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Boy Scout Camp Patches and Histories
Focusing on Camp Memorabilia from the Teens through the 1940s
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Camp Billy Rice of the former Ore-Ida Council operated from 1934-1972. The camp was located Southeast of McCall Idaho, Valley County, on Warm Lake. This is three hours North of Boise. The Camp was named after Wiiliam B. "Billy" Rice a Scout who died of typhoid fever on July 26, 1933 at the age of 16. The Camp had a sandy beach and even today is still called the Billy Rice Swim Area. (Courtesy of Cascade News, July 28, 1933).
It appears that the Ore-Ida Council, before their merger in 1967 with Mountainview Council, was in the process of losing their lease to Camp Billy Rice that it had with the Forest Service. Mountainview Council had deeded summer camp property at Camp Morrison. So when the Councils merged together as Ore-Ida Council they moved to Camp Morrison as the primary Summer Camp. They kept using Billy Rice for scouting events until 1972.
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Camp Bradley is the main summer camp of the Snake River Council. Originally called the Cape Horn Scout Reservation, the Camp was purchased by the Snake River Council in 1956. As many as 50 businesses from within the councils boundaries helped to purchase the property with its two main lodges, seven smaller cabins, two utility buildings, swimming pool with it’s cabin and 57 acres of land. 1,038 scouts attended that first summer of scout camp. This was the beginning of the great camping tradition at Camp Bradley.
In July of 1957, Archie Brown and the youth from the Ma-I-Shu Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, pioneered 58 miles of rough wilderness to form what is now called the Ma-I-Shu Trail. In later years other trails were developed to form the Silver Moccasin Trails. These trails are headquartered out of Camp Bradley.
During the summer of 1962, the Cape Horn Scout Reservation’s mortgage of $15,000 was completely paid in full by Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Bradley and Mr. and Mrs. James H. Shields, Jr. in memory of the Bradley’s son, James Robert Bradley. At this point dedication ceremonies were held and the camp received the official name of Camp Bradley at the Cape Horn Scout Reservation.
Since the early 1960's the Council has used the Camp for a base of operations for such activities as, one week horse back experiences, and high adventure experiences such as whitewater rafting down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Today the Council uses Camp Bradley as the base for the whitewater and offers five full weeks of rafting to scouts in our area.
As the needs of the camp increased, Dr. Paul Heuston and Coly Parrish gathered the necessary funds of $165,000 to build a new lodge. In the spring of 1974 construction on the Coly Parrish Friendship Lodge began. Construction was completed on the lodge in October of 1975. Minor improvements have been made on this building during its existence, including $20,000 worth of upgrades to the kitchen equipment in June of 2000.
A camp chapel was added to the camp in 1975 in memory of Boyd Given, a local Eagle Scout from Twin, Falls. The Boyd Given Chapel was built and donated by the local United Methodist Church and is located at the point of a peaceful meadow at Camp Bradley.
Camp Bradley at the Cape Horn Scout Reservation is an ideal location for Boy Scouts to have the ultimate camping adventure. The tradition lives on each new camping season and it is truly the best camping experience scouting has to offer in the pines of Central Idaho." (Courtesy of the Snake River Council website 8/2008)
Camp Cape Horn of the Snake River Council (see Camp Bradley).
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Camp Coeur D' Alene from the former Idaho Panhandle Council.
Cullimore High Adventure Base of the Ore-Ida Council is located within Camp Morrison and is a full time older youth high adventure program.
Camp Dee-Light of the former Spokane Council. - 1916
Directions: From Highway 28, at Harrington turn west onto Coffeepot Road and travel about 12 miles, then turn right onto Highline Road. Watch for public land access signs. Drive 1.5 miles to the entrance on the right. Follow this access road for about 2 miles to reach the recreation site. Plan for a drive of one to two hours from Spokane.
Camp Easton of the present day Inland Northwest Council (former Idaho Panhandle Council) stands out as a jewel on the east side of scenic Lake Coeur d'Alene. This lake is considered one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world.
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The camp was originally located at a site called Boothe’s Landing. It was founded in 1917 and operated from 1917-1923 under the Wallace, Kellogg and Coeur D' Alene County Council. The Camp was named for Mr. Easton early-day President and general manager of the Bunker Hill Co. Mine. On June 8, 1920, Scout Executive R. Frazier and 5 Boy Scouts started to improve the Camp. They built a Dining Hall that was 20 by 30 feet, installed floors for 5 tents, and cleared a spot for a parade ground. The improved camp opened on July 3, 1920 for 4 weeks, and camped a total of 58 boys. The cost for Camp was 85 cents per day.
On May 20, 1929, Fred A. Fritze gave the Idaho Panhandle Council a gift of 214 acres at Gotham Bay located on Lake Couer d’Alene to be used as the Boy Scout Camp. On May 29th, the St. Joe Boom Company furnished a cook house and bunkhouse for Frank James and his crew to live in while they built buildings on the property. Camp was ready to camp Scouters on July 6, 1929. The Camp property stayed the same until 1994 when Idaho Forest Industries donated 180 acres to enlarge the Camp.
The new site was named after Stanley A. Easton who was the 1st Council President of the Idaho Panhandle Council.
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Today Camp Easton has 383 acres of forested camp and ¾ miles of beautiful Coeur d’Alene lakefront.
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Directions: Take Interstate 90 East to Exit #22 (7 miles East of Coeur d’Alene). Go south toward Harrison on Idaho’s Scenic Byway, Highway 97. In a short 11 miles you are there!
Farragut State Park is a State Park in Northern Idaho. During World War II, it was the Farragut Naval Training Station, a major training base of the U.S. Navy. The base was named after David Farragut the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy, the leading naval officer during the Civil War. The 4,000 acre park is located it the Southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, the northwest range of the Bitterroot Mountains. The park is east of Athol, Idaho and about thirty miles from the city of Coeur d’Alene.
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Camp Grizzly of the present day Inland Northwest Council is located 14 miles east of Potlatch, Idaho on the edge of the St. Joe National Forest. Click here for more history
Camp Hunt of former Cache Valley Area Council Utah-Idaho-Wyoming.
Island Park Scout Camp of the former Grand Teton Council.
Camp Laird of the former Inland Empire Council was located fourteen miles east of Potlatch on the edge of the St. Joe National Forest. Click here for more history
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Later the Inland Empire Council was broken up into two Councils, the Inland Empire Council to the North, and the Lewis-Clark Council to the South. The new Lewis-Clark Council (Lewiston, ID) gained ownership of the Camp Laird property in Potlatch. The patches below are from the Lewis-Clark Council. This is the same property as the later named Camp Grizzly. Click here for more history
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The new Inland Empire Council (Spokane, WA) decided that it also wanted to have a Camp Laird so it opened it's camp Laird onIdaho's Chatcolet Lake July 8, 1940. Chatcolet Lake is located at the lower end of scenic Lake Coeur d'Alene.
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Camp Ledgerock or Ledgerock Scout Reservation of the former Idaho-Panhandle Council. Very little is known amongst the collectorate about this Scout Camp. If you have information, please let me know.
Camp Little Lemhi of the present day Grand Teton Council (former Tendoy Area Council) is nestled among the tall pines of the Yeaman Creek Canyon, just below the Palisades Dam in Idaho. The Camp was dedicated July 4, 1959. (The News Examiner Bear Lake County, ID).
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Camp Morrison is the main summer camp for the Ore-Ida Council. The Camp is located in the Idaho Central Rocky Mountains adjacent to Payette Lake in the Payette National Forest, 100 miles north of Boise, Idaho and three miles east of McCall, Idaho. Before their merger in 1966, Camp Morrison was the deeded summer camp of the Mountainview Council.
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Mountainview Scout Reservation
Camp Murtaugh is an operating camp of the Snake River Council.
Camp Musselshell of the ? Council, 1936.
Camp O'Hara of the ? Council, 1943.
Salmon River High Adventure Base of the Ore-Ida Council is located on the Salmon River near Riggins Idaho, 185 miles north of Boise, Idaho. The SRHAB welcomes youth of Varsity and Exploring age who are ready for a challenging high adventure of river running, hiking and rappelling.
Camp Sawtooth of the Snake River Area Council.
High in the Sawtooth Mountains, the Cape Horn Scout Reservation offers Biathlon, Skeet Shooting, Water-craft design and building, Real life problem solving, Zip Line, Black Powder, & much more.
Snake River Council Summer Camp
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Camp Shoshone -
I'm not sure if this is the same property, but the Lutherhaven Ministries website (8/2008) discussed their present day Shoshone Base Camp. "Shoshone is a true mountain retreat at the western edge of the ruggedly famous Bitterroot Mountains at the confluence of Shoshone Creek and the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. Dormitory lodging provides ideal facilities for large youth group gatherings, and three large guest houses provide private, family-style accommodations for families and smaller groups up to 60. Wilderness adventure abounds, literally out our back door: mountain hikes, nationally-renowned mountain biking, inner-tubing down the river, rock climbing, and plenty more all take place from the comfort of a well-maintained and home-style camp environment."
The previous owner of this patch pictured below was Fred Locke of Gooding, Idaho. Recently Fred was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Twin Falls, Idaho as a result of his many years as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts.
Camp Tapawingo of the former Boise Area Council and Mountainview Council was located on Payette Lake in the Payette National Forest, 100 miles north of Boise, Idaho and three miles east of McCall, Idaho.
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It was the main summer camp for these councils until they sold the lakefront property around 1979 and purchased a nearby (across the Street) property used as a Church camp. I spoke with E. Woods in May 2010 who described the camp property as having "a swimming and canoeing area right at the camp just off from the flag poles" and that the "BSA sold Camp Tapawingo to Joe Albertson, founder of the Albertson’s / Savon grocery chain and he turned it into a lakeside summer home. BSA then bought the Church camp property and named it Camp Morrison." Today Camp Morrison is the main camp of the Ore-Ida Council.
Camp Tendoy of the former Eastern Idaho Council.
Boy Scout cabins at Camp Tendoy on Scout Mountain outside of Pocatello, Idaho. The camp was built by CWA (Civil Works Administration) workers in the 1920s.
Civil Works Administration (CWA) workers create a new road into Camp Tendoy, a Boy Scout camp at Scout Mountain near Pocatello, Idaho.
The Boy Scouts gave up the Tendoy site to the Girl Scouts when they decided to move their camp to Bear Lake, where a water front was available.
Camp Treasure Mountain Camp of the Tetons of the current day Grand Teton Council (formerly the Teton Peaks Council) is on Treasure Lake.
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"The Teton Peaks Council was formed in March of 1925 with Harold S. Alford as the first commissioner. The Council consisted of troops in the Idaho counties of Custer, Butte, Lemhi, Fremont, Madison, Jefferson, Bonneville, Bingham, and Teton Counties as well as Teton County in Wyoming. In 1939, the council formed the Treasure Mountain Scout Camp..." (Credit to Arthur Porter Special Collections, BYU-Idaho Family History Center, Rexburg, Idaho 4/2009).
Camp Twin Lakes was the original Boy Scout Camp of the Spokane Council operated from 1915-1919.
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Camp Waha of the former Inland Empire Council and Lewis & Clark Area Councils was located 25 miles Southeast of Lewiston, Idaho on Waha Lake. This 180-acre reservoir with 3 miles of shoreline were administered by the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District. Lake Waha is part of the Lewiston Orchards Project. New York Times 9/3/1922: "A score of Lewistion (Idaho) Scouts at their Summer camp on Lake Waha, saw flames at the Tannahill Summer home nearby." The scouts helped the home owner put out a grass fire. "It is likely that Waha transferred ownership to the Lewis-Clark Council (based in Lewiston, Idaho) after the Lewis-Clark Council split from the Inland Empire Council in the mid 1940's." Two patches are known including the 1945 round, below, and a felt rectangle (1947) that was worn below the triangle Lewis-Clark Council patch. (courtesy of D. Bonstrom).
Camp Wilderness of former Cache Valley Area Council Utah-Idaho-Wyoming.
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Camp Wilson of the Ore-Ida Council. Located on the South Fork of the Boise River. This might be a troop camp. Existed back to at least the early 1960s as Jim Pfost on his website has pictures of him there in 1963 and 1964.
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