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          The tradition of camp T-shirts in Crescent Bay Council is thought to have started at Camp Josepho in 1943 when the staff wore special white T-shirts as part of their standard Class B summer uniforms. The tradition continued at Josepho with newly designed staff T-shirts each summer through 1948. It is unknown if T-shirts were also available for purchase by the campers at Josepho in the 1940's.
          When Camp Wolverton re-opened in 1946, the staff, most of which had also served at Camp Josepho during WWII, made their own T-shirts. The first known Wolverton apparel dates to the late 1940's when a camp sweatshirt was available, good for the cool nights and chilly mornings in the mountains. Currently, both Staff and Camper T-shirts are only known going back into the 1950's.
          During the Crescent Bay and Great Western eras (1947-1984), Wolverton Camper & Staff T-shirts were always on white 100% cotton. In the late 1970's, the material changed to cotton/polyester blends. T-shirts were not available every summer after 1985.

Note: Currently, images for Camp Wolverton T-shirts from the late 1940's-mid 1950s are unavailable.


1957-1961
Camper
TYPE A - Thick Letters



1957-1961
Camper
TYPE B - Thin Letters



1957-1961
Staff









Silk screened on cotton.
TYPE A has THICK letters.
Bear mascot was redesigned in 1957, having only one black ear.


Silk screened on cotton.
TYPE B has THIN letters.
New mascot design was first used on patches & neckerchiefs in 1957.


Silk screened on cotton.




see  >   varieties of 1957-61 shirts close-up



1962-1972
Camper



1962
Staff
RED


1963-Mid 1960's
Staff
DARK GREEN







Silk screened on cotton.
There are two noteworthy things about this design. First, Crescent Bay Council never used the walking bear logo on a patch, only on T-shirts & neckerchiefs.
see  >  varieties of  1962-72 shirts


Silk screened on cotton
with "Staff" in RED.
The second special thing about this popular design is that the historic
"formal" name of the camp is used:
WOLVERTON HIGH SIERRA.


Silk screened on cotton
with "Staff" in DARK GREEN.







1972
Leader

               Late 1960's-1972
Staff
Type A - Dark Green
Thick Letters





 
     



Silk screened on cotton.
Same walking bear design with trees
as the Staff shirt to the right
except without the word "Staff".
Was available to unit Leaders
but not campers.
 
 
 
Silk screen on cotton with "Official BSA" white label. Emblem is over left breast.
TYPE A shirts have DARK GREEN THICK LETTERING. This same design was remade in the 1990's by Western Los Angeles County Council and can be distinguished by lighter GREEN trees & THIN LETTERS
see  >  1960's-70's vs 1990's.



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Great Western Council Era


1973-1974
Camper



1973-1974
Staff



1975
Camper


Image
Unavailable






Silk screened on cotton.
Great Western Council reused the
popular walking bear mascot from
the early 1960's and substituted the new Council name into the design.



Silk screened on cotton
with "Staff" in green at the bottom.
It is thought this staff version was also used in the summer of 1975 when the multi-camp design was used for campers.



Silk screened on cotton.
Souvenir T-shirt featuring the
logos of all 7 Council camps.






1975-Late 1970's
Camper



1975-Late 1970's
Staff



1975
Leader


Image
Unavailable






Silk screened on 100% cotton.
Like the staff version of the same design without the word "Staff". First use of the Brown walking bear mascot.



Silk screened on 100% cotton.
Brown walking bear design was used
on neckerchiefs but not on patches. 



Silk screened on 100% cotton.
The "Leader version of this T-shirt
may have only been used in 1975.




Early-Mid 1980's
Camper



There was only one t-shirt for Camp Wolverton in the 1980’s. It was designed just prior to Great Western Council changing its name to Western Los Angeles County Council in 1985.



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Western Los Angeles County Council Era

T-shirts were used intermittently at camp Wolverton after 1985 and were not always available during the summer.


1990's
Staff
Type B - Green Thin Letters


2004
Staff



2009
70th Anniversary
Staff







Silk screened on poly blend with
black label that says "Screen Stars Best".
This shirt for staff was a remake of the late 1960's-72 Staff shirt by Crescent Bay Council 20 years earlier. It can be distinguished by lighter GREEN trees and THIN LETTERS and is the TYPE B
see  >  1990's vs 1960's-70's


A small, test order of embroidered staff t-shirts was made in 2004.  The word STAFF was supposed to be red but came out in pink, and the design was not very appealing, so a larger order was never placed.




Silk screened on poly blend.
Once again resurrecting the walking
bear with trees design from the 1960's.
Commemorates the 70th anniversary of Camp Wolverton High Sierra.
No Camper version of this shirt was made.







2013
Wolverton-Robbins Nature
  Education Program
at Camp Whitsett







The Nature Center honors Mike Robbins' 50 years of service to Wolverton and includes a display of the history of the Camp. It was created largely through the efforts of
Frank Glick.







 
Polo Shirts



1999
Staff
60th Anniversary



2000
Staff






       



Embroidered on poly blend.
Commemorates the 60th Anniversary
of Camp Wolverton.



Embroidered on poly blend.
Returns to the Hamms Bear ((Barney Bear) logo.


 
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


 
 1957-1961
TYPE A - Thick Letters


      1957-1961
TYPE B - Thin Letters

       

TYPE A design has THICK lettering.
   
TYPE B design has THIN lettering


 
 1962-mid 1960's
TYPE A - Elongated Snout

     mid 1960's-1972
TYPE B - Normal Snout

       

TYPE A design has a bear with an
elongated snout.

   
TYPE B  
design has a bear with a
normal snout.



 
 Late 1960's-1972
Staff
Type A - Dark Green Thick Letters


     1990's
Staff
Type B - Green Thin Letters

     

TYPE A shirts have DARK GREEN THICK LETTERING. This same design was remade in the 1990's by
Western Los Angeles County Council. 


   
This shirt for staff was a remake of the late 1960's-72 Staff shirt by Crescent Bay Council 20 years earlier. It can be distinguished by lighter GREEN trees and THIN LETTERS and is the TYPE B.



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