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           Beginning in the 1930's, Los Angeles radio station KFI developed a series of programs promoting Scouting to all the radio listeners within earshot of KFI's powerful signal across Southern California. The radio station was owned and operated by Earle C. Anthony who, through his Radio Division Public Service Department and the Region XII Boy Scouts of America, found it beneficial to become one of the biggest supporters of Scouting in Southern California during the 1940's and 1950's. There is no record of Mr. Anthony every being a scout himself but like Thomas May of the May Co., he could not resist expanding his listening base (and thereby his advertizing profits) to the thousands of scouts and their families throughout Southern California.
           There were two basic events conducted by KFI and attended by Crescent Bay Council scouts. First, there was a weekly radio broadcast highlighting southern California scouts and their families and second, an annual wilderness pack trip into the High Sierra.
The radio station awarded various patches and banners with different program names on them, all of which seemingly overlapped with each other in one fashion or another.

Commando

Commando, or Commando Patrol, appears to be the earliest program going back into the mid-late 1930's.
Scouts who attended the "On the Scouting Trail" radio program could become Commandos.

Early 1940's
Commando KFI



Silk screened on silk with fringe.
(image courtesy of Dr. Paul Millman)



 On the Scouting Trail

"On the Scouting Trail" banners were awarded to Troops from Southern California by Radio stations KFI and KECA.
The requirements and organization of the competitions are not currently known.

Early 1940's
1st Place KECA


Felt letters with fringe on felt banner.


1940's
1st Place KFI


Felt letters with fringe on felt banner
(image courtesy of Dr. Paul Millman)


Sierra Patrol

"Sierra Patrol" banners were awarded to Troops from Southern California by Radio stations KFI.
The requirements for receiving the banner award  are not currently known.

Mid-Late 1940;s
KFI


Silk screened on white silk with fringe.


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