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About the Service Scout Program

          Beginning some time in the late 1920's and lasting through the end of World War II in 1945, a special community Service program was developed in Crescent Bay Council and other Southern California scout Councils. Some say that the program originated in Crescent Bay and then spread to neighboring councils including Los Angeles Metropolitan, Verdugo Hills in Glendale and Riverside County. This theory has never been confirmed. To date, the exact origins of Community  Service Scouts remains a mystery.          
          It is thought the program was first called Senior Service
Scout or 'SSS' until about
1930 when the name was changed to Community Service Scout or 'CSS'. Service Scout was designed to encourage Scouts to be of assistance
       
1931
Excerpt from Crescent Bay Council Annual Report p.7

to their community including patriotic organizations; Band Concerts; Community Chests; Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA);  Traffic Duties at Schools; Flag Ceremonies; Pro Golf Tournaments and Pageants.
          Community Service Awards were developed in a series, similar
to the Camp Emerald Bay Camp Veteran pins as follows:
  • RIBBON STRIPE: 5 Service calls
  • BRONZE Bar: 10 Service calls.
  • SILVER Bar: 25 Service calls
  • GOLD Bar: 50 Service calls
Service Calls were 2 hours each.
   

In 1931 Crescent Bay Council awarded 90 CSS Service Stripes;
66 Bronze Bars; 21 Silver Bars; and only 5 Gold bars.
     


Service Stripes  

Service Stripes were the entry level award in the Community Service program. The stripes were embroidered on
black or navy blue ribbon or felt and were typically worn on the merit badge sash or the cuff of the Scout shirt.

Late 1920's
Senior Service Scout (SSS)

 
Ribbon

Dark Yellow embroidered letters on black ribbon.




1930's
  Community Service Scout (CSS)


Ribbon

Dark Yellow embroidered letters on black ribbon.



Felt


Dark Yellow embroidered letters on black or navy blue felt.
This small version of the CSS stripe is the only one that is more like a patch.


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Service Bars (Pins)  

Service Scout pins or bars in bronze silver & gold were organized like the Camp Emerald Bay Veteran pins from the 1920's & 30's. Service bars were typically worn on the merit badge sash or above the left pocket of the scout shirt.


Late 1920's
Senior Service Scout (SSS)

Bronze Bar
20 Hours
  Silver Bar
50 Hours
  Gold Bar
100 Hours

     
Bronze. Awarded for TEN sevice calls
of two hours each.
 
  Silver, Hallmarked Sterling.
Awarded for TWENTY-FIVE service
calls of two hours each.
  Golden. It is not clear if this bar is gold plated or solid. Awarded for FIFTY
service calls of 2 hours each.

NOTE: SSS bars were used over several years and are known to come in different variations of color, hallmarking and clasps.


 
1930's-Early 1940's
Community Service Scout (CSS)


Bronze Bar
20 Hours
  Silver Bar
50 Hours
  Gold Bar
100 Hours
     
Bronze. Could be copper plated.
Awarded for TEN sevice calls
of two hours each.
  Silver colored metal. Awarded for TWENTY-FIVE service calls
of two hours each.
  Golden WITH gold plated. Awarded for FIFTYservice calls of 2 hours each.
 

NOTE: CSS bars were used over l5 years and are known to come in different variations of color, hallmarking and clasps.


Medals  

          The exact purpose of the Service Scout medals is unclear. Most known examples are on red/white/blue ribbons suspended from a gold bar. It is possible that the medals served as a "top Service Scout' award or for service calls beyond the fifty calls needed to earn the gold bar. The medal itself is fabricated from two separate discs. The outer disc is circled by a wreath which is known to come in two types: TYPE 1 has a continuous wreath while TYPE 2 has a wreath that is broken at the top.
          The inner disc says "BSA" and is attached to the outer ring with an adhesive or solder.

1930's
TYPE 1
  Continuous Wreath
Red/White/Blue Ribbon

 
  1930's
TYPE 2
Broken Wreath
Red/White/Blue Ribbon
wtih Gold Civics Pin
  1930's
TYPE 2
Broken Wreath
Blue Ribbon

 


 
 



Gold medal with continuous wreath.



 
Gold tone medal with broken wreath at top. The purpose of the additional "Civics" pin on the ribbon is unknown.

 
Gold tone medal with broken wreath.
It is not known if this ribbon originally came with a service bar. Purpose of
the blue ribbon is also unclear.

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Cards  

Plain mimographed index cards were issued along with the service awards.
 Each card included the stamp signature of Crescent Bay Scout Executive F. R. Hill.

1934
Service Stripe
 
  1940
Service (Stripe)
 
       
 
ISSUED TO: Allan Bryan; Troop 28 Venice.
 
ISSUED TO: Robert Reed; Troop 19 Culver City.



1941
Service Stripe



ISSUED TO: Wayne N. Graves; Troop 144 Westwood.


 
1940
Bronze (Bar)
 
  1941
Bronze Bar
 
       

ISSUED TO: Robert Reed; Troop 19 Culver City.
 
ISSUED TO: Loren Tarvin; Troop 48 Culver City.



1940
Silver Bar




ISSUED TO: Bobby (Robert) Reed; Troop 19 Culver City.


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