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          Rugged "E", standing for Rugged "Explorer", has been an older scouts adventure program at Camp Emerald Bay since the 1960's or 1950's. The program, originally open to all scouts over the age of 14 whether or not they were Explorer scouts, appears to be the continuation of another older scout program at Emerald Bay called Adventure Patrol. Adventure Patrol started in 1929 or earlier and is known to have awarded patches which most likely were worn on neckerchiefs. Very little information exits describing how Adventure Patrol worked but it appears to have been a physically demanding schedule geared towards keeping athletic older scouts engaged while the rest of their unit participated in the typical Emerald Bay camping program.
          The exact time that Adventure Patrol ended at Emerald Bay and Rugged "E" began is unclear but appears to be in the late 1950's
or early 1960's. Today, Rugged "E" is the cornerstone of Camp Emerald Bay's Rugged Adventures program and distinguishes the Camp as having one of the most physically challenging, if not the coolest, scout adventure programs of any camp in the United States. Rugged Explorers are challenged to experience a little bit of everything including leading their crew up Silver Peak, one of the highest peaks on Catalina Island, soar down hills on a unique mountain biking endeavor, cruise through crystal waters in a canoe, and spend many starlit nights on beaches around the island.


    1964-65
 
  1968-71
 
   
    camp emerald bay neckerchief      
    Black cotton with white silk screening & red piped edge.
Possibly the first Rugged "E" neckerchief.
   Black cotton with hemmed edge
& white silk screened lettering.
   

Rugged "E" neckerchiefs were worn around camp by participants selected at each camping session.


 
    1968-69
Rugged Camp Staff
 
  1972-74
 
   
         
    Participant's Rugged "E" neckerchief with several alterations.
A felt triangle is sewn over the "E" and the 1968 Camp Staff
strip
is sewn below. Red marking pen over white silk screened letters. It is thought that these neckerchiefs were modified
and worn by those Camp Emerald Bay Staff selected
to run the strenuous Rugged "E" program.
  Dark Blue cotton with hemmed edge
& white silk screening.



 
   


 
    1975-76
 
  1976-Early 1980's
 
   
   
       
    Black cotton with hemmed edge
& red silk screened lettering.
  Pale Blue cotton with hemmed edge
& red silk screened lettering
   


 
    1980's
 
  Mid 1980's
 
   
   
 
   
    Black cotton with hemmed edge & white silk screened lettering.
Possibly used beginning 1983.
  Light blue cotton with hemmed edge
& navy blue silk screened lettering.
   



1990's
         
White cotton "e" applied to blue cotton neckerchief
with processed and pinking shears cut edge.


 
    2000's
TYPE 1 -
Black Marrowed Edge
 
  2000's
TYPE 2 -
Green Hemmed Edge
 
   
         
    Green poly blend material with BLACK MARROWED EDGE
& black silk screened lettering
  Green poly blend material with HEMMED edge
& black silk screened lettering.
   

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Other Rugged Adventure Programs: "C" - "O" - "S"

Camp Emerald Bay's Rugged "E" program was expanded in the early 2000's to include Rugged Adventures in different areas.

    2000's
Rugged "C" (Canoe)

  
  2000's
Rugged "O" (Oceanographer)

  
   
         
    Light cream poly blend with hemmed edge &
black silk screened lettering.
Rugged Canoers navigate eight-person war canoes
through ocean swells and breaking surf on a 60 mile canoeing
expedition around the island. Participants explore some of Catalina's hidden snorkeling spots and lead their team past magnificent palisades for stunning panoramic views.
  Blue poly blend with hemmed edge &
white silk screened lettering.
Rugged Oceanographers learn advanced dive techniques including search & recovery dives, while completing the PADI Advanced Open Water Certification. Combining the resources of the Pennington Marine Science Center participants also study the complex underwater ecosystems in Catalina's best diving spots.
   


 
        2000's
Rugged "S" (Scuba)
 
   
           
        Red poly blend with hemmed edge and white silk screening.
Rugged Scuba requires participants to already have their swimming merit badge but assumes there is no previous
scuba diving experience. Participants are taught skills
needed to complete the PADI open-water diving certification
& Scuba Diving merit badge.
   


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