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About Tour Camp
             
          Crescent Bay Area Council Tour Camp existed between 1959 and the late 1960's. It was not a specific Camp with a defined location like camps Emerald Bay, Josepho, Wolverton, Slauson and Circle B. Instead, it was the name given by the Council for troops that summer-camped at Camps operated by other Councils and non-Scout camping areas (known as "off-Council").
          While troops within Crescent Bay were encouraged to utilize Crescent Bay camps, there was a long tradition dating back to the 1930's of troops arranging long-term summer camping experiences in other locations as far away as Yosemite, Boulder Dam, Nevada, Rogue River, Oregon, and Mammoth Lakes. Crescent Bay Troops also took advantage of the summer camps of other Councils including Camps Arthur Letts, Arrowhead, Pepperdine, Whitsett, Ahwahnee, and many others.

           When troops camped "off-Council", they were supposed to file a permit with the Crescent Bay Area Council office advising of the location and details of their trip. While some troops did file permits, others did not. In 1959, the Council camping committee came up with an idea to offer a patch, available only to Scouts from troops filing permits, in hopes of encouraging "off-Council" camping troops to complete the necessary paperwork. The idea was originally promoted  in June, 1959, as Moving Camp or off-Council Camp before a patch was designed. Shortly after, Tour Camp was chosen as the name.

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 June 1959
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June 1960
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First mention of a patch for camping "off-Council"
NOTE: Camp referred to as "Moving Camp".

 
 
The following summer, "off-Council" camping is referred to as Tour Camp.

 
 

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Patches  

 1959-62
 
 1960
 
 1961
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
 Embroidered on Blue.

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
Embroidered with "1960" over-stitiched.
Some troops camped off-Council multiple years & modified their Tour Camp patches to distinguish between the different summers.
 
Embroidered with "1961"
in felt-tip marker.

 

 
 


1964-Late 1960's

Embroidered on Black twill with White border.

see varieties of this patch in the
 
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

 
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IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

 
1959-61
TYPE A
    1962
TYPE B
    1963
TYPE C
   
                                 
 TYPE A: embroidered on blue NO-TWILL material.      
TYPE B:
embroidered on blue TWILL that goes up to the left. THICK white details.
DARK YELLOW lettering.
   
TYPE C:
 embroidered on blue TWILLthat goes up to the left. MEDIUM whitedetails.
LIGHT YELLOW lettering.
   

 
      1964-65
TYPE A
    Mid-Late 1960's
TYPE B
   
                       
     
     
TYPE A:
has THIN Indians with distinct hairlines.

   
TYPE B:
has THICK Indians with minimally visible hairlines.
   


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