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          When the northern (Santa Monica) and southern (Inglewood) parts of Crescent Bay Council split in 1925, Venice also split off as a third piece while it contemplated whether to stay with Crescent Bay or join Los Angeles Council. Venice leaders choose Crescent Bay, where they always maintained a certain level of autonomy within the Council as their own district. In 1934, Scout leaders formed the Venice Scouters Association. That  name was soon changed to Venice District, serving scout units in the coastal communities south of Santa Monica including the town of Venice, Westchester, Playa Del Rey and parts of Mar Vista. Annual events included Pow Wows, Wilderness Camps, Swim Meets, Baseball Tournaments, Scout-O-Ramas, camporees and participation in two "Council-Wide" camporees in 1946 and 1953.
          Of all the districts within Crescent Bay, Venice District clearly stands out as having the best remaining historical record of its activities during the 1930's-1950's. The Crescent Bay Historical Project's collection of leather awards, ribbons and patches has supplemented other documents and photos to create a detailed look at Venice that is not available for any of  the other districts within the Council.
          In the Fall of 1957, Venice District changed its name to Marina District, to be more representative of the growing number of scouting units located within its boundaries but outside of the community of Venice.
          NOTE: Additional dates and locations for Venice events have been reconstructed through detailed analysis of the Crescent Bay Council calendars published each month in the "Round-Up" council newsletter and the Crescent Bay Area Council news clipping scrapbook. In some cases, information listed in the calendars and scrapbook is missing or incomplete.

1938
Location and Exact Date Unknown

          The Venice Pow-Wow may have started n the Mid 1920's but is first documented in 1934, the same year that Crescent Bay Council held a Camp-O-Ral instead of a Pow Wow. 1934 also marks the year that the Venice District Scouters Association reorganized the Venice District within Crescent Bay Council. Venice District Pow-Wows were patterned after the original Council Pow-Wows with troop competitions in various scouting skills including Knot Tying, Morse Code, Water Boiling, Tent Pitching and others.
          Leather awards and patches were commonly used within Crescent Bay Council beginning in the late 1920's. Hand-lettered items on scrap leather could be made in small quantities at almost no cost. (see Crescent Bay Council event leathers), and by 1938 or earlier, small leather patches were made for individual troop members in Venice District that could be sewn to the merit badge sash.

      Knot Tying
1st Place - Tr. 34
  Morse Code
1st Place - Tr. 34
   
                        
      A timed contest comprised of tying a variety of knots
known to scouts and part of their advancement criteria.

  Morse Code, was a relevant communication technique
in the first half of the 20th Century.
   

     
  Flint & Steel
1st Place - Tr. 34
     
                   Water Boiling
1st Place - Tr. 34


Timed event getting a predetermined volume
of water to reach the boiling point.
                              
     
 
  Fire by Friction was a contest of generating heat by spinning a stick,
the oldest form of fire making.
     

  NOTE: Pre-World War II Venice District Events are also known to have been held as follows:
Pow Wow -March 24, 1934; Annual Dinner-October 12, 1934; Baseball Championship-1934 & 1935; Drill-1935;
Rally-February 12, 1940.
see  >  Venice District Pow Wow Leathers  & Venice District Leather Awards.


NOTE: Venice District held a Pow Wow on November 9, 1940 and
a Camporee at the Southwest Kennel Club on May 10-11, 1941. No insignia is known for either event.


1942  

NOTE:
Venice district held a Camporee May 2-3, 1942, at Camp Slauson. No insignia is know for the event.

Pow Wow
Location Unknown
November 29


The 1942 leather patches refer to an "Invitational Event" probably meaning
only specially selected scouts and/or patrols were asked to attend the Pow Wow.

      Knots
2nd Place - Tr. 34
  Semaphore
2nd Place - Tr. 34
   
                                           
      A timed contest comprised of tying a variety of knots known to scouts and part of their advancement criteria.   Semaphore was a relevant communication technique in
the first half of the 20th Century.
   


      Tent Pitching
2nd Place - Tr. 34
  Water Boiling
1st Place - Tr. 34
   
                                           
      Timed contest testing how quickly a troop tent could be erected.   Timed event getting a predetermined volume of water to the boiling point.    

NOTE: Venice held a Camporee May 8-9, 1943 at Camp Slauson. No patch is known to have been issued.


Late 1940's  

Camporees were held in 1945 at Camp Josepho and 1946 at Camp Slauson. No patches are known to have been issued.

1947
Swimming & Diving Meet Segment
Location & Dates Unknown
  1947
Pow Wow
Location & Dates Unknown

  1947
Pow Wow
Award Segments


Silk screened on felt



1948
Camporee Rocker
Carter Camp
May
 
Silk screened on felt.
  Knot Tying
Blue felt star applied to silk screened felt.
Blue may have signified 1st place.

Tent Pitching

Red felt star applied to silk screened felt.
Red may have signified 2nd place.

Silk screened on felt. This patch was designed to be worn around other patches such as the 1946 Council Camp-O-Ral patch, 1947 Pow Wow and 1947 & 1948 Regional Camp-O-Ral patches at Chaleo Camp.
  Venice District also held a Camporee at Camp Slauson in 1947. No patch is known to exist for the event however, leather awards were used for the 1947 Camporee.

 
  It is likely that segments were awarded
for all of the Pow Wow competitions.
Blue & Red stars might have signified
1st & 2nd place respectively.


 

NOTE: Venice District also held a Pow Wow on December 5, 1948, at Camp Josepho.
It is possible that the late 1940's felt camporee rocker was issued for this event and that it was meant to be worn
around a white felt Camp Josepho patch.


    1948
Swim Meet Segment
Location & Date Unknown
    1949
Swim Meet Segment
Location & Date Unknown
  1949
Swim Meet Segment
Location & Date Unknown
    Red
          Blue
  Red
    Flocked on RED felt.
  2nd place award.
    Flocked on BLUE felt.
1st place award.
  Flocked on RED felt.
  2nd place award

NOTE: District held a Wilderness Camp May 28-30, 1949, at Barton Flats in the San Bernardino Mountains.
No patch is known to have been issued.



1950's  

           Records show that Venice District held a Pow Wow on October 15, 1950, at Venice High School and a Wilderness Camp May 27-28 1950, at Chilao Flats at Angeles Crest. Two events were also held in 1952: A Wilderness Camp/Camporee at Idyllwild, California, May 30-June1 and a Pow Wow at Camp Josepho on November 9. No patches are known for the 1950 and 1952 events although leather awards were issued for the Pow Wow in 1952.
          Swim meets were held in 1951, 1953 and likely in 1950 & 1952 as well.


1951
Swim Meet Segments
Location & Dates Unknown

Blue


Red


White


Green


  

  

  


Flocked on Dark Blue felt
1st place.



Flocked on Red felt.
2nd place award


Flocked on White felt.
3rd place


Flocked on Green felt.
4th place or participation.


1953
Swim Meet Segment
November 21

   


1954
Wilderness Adventure
Barton Flats
May 29-31
  Location Unknown

Flocked on RED felt.
  2nd place award

 

1955
Scout-O-Rama
Mark Twain Jr. High School
February 12-13
     
1954
Segment
Camp Slauson
Dates Unknown



Flocked on felt.
It is not known which patch, if any,
this strip was meant to be worn with.
 
    Flocked on coarse no-twill canvass.
Barton Flats is located in the San Bernadino National Forest, 18 miles from Redlands, CA on Highway 38.
      Silk screened on felt.


 

NOTE: The 1954-56 Camporee Strips have not been confirmed as Venice District or Crescent Bay patches.
 
    1955
Segment
Location & Dates Unknown

  1956
Segment
  Horse Flats
Dates Unknown
   
   
     
    Embroidered on twill.
It is not known which patch, if any,
this strip was meant to be worn with.
  Silk screened on felt.
It is not known which patch, if any,
this strip was meant to be worn with.
   


    1955
Herkey Creek
Fall
  1956
Scout-O-Rama
Mark Twain Jr. High School
February 11-12
  1957
Scout-O-Rama
Mark Twain Jr. High School
February 9-10
       
   
Flocked on twill canvass.
The ususal spelling is Hurkey Creek
which was located near Idyllwild, and
Hemet Lake on Highway 74.
NOTE: Venice District held a Wilderness
camp at Piute Butte on April 23-24, 1955.

 
  Flocked on twill canvas.
NOTE: Venice held three additional events in 1956: a "Mystery Trail" Camporee at Camp Slauson on March 10-11 & two Wilderness Camps of unknown dates & locations.
No patches are known for these events.
  Embroidered on no-twill.
The 1957 Venice Scout-O-Rama
is the last Scout-O-Rama held by
the District prior to changing its name
 to Marina District.




 
    1957
Camporee
Hurkey Creek
Date Unknown
     
   
  Generic patches were available to councils through the the National B.S.A. Supply Division and other patch companies. They were often used to save money or when there was not enough lead-time to have a unique design made.  
    Embroidered Generic Patch.      



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