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          In 1954, all of the Crescent Bay Council camps changed their patches. Camps Emerald Bay & Wolverton switched to embroidered patches showing the date for the first time since 1946. The new patches for Camps Josepho & Slauson were similar in design to the previous felt patches but were flocked on sateen without dates.
          Camp Wolverton also made a slight modification to its mascot. The Wolverton bear, A.K.A.  Hamm's Bear, was now wearing a coon skin cap instead of a beret. The coon skin, or Davy Crockett cap was popularized in the mid 1950's by a TV show of the same name.

    1954
  1955   1956 
 
 
 
     
 
 
    Embroidered. Red cut edge on No-Twill
  Embroidered. Red cut edge on No-Twill
  Embroidered. Red rolled edge on Twill
 
 
 
 

Segments  

 
 
 
 
1954 Staff
 
1955 Staff
 
1955 Winter Camp
 
 

 

 
 
    Embroidered on orange NO-TWILL
May have also been worn by Camp Wolverton staff in 1956-58. Camp Emerald Bay used similar staff strips matching their patches for 1954-56.Crescent Bay Council camp staff strips originated at Camp Josepho in 1944. Staff strips were used sporadically at all the Crescent Bay summer camps through the mid 1960's.
   
  Embroidered on white TWILL
 that goes up to the right. Many similar
staff patches with red lettering on white material were used by camps in other councils. Some were made to go above
the patch, others made to go below.
Only this version used below the camp
patch on white TWILL is attributed to
Camp Wolverton.
 
  Embroidered on orange TWILL
 that goes up to the right. Written evidence linking this segment to Camp Wolverton has not been established although staff members held winter camps there since the late 1940's. Winter camps were usually held in January or February and if associated with Wolverton, the strip would have been  designed for the 1954 pocket patch since the 1955 patch had yet to be issued.

 
  For 1957, Camps Wolverton and Emerald Bay replaced the camp locations on their patches with Crescent Bay Council. The Hamm's Bear mascot was also slightly redesigned. Since 1946, both of the bear's ears were black. In 1957, the back ear was changed to red and projected above the red beret as part of the hat. The 1957-58 Wolverton neckerchiefs show the same design modifications.

    1957   1958
  1958-Segments
       
Camper

Good Camper

    Embroidered on NO-TWILL.
Council name in
red.

 
    Embroidered on NO-TWILL.
Council name in black.

 
  Camp Wolverton's first Camper & Good Camper strips appeared in 1958. Good Camper strips started at Camp Emerald Bay in 1954 with dated strips first used in 1957.

 

1959-60
1960-61
      New Designs for 1959

          The addition of Circle B Scout Ranch to Crescent Bay Council in 1958 may have prompted a redesign of all the camp logos for 1959. Camps Wolverton and Emerald Bay, issued very similar round patches with their respective mascots reduced and on the side.
          Camp Josepho changed its mascot to an Indian Chief, which it kept for almost fifty years. Both Josepho and Camp Slauson got their first embroidered patches in 1959.


Embroidered on blue twill that
goes up to the left.
2 skrawny trees on right
   .

 
Embroidered on blue twill that
goes up to the right. 2 bushy trees on right with a 3rd tree in between them.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

  
  Good Camper Segments 1959-61
 
          Dated Camper and Good Camper segments were awarded at Camp Wolverton between 1959-61 for fulfilling certain requirements of advancement and participation at camp. The same segments were also awarded at Camp Emerald Bay. The 1961 strips were the last Camper and Good Camper strips ever used at Camp Wolverton.

      1959-Segments
  1960-Segments
  1961-Segments
    Camper

Good Camper

 
Camper

Good Camper

 
 Camper

Good Camper

    Embroidered on blue NO-TWILL   Embroidered on blue TWILL  
Embroidered on blue NO-TWILL

      A new totem depicting a ferocious bear appeared on the patch beginning in 1962. For the first time since High Sierra/Sequoia Camp reopened as Wolverton in 1946, the Hamm's Bear was not the mascot. The Hamm's bear would not return for thirty-seven years.
 
    1962
  1963-64
  1965
       
    Embroidered. Brown rolled edge. The High Sierra in white. Camp Wolverton in green.
 
 
  Embroidered. Red rolled edge.
All lettering in white.
 

 
  Embroidered. Red rolled edge.
High Sierra in white.
 Wolverton & Mountain Men in Green.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

   

This segment was available to Scouts
hiking the popular Twin Lakes Trail. Twin Lakes was about 10 miles hiking from Camp Wolverton. Twin Lakes also served as an overnight base camp for crossing Silliman Pass.
  1966-68 Segment
Twin Lakes Trail


 





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    1966
  1967   1968
30th Year
       
    see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


Embroidered. Orange rolled edge.
High Sierra in white.
 Wolverton & Mountain Men in Green

  see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


Embroidered. Orange rolled edge.
High Sierra & Mountain Men in white.
 Wolverton in Green

  see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


Embroidered. Orange rolled edge.
High Sierra & 30th Year in white.
Camp  Wolverton in Green



    1969
30th Anniversary
  1970   1971
   
   
    Embroidered. yellow rolled edge.
High Sierra & Mountain Men in white.
Wolverton in Green

  Embroidered. yellow rolled edge.
Mountain Men in white.
High Sierra & Wolverton in Green

  Embroidered. yellow rolled edge.
High Sierra & Mountain Men in white.
Wolverton in Green



    1972-74   Transition to    
     
Great Western Council
 
         1972 was the last summer at Camp Wolverton administered by Crescent Bay Area Council. The merger of Crescent Bay with San Fernando Valley Council brought Camp Wolverton under the direction of Great Western Council. Crescent Bay Council Scouters remained closely involved with the staffing and operations of the camp through its final summer in 2011.

          The 1972 patch was used through 1974. It had a blue background and a redesigned bear that some staff members referred to as the "pig bear".
 
   
      Embroidered. Orange rolled edge on
blue twill.

   
  see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
   
 
Worn with Loops

Sometimes, Camp Wolverton patches were worn as dangles with loops.

  
  1960   1966    
         
    1960-61 patch worn with homemade
leather loop and 1960 Camper segment.
  1966 patch worn with homemade leather loop and Twin Lakes Trail segment.    


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Camp Wolverton Hikes & Trails 1967-72  

Silver Bearpaw was a popular 62-mile hike  through Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks of at least six days and five nights duration. Initiated in 1967, the basic route started and ended at Camp Wolverton and include Twin Lakes, Silliman Pass, Bearpaw Meadow, Deadman's Canyon and many other lakes, streams passes & locations. Troops were free to develop their own itineraries and overnight campsites. A patch was awarded for successful completion.

    1967-68
Light Blue

  1969-70
Blue
  1970-71
Dark Blue

       
    Round embroidered patches were awarded one per Scout who completed the hike.

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

  Re-orders of the original patch resulted
in different colors and variations.
  There appears to be no special significance associated with light blue, blue, & dark blue backgrounds.
  Minor varieties of the dark blue version of the patch exist.


 

 
    1972-Late 70's
Silver Bear Paw
  1972-Late 70's
Silver Cloud Trail
  1972-74
Hiking Boot

       
      Embroidered. The last version of the
 Silver Bearpaw award.

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

  The "Silver Cloud" hike was initiated in 1967 but the first patch was issued in 1972. The trail was similar to the Silver Bearpaw, except that instead of hiking through Deadman's Canyon, the route went further
by hiking through Cloud Canyon and included a good deal of cross country travel. 
  Embroidered. The Hiking Boot was
 earned by Scouts who participated in various hiking trips while at summer
camp.


 

1972-74
Wolverton Trails

Embroidered. The Wolverton Trails patch was earned by Scouts who
participated in various hiking trips while at summer camp.


    1940's-70's
Camp Wolverton Brand


Branded into leather. A Camp Wolverton branding iron was made in the late 1940's. The brands may have been used on a variety of objects including on pieces of scrap leather as seen above. 
               
  1959
Bear Paw Survival

Pen & stamped ink on leather.
Hand-made patch commemorating a camp, perhaps in Bear Paw Meadow.

It is unclear if the 1959
Bear Paw Survival was an individual troop event or
part of the 1959
Camp Wolverton program.
 Issued to Gene Gallo.

 

 



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Camp Wolverton Training 1950's-72  

Crescent Bay Council training events were held during each summer at Camp Wolverton between the late1950's
through the mid 1970s. The early events were known as Junior Leader Training (JLT) and Junior Leaders In Training (JLIT). 
From 1965 to about 1976, the week-long training was called Polaris 2 Star.
 
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    1959-65
  1963-64
  1965
       
see more JLT  > 
  patches & neckerchiefs  

   

see more Polaris  > 
patches & neckerchiefs
      Embroidered. The first patch for JLT staff
at Camp Wolverton was worn from the button of the pocket flap.

 
  Embroidered. The courses at Camp Wolverton became JLIT -
Junior Leader Instructor Training.
 The JLIT staff patch was meant
 to be worn on the shoulder of the
 uniform and also on neckerchiefs.

  Embroidered. Worn on shoulder.
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. 

SPECIAL THANKS to Frank Glick for his help in preparing this page.

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IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
        

    1959-60

 
  1960-61
TYPE A
 
  1960-61
TYPE B
 
                   
   
1959-60 patch
has blue twill that
goes up to the left &
2 skrawny trees on right.
 
TYPE A
has course twill that goes
up to the right
&
  3 bushy trees on right.
 
TYPE B
has medium twill that goes
up to the right
&
  3 bushy trees on right.

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1965 Red Border
TYPE A
 
    1965 Red Border
TYPE B
 
  1966
TYPE A
 
   1966
TYPE B
 
                       

TYPE A
has a white snow line behind "SIERRA".
 
TYPE B
white snow line does not go behind "SIERRA".
 
TYPE A
has a solid black hair line.
 
TYPE B  twill
shows through
hair line.



  
    1967
TYPE A
 
  1967
TYPE B
 
  1967
TYPE C
 
                   
   
TYPE A
has a solid black hair line.

 
 
TYPE B  twill shows through

hair line.
 
   
TYPE C  twill shows through
hair line & there is an extra vertical black line underneath right eye.

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    1968
TYPE A
 
  1968
TYPE B
 
  1968
TYPE C
 
                       
   
TYPE A
has a white snow line behind "SIERRA".
 
 
TYPE B
white snow line does not go behind "SIERRA" & solid black hair line.
   
TYPE B
white snow line does not go behind "SIERRA" & twill shows through black hair line.


   
    1972-73
TYPE A
 
  1974
TYPE B
 
   
                 
     
TYPE A
has blue twill that goes up to the right at about a 30º angle. Bear & mountain are brown.
   
TYPE B
has darker blue twill that goes up to the right at about a 60º angle. Bear & mountain are reddish brown.
   

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     1967-68 Light Blue
TYPE A
 
  1967-68 Light Blue
TYPE B
 
   
                 

 
TYPE A
is on light blue no-twill that has a grayish cast.
 
TYPE B
is on bright light blue no-twill that has a grayish cast.
   


    1972-Late 70's
TYPE A
 
  1972-Late 70's
TYPE B
 
   
                     
     
TYPE A
has silver bear paw,
golden yellow mountain &
blue twill that goes up to the left.

 
TYPE B
has dark silver bear paw,
light golden yellow mountain &
blue twill that goes up to the right.

   


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