Camp Issues and Council insignia. Where’s the interest?

Hi all.

Over the years I have noticed that collectors are far more interested in collecting the issues from the home lodge they are involved with and seem to care less about the local camp or council insignia (camporees, csps, jsps etc. etc.). I know this is not true with all collectors, but I have definitely noticed it in South Carolina. The two councils in SC whose collectors love camp and council insignia are Indian Waters council and Pee Dee area council. Most of the other collectors could care less about anything but OA. I am curious why this is? I started collecting about 1992 and my goal was to have everything affiliated with our council. I guess it started when I had a book with scans of everything known from our council.. camporees, camps, oa, and shoulder insignia. So I started checking them off as I got them. (still need a hand full of very rare one of a kind items)


I was and still am very serious about my Camp Barstow patch collection. To the point I traded some very nice oa pieces for camp patches, for example a 116 A1 for a 1928 Camp patch from our council. Also a 221 R1 for a 1930 camp patch from our council. I remember people calling me crazy for those trades and some still do probably but I do not regret it one bit. I have replaced the items I traded and to this day 13 years later I still haven’t had a chance to acquire another example of either of the two camp patches I traded for.


I just don’t understand why collectors from other SC council have the desire to have a complete camp or council collection? For example palmetto area council, daniel boone council, coastal carolina council and blue ridge council. Very few collectors from these areas show interest in anything other than OA.


So my main question is what is with the lack of interest? Is it because most people aren’t aware of what a complete collection of their council patches consist of? Is it because no check list or reference book has been compiled?


Any thoughts?

Jason Shull
Columbia SC


I think part of it might be the fact that there is more of a national market and value for OA issues, whether it is a high value or low value. This is a result of a wide range of collecting resources and value/pricing information available for OA issues. Once this information is available for camp and other types of patches I think folks will look at them more seriously.

By collectorofpatches on December 28th, 2006 at 3:03 am

I know for me it’s more that nobody has a decent knowledge of what a complete list would consist of. I try to pick up any patch that I don’t have. Still there are uncounted patches people in my circle aren’t aware of. As of late I have more competion for Okie stuff on the auction sites, thus making it even more difficult.

By OkiePatchTrader on January 22nd, 2007 at 2:13 am

I’m looking for Camp Denton patches and Neckerchiefs. The camp ran from 1930? through 1948. It was located near Wells, New York. It was under the direction of the Sir William Johnson Council. When it closed in 1948 it was replaced by Woodworth Lake. Any and all help will be appreciated.
Gavin Murdoch
Ebay: gwwoodworth:)

By Gavin Murdoch on April 15th, 2007 at 6:36 pm

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