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Polaris shoulder badges were earned for being trained in the Polaris Program.

          Polaris One Star


          The entry level achievement in the Polaris program.
It was run by the districts and involved a weekend training program for Scouts and Scouters. The programs were usually held at Camp Josepho. Polaris patches were worn on the shoulder. After completion of the weekend, a colored key patch worn under the star was available by completing additional requirements.





One Star
1965-1975



Youth
See different varieties of this patch in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


One Star with Stripes
1965-1975




Adult

See different varieties of this patch in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Polaris Two Star
Two Arched Stars
1965-1970

Two Straight Stars
1971-1975
          After 1965, Polaris Two Star was open to scouts and Scouters that had successfully completed Polaris One Star. The program was run by the Council and involved a week-long camping session at Camp Wolverton. Like One Star, a colored key patch worn under the stars was available by completing additional requirements. Successful candidates also received a Polaris neckerchief.










See different varieties of this patch in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE.

Polaris Three Star
Three Arched Stars
1965-1970

Three Straight Stars
1971-1975
          The Three Star patch was awarded for completion of Senior Instructor Training, an invitation-only event. After the first year in 1965, the best Two Star graduates were invited to a special 'try-out" weekend held at Camp Josepho. If selected, Three Star training was conducted at a one-week summer camp held outside of Crescent Bay Council camps; followed by a return week at Camp Wolverton to serve as Junior staff at the Polaris Two Star week.










Three Star Round
Thin FDL-no cross bar
1965-1968

Three Star Round
Wide FDL with cross bar
1969-1975

Polaris Four Stars
1965-1975





The Four Star patch was awarded to Adult Council Directors of Polaris Training Camps.
This patch is not known to have been made
in a straight star version.

This patch was available to Three Star staff. It was meant to be worn on a black jacket which was awarded to each Three Star candidate returning as Junior Staff to the Two Star week-long session at  Camp Wolverton.







The Polaris staff jacket brought prestige for those entitled to wear it. By the late 1960's, Polaris staff jackets had similar standing to those from Camps Emerald Bay, Wolverton and Josepho.

see varieties of this patch in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE.





Torch Segment   
Invitation-only training for the
best Three Star graduates. This was the highest level attainable in Polaris.
(image courtesy of Frank Glick)

 
Polaris Key Patches (Medallions)

           The Polaris Key patches began in the summer of 1965 as a way to 'Indicate service performed by the wearer". They were earned for performing training seperately from the shoulder patch, which was awarded for being trained. At first, the different colors signified training at different locations. The original colors were:
                                    GREEN                              -  Adult Training Team member
                                    RED                                   -  Trained Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster
                                    GOLD (Light Orange)    -  Served on Training Staff at Shaver Lake Training Camp
                                    ORANGE (Dark Orange) - Served on Training Staff at Wolverton Training Camp
                                    KHAKI                               - Served on Training Staff to Polaris District Training Event
Youth participants having completed Polaris ONE STAR training did not wear a key, instead wearing their troop patrol patch in its place.
          By 1966 or 1967, a BROWN key was added, the exact purpose for which in currently unknown. It also appears that the purpose of the other colors were reorganized. Keys were awarded to successful participants of Polaris training following the completion of additional requirements back in the Troop or Post. Different colors were associated with the various levels : Polaris One Star  troop requirement, Polaris Two Star troop requirement, Polaris Three Star week at Wolverton, Adult trained and Adult trainer.

  see varieties of the Polaris Keys in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE          see  >   how Polaris patches were worn     
Brown   Khaki      Green  
   
Orange
(Dark Orange)
  Gold
(Light Orange)
  Red   
   
           
                 
   
 





Troop Leader Development
Mid 1970's-Early 1980's




 

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Great Western Council

Troop Leader Development
Mid 1970's-Early 1980's



Embroidered. Troop Leader Development and Patrol Leader Development were the names used for Polaris towards the end
of the program in Great Western Council.



The Polaris 1, 2, and 3 star patches below were worn above a National BSA 
Troop Leader Training patch.

 





One Star with Stripes
Mid 1970's


Adult

The One Star with stripes Adult Polaris patch used during the Great Western Council era is distinguishable from the similar patch used by Crescent Bay Area Council. The stripes on the Great Western version follow parallel to the arc of "Polaris" while the stripes angle downward on the Crescent Bay patches.


See varieties of this patch in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

 
One Star
Mid 1970's-Early 1980's
 
Two Stars
Mid 1970's-Early 1980's
 
Three Stars
Mid 1970's-Early 1980's
     
           
        
Unrecognized Guid format.
   
 

IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

 

 
Polaris One Star Patches
 


  TYPE A
 

TYPE B
 

TYPE C
 
 
                 
 
  

 
TYPE A
has no white threads leading to center of the star.




TYPE B
has white threads leading to center and a narrow rectangular "0".


 
TYPE C
has white threads leading to center, a squared
"O" and twill up to left.

 


TYPE D

 


 




 


TYPE D
has white threads leading to center; a squared
"O" and fine no-twill.
 


 


 
Polaris One Star - Stripes
 


  TYPE A
 

TYPE B
 

TYPE C
 
 




 
TYPE A
has no white threads to center of 5/8" wide star. Top and bottom stripe equal in length.



TYPE B
has no white threads
to center of 3/4" wide star. Top stripe longer than bottom stripe.


TYPE C
has white threads leading to center. Narrow rectangular "0". Course twill goes up to left.

 




  TYPE D
 

TYPE E
 

TYPE F
 
 




 
TYPE D
has white threads leading to center, narrow rectangular "0", medium twill goes up to left.

 


TYPE E
has white threads leading to center, squared
"O"; the "I" & "S" are connected at the bottom; fine twill goes
up to LEFT.



TYPE F
has white threads leading to center, squared
"O"; the "I" & "S" are connected at the bottom; fine twill goes
up to RIGHT.

           
 

TYPE G
Great Western Council
 


TYPE G
has STRIPES THAT FOLLOW PARALLEL TO THE ARC OF "POLARIS". 
"I" & "S" are connected in upper half, narrow space between stripes; on no-twill.
 

 
Polaris Two Straight Stars
 


  TYPE A
 

TYPE B
 

TYPE C
 
 




 
TYPE A
has narrow rectangular "0", medium twill goes up to left.




TYPE B
has squared "O", fine twill that goes up to right.



TYPE C has squared "O", fine twill that goes up to left.
      TYPE D
 
   
         
     
TYPE D has squared "O", on no-twill.
   
 




 
Polaris 3 Star Round
 


  Thin FDL - No Cross Bar



Wide FDL - Cross Bar
TYPE A
 

Wide FDL - Cross bar
TYPE B
 
 




 
The bottom end of the key is horizontally stitched with two prongs that face each other.




TYPE A
has a vertically stitched bottom end of key with four prongs that face out and down. Minor variations of orange exist.




TYPE  B
has a vertically stitched bottom end of key with two prongs that face out.



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IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 


         Polaris Key Patches
     

TYPE 1 A 
No Cross Bar



TYPE 1 B 
No Cross Bar



TYPE 2 
No Cross Bar



          


           



TYPE 1 A has a horizontal stitched key end with two prongs that face down.
MEDIUM FDL

  


TYPE 1 B
has a horizontal stitched key end with two prongs that face down. WIDE FDL


    


TYPE 2
has a thin horizontal and vertical stitched key end.
THIN FDL



TYPE 3 A
With Cross Bar
 


TYPE 3 B
With Cross Bar
 



 









TYPE 3 A
has a vertical stitched key end with two prongs that face out.
THIN FDL




TYPE 3 B
has a vertical stitched key end with two prongs that face out.
WIDE FDL




It is not known if all colors of Polaris Key patches were issued in all of the different variety types. In addition, there may be additional variety types of Polaris Key patches that have yet to be noticed. Different colors of different varieties are shown below.

   






 

  
  Type 1A
Type 1B
Type 2

Type 3A
 Type 3B 

   





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this variety

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issued in
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issued in
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unknown if
issued in
this variety

 
minor variations in
twill coarseness

   






 

   




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issued in
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unknown if
issued in
this variety

 

   






 

   




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issued in
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unknown if
issued in
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issued in
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How Polaris Patches Were Worn
   
About Polaris Badges
1965 Polaris Two Star Training Manual pg. 15
 
         On the Shoulder

  Hanging From the Pocket

   
   
Frank Glick's Scout shirt showing how the various patches were worn including the Key, Torch and
Snow Camping segments.
Shoulder patch and Key glued to
leather backing and worn from
the pocket flap button.

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