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Pack Trips  

          The Sierra pack trips for senior Scouts started in the early 1940's and continued into the 1950's. They were usually one or two sessions following the end of the regular Scout camping season at Camp Wolverton. Most of the Pack Trips summitted Mt Whitney, for which the Scouts also received a special  14,496 Club patch. In 1950, the name was changed to Explorer Pack Trip. Camp Emerald Bay had its own version of a special session for older Scouts. Originally called Senior Scout Aquatic Camp, the name was shortened to Aquatic Camp in 1950 and then simply Explorer Camp in 1957.

1942
Pack Trip
Mt. Whitney
  1946
Pack Trip
Diamond Hitch-Rae Lakes
  Late 1940's
Pack Trip
Mt. Whitney
   
Silk screened on felt. Between 1942-45, Crescent Bay Council shifted all summer camping to the "West Point of Scouting",
Camp Josepho. However, Sequoia Camp (Wolverton) was used as a launch point for another 10-day Pack Trip to the top of Mt. Whitney.Pack burros were used to bring supplies along on the hike and were a featured part of the trips.
  Silk screened on felt with backing.
There were four 10-day Pack Trips
 planned for summer 1946. Originally
 the trips were all to summit Mt. Whitney. However it is thought that the itinerary
for one of the trips was changed
 to Rae Lakes in what later became
 Kings Canyon National Park.

 
  Brown No-Twill sewn onto Blue No-Twill with hand embroidered lettering and details..
Variations exist between each patch.
Use by units or a particular troop from Crescent Bay Council has not been confirmed.


 




1950   1951-53   Mid 1950's
   
Flocked on Canvass. The design elements & construction of the 1950 Explorer Pack Trip patch is similar to the 1950 Emerald Bay Aquatic Camp patch.
 
  Silk screened on felt with backing.
The design elements & construction of
the 1951-53 Explorer Pack Trip patch is similar to the 1951 Emerald Bay Aquatic Camp patch.
  Fully embroidered with white cut edge.



 

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14,495 Club

         Camp Wolverton was used as a base camp for Senior Scout pack trips to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, and other lakes and locations in the Sierra. The hike, originally called "14,496 Club" commemorating the height of Mount Whitney, was changed to "14,495 Club" in the late 1950's reflecting changing altitude measurement techniques as establish by the U.S. Geological Survey. Since the 1990's, Mt. Whitney has been calculated at 14,505 feet above sea level.
        
Hiking between Wolverton and the top of Mount Whitney was a challenging adventure that could take one to two weeks to complete. Some trips were sponsored by the Crescent Bay Area Council as early as 1941, and other trips were conducted by individual troops. Early trips (1940s -1960s) for the 14,496 Club and 14,495 Club were from Camp Wolverton to Whitney, but by the late 1960's, the 14,495 Club was awarded for summitting Mt. Whitney from any starting point including the east side of the Sierra.

1941-Late 1940's
14,496 Club
  Late1940's-Mid 1950's
14,496 Club
  Late 1950's & 1966-1968
14,495 Club
   
Navy Blue silk screened on white felt.





 
  White silk screened on black felt.
Design was inspired by the 1939 High Sierra (Wolverton) Good Camper Patch.
 



  White flocking on black felt.
It is thought that this patch was originally issued in the 1950's and when supplies
ran out, was unavailable for several years until re-issued in 1966.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

 
1969-2000's
14,495 Club
 
    1969-Early 1970's
TYPE 1
Square Corners
  Mid 1970's-1980's
TYPE 2
Round Corners
  2000's
(Western L.A. County Council)
         
    Embroidered on Navy Blue twill.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

  Embroidered on Navy Blue or Black twill.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

  Fully computer stitched. Issued by
Western Los Angeles County Council.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

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 Other Items
    1970's?
I Climbed Mt. Whitney
      Dates Unknown
Mt. Whitney Trek
Medal
         
    Embroidered on twill.
It is not clear if this was a Scout patch or which council may have issued it.
 
      Cast Bronze. It is not known when this medal was used or which council  awarded it.





 
    IDENTIFICATION GUIDE    
 
Late 1950's & 1966-1968
14,495 Felt
TYPE A & B

 
    1969-Early 1970's
14,495 Square Corners
TYPE A
 
1969-Early 1970's
14,495 Square Corners
TYPE B

 
           
TYPE A (above) has no backing & is 3 3/8" across as measured from outer edge of the white border to outer edge. Late 1950's.
TYPE B (below) has a white backing and
is 3½" wide. Reissued in 1966.
    TYPE A has a REGULAR R/E.



  
TYPE B has a FLAT R/E.



 


 
1970's-1980's
14,495 Round Corners

 

TYPE A
Black
 
  TYPE B
Navy Blue
 
       TYPE C
Navy Blue

 
             
TYPE A is on BLACK twill
that goes up to the left. CLOTH BACK.
  TYPE B is on NAVY BLUE twill
that goes up to the RIGHT. CLOTH BACK.
SQUATTY FDL.
  TYPE C is on NAVY BLUE twill
that goes up to the LEFT. CLOTH BACK.
TALL FDL
 
 
   

 
   
TYPE D
Navy Blue
 
  TYPE E
Navy Blue
 
   
     
TYPE D is on NAVY BLUE twill
that goes up to the left. CLOTH BACK. SQUATTY FDL.
  TYPE E is on NAVY BLUE twill
that goes up to the left. PLASTIC BACK.
TALL FDL.
   


 
2000's
(Western L.A. County Council)

    TYPE A
  Cloth Back

 
  TYPE B
Plastic Back

 
   
         
 
 
TYPE A has a CLOTH BACK and
DARK TURQUOISE sky.
 
TYPE B has a PLASTIC BACK and
TURQUOISE sky.
   


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