with special events and patches. I was on the 75th Camp Naish Anniversary committee in 2001, helping organize the memorabilia display in the South Camp dining hall. Here’s a look at some of the special issues used to honor the history of Camp Naish:

    1986 60th Anniversary

    1991 65th Anniversary

    1996 70th Anniversary (based on the Packard High Adventure Base Patch)

    2001 75th Anniversary

    2001 75th Anniversary Take Two

    Note: The first batch came back with the wrong Indian head artwork and were replaced with this version. Here’s the letter explaining what happeded:


    Click for a Larger Version of the Letter

    2001 75th Anniversary Neckerchief for former staff members

    There was also another special issue 75th Anniversary patch for the organizing committee that I will post about soon.

    Was there an 80th Anniversary patch for 2006?

    Am I forgetting any others?

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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.

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    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.

    Thanks!

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    At the Kansas City Trade-O-Ree in February 2009, Dave Evans had a couple of interesting neckerchiefs that he picked up at an estate sale:

    1976 Camp Site Shawnee

    1976 Camp Site Shawnee

     

    Camp Site Sioux Neckerchief
    Camp Site Sioux Neckerchief

    Neither neckerchief appears to be professionally made judging by the quality and definition in the design.  They both appear to be made of a muslin material.  The 1975 neckerchief, complete with “Sioux” typo appears to be screen printed.  It is also not clear if these were made by a troop that camped in these sites or if all campsites had specific neckerchiefs during this time period.  Have you seen something similar?  Do you remember getting one as a camper?

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    As I wrote a few weeks ago, my dad attended Camp Naish with Troop 299 of Prairie Village, Kansas from 1960-1962. Following is a scan of his camp information packet provided by his troop from 1960.  Click on each image for a larger version.

    Opening page with Camp Naish “TN” brand and Troop 299 logo (plus my dad’s name typed on a small piece of paper):

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    Important songs to know for camp, all of which are still used today:

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    Dos and Don’ts 

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    Finally, What to Bring to Camp – complete with my dad’s checkmarks, the old camp address and a warning from the Council Health and Safety Committee that NO WATERMELONS are permitted at camp.  Why?

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    How many scouts used a straw tick mattress at camp this summer?

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    Kaw Outpost

    This week we have two interesting Outpost patches that I picked up at an auction a while back.  They are Kaw Outpost patches awarded to campers that participated in the program at Camp Naish.  As with many other camps, the leadership at Camp Naish tried various programs to attract older scouts back to camp with interesting activities.  These patches date to the early 1960s and were used following the outpost rockers.

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    I am not sure how long these patches were used for the program or if there is any significance between the color schemes.

    If you have any information about the patches, drop me a line.

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