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I received this picture earlier this week of a Group of Boy Scouts from Olathe attending the 1953 National Jamboree held at the Irvine Ranch in California. The picture was used in an Olathe, Kansas newspaper, possibly the Olathe Mirror. The caption notes that all of the Scouts are from Olathe with the exception of a few noted below.

Scouts Attending the 1953 National Jamboree

Group portrait of Scouts from Olathe, Gardner, and Lenexa, Kansas before their trip to the 1953 National Jamboree. Top row, L to R: 1) Jim Silvers, 2) Bob Starrett, 3) Bob McCreary, 4) Hugh Bruner, Jr.; second row from top: 1) Jerry Bush, 2) Harry Roth, 3) Ron Bonjour (Lenexa, KS); third row from top: 1) Howard Hougland, 2) Roger Kaster, 3) Jim Kean; fourth row from top: 1) Thomen Reece (Gardner, KS), 2) Don Catlin; front row: 1) Tom Rendleman, 2) Bruce Burns, 3) Stanton Shopmaker, 4) Norb Garrett.

An interesting note: Two newspaper clippings I received noted that Norb Garrett (shown in the front row at the far right) sustained a head injury while participating in a hike at the Jamboree. The article states that he suffered a slight concussion after hitting his head on a stone. Following his injury, his parents traveled to California to be with their son.

Thanks to Gene T. for sharing this information.

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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

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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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A Broad Kaw Valley reader seeking help identifying an item sent the image below.

It looks like a satin/silk neckerchief with a chain-stitched globe with a numeral “7” superimposed over it. It also has red chain-stitched “Kaw Council” text and a red ribbon border.

Some possible explanations:

  • A Kaw Council 7th (1951) World Jamboree contingent neckerchief
  • A Kaw Council Region 7 Canoe Base contingent neckerchief
  • Something else altogether?

If you have any information about this neckerchief, please send me an email: broadkawvalley at gmail.com.

Also, if you have a Kansas City area item that you need help identifying, drop me a line and I’ll post it.

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As the Centennial year for the Boy Scouts of America winds down, let’s rewind 50 years to BSA Golden Jubilee (50 years) and the 1960 National Jamboree held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The following images show several neckerchiefs one with a handmade look to it (Troop 52) and four with the same design, but of different colors.  I assume these each represent different troops from Kaw Council…but I don’t  have information to back that up. I found three of the neckerchiefs (red, yellow, green) together with a “Prairie Village”  red and white community strip and a “77” troop numeral patch (not two separate 7s, but one patch with two 7s). Troop 77 may have been one of the jamboree troops from Kaw Council. Also, the Troop 52 neckerchief could be out of Lawrence, Kansas, home to non-Jamboree Troop 52. This could have been made for Scouts that visited the Jamboree from Lawrence or a 2nd neckerchief for one of the four troops…or something else altogether. Have a look:

Kaw Council Troop 52, 1960 National Jamboree Neckerchief

Kaw Council 1960 National Jamboree neckerchief, blue

Kaw Council 1960 National Jamboree neckerchief, yellow

Kaw Council 1960 National Jamboree neckerchief, red

Interestingly, the 1960 Camp Naish summer camp staff neckerchief had a similar design with a few minor modifications: the green cloth is a lighter green and adds the text “Staff” below the 50th anniversary image. See below for a close up comparison.

Kaw Council 1960 National Jamboree neckerchief, green (top) and Camp Naish 1960 Staff neckerchief (bottom)

As always, if you have more images to add, please let me know!

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This auction from a couple of weeks ago got me thinking about the SCOUTORAMA!

1961 Scoutorama Program Auction

In my experience, Kaw Council Scoutorama patches/memorabilia are generally dismissed by collectors as something that is not worth the effort of collecting.  Maybe it is because it seems there are so many 1972, 1973, 1974 Kaw Council Scoutorama patches floating around? 

After looking at the item above, it made me realize there are a lot of Kaw Council Scoutorama items out there (neckercheif slides, patches, programs)…the items below are probably just the tip of the ice bergorama.  I imagine the Scoutorama was a showcase of Scout skills similar to a Scout Show or a Round Up.  Interestingly the name of the event had several iterations “Scoutorama” “Royal Kaw-Rama” “Kaw-Rama” among them.  Also, I found it interesting that some of the programs state that the event was held in the American Royal Building…outside of the Kaw Council service area…in Missouri!

Scoutorama Neckerchief Slides

 

Kaw-Rama Patches

 

1953 and 1955 SCOUTORAMA Programs

 

And don’t forget the essential piece of your wardrobe…the 1971 Scoutorama belt buckle:

Classy!

 The earliest item from the Scoutorama/Kaw-Rama I can pick out is the 1948 leather slide and the latest is the 1974 patch (the councils merged in 1974).  That means there are probably many more items from this event that are unaccounted for!  Keep an eye out and let me know if you find anything.

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