Early 12 Regions Collection

Early region collection dating back to the late 1930’s thru early 1970’s


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There are over 100 individual pieces in this collection including some nice felt, jamboree, explorer, neckerchief, and profession issues. Most items are in excellent condition, but not all; please see images for details.


Noteworthy issues:


Region 2 Felt
Region 3 Standard Campers
Region 4 Band strip
Region 4 Sea Scout Rendezvous
Region 6 Felt
Region 8 Professions Coin
Region 9 Felt
Region 9 Bivouac
Region 10 Paul Bunyan Award
Region 11 Felt Keystone
Region 12 Felt
Region 12 Jamboree Contingent
Region 12 Senior Scout Encampment
Region 12 Rendezvous
Region 13


Current bid is US $7,500.00





nice price on that lot….

one thing that strikes me as funny however, is the inclusion of the Region XIII patches….

that is a joke cooked up by some DE’s at the FEC office….

there has never been a region 13 in BSA– it’s just a designation that used to be used by councils such as FEC, TAC, and direct service units whenever a form asked for a region number– sort of like you’d use ‘n/a’, so that they knew you read the form instead of just leaving it blank. If you were not in a region, you used “13” for a region number.

Dick Weideman, who was the DE for okinawa, may be the one who did it, although i can’t say for certain… but he had the first one of these i ever saw… I worked in the council office in Tokyo, and Dick was in the office for a few days (he usually worked out of his own office in Okinawa)….

He showed me the patch, and we got a good chuckle out of… and other DE’s came by while Dick was there, and also got a good laugh…. this was a couple of months before the ’71 WJ, and someone said, “ya know.. we should make up some of these for our people to wear at the Jambo– other units will be wearing *their* region number”…..

And so it was… a few weeks later, I received a packet of a dozen or so Region XIII patches and well as a few Region XIII belt loops….

It’s been a long time, so i’m a bit fuzzy on some of the details– like *who* sent me the packet of patches– but it really could have been anyone. Embrodiery shops were all over in Japan.. and whenever you needed a patch for a camporee or other event, you just hustled down to the patch shop and had them make up as many as you needed…. from one up!

And I’ve never seen a machine-made one– even those in the auction are all hand sewn….

And i’ve run into a lot of people who think they are “real”….. but come’on folks! 13- over the seven “C”‘s!! let’s get real! 🙂

By hiker on August 27th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

An interesting read and piece of history. I’d say they are more real than the stuff counterfeiters make.

By Zorro777 on November 14th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

And those Region 13 patches are why the bids are so high, not the other run of the mill stuff.

By ISCA87L on November 15th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

yes, i’m sure the bidding would have been much, much lower without them.. 😐

By hiker on November 16th, 2008 at 1:25 am

I wish the listing included the images. Only one of them is pulling up now. This is really a lot of money for an area of collecting I have underestimated in the past. jason

By jason on November 17th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

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