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Suns

          Tamet, meaning "Sun" in the Lenni Lanape Deleware Indian language, first issued a patch depicting the Lodge totem in 1947. The badge was designed to be worn on the white & red Order of the Arrow neckerchief by members only.
Tamet Lodge's totem was described as a golden sun with twelve orange points representing the twelve Scout laws. The inner circle represented the Scout oath and the outer circle represented the aims and ideals of the BSA. The orange points were to touch the edge of the outer circle, a requirement that was dropped in 1955. The Tamet Lodge totem remained otherwise unchanged for thirty years until Tamet's merger with Walika Lodge of the San Fernando Valley Council in 1972.

Tamet Lodge By-Laws, 1951
Article I, Section 2




All suns, excepting the "2 inch", were designed for wear on the white & red OA neckerchief in accordance with the policy adopted at the 1945 Area U meeting hosted by Canalino Lodge 90 of Santa Barbara.

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 1947-56
3 inch Sateen Sun

1947-48
  2 inch Sateen Sun


 1957-60
3¼ inch Sateen Sun



Flocked on sateen. The "2 inch sun"
was awarded to Brotherhood members
for wear on the red & white arrow sash.


see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Flocked on sateen.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R1





 

 The National OA Committee on Insignia banned patches sewn to arrow sashes in 1948. Tamet Brotherhood members were required to remove the 2 inch sun. Most were then discarded since there was no longer a place to wear the patch on the uniform.
see how this patch was worn
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R2

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see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Flocked on sateen
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R3





 


 1961-62
  Orange Sun with Cut Edge

 1963-64
  Dark Yellow Sun

1965-72
Orange Sun with Rolled Edge



Embroidered on ORANGE twill
 with yellow cut edge.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R4

 

Embroidered on DARK YELLOW twill with DARK YELLOW rolled edge.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R5

  

Embroidered on ORANGE twill
 with yellow rolled edge.

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R6


 
Arrowheads &
Candidate Patches 
 
1956-57
Candidate Patch
Camp Emerald Bay

     


Tooled on leather, hung from yellow lanyard.
"C E B" stood for Camp Emerald Bay.
worn by "candidates" going through
 
Mid 1950's

Candidate Patch
Camp Emerald Bay










Red pen or paint on leather.
Also used at Camp Emerald Bay, these simple leather badges signified a candidate who had 
  1972
Arrowhead


Embroidered on ORANGE twill
with white & red cut edge.

their ordeals after being tapped out the previous evening for induction into the Order of the Arrow. During the ordeal day of hard labor around camp, candidates also wore a Eucalyptus tree wreath around their necks while observing a code of silence. In the afternoon, each new Arrowman carved a wooden arrow neckerchief slide.
 Blue Book Cat. No. 225 (unlisted)


  not yet taken their ordeal for membership into the OA.
This example was worn on a leather thong along with a swimming 'buddy' tag and multiple colored activity rings.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 (unlisted)
see  >  full leather thong
  Tamet Lodge authorized a new patch added to the neckerchief underneath the sun in hopes of encouraging members to purchase the remaining inventory of neckerchiefs before the merger with Walika Lodge. Original design by Jeff Morley had a green background as a throw-back to match the Green Tamet flap of the 1950's. At the last minute, Council executives changed the background color to orange, matching the Tamet sun.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 A1
see how this patch was worn


  
Area Conference Patches

The regional organization of the southern California OA lodges changed over the years. Tamet Lodge started as a member of Area U in 1945. The nomenclature changed to Area U-Section A in 1947; Area 12 A in 1949; and Area 12 E in 1956. Tamet Lodge hosted Area Conferences in 1947, 1952, 1956, 1963 & 1970 issuing patches in 1952, 1956, 1963 & 1970.

1952
Camp Emerald Bay
  1956
Camp Josepho
  1963
Loyola Marymount College
       





Embroidered on NO-twill. Attendance limited due to remote location on Catalina Island. Folklore has it that there were not enough patches made to supply one per person.
   Embroidered on NO-twill. Area 12-A
was divided in 1955, the northern half becoming Area 12-E. Tamet Lodge hosted the first 12-E Conference. Design became inspiration for the "Red Tamet".
   Fully embroidered. Updated version
of Tamet Lodge's 1956 12-E patch.

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


1970
Pacific Missile Range, Point Mugu, California
  April 3-5


1970
Participant
Purple Border
1970
Officers & Advisers
Gold Mylar Border
1970
Indian Competition Winners
Red Border
 
 
 
Fully embroidered. PURPLE rolled edge. Designed by Jeff Morley.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

GOLD MYLAR rolled edge.
One of 3 original sample border colors
sent by manufacturer and ordered for
Area and Tamet Lodge officers,
advisors & conference committee.

RED rolled edge.
One of 3 original sample border colors sent by manufacturer and ordered as awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers in Indian competitions.




1970
Appreciation Award
Bright Blue Border


    Prototype
Purple Border
No Year


        
BRIGHT BLUE rolled edge.
One of 3 original sample border colors
sent by manufacturer and ordered by
Crescent Bay asst. Scout Executive Manny Goldberg for use as Appreciation Awards following conference.

    Original prototype conference patch
sent by manufacturer to work out font & style of date to be used on final patches. Given by Glenn Gordon to Jeff Morley,
 as designer, in March, 1970.


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How Tamet Patches were Worn



  Arrowmen at Radio Station KFI
January 3, 1948
 
  Arrowhead & Sun
White & Red Neckerchief
1972

 




               





 
NOTE:
2 inch suns sewn to arrow sash. Prior to the introduction of the Brotherhood sash (with bars) in the early 1950's, Brotherhood honor was signified by wearing the Ordeal sash over the left shoulder instead of the right.
L-R: Neil Olsen; Pierce Weir; Hatch Graham; Loren Tarvin
   


 
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Oddball Stuff

1940's
  2 inch Felt Sun



Chained stitched on dark Blue felt.
Unique old felt item that has no direct association with Tamet Lodge or the B.S.A.
However, the size and twelve sun points are a near-perfect match to the 2 inch sateen sun.

        This  insignia of a white sun with 12 white triangular rays and white center on a dark blue circle originated in 1928 as the symbol of China prior to the communist takeover in 1949 and then the exiled island nation of Taiwan (Formosa) since then. The Chinese sun symbol also became associated with the famous Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers were a crackerjack group of volunteer pilots who were organized in 1940 before WWII and flew for the fledgling Chinese Air Force under American control. The outfit was re-organized into the 23rd fighter group of the United States Army Air Force in 1942 under the command of General Claire Lee Chennault. Their insignia often included the totem of the Chinese Air Force, a white sun of twelve points on a dark blue circle and was often combined with a cartoon rendition of a winged tiger designed for them by Walt Disney.
        The big question is: did the Flying Tigers insignia influence or become the inspiration for the design of Tamet Lodge's sun totem? It is known that through his position on the Los Angels draft board, F. R. "Uncle Bob" Hill personally "took care" of many top Crescent Bay Scouts eighteen years of age and older by assigning them to the U.S. Army Air Corps when the draft started in 1942. It is well documented that top Scouts in the council on Camp Josepho staff who also started Tamet Lodge were assigned to the Army Air Corps though his efforts. This included Tamet charter members Jack Davies, Dick Rice, John Erhlichman and future chief Scout executive Alden Barber. The Tamet Sun in its form with twelve points originated in 1946 or 1947 after the a fore mentioned Scout's returned home from military service in 1945, assuming their pre-draft positions running the OA lodge in the years following. Could one of them, having been influenced by the Flying Tigers insignia of which they were all likely familiar with, designed the Tamet sun in 1946?



 
  
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

 

3 inch Sateens

                             Late 1940'S
TYPE A
 
   Early 1950'S
TYPE B
 
   
 

    
  
 
 

TYPE A
is on very DARK GOLDEN sateen with COPPER flocked points.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R1a
 


TYPE B
is on GOLDEN sateen with ORANGE flocked points that
extend to the edge.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R1b



 
         
    Mid 1950'S
TYPE C

 
  Mid 1950'S
TYPE D
 
   

       
   
TYPE C is on GOLDEN sateen with ORANGE flocked points that
DO NOT extend to the edge.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 (unlisted)
 
TYPE D is on GOLDEN sateen with
DARK ORANGE flocked points that
DO NOT extend to the edge.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 (unlisted)
   



3¼ inch Sateens  



1957-58
TYPE A

    1959-60
TYPE B
 





 




TYPE A
has orange points that are all the SAME SIZE.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R3a

 
TYPE B
has orange points of DIFFERENT SIZES.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R3b











 
Rolled Edge Orange Twills  



1965-72
TYPE A
 
     
1965-72
TYPE B
 












TYPE A
has COPPER points.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R6a


TYPE B
has ORANGE points.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 R6b



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1963 Area 12-E  

    1963
TYPE A
  1963
TYPE B
   
            
   
TYPE A
has a regular yellow rolled edge.
 
TYPE B
has a yellow FLAT rolled edge.
   


1970 Area 12-E  
 
    1970 Purple
TYPE A
 
  1970 Purple
TYPE B
 
   
              
    TYPE A has a purple rolled edge that is the SAME COLOR as lettering and palm trees.
  TYPE B has a LIGHT purple rolled edge that is LIGHTER than the lettering and palm trees.    


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