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           Beginning in the 1930's, Los Angeles radio station KFI & KECA 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 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.

1936



Silk screened on purple silk. Hand lettered with pen: Troop 96, 1936.
It's unknown if this Commando insignia was cut from a neckerchief.


Early 1940's
White with Navy Blue
 
  Mid 1940's
White with Navy Blue
& Red
  Late 1940's
Dark Blue with White
No 'C'
   
 

Silk screened on sateen.
With navy BLUE 'C'.
 
Silk screened on sateen with RED 'C'.
 
 
Silk screened on sateen.
No 'C'.



On the Scouting Trail  

          "On the Scouting Trail" patches from the early 1940's may have been associated with the KFI Commando Patrol, The KFI Scout Jamboree On-the-Air and even with the KFI Sierra Patrol pack trips, all of which used the phrase "On the Scouting Trail" during the 1940's. The 1941 patch shows radio station call letters "KECA", also owned by Earle C. Anthony until he sold the station to the American Broadcasting Company in 1944.

1941
KECA

 
  1942-43
KFI
FELT
  1944
KFI
SATEEN ON FELT
   

Silk Screened on felt.
Radio station KECA was also owned by Earle C. Anthony who sold it 1944.
see varieties in this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
Silk Screened on felt.
Purpose of the "On the Scouting Trail" patches is not clear.

 
 
Flocked on sateen and
 then sewn to felt..

         
 



Sierra Patrol  

          KFI began sponsoring annual hiking trips in the High Sierra, originally under the leadership of Clem Glass. Artwork was created for the program by Juan Azevedo in 1945, the same artist that painted the Camp Josepho Team Lodge Chief's Plaque that still hangs on the great fireplace in the Lodge at Josepho to this day. It is very possible the Azevedo painting is the original or early version of the
Sierra Patrol design.

    Mid 1940's
 
  Mid 1940's
Leader & Staff
   
   
    
 
   
Silk screened on felt.


 
 
Silk screened on felt on RED felt backing.
RED backing is thought to have been used to signify leaders and staff on the Sierra pack trips.
   



1947
 
 
            1948-1950's
Cut Edge with FDL's
 
  1960's
Rolled Edge
 


Embroidered on twill.
 

     
 
 
Embroidered with CUT edge & FDL'S
see varieties in this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
   
Embroidered with ROLLED edge.

 


 
Scout Jamboree
          The Scout Jamboree was a half hour weekly broadcast that started around 1938 at radio station KECA. By 1942, the show was permanantly hosted by station KFI. Film actor Richard Creena (1927-2003) got his first break in show business playing a role on a 1938 Scout Jamboree live broadcast from station KECA which was conveniently located across the street from where he grew up.
          The Scout Jamboree patch adopted the Sierra Patrol design created by Juan Azevedo in 1945. Around 1948, Earle C. Anthony began promoting his new TV station (known as KFI-TV) which was one of the earliest television stations in Los Angeles. "KFI-TV" showed up on the Scout Jamboree patches as well as an unusual "Mystery Patrol" patch awarded around that time. The TV station was sold in 1951 after which patches went back to simply saying "KFI".

Late 1940's
TYPE 1 - Blue
  Late 1940's
TYPE 2 - Navy Blue
  Late 1940's
  KFI-TV
   

TYPE 1
is BLUE silk screening on felt.
 
 
TYPE 2
is NAVY BLUE silk screening
on felt.
 
White silk screening on felt. Information about the Mystery patrol remains a mystery.



Late 1940's-1950
 
KFI-TV
  Early 1950's
 
  Mid-Late 1950's
 
   

Silk screened on felt. Used during the
brief time that KFI-TV was owned by
Earle C. Anthony.
 
Silk screened on felt.
see varieties in this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
   

Embroidered.
see varieties in this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


 
    IDENTIFICATION GUIDE    

1941
On the Scouting Trail


TYPE A
Blue - Thick Lettering
 
  TYPE B
Dark Blue - Small Head
 
  TYPE C
Dark Blue - Wide Head

 
 

TYPE A has BLUE THICK silk screening
.
 
TYPE B has DARK BLUE THIN silk screening. Penguin has SMALL head.
 
TYPE C
has DARK BLUE THIN silk screening. Penguin has WIDE head.


 
Early 1950's
Scout Jamboree


    TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 
   
          
   
   
TYPE A has TWO thin lines to left of tree trunk and
NO line to the right.
 
TYPE B
has ONE line to left of tree trunk and
ONE line to the right.
   


 
Mid 1950's
Sierra Patrol
  Mid 1950's
Scout Jamboree

TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 
 

TYPE A is embroidered on medium twill that goes up to the left.
 
TYPE B
is embroidered on no-twill.
 
          

TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 
 

TYPE A is embroidered on coarse twill that goes up to the right.
 
TYPE B
is embroidered on fine twill that goes up to the right.
     


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