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Crescent Bay Area Council Polaris Neckerchiefs

          Polaris replaced Junior Leader Training (JLT) in 1965. Polaris was a greatly expanded program involving far more
Crescent Bay Scouts than JLT. Polaris was also a multi-leveled system beginning as Polaris One Star and culminating in
Polaris Three Star for Scouts and Four Star for Scouters.
          After 1965, yellow Polaris neckerchiefs became one of the most recognizable neckerchiefs within the Council. The prestige
of wearing a Polaris staff neckerchief reviled wearing camp Staff neckerchiefs from Emerald Bay, Wolverton and Josepho.


1965


1965 Staff




Silk screened on cotton. The new Polaris design was similar
to the previous JLT neckerchiefs. "Polaris" replaced "JLT"
and "S" in a box replaced the "PS" brand of Philmont.
The Wolverton Bear remained in the design.

See variations in date stamp locations.


Silk screened on cotton. The "S" is believed to stand for
Shaver Lake, location of the Region 12 Training Center.
Polaris One Star took place at Camp Josepho. Two star
was held at Wolverton and Three Star initially took place at
Shaver Lake Training Center.

See variations in date stamp locations.





1966


1966 Staff


Silk screened on cotton. Some evidence suggests the
Council ordered undated neckerchiefs and the dates
were later stamped underneath the design.

Silk screened on cotton.
See variations in date stamp locations.





1967


1967 Staff


Silk screened on cotton.
Silk screened on cotton.





1968


1968 Staff


          Beginning in 1968, Crescent Bay Area Council stopped stamping the date on Polaris neckerchiefs issued to participants. The reason remains unknown but cost-saving may have been the deciding factor.
          Every year since JLT in 1961, and then Polaris in 1965, there were more dated participant neckerchiefs made than were
ultimately issued. The overages resulted in excess neckerchiefs  that could not be used the following year because they were already dated.
          The Polaris program had historically used these outdated neckerchiefs as "Work Neckerchiefs".  Work neckerchiefs were issued to Polaris candidates for wear during their training weekend so that the final Polaris neckerchief awarded to them upon graduation would be clean, unused and crisp.
                         see below  >  Work Neckerchiefs
          The work neckerchiefs would subsequently be returned to the Polaris staff and then laundered and available for future Polaris weekends.
           It is thought that by 1968, the dates were left off participant neckerchiefs so that overages could simply be used in future programs. Staff neckerchiefs, however, were still needed and continued to be ordered. The 1968 Staff neckerchief is dated but by the following year, dating was abandoned altogether.



Silk screened on cotton.
Stamped 1968 STAFF.





1968-70


1969-70 Coordinator


Silk screened on cotton.
Same Participants' neckerchief was used for three years.

Silk screened on cotton with Coordinator stamped on.
The Polaris Coordinator position was created in 1965.
Coordinator stamped neckerchiefs were first used in 1969.





1969 STAFF
Stamped in BLACK


1970 STAFF
Pre-printed in RED



Silk screened on cotton with STAFF stamped in black
 without a date. This may be the last year that stamps
were used on Polaris neckerchiefs.
 

Silk screened on cotton. It appears the Council
ordered neckerchiefs with the word "Staff"
printed in red by the manufacturer.
Minor color variations are known for this neckerchief.





1971
Big & Little Dipper Design



1971 Staff
Big & Little Dipper Design


Silk screened on cotton.
The Polaris neckerchief designs changed for 1971.
Crescent Bay Area Council moved from
the outer circle and was replaced with
 CBAC in a small box.

Silk screened on cotton. STAFF pre-printed.
POLARIS moved from the inner circle and
along with BSA, was placed in the green outer ring.
The big and little dippers now appeared
with a dotted line to Polaris, the Northern Star,
at the end of the Little Dipper's handle. 





1971 Coordinator
Big & Little Dipper Design




1971-72 White  
Big & Little Dipper Design

Torch Training


Silk screened on cotton.POLARIS COORDINATOR
was silk screened on by the manufacturer.

Silk screened on cotton. The white neckerchief was awarded after completion of Torch Training at the beginning of the
Two Star Senior Staff or Three Star Staff assignment.
Only one neckerchief was available for each staff member.





1972-73
Big & Little Dipper Design
No Council Name
TYPE A


1973
Big & Little Dipper Design
No Council Name
TYPE B



TYPE A silk screened on YELLOW cotton.
TYPE B silk screened on dark YELLOW/ORANGE cotton.
NOTE: This darker variety is known to have been ordered and used by the Polaris program in Orange County Council.







1972-73 Staff



Transition Polaris Neckerchiefs
1972-73

By the spring of 1972, plans were underway for the merger
of Crescent Bay Area and San Fernando Valley Councils.
"CBAC" was removed from the design in 1972, creating what
are now referred to as the "Transitional Neckerchiefs".
 Transitional neckerchiefs were also used in 1973 and are the only Polaris or JLT neckerchiefs without Council identification.

Around the same time, Crescent Bay Council's Polaris program was adopted by Orange County Council, Santa Ana, California. Manufacturer proofs of the transitional Polaris design document that Orange County also ordered these neckerchiefs for their Polaris program for 1974 (believed to be the TYPE B versions on darker yellow/orange material) and may have used them for several years.

 



Silk screened on cotton.

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Polaris Work Neckerchiefs 

 
1962 JLT
Over-Stamped "POLARIS"
:

          Apparently, the Council had an excess supply of
unissued JLT neckerchiefs from program years preceding the beginning of Polaris in 1965. Rather than discarding these excess neckerchiefs, Polaris staff blocked out the old dates with black marking pen and over-stamped them with "POLARIS" and a STAR.
          Scouts attending Polaris Two Star at Camp Wolverton
were issued these over-stamped JLT neckerchiefs to wear for the week-long camp. At the completion of the week, the old neckerchiefs were returned to the Polaris staff and each successful scout was awarded a new Polaris neckerchief. The over-stamped neckerchiefs were then thoroughly laundered and reissued for use in subsequent Polaris programs.
          When the supply of old JLT staff neckerchiefs was finally exhausted in the early 1970's, excess Polaris staff neckerchiefs were altered by blocking out "STAFF" with black marking pen.

           Many of the Polaris Work neckerchiefs are badly faded and sometimes torn from numerous high temperature washings. These over stamped Polaris Work neckerchiefs have become a unique group of Crescent Bay Area Council insignia.






1963 JLT
Over Stamped "POLARIS"



1964 JLT
Over Stamped "POLARIS"
 
 




  


1969
Black STAFF (marked out)


1970
Red STAFF (marked out)














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Unrecognized Guid format.


DATE STAMP VARIATIONS


 
          Hand stamping or screening created variations in the location of the dates.Some dates are closer to the circle while other dates
are closer to the tip of the neckerchief. The location of the dates appears to be random and not thought to be intentional. This process was used to date the neckerchiefs between 1965-68.


1965
 
    1965 Staff
 
    1966 Staff
 
 


              
              



 

 




 
 



 

 



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Great Western Council Polaris Neckerchiefs
 

NOTE:
Great Western Council was likely still using "Transition" neckerchiefs for it's Polaris program in 1973.

 1974-75
 1974-75 White

Silk screened on cotton.




Silk screened on cotton. The white neckerchief was awarded
after completion of Torch Training at the beginning of the
Two Star Senior Staff or Three Star Staff assignment.
One neckerchief was available for each staff member.






1974-75 Staff
TYPE A


1974-75 Staff
TYPE B


TYPE A is silk screened on dark YELLOW/ORANGE cotton.
Thick "Staff" one inch from tip.

TYPE B is silk screened on ORANGE cotton.
Medium "Staff" 1 1/2 inches from tip.



1974-75 Staff
TYPE C

 

TYPE C is silk screened on YELLOW cotton.
Medium "Staff" 1 1/2 inches from tip.


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