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1941-1946

Good Camper Program    1941
Good Camper
  1942
Good Ca
mper
        When Camp Josepho opened for summer camping in June 1941, simple attendance at camp was not enough to earn a patch. A "Good Camper" program similar to that previously used at Camp Emerald Bay and High Sierra Camp (Wolverton) was started at Josepho whereby specific requirements needed to be met during the campers' stay at camp. Unlike today, the camp patch was an award and extra patches were not available for sale or trade.
  camp josepho patch badge  
    Silk screened on felt


    
  Silk screened on felt

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
          1943
Good Camper
  1943-1948
KP Armband
   
                 
  Silk screened on felt

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

 

1943
First Aid Staff Strip


Silk screened on felt.
Staff members working in the Camp hospital wore this segment. Hospital staff members also provided training for First Aid and
Safety merit badges.
 
  Felt on felt with black ribbon-cord sewn on back to tie as an armband.
         During the 1940's, troops and scout campers were assigned to one of eight Indian Tribes for their stay at camp. Individual scouts would be assigned daily to Kitchen Patrol (KP) for the entire tribe. According to Pierce Weir who attended Camp Josepho in 1947-48, these KP armbands were temporarily worn by the lucky scout or scouts while they were performing their KP duties and then returned to the tribe to be worn again the following day.
         This example was used in the Shawnee Tribe as evidenced by the adhesive tape label on the reverse side.

KP Armband (Reverse)


   
           

 
Requirements for Good Camper's Badge
1944 Camp Josepho Camper's Book


 


 
1944
Good Camper
  1945
Good Camper
  1946
Good Camper
   
Silk screened on felt

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
  Silk screened on felt

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE 
  Silk screened on felt

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE 

 
 
  
 
 
1944
St
aff Strip  
  1945
St
aff Strip  
  1946
St
aff Strip
   camp josepho neckerchief staff    
Silk screened on felt
  Silk screened on felt

Silk screened on felt
 

Camp Josepho Staff strips were worn above the B.S.A. strip on the right pocket of the Scout shirt.

  
Camp Josepho Veteran Activity Award

Requirements Card
circa 1945
  Mid 1940's
Camp Josepho Veteran
  Activity Award

Embroidered on twill. 2" diameter.
Gray border and lettering.


Embroidered on twill. 2¼" diameter.
Black border and lettering.
     
           Sometime in the mid 1940's, Crescent Bay Council created a Camp Josepho Veteran program patterned after the programs previously used at Camps Emerald Bay and Slauson. It is speculated that CJV was designed to build loyalty and increase utilization of the Camp outside of the summer season. Scouts completing the formidable requirements received a special CJV badge although documentation of the two badges shown above remains inconclusive. The Camp Josepho Veteran program was not popular and it is unclear how long it lasted.


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Los Angeles Area Council at Camp Josepho
  1941-1945

          Anatol Josepho originally deeded his camp jointly to the Boy Scouts of Crescent Bay and Los Angeles Area Councils. Since Camp Josepho was located within the boundaries of Crescent Bay, Crescent Bay scouts took charge running the camp from the beginning. During the War Years, Los Angeles Council typically provided some staff members and one Camp Director per summer camping session. Troops from Los Angeles utilized Camp Josepho often and honor campers from Los Angeles were tapped out and inducted into Tamet Lodge, Crescent Bay Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge.
          Between 1942-45, Los Angeles Council issued Camp Josepho segments and rockers to go around their Council camping patches. Los Angeles Council's involvement in Camp Josepho declined sharply after 1945 and around 1949, it appears an arrangement was reached that shifted all ownership of Camp Josepho over to Crescent Bay Council.


 
 
 
1942
Josepho Rocker

worn over L.A. Area Council
Camper Patch
 
1943
Josepho Rocker

worn over L.A. Area Council
Hiker Camper Patch
 
1944-45
Josepho Strip

worn under L.A. Area Council
Hiker Camper Patch
 



Flocked on sateen

see 1942-43 rocker varieties



Flocked on sateen


 camp josepho patch strip



Silk screened on sateen  
 
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Origins of the Camp Mascots for Crescent Bay Council Camps

           For 1947, Camp Josepho adopted a new mascot often referred to in later years as the "Crazy Indian". Actually, the design was very similar to Chief Wahoo of baseball's Cleveland Indians fame. The idea for camp mascots started at Camp Wolverton in 1946 with the introduction of a bear wearing a beret with a feather. The design for Wolverton's mascot may have been inspired by 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 Emerald Bay introduced a cartoon mascot of their own in 1947 known as the "Crazy Pirate", possibly inspired by a Yosemite Sam cartoon. Camp Slauson was the last of the Crescent Bay Council camps to pick a mascot and they chose Disney Studios' Bambi around 1950.

 
 
 Yellow   Blue   White  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 Wolverton and Emerald Bay 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 Wolverton (High Sierra/Sequoia) or Emerald Bay prior to 1946. So for 1947, it is believed that Wolverton and Emerald Bay 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.

 
1947-48
 
First Series

 
          The first series of Camp Josepho felt Indian patches are silk screened WITHOUT FLOCKING on felt.
 
1947-48
Yellow-1st Year
Good Camper
  1947-48
Blue-2nd Year
Good Camper
 
  1947-48
White-3rd Year
Good Camper
 
   
SILK SCREENED on felt   SILK SCREENED on felt   SILK SCREENED on felt
   
 
   

  1947-48
Camp Staff Rocker

Silk screened on felt

This rocker, which was a continuation of the staff strips from 1944-46, may also have been used at Camp Emerald Bay in 1947.
 



1949-53
Second Series
  

          The second series of Camp Josepho felt Indian patches are similar to the 1947-48 series excepting that the Indian and border are flocked instead of just silk screened. This series was likely produced in anticipation of the camp continuing on as a summer camp in 1949 and beyond. However, with the closure of the summer camping program after 1948, the second series of patches was most likely used as a souvenir patch and not as a Good Camper award.

see close up comparisons of the 1947-48 and 1949-53 patches in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

1949-53
Good Camper
 
  1949-53
Good Camper
 
  1947-53
Good Camper
 
   
FLOCKED on felt    FLOCKED on felt   FLOCKED on felt



 
1950's
1950
Explorer Moot
June 10-11
     
1954-57
camp josepho patch  
        With the end of Camp Josepho as a summer camp in 1949, there was no longer any need for a Good Camper's badge. Camp patches were available to all who wanted them.
        In 1954, all of the Crescent Bay Council camps changed their patches.
Camps Wolverton & Emerald Bay switched to embroidered patches showing the date for the first time since 1946. Camps Josepho & Slauson's new patches were similar to previous designs but were flocked on sateen without dates.
   
Silk screened on felt.
Patch for the 2nd Explorer Moot. The first Explorer Moot had no patch. It was also at Camp Josepho, May 31-June 2, 1946.  
  jump to  >  Late 1950's patches   Flocked on sateen
This patch was available to all scouts camping or visiting Camp Josepho throughout the mid 1950's

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IDENTIFICATION GUIDE




    1942
TYPE A
 
  1942
TYPE B
 
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.
 
 
 
   
TYPE A:
The "2" in 1942 is slightly to the LEFT of the top of the "A" in CAMPER. 
 
TYPE B:
The "2" in 1942 is slightly to the RIGHT of the top of the "A" in CAMPER. 


    1943
TYPE A
 
      1943
TYPE B
 
   
        
 
   
TYPE A:
Ends of the "C " are CLEARLY PAST
the vertical part of the "J".
 
TYPE B:
  Ends of the "C " are BARELY PAST the vertical part of the "J".
   


  
1942-43
L.A. Area Council Rockers


   
1942

  L.A. Council Rocker
TYPE A
 

        
1943

L.A. Council Rocker
TYPE B
 

   
    Obverse

 
 
Reverse
 
Obverse



Reverse
 
   
    TYPE A has DARK GREEN flocking and ORANGE backing on FINE sateen.   TYPE B has GREEN flocking and
WHITE backing on COARSE sateen.
   
   
 
   



    1944
TYPE A
 
      1944
TYPE B
 
   
         
   
TYPE A:
 arrowhead is
CENTERED on shaft.
 
TYPE B:
 arrowhead is
OFF-SET BELOW shaft.
   



              1945
TYPE A
 
      1945
TYPE B
 
           
         
   
TYPE A:
bottom of "9" in 1945 CURLS
LEFT TOWARDS THE "1".
 
 
TYPE B:
bottom of "9" in 1945 POINTS TOWARDS THE LOWER LEFT part of the scout sign.
   


 
    1946
TYPE 1

Two Tepee Poles
 
      1946
TYPE 2

Three Tepee Poles
 
   
         
   
TYPE 1
has TWO tepee poles.
 
TYPE 2
has THREE tepee poles
   

 
 
1947-53

   
Yellow
 
 
Blue
 
 
White
 
  
1947-48
First Series

Indian & border are
silk screened
       
               
1948-53
  Second Series


Indian & border are
Flocked
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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