| Crescent Bay Council developed an impressive schedule of events and contests for local Scouts prior to World War II. Future first Crescent Bay Scout Executive, Donald Monroe, organized a Federation of troops at a meeting held at the Sawtelle Chamber of Commerce on October 22, 1921 (two months before Crescent Bay Council was
formed). The Federation meeting is generally considered to be the start of Crescent Bay Council and included troops from Beverly Hills,
Culver City, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, Venice, Sawtelle (West Los
Angeles), Sherman (West Hollywood), Inglewood, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Lawndale and Hawthorne.
It was decided to hold quarterly Pow Wows and the first one was held at the Sawtelle Boulevard School a week later on October 29, 1921. The Saturday night event pitted Council troops and patrols against each other in Scouting skill contests. Six troops were able to enter the Pow Wow on short notice: Venice Troops 1 and 3; Santa Monica Troops 1 and 2; Culver City Troop 1; and Sawtelle Troop 1. Each scout was asked to bring a guest and over 175 people attended.
| Pow Wow's were comprised of different scouting competitions .
Events included: Fire Building; Drills; Knot Tying; Water Boiling for time; Inspections; Signaling; Races; Bugling and Tent Pitching.
Three more Pow Wows were held in 1922. For the 5th Pow Wow in January, 1923, a handsome silver cup, donated by W.H. Hinderer of the Santa Monica Sporting Goods Company, was awarded to the winning patrol. Trophies, Pennants, Ribbons, hand-made Leather awards and even cakes were presented to winning patrols as the Pow Wows developed though the 1920's.
The 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.
Initially, the Pow Wows were held quarterly. But the number of scouts and troops within the Council was expanding beyond what the original Pow Wows were able to accommodate. Following the January Pow Wow in 1923, it was decided to hold District Pow Wows instead of a Council Pow Wow for the spring. At least three separate Pow Wows were held at Santa Monica, Inglewood and Redondo Beach during May and June, of 1923.
Apparently, as a result of that experiment, it was decided to return to one Council Pow Wow for 1924, (jump to the list of all Council Pow Wows ) while continuing District Pow Wows as preliminary events to determine which troops and patrols would compete at the Council Pow Wow. All Crescent Bay scouts were invited to attend the Pow Wows but only those patrols that won a "first Place" at their district Pow Wow were then invited to compete in that same event at the Council event.
One interesting change at the 1924
Pow Wow was banning the practice of using Scout neckerchiefs as bandages during first aid events. They were replaced with "regulation" bandages from that point forward.
When the events and program for the 1925 Council Pow Wow were published in the May 22, 1925 Council newsletter called the Signal Tower, they were basically the same as the original Pow Wow in 1921. A "First Call" warning was played a few minutes before the Pow Wow began. Troops marched to pre-assigned locations on the field where the colors ceremony began. Following colors, troops marched past the judges for inspection. Events had qualifying rounds with the winners competing against each other in the finals.
None-the less, what remained of the original Crescent Bay Council had expanded to more than 35 troops after the split and attendance at the 1927 Pow Wow was expected to top 750 participants. Over 500 scouts attended along with parents, family and visitors, pushing the total turnout to well over 1,000. Ribbons were awarded for each event (possibly for the first time) and winners in the seven different competitions received bronze plaques and medals .
The 1927 Pow Wow began at 1 P.M. on Saturday, May 14th, with a "striking parade where scouts from 27 uniformed troops, preceded by a vanguard drum & bugle corps and color bearers, marched in formation from 2nd St. and Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, to Lincoln Junior High School", a distance of more than a mile.
Pow Wow Parade up Wilshire Blvd.
May 14, 1927
Pow Wow Events at Lincoln Junior High School
May 14, 1927