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About Community Strips
          The National Council of the Boy Scouts authorized use of embroidered community
strips around 1928. These strips were to be worn below the seam of the right shoulder and were to match the color of the Scout or Sea Scouts uniforms of the time. It is not known exactly when the Scout troops of Crescent Bay Council adopted community strips but the evidence suggests it was a gradual process over many years that was complete by the mid
to late 1930's.
          During the 1920's, Crescent Bay had a different way of identifying communities and troops. Special red and white felt troop numerals, usually square or rectangular in shape, were used that had the city or town initials followed by the troop number. Crescent Bay community troop numerals are known from BH (Beverly Hills); SM (Santa Monica);
PS (Palms Sawtelle); V (Venice); W (Westwood) and may have existed for other cities and towns.
          It appears Crescent Bay Council was one of the few councils in the country to use community troop numerals. They are among the oldest and rarest of all insignia from Crescent Bay Council.

Examples of Crescent Bay Community Troop Numerals

 Beverly Hills Troop 42
    Santa Monica Troop 1

 Venice Troop 3

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Beverly Hills community strips

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Santa Monica community strips

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Venice community strips

          By the mid 1930's, Crescent Bay Council Scouts could be seen wearing the "new" community strips on their uniforms. In that era, Scout uniforms came in four colors: tan for scouts, blue for Cub Scouts, and white & navy blue for Sea Scouts. Air Scout blue uniforms started in the early 1940's and the forest green uniform for Explorer Scouts was introduced around 1945. As the color of the Scout shirts changed over the years, the community strips for them also changed. Beginning around 1953, the National Committee on Insignia changed the colors of the strips to red with white lettering for all Scouts. Sea Scouts, however, retained their navy blue and white strips sometime into the 1950's.

                                         Dates and Colors of Community Strips

TAN with (DARK) RED Letters

Late 1930's-Early 1940's
LIGHT KHAKI with RED Letters

Late 1940's-54
KHAKI with RED Letters



Late 1930's-54
(DARK) BLUE with GOLD Letters


WHITE with (NAVY) BLUE Letters


(NAVY) BLUE felt with WHITE Letters


BLUE with BLUE Letters


(DARK) GREEN with BROWN Letters


RED with WHITE Letters

NOTE: Red and White strips exist in many minor varieties of color shade and twill coarseness.

The Communities of Crescent Bay

          Crescent Bay Area Council comprised the western coastal area of the city of
Los Angeles, California. The city and Council was divided into an intricate jig saw puzzle of districts and neighborhoods bounded by Mullholland drive on the north;  La Cienega Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. on the east; Imperial Blvd on the south and the Pacific ocean to the
Ventura County line on the west. Within this area of Los Angeles were three incorporated cites: Beverly Hills, Culver City and Santa Monica, each completely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Neighborhood & Districts of Westside Los Angeles
Current Boundaries


White areas are part of Los Angeles city limits. Gray areas are incorporated cities,
unincorporated parts of Los Angels County or Federal land. Green line is the approximate boundary of
Crescent Bay Area Council in 1972. Red lines are interstate Freeways.

The districts and neighborhoods of westside Los Angeles, evolved at a time in the early Twentieth Century when L.A.'s population was a fraction of what it is today. Roadways and major thoroughfares had yet to be built (including the roads that ultimately became the Council boundaries) and there was substantial open space between the various small communities. As a western suburban expansion of central Los Angeles proper, the west side in the 1920's was basically "the sticks" until one reached the beachfront resort communities of Santa Monica and Venice.
          In the years following World War II, developers gobbled up all of the remaining vacant land on the west side and neighborhoods filled with modest homes sprang up in every direction. Further infrastructure development like Los Angeles International Airport, the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) and Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) cut through new neighborhoods built only ten years previously, further reorganizing a rapidly changing maze of districts, communities and neighborhoods.

         Community strips for Crescent Bay Area Council are known to exist for:
  • Each of the three incorporated cities within the council boundaries, Beverly Hills, Culver City and Santa Monica.
  • Communities that were cities prior to annexation by Los Angeles (like Venice). 
  • Districts of the City of Los Angeles (like Brentwood). 
  • Neighborhoods within districts of Los Angeles (like Loyola Village & Baldwin). 
  • Extinct neighborhoods (like Pico), dismantled by unchecked development & eminent domain.
  • District names of Crescent Bay Area Council such as Culver-Palms and Marina.
  • Los Angeles          
              Certain district communities of Los Angeles such as Westchester and West Hollywood, were partly in Crescent Bay Council and partly in Los Angeles Area Council. The same community strips were worn by scouts in both councils. Starting in the late 1950's, Crescent Bay Council began phasing out many of the smaller community names by combining them into the larger District named strips like Westwood; Marina and Culver Palms.
         The National Committee on Insignia began replacing community strips with the introduction of full-color embroidered Council Shoulder Patches (CSP's) in April 1970.  Not all councils issued CSP’s right away. Neither Crescent Bay Area Council or San Fernando Valley Council issued CSP's after they were first approved by the National office and before the two councils merged. Instead, both councils continued using red and white community strips through the time of the merger in the summer of 1972.
         Great Western Council, the result of the merger, immediately issued new CSP's and all of the previous community strips for Crescent Bay (as well as the San Fernando Valley) were discontinued. Because of this unique timing, there is a clear demarcation line ending use of community strips for Crescent Bay Council in 1972 without any continuation into the Great Western Council era.
         Subsequent to the end of Crescent Bay as a Council, two communities have incorporated into cities: West Hollywood in 1984, and Malibu in 1991. A new community that did not exist during the Crescent Bay Council era called Playa Vista was created in the late 1970's, south of Marina Del Rey on the acreage formally occupied by the old Hughes aircraft Company airport.

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