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          Pow Wow's were comprised of different scouting competitions that pitted troops and patrols  against each other. Events included Fire Building; Drills; Knot Tying; Water Boiling for time; Inspections; Signaling; Races; Bugling and Tent Pitching. During the 1930's, model airplane and model boating competitions were included. 
          Trophies, Pennants, Ribbons, hand-made Leather awards and even cakes were presented to winning troops and patrols.
Leather awards precede patches and are among the earliest insignia known from Crescent Bay Area Council. Scrap leather was readily available and commonly used during the 1930's because leather insignia and ribbons could be made in small numbers at nominal cost.


 
1927 Pow Wow
Lincoln Junior High School, Santa Monica

May 14

Ribbons
The earliest known Pow Wow awards date to 1927. These silk ribbons are imprinted with gold lettering.

Bugling
Second Place
Water Boiling
Third Place

Close-Order Drill
Third Place





 


1928 Pow Wow
Uplifters Club, Rustic Canyon
May 26

Crescent Bay Award Medal
circa Late 1920's
Bronze medal using "Service Scout" design top-bar. Possibly used as a Pow Wow award or a Crescent Bay program in conjunction with the "Service Scout" in the late 1920's. It is unknown if this medal was issued in silver or gold.




 
1929 Pow Wow & Field Meet
1929 Los Angeles Municipal Playground, Sawtelle (West Los Angeles)
May 11

 The 1929 Crescent Bay District Council Annual Field Meet is documented to be a Pow Wow
although the leather award calls it a Field Meet.

Santa Monica Evening Outlook Articles


May 10, 1929  pg. 16

          May 13, 1929  pg. 9




Pow Wow events included: Wall Scaling, an event requiring running
60 yards and scaling a wall 9' 6" tall; Water boiling for time; Fire by Friction;
Signaling, Semaphore; Inspection; Close Order Drills; and Archery.


Troop 17 Beverly Hills won the event for the second year in a row.
Troop 1 Santa Monica came in 2nd with Troop 37 Beverly Hills coming in 3rd

 

Leather Award
Second Place Water Boiling
May 11, 1929

 
   
        This leather award is the only known insignia from the 1929 Pow Wow. The award is the size of what today would be called a jacket patch although it was likely meant to be pinned to a wall in a scout house or a troop flag.
      The 1929 Field Meet leather
is unique and significant in the entirety of Crescent Bay Council insignia because:
  • It is the only known insignia that says: Crescent Bay DISTRICT Council.
  • It is the only known insignia in the shape of the Council's geographic boundaries.


      Black and Red ink on leather. Size: 10" x 10"
   



1930

NOTE: For Reasons unknown, no Crescent Bay Council Pow Wow was held in 1930.



Leather Patches & Ribbons of the 1930's

In the decade of the Great Depression, spending money on professionally manufactured patches and awards was a luxury.
Hand drawn items on scrap leather could be made in very small quantities for almost no cost.

  
1931 Pow Wow
West Los Angeles Municipal Playground, Nebraska and Granville Streets

May 23
 
Leather Awards were made for troops winning various contests and competitions.
The awards were designed to be tied to a troop flag pole.
These awards are constructed of black ink on leather.
 
Dressing Race
 1st Place
Troop 34
  Inspection
 1st Place
Troop 34
  Knot Tying
 2nd Place
Troop 34
   

 
 
   
The details of the Dressing Race
are unknown.
 
  Inspections were common to scouts, grading the neatness of their camps & correctness of their uniforms.   A timed contest comprised of tying a variety of knots known to scouts and
part of their advancement criteria.
 

    Skin the Snake
 1st Place
Troop 34

Water Boiling
 1st Place
Troop 34
   
                         
     
    Apparently, an interesting competition involved the speed with which a live snake could be skinned.
  Getting a predetermined volume of water to reach
the boiling point.
 
   

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1932 Pow Wow
1932 West Los Angeles Municipal Playground, Stoner & Missouri Avenues

May 14
 
The 1932 awards are crudely lettered with dark brown ink on leather. Troop 34 awards have "1932 Pow Wow" written in pencil.
Like the year before, competition for awards was by troop. In 1936, the competition for awards was on a patrol basis.

Dressing Race
 1st Place
Troop 34
 
Inspection
 1st Place
Troop 34
 
Knot Tying
 1st Place
Troop 34
 
Knot Tying
 3rd Place
Troop 15
 

 
 
 
 
 


 
The details of the Dressing Race are unknown.

 
 
Inspections were common to scouts, grading the neatness of their camps & correctness of their uniforms.
 
A timed contest comprised of tying a variety of knots known to scouts and part of their advancement criteria.
 
A timed contest comprised of tying a variety of knots known to scouts and part of their advancement criteria.

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1933 Pow Wow
West Los Angeles Municipal Playground, Stoner & Missouri Avenues
Training Session: Camp Slauson, Topanga
Model Yacht Regatta: Point Mugu Lagoon, Ventura County
May 27-28

Hand lettered with black ink. As in previous years awards were given on a troop basis.
 
Dressing Race
 2nd Place
Troop 34
 
 
Fire by Friction
1st Place
Troop 34
 

 
Fire by Friction
  3rd Place
Troop 34
 
 
Inspection
1st Place
Troop 34
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 



 
The details of the Dressing Race are unknown.

 
 
Fire by Friction was a contest of generating heat by spinning a stick, the oldest form of fire making.
 
Fire by Friction was a contest of generating heat by spinning a stick, the oldest form of fire making.
 
Inspections were common to scouts, grading the neatness of their camps & correctness of their uniforms.



Knot Tying
1st Place
Troop 34

 
Signaling Morse
 2nd Place
Troop 34

 
Tent Pitching
 1st Place
Troop 34

  Water Boiling
 1st Place
Troop 34



 
 
 
 


 
 
   
A timed contest comprised of tying a variety of knots known to scouts and part of their advancement criteria.

 
 
Signaling included semaphore (flags) & Morse Code, both relevant communication techniques in the first half of the 20th Century .
 
Timed contest testing how quickly a troop tent could be erected.



 
  Getting a predetermined volume of water to reach the boiling point.
 

 


1934 Pow Wow & Camp-O-Ral
West Los Angeles Playground
May 7


1934 marked the one and only year the Pow Wow was combined with the Council Camporal on the same weekend.
Awards for the 1934 Pow Wow say "Camporal" on them, but they were awarded for the Pow Wow events.

   see  >  1934 Pow Wow  awards marked as Camp-O-Ral  

Fire by Friction
1st Place
Blue Eagle Tr. 34

 
Knot Tying
1st Place
Blue Eagle Tr. 34

 
Signaling
  3rd Place
White Cobra Tr. 34


 
 

 

 
 
 A timed contest in creating fire by spinning a stick
 
 A timed contest for tying basic
scout knots

 
 Signaling included semaphore and
Morse code.


 
 
Tent Pitching
1st Place
Beaver Tr. 34

  Tent Pitching
1st Place
Blue Eagle Tr. 34

 
 
 
 
 
                
 

 
 
 
 
 Another timed contest on setting up a scout tent.
 
 
 



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1935 Pow Wow
Lincoln Junior High School
Santa Monica
February 9
 
Crescent Bay Council held a Pow Wow and a Camp-O-Ral as separate events in 1935.
The 1935 awards are similar to those of previous years being constructed of black ink on leather.
 
Drill
1st Place
Troop 34
 


This large leather ( 9" x 12" ) was likely designed to be displayed on a wall.
The details of the DRILL contest are not known.



 Attendance
  1st Place
Troop 34
   Bugling
 3rd Place
Troop 34
   Fire by Friction
1st Place
Troop 34
 

 
       

 
Troops with the highest attendance at the Pow Wow won the attendance award.
 
  The details of the Bugling contest
are unknown.
 
  Fire by Friction was a contest of generating heat by spinning a stick,
 the oldest form of fire making.



Flint & Steel
 1st Place
Troop 34
  Inspection
 1st Place
Troop 34
  Knot Tying
 3rd Place
Troop 34
  Signaling Morse
 2nd Place
Troop 34
     

 
   




 
   


A timed event for one of the oldest forms of making fire.

 
  Inspections were common to scouts, grading the neatness of their camps & correctness of their uniforms.   A timed contest comprised of tying a variety of knots known to scouts and part of their advancement criteria.   Morse Code was a very important means of communication in the first half of the 20th Century.



Signaling Semiphore
 3rd Place
Troop 34

  Tent Pitching
 1st Place
Troop 34
  Water Boiling
 1st Place
Troop 34
 
 
 

  
 



 
Semaphore was a means of communicating with flags in the field that pre-dates the invention of the telephone.   Timed contest testing how quickly
a troop tent could be erected.
 
  Getting a predetermined volume of
water to reach the boiling point.
 

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