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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

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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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Here’s an interesting flea market find:  a 1941 Boy Scout Round Up neckerchief from Kansas City.  According to “Trail to Eagle:  Six Decades of Scouting in Kansas City 1910-1970,”  Kansas City began hosting annual Boy Scout Round Ups in 1912.  The book states that it was an indoor event intended to showcase Boy Scout skills (pioneering, first aid, firebuilding, etc.) and that the Kansas City event was the first of its kind held indoors. 

The neckerchief is a standard-issue Boy Scout neckerchief with a stencil/block print on top.  It could have been made on site and available to the boys or possibly made by a troop to wear during the event.  I’ve never seen an item similar to this but would enjoy seeing a picture of yours if you have one.

1941 Kansas City Boy Scout Round Up

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This week we stray to the east, to what is now Powell Gardens. As you may know, Powell Gardens, the very popular botanical garden, southeast of Kansas City, was previously a Boy Scout Camp. The history web page for the gardens states, “Mr. Powell donated the 640-acre farm to the Kansas City Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who used it as a regional camp until 1984,” at which time Heart of America Council disposed of the property.

In reading, Trail to Eagle: Six Decades of Scouting in Kansas City, there is reference to Camp Powell being split into two sections: one for district and unit events and one for training. The book states that Ernst Training Area (ETA) was located near the largest lake. Camp Powell was used for training activities for youth and adults. In the early 1980s the Brownsea leadership camp was held at Camp Powell.

Following are some scans of patches that say “ETA”, both participant and staff and also a conservation patch, from a local collection:


Participant


Conservation


Staff

Did anyone attend training at the Ernst training area? Does anyone recognize the patches?

To close, here are three Camp Powell patches:


Kansas City Area Council-era

No council name


Heart of America Council-era

In response to this post, reader Matt Perryn sent the following scan of a KCAC-era Powell Scout Reservation Patch on white twill.  Compare to the first Powell patch above which has an off white twill background.  Thanks, Matt!

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This week we have five jamboree contingent items from the 1964 National Jamboree, which was held at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The first four are contingent neckerchiefs from the Kansas City Area Council. I assume the different colors were used by different troops from KCAC.

Thanks to Ryan Meador for the last three scans!

This same general design was used for the 1969 Jamboree as well. See my earlier post about contingent items from that Jamboree.

The last item is a small folding comb from KCAC. Jamborees seem to yield a great deal of odd and unique items. At one time I had a small woven sack of wheat from Quvira Council in Wichita, Kansas. I am sure there are a host of other oddities with which this comb could be included.

I can imagine all of the Jamboree participants lining up to get their council-issued combs before departing for Valley Forge. Look sharp, boys!

Does anyone have additional 1964 National Jamboree KCAC contingent items?

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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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