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          Neckerchiefs from Camp Wolverton appear to first date to the mid 1950's. While Camp Josepho and Emerald Bay Staff members are known to have worn generic staff neckerchiefs in the 1940's, there has never been any evidence, either written, photographic or otherwise,  that Camp Wolverton used camp neckerchiefs for any purpose prior to 1956. That year, camper and staff neckerchiefs of similar design & construction were used at both Camps Wolverton and Emerald Bay. (see neckerchiefs from  >  Emerald Bay   Josepho)

Origins of the Camp Mascots

           The original neckerchiefs for Camp Wolverton sported the camp mascot: a bear wearing a beret with a feather. The design for the mascot was first used in 1946 and may have been inspired by a popular MGM studios cartoon character of the 1940's named Barney Bear. For over sixty years, the Wolverton mascot was known as the Hamm's Bear for its resemblance to the symbol of Hamm's beer. However, the Hamm's Beer Bear was not introduced until 1952, six years after being first used at Camp Wolverton.
         Camps Emerald Bay and Josepho introduced cartoon camp mascots of their own in 1947. Emerald Bay chose a crazy pirate, possibly inspired by a Yosemite Sam cartoon, and Josepho picked an Indian similar to Chief Wahoo of baseball's Cleveland Indians fame. Camp Slauson was the last of the Crescent Bay Council camps to pick a mascot and they chose Disney Studios' Bambi around 1950.
 
    1956
Camper
 
   1956
Staff
 
   
           
   
Silk screened or linoleum block imprint on cotton.
Loose merrilled edge.
 
Silk screened or linoleum block imprint on cotton.
Loose merrilled edge. "Staff" stamped on separately. 
   

Matching red Camper & bright blue Staff neckerchiefs were also used at Camp Emerald Bay in 1956.

 
   
    1956
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief
 
 
Staff "Dress" Neckerchiefs
 
   
   

Hand crocheted over the 1956 Camper cotton neckerchief.
The first "Dress" neckerchiefs may not have been issued or
worn by all staff members.
            Folklore has it that the original Camp Wolverton neckerchiefs were made in the garage of 1956 staff member Steve Schiff with the help of Camp director Paul Jordon. Frank Glick confirmed this story in a 2005 conversation with Steve Schiff. Steve went on to say that one of the mothers of a troop member cut and sewed the cloth and the "Hamm's Bear" was then silk screened or "block printed" on. It is not clear if the same people also made the 1956 Camp Emerald Bay neckerchiefs which were identical in printing and construction.
         Regardless of the folklore, these neckerchiefs did not hold up well to laundering. The cotton material was thin as was the inked printing and undoubtedly faded after only a couple of washes. It is thought that leftover red neckerchiefs were hand crocheted to provide a more stylish, better looking, neckerchief for photographs and special occasions. These special neckerchiefs, mostly embroidered, have come to be known as "Dress" neckerchiefs and were used at Camp Wolverton between 1956-72. Camp Emerald Bay also used the crocheted Dress neckerchiefs in 1956 but apparently never again.
         The following year at Wolverton and Emerald Bay, the Council made professionally manufactured silk screened neckerchiefs for both campers and staff. However, it appears the Wolverton Staff still wanted their own distinctive Dress neckerchief so for 1957, printed Staff scarves were again made, this time on hot-pink and blue sateen. The hot pink neckerchief idea was first used in 1956 for the 12-E Order of the Arrow conference hosted by Tamet Lodge while the blue neckerchief was the traditional staff color during the 1950's.
   
             
    1957
Hot Pink
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief

 

  1957
Blue
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief
 
   
             
    Silk screened or linoleum block printed on sateen.
 Loose merrilled edge. The hot pink neckerchiefs were very distinctive and could literally be seen from a mile away.

see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
  Silk screened or linoleum block printed on blue sateen.
Loose merrilled edge.The exact purpose of the blue sateen
dress neckerchiefs is not known.


  
   

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          For 1957, Crescent Bay Council redesigned the neckerchiefs and patches for Camps Wolverton and Emerald Bay. 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 patches show the same design modifications.
Camp Wolverton used a pale green scarf in 1957 while Emerald Bay used a light blue material.

    1957
Camper
 
  1957
Staff
 
   
             
    Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
  
  Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
"Staff" is inserted under the bear's neck and above B.S.A.
   


 
For 1958-59, both Camps Wolverton and Emerald Bay used their 1957 designs on yellow-orange neckerchiefs.

    1958-59
Camper
 
  1958-59
Staff
 
   
             
    Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
  
  Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
B.S.A. does not appear in the design.
   


 
1959-60
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief




Chain stitch embroidered on heavy cotton twill. Hemmed edge.

see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE



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The Hamm's Bear mascot was retired in favor of a walking bear around 1961. Orange  Wolverton neckerchiefs were worn
by staff and campers concurrently with dress neckerchiefs and were a common sight though out the Council during the 1960's.
 
    1961- 64
Camper
Large Design
 
  1961- 67
Staff
Large Design
 
   
   
 
   
 
   
    Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
  Large bear (4¼" from nose to butt) & design
(5¼" diameter circle of lettering).
 
see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
  Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
Large bear (4¼" from nose to butt) & design
(5¼" diameter circle of lettering).
 
see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
   


 
    1962
Leader "Dress" Neckerchief

 
  1961-62
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief

 
   
         
 
   
    Chain stitch embroidered on cotton. Hemmed edge.
Leader neckerchiefs were given to adult Scout Leaders at
camp at the request of the Council Camping Director, Hugo Olson. Leader neckerchiefs were again used between 1966-71 and at Camp Emerald Bay in the 1970's.
  Chain stitch embroidered on cotton. Hemmed edge.
Camp Director, Stan Morse, is credited with using the image
of the extinct California Grizzly Bear (which appears on the California State flag) for the1962 dress neckerchiefs.
 
   
NOTE: Because these neckerchiefs were individually embroidered, the lettering and bears have minor differences
between each neckerchief.

 
    1963
TYPE 1
Red Eyes without Pupils
1963-65
Green  with Black Writing
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief
 
          Camp Wolverton adopted a Grizzly bear face mascot design which first appeared on the patches beginning in 1962. The new mascot was used on green
Staff "Dress" neckerchiefs issued for 1963. This
basic design was issued for several years concurrently with the orange silk screened walking bear staff neckerchiefs. Differences between orders from successive years can be distinguished by differences
in the eyes of the bear.
           NOTE: Because these neckerchiefs were
individually embroidered, the lettering and bears have minor differences between each neckerchief.
          The classification of 1963-65 green staff Dress neckerchiefs offered here, focuses on the difference in the color of the eyes. These differences may correlate to the different years these neckerchiefs were issued.



 
   
    Chain stitch embroidered on cotton. Hemmed edge. 
 
 
 
  
1964
TYPE 2
Dark Pink Pupils on Red Eyes
 
  1965
TYPE 3
White Pupils on Red Eyes
 

   
Chain stitch embroidered on cotton. Hemmed edge.    Chain stitch embroidered on cotton. Hemmed edge. 

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    1965
Camper
Smaller Design
 
  1966-67
Green with Yellow Writing
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief 

 
   
             
   
Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
Smaller bear (3¼" from nose to butt) & design (4¾" diameter circle of lettering) from previous orange neckerchiefs.
This smaller design was used again for the pale brown Wolverton neckerchiefs that followed in 1966.
 
 
Chain stitch embroidered on heavy cotton. Hemmed edge.
Used concurrently with orange silk screened walking bear
staff neckerchiefs.

see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
  
   


 
    1966-69
Camper

  1966-69
Leader

   
             
    Silk screened on cotton. Brown piped edge.
Black outlined bear facing left.
 
see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
  Silk screened on cotton. Brown piped edge.
Black outlined bear facing left.
 
see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
   


  
    1968- 70
Black Outlined, Light Brown Grizzly
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief
 
  1971- 72
Light Brown Grizzly, Black Inner Details
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief
 
   
             
   
Chain stitch embroidered on cotton. Hemmed edge.
 
see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
 
Chain stitch embroidered on cotton. Hemmed edge.

see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
   

The orange dress neckerchiefs from 1968-72 may have been the every-day staff neckerchiefs during those years,
replacing the silk screened orange staff neckerchiefs used for most of the 1960's.

 
    1970-71
Camper
 
  1970-71
Leader
 
   
           
   
Silk screened on cotton. Brown piped edge.
Brown & Black bear facing right. 
 
Silk screened on cotton. Brown piped edge.
Brown & Black bear facing right. 
   

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    1972 (Transition)
Camper
 
  1973-74
Camper
 
   
            
   
Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
Issued during the summer of Crescent Bay Council's merger with San Fernando Valley Council. Not knowing the name of the new Council, "Boy Scouts of America" replaced Crescent Bay in the design.
 
Silk screened on cotton. Brown piped edge.
Great Western Council.

 
 
   


 
    Mid 1970's
Camper
 
  Mid 1970's
Staff
 
   
             
     
Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
Great Western Council

see varieties of this neckerchief in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
.
   
Silk screened on cotton. Hemmed edge.
Great Western Council.


 
   

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     IDENTIFICATION GUIDE 
      

1957
Hot Pink
Staff "Stress" Neckerchief

 
1959-60
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief
 


TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 
  TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 
              

TYPE A
has
 a LIGHT YELLOW loose merrilled border
 
TYPE B
has
DARK PINK
 loose merrilled border
 
TYPE A
is embroidered on
BLUE cloth
 
TYPE B
is embroidered on GRAY-BLUE cloth
 

                               NOTE: Because these neckerchiefs were individually embroidered, the lettering and bears have minor
differences between each neckerchief.



1961- 67
Staff

 TYPE A
 
 
TYPE B
 
 
TYPE C
 

 

 


TYPE A
has
an ORANGE hem stitch
 

TYPE B
has
 a LIGHT ORANGE hem stitch
 

TYPE C
has
 a WHITE hem stitch


1961- 64
Camper
Large Design
 
TYPE A
 
 
  TYPE B

  TYPE C
 
  TYPE D
 
 

 
 
 

TYPE A
has
 an ORANGE
hem stitch
 
TYPE B
has
 a LIGHT ORANGE
hem stitch
 
TYPE C
has
a WHITE
hem stitch
 
TYPE D
has a DARK YELLOW
hem stitch
 



1966-67
Green with Yellow Writing
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief
 
 

    VARIETIES
 
  VARIETIES
 
 
   
   
 
   
             
Because these neckerchiefs were individually embroidered, the lettering and bears have minor differences
between each neckerchief. As examples, the bear on the left has a brown outline around the red eyes
while the bear on the right does not. Differences between the thickness of the brown details;
shapes of the mouths & noses can also be seen.

 
1966-69
Camper

 
1966-69
Leader

 
TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 

  TYPE A
 
 
  TYPE B
 

             

TYPE A
has
HEAVY BLACK
fur details
 
TYPE B
has
LIGHT BLACK
fur details
 
TYPE A
has
 HEAVY BLACK
fur details
 
TYPE B
has
 LIGHT BLACK
fur details


 
1968- 70
Black Outlined, Light Brown Grizzly
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief

 
1971- 72
Light Brown Grizzly, Black Inner Details
Staff "Dress" Neckerchief

 
TYPE A
 

  TYPE B
 
  VARIETIES
  VARIETIES 
             

TYPE A is embroidered on HEAVY, DARK ORANGE cotton and unfolds into a very large neckerchief.
 
TYPE B is embroidered on LIGHT WEIGHT, ORANGE cotton and unfolds into a typical sized neckerchief.

 
             
         Because these neckerchiefs were individually embroidered, the lettering and bears have minor differences between each neckerchief. As examples, the bear on the left has a black outline around the red eyes while the bear on the right does not. However it does have a black outlined nose.
 


Mid 1970's
Camper
 
       TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 
  TYPE C
 
 
       
         
     TYPE A
has
 a BROWN bear
 
TYPE B
has
DARK BROWN bear
 
TYPE C
has
GRAY-BROWN bear

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