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Camp Josepho "the West Point of Scouting"
1944
Full Color    With Sound    Run time: 18:10 minutes
Director: Benjamin D.Sharpe;  Photography: Edwin E. Olsen;  Produced & Narrated by James A. FitzPatrick

          This remarkable video is a 1944 "News Reel" style compilation of films from the summers of 1943 (seen below) & 1944. The original unedited 1944 film does not exist today. It is believed to have been filmed by Edwin E. Olsen  It was likely used by Crescent Bay Council as a promotion to encourage scouting units and parents to send their troops and individual boys to Camp Josepho for a 10-day summer camping experience.
          The video begins with a "send-off" of Scouts in front of the old Crescent Bay headquarters in Santa Monica for the bus ride to
the top of the road into Camp Josepho. Footage of Scouts assembling in camp is followed by activities at the pool, singing, the handicraft lodge, out-door cooking, a fire drill, Sunday Field Day and on the hiking trail with more singing. Hungry boys are shown enjoying themselves in the dinning hall. The last scene shows Scouts filing silently into the Camp Josepho lodge with arms folded as they are about to witness Tamet Lodge members in Indian costumes conducting an Order of the Arrow "Tap-Out" ceremony. The video closes with yet another camp song.

OA ceremony begins at minute 15:45 or jump to  >  ceremony segment




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1944 Camp Josepho Video Notes

          The 1944 Camp Josepho film represents an important piece of Americana and Scouting history. In the context of a country in the midst of World War II where money was tight and rationing of food staples and gasoline impacted everyday life, parents exercised careful thought about the experiences they could afford to extend to their children. The film carefully appeals to family wartime concerns for supervision, safety, fun and good meals while making a not-so-subtle pitch that 10 days at Camp Josepho will even prepare their sons for military service. The video documents an era prior to television, computers and the Internet when outdoor physical activity and singing were the preferred forms of entertainment for American youth.
          This video is also historically significant in the story of Crescent Bay Council. It is one of the few groupings of vintage images showing Camp Josepho in color and may also represent the only known moving pictures of Scout Executive F.R."Uncle Bob" Hill; Handicraft Director Frank "Pop" Pudney; "Skipper" Al Miller and Camp Cook Mrs. Hamilton. Child actor Johnny Sheffield, who played "Boy" in the Tarzan movies of the early 1940's, was a Scout in Crescent Bay Council and is one of the young boys (without shirt) providing "artificial respiration" beginning 3:00 minutes into the film. While there are some good examples of still photography showing Tamet Lodge Indian ceremonies from the 1950's and 60's, the Order of the Arrow "Tap -Out" scene in this video is the earliest known Tamet Lodge Indian ceremony on film. The first Arrowman seen in a Chief's bonnet s believed to be 1944 Tamet Lodge Chief, Dick Iseminger.




 
Camp Josepho
1943
The Ronald Kaplan Film
Full Color    Silent    Run time: 19:39 minutes
Photography: Ronald Kaplan


       The 1943 full color silent film by Ronald Kaplan served as the basis for the more well-known 1944 voice-over news reel shown above. The "Kaplan" film was one of two films known to have been shot at Camp Josepho in the summer of 1943 (the other thought to have been made by Al Tilly), but is the only one known to exist today. A review was written in the Tamet Lodge  Tom Tom after the film was shown at the OA banquet held at the Cabrillo Hotel in Los Angles on November 21, 1943. The review said, in part: 

"the motion picture was quite excellent, showing what really went on at Josepho
with hundreds of Boy Scouts running around all over the place".


Seen here for the first time in over sixty years, the Kaplan original version contains scenes not used in the 1944 voice-over news reel, along with expanded footage of scenes that were subsequently edited down.



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