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About Council Camporals & Camporees

            
The Crescent Bay Council Camporal was first held in 1933 at Pacific Palisades Athletic Field in Temescal Canyon. It was designed as a pre-qualifying, two-day overnight camping event for the Regional Camporal of top patrols from Southern California held at Griffith Park two weeks later. Formats for the Camporals changed over time but further expanded on the idea of Scout Skill competitions by grading troop and patrol performance in actual camping conditions. The 1939 Crescent Bay Camporal instructions characterized the event as: "a public demonstration of Patrol camping technique". see the 1939 Camporee Log Book
          "Standard Troop" was a troop grading system started by Crescent Bay Council in the late 1920's. It was continued in the Camporals which took on a life of their own as camping skill competitions for troops in addition to the annual Pow Wow's.
          For reasons unknown, the Camporal name was changed to Camporee in 1938 and then both names seem to have been used through the early 1940's. To add to the confusion, Crescent Bay Council instituted a program of District Camporees in 1941 to determine which troops would be invited to the Council Camporal held in conjunction with the dedication of Camp Josepho.

           Beginning in 1942, Crescent Bay settled on Camporal for the Council camping weekend and Camporee for the district camping events. This nomenclature continued through 1953 when the last Crescent Bay Camporal was held.  After 1953, two more Council camping events were organized: one for the 50th BSA Anniversary Jubilee Camporee in 1960 and then again in 1971 for the Ecol-O-Ree - Conservation Camporee.
           "A" Standard Troop
 Leather Patch
1932



Embossed with red & green ink on leather. 
   
   
   
NOTE: "Camp O Ral" was also the name of an annual Region 12 camping event that Crescent Bay Council participated in.


List of
Crescent Bay Council Camporals/rees
1933-71

YEAR
DATE

LOCATION
NAME
1933 Sept 30 -Oct 1

Pacific Palisades Field, Temescal Canyon
Camp-O-Ral
1934 May 5-7

West Los Angeles Playgrounds
Combined Camp-O-Ral
& Pow Wow

1935 May 11-12

Lincoln Junior High School, Venice
Camp-O-Ral
1936
April 25-26

U.C.L.A. Athletic Field, Westwood, CA
Camp-O-Ral
1937


U.C.L.A  Athletic Field, Westwood, CA
Camp-O-Ral
1938 May 14-15

U.C.L.A  Athletic Field, Westwood, CA
Camporee
1939 May 6-7
U.C.L.A  Athletic Field, Westwood, CA
Camporee
1940 May 4-5
        
U.C.L.A  Athletic Field, Westwood, CA
Camporee
1941
June 7-8

Camp Josepho, Rustic Canyon
Council Camp-O-Ral
District Camporee
1942
May 23-24

Camp Josepho, Rustic Canyon
Council Camp-O-Ral
District Camporee
1943


Camp Josepho, Rustic Canyon
Council Camp-O-Ral / Camporee
District Camporee / Camporette
1944


U.C.L.A Athletic Field, Westwood, CA
Council Camp-O-Ral
1945 Beverly Hills High School  Council Camp-O-Ral
1946 May 19-20 Originally scheduled for Chilao Flats,
then moved to U.C.L.A. Athletic Field
Camp-O-Ral
1947-
1950


NO CAMPORALS HELD
Crescent Bay did participate in REGIONAL Camporal in 1947 & 1948

1951 June 2-3 Once thought to have been held at Chilao Flats, actual location was Douglas White Oak Ranch, Simi, CA Camporal
1952 


NO CAMPORAL HELD

1953 April 18-19 Reseda Park 49er Camporal
1954-
1959


NO CAMPORALS HELD

1960 July 23-24 U.C.L.A Athletic Field, Westwood, CA 50th Anniversary Jubilee Camporee
1961-
1970


NO CAMPORALS HELD

1971 April 30-
May 2
Circle B Scout Ranch Ecol-O-Ree Conservation Camporee
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