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          The idea for Scout-O-Rama neckerchief slides goes back to the first Crescent Bay Council S-O-R in 1954 when one or more individual units crafted their own souvenir versions. The use of hand crafted neckerchief slides was a longstanding scouting tradition with roots to the beginning of the program in 1910.
          In 1955, Crescent Bay Area Council offered a neckerchief slide for the first time, awarded to scouts selling $10 worth of Scout-O-Rama tickets (a book of ten tickets). For the following few years, there does not seem to be a special Crescent Bay S-O-R slide made as a sales award although souvenir slides were available. Thereafter, slides were regularly used as both sales awards and souvenirs from Scout-O-Rama. They were manufactured by a variety of slide makers including Torchy Plastics, Camp Sales Co. and Sandy's Plastics. The latter two being long time Crescent Bay Scouters, Glen Gordon and the Sanford Family.



1954
Souvenir
Pack 13 Culver City

Leather "woogle" type slide with
applied rhinestones. Imprinted:
Scout-O-Rama 1954, PK 13.
Individual unit crafted neckerchief
slides were commonly made, often given away as trading items at the
unit's Scout-O-Rama booth.
NOTE: this slide is currently the only slide known from the 1954 S-O-R.



1955
Excerpt from Sales Prize Flyer
 
1955
$10 (Tickets) Sales Prize

  Builders of the West
1955
$15 (Tickets) Sales Prize



 1955 was the first year that Award Prizes were used to promote ticket sales.


Made by Torchy Plastics.

The Council was experimenting with
different motivations for cubs & scouts.
The $15 prize became a slide instead of a model. The $20 prize was a model air plane.
Made by Torchy Plastics.
"Builders of the West" was the theme
for the 1955 Scout-O-Rama.

A second slide awarded for selling 
15 tickets was not as popular as the "Builders of the West" slide.



 
1956
  Excerpt from Sales Award Flyer
 

1956
Souvenir

1957
Souvenir



As the experiment continued to find the best awards, a combination of a scout belt buckle & woogle slide from Brazil or Canada and a non-scout souvenir patch from Switzerland were awarded for selling two ticket books.
 Go figure.


Made by Torchy Plastics.
This souvenir slide was sold
and widely used since there was
no award slide in 1956.



Made by Torchy Plastics.
It is not clear if this was actually
a sales award slide for 1957.




   
1958 & 1959

          During 1958-1959, Crescent Bay Council used a popular steer skull slide made by Torchy Plastics Co. The slide was produced in different versions and used by different councils around the country. It is not clear which version or versions were also available as sales awards for Crescent Bay cubs and scouts.

 
 
Undated
Blank
 
Undated
With Boxes
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 


1959
Scout-O-Rama

Undated
Scout-O-Rama


 





1960

1960 is currently the first confirmed year that Crescent Bay Council included a neckerchief slide as well as a patch for selling
one book ($10) of Scout-O-Rama tickets. The sales award slide was a National issue of the BSA 50th Anniversary logo.

Excerpt from 1960 Awards Flyer



1960
Sales Award
1960
Souvenir
Brass with enamel.
The BSA 50th Anniversary logo was so popular across the country that everything it was used on became
an instant hit.
 Made by Torchy plastics.
In 1960 the souvenir slide was
eclipsed by the popularity of
BSA 50th Anniversary slide.




1961
Sales Award

                  1961
Painted Sales Award




Made by Torchy Plastics.


Custom painted Torchy Plastics slide.
 


1962

The 1962 Scout-0-Rama used a nationally available wooden steer head slide also used by other
Councils around the country during the early 1960's. Slides of different colors were awarded randomly.

Excerpt from 1962 Awards Flyer




1962
Brown
Sales Award


1962
Black
Sales Award


         1962
      
Blonde
     Sales Award

     

Carved Wood.
Each slide is slightly different.

Carved Wood.
Each slide is slightly different.

Carved Wood.
Each slide is slightly different.




1963

A generic acrylic slide by Sandy's Plastics was used for the Sales Award in 1963.
The best looking slides were souvenirs.

1963 Awards Request Stub 1963
Sales Award
Plastic
Made by Sandy's Plastics.
Layered plastic with embedded objects and decals.

 
    1963
Camp SalesTYPE 1
Souvenir

              1963
Camp Sales TYPE 2
Souvenir

   1963
Bronze
Souvenir


   
          

    TYPE 1 has NO DATES.
WHITE FDL's with
Gold outlines.
Made by Camp Sales Co.

TYPE 2 is DATED 1963.
Solid Gold FDL's
Made by Camp Sales Co.
 

Anodized cast bronze.





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    1964
Souvenir
           1964
Sales Award


           

    Layered Plastic over decal.
Made by Sandy's Plastics

Anodized cast bronze.


 
  
    1965
Sales Award
          
1966
Sales Award

1966
Souvenir


   

        

    Cast metal.
 

Anodized cast bronze.
 

Made by Torchy Plastics.
NOTE: similar slides dated 1967 or
saying "Wonderful World of Scouting"
are not from Crescent Bay Area Council.



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    1967
Sales Award

1967
Souvenir

1968
Sales Award


 
            


  Anodized cast bronze.
Die-struck bronze
Anodized cast bronze.



 
The slides were manufactured by Camp Sales Co., owned by long time Crescent Bay Scouter, Glenn Gordon. The slides were fabricated with a printed and embossed plastic disc about 1 ¼" across that was applied to a metal slide base or other object.

1969
TYPE A
Sales Award

1969
TYPE B
Sales Award

1970
Sales Award
 

        

       

TYPE A has a BROWN bear.
Made by Camp Sales Co.

TYPE B has a
DARK brown bear.

Made by Camp Sales Co.

Made by Camp Sales Co.
 

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1971
Sales Award


1971
Souvenir





      





Made by Torchy Plastics.
Made by Camp Sales Co.




 


1972
Anodized Gold
Sales Award

1973
Gold
(Purpose Unknown)




  

          





Cast Metal with anodized gold plating.



 

Cast Metal with gold plating.
Although this slide is the same casting as the 1972 slide, the non- anodized version was only available at  the 1973 Scout-O-Rama by Great Western Council.



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Unit Scout-O-Rama Neckerchief Slides 

Dating back to the first Council Scout-O-Rama in 1954, packs and troops fabricated their own souvenir neckerchief slides.
It is believed these slides were typically available at the unit's Scout-O-Rama booth and used as a give-away item.

                 
1962
White
Troop 655
           
1962
Gold
Troop 655


            

        



   

Imprinted leather with slits that neckerchief passes through. Also known as a woogle.

Imprinted leather with slits that neckerchief passes through.
Also known as a woogle.




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