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Camp Stambaugh Emblem

Placeholder PictureThe Camp Stambaugh Patch


The Award  

Thirty-one years after the establishment of the Stambaugh Scout Reservation, in 1950, the Mahoning Valley Council adopted an emblem for the reservation which also became the summer camp emblem. The Camping Committee very carefully set about creating this as an emblem that would have to be earned and worn proudly. It would not just be handed to anyone. All Scouts and Leaders may earn the award. There are only 2 requirements:

            1. Ten days and nights of Camping under canvas at Stambaugh 

            2. Ten hours of service to Camp Stambaugh. 

At one time, a card was provided to each camper to record their hours and camp-days. Each Scout was on their honor to keep an accurate record as no Troop or Council record was kept. (See Ranger Nathan to get cards) Once qualified, the card was turned in to the Camp Director. Then a proper ceremony was held in the Spruce Triangle and the emblem was awarded. Only wearers of the "Stambaugh Patch" are allowed entry into the Spruce Triangle. The ceremony for awarding the emblem remained in

the hands of the Camp Director. On occasion, the Camp Director would authorize the program director to perform the ceremony. No record was kept of those who earned the award. The emblem was not to be traded for any reason and is worn as a temporary patch on the right pocket. A scout who lost his emblem could purchase a replacement.

The ‘emblem’ says the wearer is a good camper. The imperfect 'triangular shape' of the emblem reminds us that the reservation will never be perfect and only through our efforts will it improve. The person who has earned the emblem agrees to always try to improve the Stambaugh Scout Reservation by keeping it clean or by participating in a major improvement project.

The 'star' reminds us that God has given us a beautiful place and we must preserve it. The 'crescent' represents the moon that was sacred to the Indians. Many of the traditions at Camp Stambaugh are of Indian tradition or legend. The 'inner triangle' is a symbol of the whole council.  The 'green background' of the emblem reminds us to keep young scouts coming to the reservation so it can continue to exist. The 'red' represents the blood of our body that caused our hands to be red from the hard work we perform on the reservation. The 'gold', a precious metal that carries with it high standards, reminds us to keep our own standards high." 

 

TO RECEIVE A CAMP STAMBAUGH PATCH RECORDING CARD, PLEASE SEE A CAMPMASTER WHILE WEEKEND CAMPING, OR PICK ONE UP AT THE CAMP STAMBAUGH SCOUT SHOP.

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John Brkic,
Jun 19, 2018, 5:17 PM