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         Beverly Hills was one of the original districts in Crescent Bay Council dating back to the 1920's. Its boundaries included the City of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Coldwater Canyon and possibly some parts of the South Robertson neighborhood. Beverly Hills District sponsored swimming meets during the 1940's and 50's and held their first camporee at Beverly Hills High School on May 24-25, 1941. Annual events included Wilderness, Cactus, Desert and Snow Camps, Gold Rush Days; Pioneer Days; Explorer Cruises, Olympiads and Camporees including participation in four "Council-Wide" camporees in 1946, 1953, 1960, & 1971.
         The camporee and activity patches for Beverly Hills District are the most difficult to sort out among all the various Crescent Bay Council Districts. Beverly Hills held many events for which no patch appears to have been made. Some of the patches that were issued have no identifying wording that would verify a link between the event, date and district. To make matters more confusing, during the 1960's and early 1970's, the district used mostly generic patches available though BSA National Supply that were also used by other scout councils around the country.
         NOTE: Past member scouts from Beverly Hills District have provided information to build this listing. The majority of dates and locations for Beverly Hills events have been reconstructed through detailed analysis of the Crescent Bay Council calendars published each month in the "Round-Up" council newsletter and the Crescent Bay Area Council news clipping scrapbook. In some cases, information listed in the calendars and scrapbook is missing or incomplete.


1949
Location & Dates Unknown
  1952
Location & Dates Unknown
  1956
Location & Dates Unknown
   
Silk screened on cotton.
The Gold Rush theme was used for Beverly Hills camporees through the early 1960's.
  Silk screened on synthetic fabric with Naugahyde backing.

 
  Flocked on coarse no-twill.


 



  1957
Camp Emerald Bay
Dates Unknown
  1957
Beverly Hills High School
November 2

   


 
  Flocked on Sateen.
Cruises to Emerald Bay were held by most
of Crescent Bay's districts. This patch and an Emerald Bay Cruise segment are the only known badges for the many district Cruise events held throughout the 1950's-60's.
  Flocked on twill.
The Olympiad was a one day athletic competition at the High School gym.
NOTE: Beverly Hills also held a camporee
on November 30-December 1,1957. Location unknown; no patch
is known to have been issued.



1958
Pioneer Day
May 24

 
The Pioneer Day was a Beverly Hills District event hosted or staffed by Sioux Chapter from the Order of the Arrow.

Participant
Staff
Staff Advisor








Burned on leather. All of these patches are also listed as Sioux Chapter, Order of the Arrow event patches.


Cactus Camp & Mt. Afton Desert Camp Patches

          The 1957-58 Cactus Camps and Mt. Afton Desert Camps remain one of the great mysteries of Crescent Bay Council Insignia. These patches issued between 1957-1962 were used in Crescent Bay Council for camporees held in Joshua Tree National Monument but written documentation identifying them specific to a particular District or multiple districts has yet to be found. Association with Beverly Hills District is the likely origin of most or all of these patches although it is possible that some of them were for events in Santa Monica, Marina or Will Rogers Districts.
          NOTE: Joshua Tree National Monument was created in 1936. It became a National Park in 1994.

1957
Joshua Tree National Monument
  April 27-28


1958
Joshua Tree National Monument
  April 19-20

1959
Joshua Tree National Monument
May 2-3


Embroidered on no-twill. There is a reference to the 1957 Cactus Camp being held at Wheeler Gorge in North Ojai, CA
But the patch showing Joshua Trees suggest the camp was likely held in the Joshua Tree National Monument.


Embroidered on no-twill, with Joshua Tree.
NOTE: Beverly Hills also held a camporee
on November 22, 1958 at Circle B Ranch; no patch is known to have been issued.




Embroidered on no-twill. There is a reference to the 1959 Desert Camp being held at Barton Flats.







1960
Joshua Tree National Monument
May 28-29


1961
Joshua Tree National Monument
May 5-6


1962
Joshua Tree National Monument
May 4-5






Embroidered on no-twill. There is a reference to the 1960 Desert Camp
being held at Circle X but that location seems unlikely. Circle X is located in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu,
far from any desert.


Embroidered on no-twill.  Joshua Tree National Monument was created by Congress in 1936 and the park celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1961, further evidence that Mt. Afton was located in Joshua Tree. There is a reference to the 1961 Desert Camp again being held at Circle X but this reference may be a typo.

Fully embroidered of Asian
manufacture. The significance of
the 5 stars is unknown. 1961 was the 5th time that Beverly Hills had camped at
Mt. Afton but it makes no sense for 1962.

mt afton; cave mountain
          Mt. Afton, itself, is a mystery that has persisted more than fifty years. It seems there is no record of any mountain in California named Mt. Afton. An Afton Canyon exists in the northern Mojave Desert over 100 miles north of Joshua Tree National Park towards Barstow, CA on Interstate 15. Unfortunately, no peaks or mountains around Afton Canyon look anything like the distinctive mountain rendered on the Desert Camp patches.
          There is, however, a peak in the Coxcomb Mountains that does resemble the one on the Desert Camp patches. National Park Service images reveal a peak in the northern part of the Coxcomb Range which is accessible from highway 60 along the Northeastern border of Joshua Tree National Park. Current and old maps of the area indicate it is in a grouping of three peaks, none of which are officially named to this day. Maps as far back as 1953 also clearly show a short dirt access road off highway 60 into the base of the three peaks ending in a place marked "cars parked here", suggesting a trail head or camping spot. The National Park service photo to the left is taken from that approximate parking location.
          Articles also exist (Desert Magazine), written by hikers documenting their forays into the Coxcombs. In the late 1950's, hikers informally named the three peaks: Spectre (the tallest at 4,480' elev.), Dyadic, and Aqua. These names have loosely stuck over the years but rarely do they show up on any maps. New generations of hikers have also referred to Mt Spectre as Mt. Coxcomb. The evidence suggests that what has unofficially come to be known as Mt. Spectre (a.k.a. Mt. Coxcomb) was known to the Scouts of Beverly Hills as Mt. Afton in the late 1950's and early 60's.
 

More than any of the other Districts in Crescent Bay Council, Beverly Hills District used Generic patches for its camporees.
Generic patches were available to councils through the the National B.S.A. Supply Division and other patch companies.
They were often used to save money or when there was not enough lead-time to have a unique design made.

1959
Circle B Ranch
  November 14-15


1960
Camp Slauson
May 14-15


1961
Verdugo Pines
February







Embroidered generic patch on twill.
Also used by Marina District for their camporee May 16-17, 1959 at Hurkey Creek


Embroidered on twill.
Gold Rush Days held as a camporee to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of BSA.

Embroidered generic patch on twill.




1962
Location Unknown
  April 5-6
  1963
Location Unknown
  May 4-5
  1963
Location Unknown
Fall
   
Flocked on twill.
NOTE: Beverly Hills also held a Snow Campout  March 3-4, 1962 at Camp Roosevelt and a camporee on October 27-28, 1962, location unknown.
No patch is known to have been issued
for either event. 
  Embroidered generic patch on twill.
NOTE: Marina District also used this patch for their camporee on May 18-19.




  Embroidered Generic patch.
Confirmed to have been used by
Beverly Hills District



 




1964
San Gorgonio Wilderness
May 16-17


1964
Circle B Ranch
November 7-8






Embroidered generic patch on twill.

Embroidered generic patch on twill.
These pateches are confirmed to have been used by Beverly Hills District

 
Generic patches were available to councils through the the National B.S.A. Supply Division and other patch companies.
They were often used to save money or when there was not enough lead-time to have a unique design made.

1965
White Water River
May 1-2
  1965
Los Padres National Forest
McGill Campground
October 2-3
  1966
San Gorgonio Wilderness
Dry Lake
April 30-May 1
 
 
Embroidered generic patch on twill.






   Embroidered Generic patch on twill.
Confirmed to have been used by
Beverly Hills District.




  Embroidered Generic patch.
Camp held at Dry Lake Campground.
Also pictured in the Tamet Lodge
 "Where-to-Camp" book from 1971.
This  patch, confirmed to be used by Beverly Hills District, may have been used for a different year in the late 1960's.



1966
Sycamore Canyon
October 22-23


Mid 1960's
Camporee Slide


 

Crescent Bay Area Council began using cast bronze neckerchief slides in 1963 as sales awards for
Scout-O-Rama.
Beverly Hills District
used this slide in place
of patches for different camporees but It is not currently known for which ones.
Embroidered generic patch.
Confirmed to be used by Beverly Hills District although it may have been for the spring camporee that year.

Anodized cast bronze.








  1967
   Location Unknown
  May 6-7
  1968
Mt. San Gorgonio
May 18-19



Embroidered on twill.
 
     Front
                   Back

Embroidered Generic patch.

NOTE: Beverly Hills also held a camporee
on October 6-8, the location is unknown.
No patch is known to have been issued.
  Attending Scout wrote date and location on the back of patch with pen, thereby documenting for posterity the particulars of the camporee for which this generic patch was issued.





1968

1969
1970
Location Unknown
October 6-8


     
Anacapa Island
May 3-4
Slide

  Location Unknown Fall
Slide

 

Embossed & printed on plastic discs,
applied to a polished brass neckerchief slide base.
Made by Camp Sales Co.and used for the
1969 Spring & Fall camporees instead of patches.   
San Gorgonio Wilderness
Dry Lake
May 2-3



Embroidered Generic patch.

see close-ups of these slides  
Embroidered Generic patch.



1970
Location Unknown
October 24-25
  1971
Location Unknown
Fall
  1972
Location & Date Unknown


   
Embroidered Generic patch.
"Beverly Hills" written in pen on front.


  Embroidered Generic patch.
All district camporees for Spring 1971
were replaced by the Crescent Bay
Area Council Ecol-O-Ree.

  Embroidered Generic patch.
It is not known if there was a
second Beverly Hills camporee in 1972.



The number, date and locations of possible Beverly Hills Camporee(s) in 1973 are not known.

Beverly Hills District merged with Westwood District to become Portola Trail District in 1974.



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