Scouting History

Scouting History in the Heart of America Council - December 2016

by Andy Dubill, Council Historian

The Council’s First Camp Award

It is the earliest camp award on record. This Camp Award Ribbon was earned by Kansas City, Kansas Scouts who attended Scout camp in 1919. This is believed to be the first award given to Scouts in our council for camp attendance. Even more amazing is that only one is known to exist.

In the 1920's, local Scout camps changed from an award ribbon to a simple felt patch that could be sewn on the Scout's uniform as merit badge sashes did not become popular until 1929. Shown are examples of early felt camp patches from our local council camps. The patch that has been incorrectly identified over the years is the 1929 Camp Dan Sayre patch with the one eagle claw sewn onto the patch. This was actually awarded to all campers who attended summer camp that year - not just the few campers who were inducted into the then new Tribe of Mic-O-Say. 

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