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Origins of the Camp Mascots

          The 1947 Emerald Bay Patch sported a new camp mascot: a cartoon version of a pirate that has come to be known over the years as the crazy pirate. The design may have been inspired by a Yosemite Sam cartoon, from Warner Bothers Animation Studios in Burbank, California. The idea of creating camp mascots started a year earlier when Camp Wolverton introduced a bear wearing a beret with a feather on its 1946 patch. The Wolverton bear had a striking resemblance to a popular MGM studios cartoon character of the 1940's named Barney Bear. For over sixty years, the Wolverton mascot was known as the Hamm's Bear for its resemblance to the symbol of Hamm's beer. However, the Hamm's Beer Bear was not introduced until 1952, six years after being first used at Camp Wolverton.
         Camp Josepho also introduced a cartoon version of an Indian for its mascot in 1947 that may have been inspired by Chief Wahoo of baseball's Cleveland Indians fame. Camp Slauson was the last of the Crescent Bay Council camps to pick a mascot and they chose Disney Studios' Bambi around 1950.

         NOTE:: Emerald Bay patches issued between 1947-53 are all of the same basic design, distinguished by small differences created by reordering multiple times. While the following cataloging approximates the dates these patches were used, it is generally thought that individual runs of patches were used until they ran out and there is likely overlapping of usage between years. Read the  KEY FEATURES under each year to determine the distinguishing characteristics. Refer to the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE for further differences noted between the 1947-53 patches.


1947  
No Border

KEY FEATURES:  NO BORDER  • Skull has DETAILS ON HEAD and Cross Teeth on Mouth • 3" diameter • Silk Screened • No Backing 

 
The pirate patches for 1947 depicted the most detailed version of the original crazy pirate mascot. NOTE: the markings on the skull's forehead and hash marks on the mouth. The pirate wears a circular outlined earring on the right above the sword tip and the sword's handle is clearer and more detailed than subsequent crazy pirate patches used over the next three decades.
 

    1947
Camper
 
  1947
Good Camper
Yellow
  1947
Good Camper
White
  
    camp emerald bay patch good camper
  Image
Unavailable
    Silk screened on felt.
This patch without writing marked the
first time since the camp opened in
1925 that a patch was available to
everyone who attended camp.
  Silk screened on felt.
Yellow Good Camper patch was
awarded to scouts camping at
Emerald Bay for the first time who met
the Good Camper requirements.
  Silk screened on felt.
White Good Camper patch was
awarded to returning campers
from previous summers who met the
Good Camper requirements in 1947.
              

    1947-48
Camp Staff Rocker

Silk screened on felt

This rocker, used at Camp Josepho in 1947-48,
may also have been used at Camp Emerald Bay
in 1947-48.
  camp emerald bay staff

 
   



 Yellow   White   Blue   Color System for Patches 1947-53

          For seven summers between 1947-53, Crescent Bay Council camp patches came in multiple colors each year. The color system started at Camp Josepho which issued its new Indian mascot patch for 1947 in three different colors. Yellow patches were given to first-time "Good Campers" at Josepho. Returning summer campers were given a blue patch and for those Good Campers attending their third or more summers at Josepho, a white patch was awarded.
          Camps Emerald Bay and Wolverton adopted a similar system but neither camp had a significant number of Scout campers returning for the third time in 1947. Having been closed for four years between1942-45, there were few, if any, Scout age campers who had attended Emerald Bay or Wolverton (High Sierra/Sequoia) prior to 1946. So for 1947, it is believed that Emerald Bay and Wolverton had only two colors: Yellow and Blue at Wolverton; Yellow & White at Emerald Bay. By the following year, all three camps had three-time returning campers and so there were Yellow, Blue and White patches issued at each camp.
          The sequence for which colors were awarded is somewhat mysterious and may have changed as the years went by. Written documentation for the color system does not exist. What is known today is either circumstantial or hearsay. It appears that all the
summer camps used yellow for 1st year
. However, Josepho and Wolverton used Blue for 2nd year while Emerald Bay used White for 2nd year. Similarly, Josepho and Wolverton used White for 3rd year and Emerald Bay used Blue for 3rd year.
          To make matters more confusing, there is evidence that by 1952-53, Scoutmasters were given stacks of patches in all three colors to be awarded to the Scouts in their troop as they saw fit, sometimes using the colors to recognize criteria other than the number of times the Scout had been to summer camp.

1948  
Double Ring Black Border

KEY FEATURES
: 
DOUBLE Black Border  • Skull Does NOT have details on head  but has Cross Teeth on mouth •
3 1/2" diameter • Flocked • No Backing
 


1948
Good Camper
Yellow
  1948
Good Camper
White
  1948
Good Camper
Blue
 
 

see varieties of the 1948 patches in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


 
1949  
Single Ring Black Border - SOLID Earring

KEY FEATURES
: 
SINGLE Black Border  •  SOLID EARRING above sword tip • Skull has solid mouth & no details on head • 
3 1/4" diameter • Flocked • No Backing
 


1949
Good Camper
Yellow
  1949
Good Camper
White
  1949
Good Camper
Blue

   


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1950-51 
Single Ring Black Border - OUTLINED Earring

KEY FEATURES
: 
SINGLE Black Border  •  OUTLINED EARRING above sword tip • Skull has solid mouth & no details on head • 
3 1/4" diameter • Flocked • Comes With and Without Backing
 


1950-51
Good Camper
Yellow
  1950-51
Good Camper
White
  1950-51
Good Camper
Blue

   
see varieties of the 1950-51 patches in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE 
 
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    Excerpt from 1948 Emerald Bay Brochure - p. 6
1946-51 
Aquatic Camps


        The Camp Emerald Bay Senior Scout Aquatic Camp started in 1946 and continued into the 1950's & 1960's. The camp was a special session exclusively for older scouts throughout California and the West that followed the end of the regular Scout camping season.      
        Originally called Senior Scout Camp, the name was changed to Senior Scout Aquatic Camp in 1948, then shortened to Aquatic Camp in 1950 and finally to Explorer Camp in 1957. It is unclear if the Aquatic Camps were held between  1952-56.
             
   

The Aquatic Camps at Emerald Bay were conducted as the last session of the summer.
Camp Wolverton similarly held a special session at the end of the summer camping season called the Explorer Pack Trip.
 
1948   1950   1951
  aquatic camp emerald bay patch badge  
Silk screened or flocked on felt.
Hand lettered in pen around regular 1948 Good Camper patch. Prior to the 1950's, scouts would occasionally write on
patches to signify different things
related to how they earned them.
see "Year Marked" Emerald Bay patches.
 
  Flocked on canvass. The design
elements & construction of the 1950
Aquatic Camp patch are similar to the
1950 Crescent Bay Pack Trip patch
 from Camp Wolverton.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
  Silk screened on felt with backing.
The design elements & construction of
the 1951 Emerald Bay Aquatic Camp
patch
are similar to the
1951-53 Explorer Pack Trip patch
from Camp Wolverton.

 


 
  1950-52
Adventure Patrol
 
        Gateway Photo
Camp Emerald Bay
November, 1951
          1952
Area 12A Conference
Order of the Arrow
   

camp emerald bay patch adventure patrol
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
       
  Silk screened on felt.
As early as 1929, a special program for
older scouts, called Adventure Patrol,
was developed at Camp Emerald Bay.
Adventure Patrol lasted into the 1950's when it became "Rugged E"
in the early 1960's.
    Original Kodacolor print.
Camp gateway featured a
war canoe with crossed paddles.
The gateway inspired the
 design of the 1950-52
Adventure Patrol patch.
 
    Embroidered on No-Twill.
Tamet Lodge hosted O.A. Lodges
from Southern California, Nevada
and Arizona at Camp Emerald Bay.
Tamet Lodge also hosted O.A.
Conferences at Camp Josepho
in 1947, 1956 and 1959.
 
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1952-53  
Catalina

KEY FEATURES
: 
SINGLE Black Border  • Says "Catalina" instead of "Good Camper" • 
3" diameter • Flocked • Backing
 



1952-53
Catalina
Yellow
  1952-53
Catalina
White
  1952-53
Catalina
Blue
   
see varieties of the 1952-53 patches in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


Red Backings 1951-53  

Beginning in 1951, Camp Emerald Bay issued blank red felt patches to be worn behind the felt pirate patches. The exact
 purpose of these red backings has never been determined and it might have changed over the few years they were used.

                         TYPE 1                                                               TYPE 2
         
1951-52
Obverse
1951-52
Reverse
   
  1952-53
No Cloth Backing
     
Red felt on backing. 3 3/8" diameter.
At one time it was thought that the
red backings may have signified "Staff"
but documentation is lacking.
 Reverse side shows cloth backing.
Cloth backed red backings have been
seen with both Good Camper and
Catalina pirate patches sewn to them.
       3 3/8" diameter.Felt circles without
backing have only been seen behind Catalina pirate patches.They may have
 been used as a Good Camper awards.


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IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
   
 
1948 Good Camper Pirate Patches 

           Like the felt Camp Josepho patches from the period, the 1948 Emerald Bay patches are known to exist in two different styles.
The designs on the first series are SILK SCREENED on felt while the second series are FLOCKED on felt. It is not known why the patches came both ways but a likely explanation is they were ordered at least two times, with this change in manufacturing process
occurring between the two orders.

  Yellow
 
  1948 First Series
Silk Screened

White
 
  Blue
 
 
       
     

 
    
 
      1948 Second Series
Flocked

 
     
  Yellow
 
  White
 
  Blue
 
 
   



Image
Unavailable
   
             



1950 Aquatic Camp   1950-52 Adventure Patrol
TYPE A
 
    TYPE B
 
   

TYPE A
has GRAY
water & cloud
   
TYPE B
has LIGHT BLUE water & cloud
        
TYPE A
 
    TYPE B

   
 

TYPE A
does not have a
cloth backing.
   
TYPE B
has dark blue
cloth backing.
    (NOTE: difference in colors likely due to fading of TYPE A)


 
How the Silk Screening Process Creates Varieties  
 
          When silk screens are cut, the printer prepares two side-by-side images. This allows the patches to be screened two at a time instead of individually.The process is called TWO UP. Often times, this will create minor differences between the patches screened on the right versus the left. Within the 1950-51 and 1952-53 Camp Emerald Bay patches, it is evident the patches may have been screened FOUR UP or THREE UP.

1950-51 Good Camper Pirate Patches 

         The 1950-51 patches come in two basic types: those with cloth backings and those without cloth backings. FOUR UP varieties occur with and without cloth backings and in each of the colors: yellow, white and blue. These variations were not intentional but today are of interest to collectors.
 
TYPE
  IMAGE    DESCRIPTION 
 
YELLOW
 
WHITE
 
BLUE
                     
1950 
TYPE A



NO BACKING

        THIN BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is CRESCENT SHAPED
Pirate's mouth DOES NOT touch earring.
  
 
  




 

        
 
 
 
 
  
 
1950 
TYPE B



NO BACKING

 

 
THICK BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is CRESCENT SHAPED
Pirate's mouth DOES NOT touch earring







 
 
 
 
 






1950 
TYPE C



NO BACKING

 

 
THICK BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is CRESCENT SHAPED
Pirate's mouth
TOUCHES earring

 

 
Image
Unavailable

 

                      
 1950 
TYPE D



NO BACKING
    THICK BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is RECTANGULAR SHAPED
Pirate's mouth
TOUCHES earring
     
                     
TYPE
 
IMAGE
 
DESCRIPTION
 
YELLOW
 
WHITE
 
BLUE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1951 
TYPE A



  WITH BACKING

 

 
THIN BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is CRESCENT SHAPED
Pirate's mouth ALMOST TOUCHES earring.

 

 

 
Image
Unavailable

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1951 
TYPE B



  WITH BACKING

 

 
THICK BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is CRESCENT SHAPED
Pirate's mouth TOUCHES earring.

 

 
Image
Unavailable

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1951 
TYPE C



  WITH BACKING

 

 
THICK BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is TRAPEZOID SHAPED
Pirate's mouth DOES NOT touch earring.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1951 
TYPE D



  WITH BACKING

 

 
MEDIUM  BLACK LINE
separates upper left bone from skull.
Skull's mouth is RECTANGLE BAR SHAPED
Pirate's mouth DOES NOT touch earring.

 

 

 



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1952-53 Catalina Pirate Patches  

         Three varieties of 1952-53 patches have been noted. Patches from this group also exhibit what is known as Registration Variations. In registration variations, the relationship of different colors often line up differently from patch to patch. Registration variations are not typically cataloged as different collectable varieties.
 
TYPE
  IMAGE    DESCRIPTION 
 
YELLOW
 
WHITE
 
BLUE
                     
1952-3 
TYPE A




      BLACK LINE
separates lower left bone from skull.

Pirate's beard
is made of
ONE WIDE IRREGULAR SHAPE
  


  






        
 
 
 
 
  
 
1952-3 
TYPE B




 

 
BLACK LINE
separates lower left bone from skull.

Pirate's beard
is made of
TWO SEPERATE BLACK  SHAPES







 
 
  
 
 

 

 

 
1952-3 
TYPE C




 

 
NO LINE
separates lower left bone from skull.

Pirate's beard
is made of
ONE WIDE IRREGULAR SHAPE

 

 

 
                     


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