Kamp Emblem

1935 Photo: Kia Kima Mess Sergeant Frederick Carney

1935 Kia Kima Mess Sergeant Frederick Carney

Scouts attending Kia Kima in the early years had the opportunity to achieve the Kamp Emblem and become Emblem Scouts. This Emblem was a felt sash with white fringe on the ends. The sash was worn around the waist and tied in an overhand knot on the right side. Campers would wear black sashes with red lettering while staff had red sashes with black lettering. The Kia Kima initials were in the middle of the sash and were worn on the left hip. Underneath the initials was the year the sash was earned.

Scouts would receive a specific patch for each subsequent year that the Emblem was earned. Other patches that could be earned were an Eagle Scout patch (replacing the Kia Kima initials), a boating activity patch, a Lodge Leader patch, a CS for Council Scouts, and an Order of the Arrow patch. Some sashes also had the wearer's American Indian name from the Council Scouts. Some sashes also have rank advancement displayed on the sash.

1928 Kia Kima Neckerchief

This is believed to be the 1928 Kamp Emblem.

The first documented mention of becoming an Emblem Scout is in the 1926. Originally, the Emblem was a neckerchief, but it was reported in the June 19, 1929, Council Fire newsletter that "[t]he Kamp Emblem this year will not be a neckerchief, but will be something that all of the boys have long wanted to have. This will be announced in the near future, and Scouts who win it will be very proud to wear it."

In putting "out" in Scouting, boys become well acquainted with many of Nature's secrets and learn how to take care of themselves in the open. Kia Kima awards a camp emblem to campers who pass the required tests. To win an emblem a Scout must:

1. Advance in rank or take one Merit Badge.
2. Swim river under supervision of Life Guard.
3. Pass Silence Test (4 hours).
4. Go on Grumble Hike (overnight and at least 5 miles).
5. Provide camp entertainment at camp fire or in show.
6. Do 4 hours of camp improvement.
7. Make leaf prints of 5 different species and identify.
8. Identify leaves of 15 different trees.
9. Make a star map from observation.
10. Find and place in camp museum one of the following: Peculiar rock, snake, lizard, shell or other object not commonly found around camp.
11. Make Leola.

Scouts are proud to receive this honor, for it signifies they have started on the trail leading to a fine knowledge of the great out-of-doors.

--1930 Leader's Guide

The 1930 Camp Director's Report mirrors the requirements in the Leader's Guide. It is uncertain to what "Make Leola" refers. The 1931 Camp Director's Report has a few different requirements. Requirement 7 requires simply making an article of Handicraft. Instead of making a star map for Requirement 9, Scouts had to point out three constellations and know the history of one of them. Finally, Requirement 11 was changed to having the approval of the staff.

2nd year - Tipi
3rd year - Buffalo Head
4th year - Indian Head
5th year - Thunderbird
6th year - Tipi camp
7th year - Paddles
8th year - Whirling Logs
9th year - Arrow
10th year - Totem Pole
11th year - Snake
12th year - Tree
13th year - Flags

The Emblem program was also used at Camp Currier. The 1937 Chickasaw Council Reports of Committees states that the first "Council (or mass) Camp" was held at Camp Currier, and 53 Scouts earned their emblem in the first year. Instead of having the Kia Kima initials, these sashes had the Camp Currier initials. The Emblem program eventually died out in the late 1950's. An undated copy of the Camp Currier Emblem requirements is available here.

Interestingly, in 1953, a Special Camping Committee that gave long-range recommendations to the council recommended that a "camp emblem award, such as a sash, which can be earned each year as a progressive emblem, should be established, and wide publicity should be given in the Council to the winners of these awards." Sashes exist from 1948 and 1952 with multiple patches on them, suggesting that either the emblem program still continued and the committee was simply mistaken, or the program ceased for some time.

Kamp Kiwani, the Girl Scout camp that neighbored Kia Kima, had similar sashes and patches that were sewn by the same seamstress in Memphis.

Below are a few examples of the patches. Click on them to view the full image. More images are available in the Sash Collection.

Kamp Emblem