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Camp Emerald Bay - Song Books & Sheets  

          Group singing was a staple for entertainment and camaraderie during the 1920's-early 1940's. It is hard to imagine a world without today's social media. But prior to the later 1940's, there was not even television. When scouts got together, social interaction involved conversation, group activities and lots of singing. Scouts would sing after meals, at campfires, hiking on the trails and spontaneously when the opportunity presented itself. Song books were commonly used at camp containing the words to a variety of classic and familiar tunes ballads and even occasional prayers.

          It is believed that Crescent Bay Council began publishing songs in 1922 for its very first encampment at Temescal Canyon. The first documented songs for Emerald Bay date to 1925 when the camp was known as Crescent Bay or Catalina Camp.

Crescent Bay - Camp Manual
First Camp Emerald Bay Songs

Inside Front Cover
Page 4

Inside Back Cover

"There's a Long Long Trip". This song was written as part of promotional material before Camp Catalina opened.

"Goodnight Song" was adapted
from a song of the day called
"Santa Lucia" by substituting in "Santa Catalina".

"Aloha Oe"
Farewell song.


Camp Manual
Crescent Bay - Centinela District Councils

The 1926 Camp manual included five songs including two traditional tunes that were adapted specifically for the camp at Emerald Bay.

  Page 7
  Pages 8 & Inside Back Cover
Songs reused from 1925.        The "Good Night" song adapted
a song of the day called
"Santa Lucia" by substituting in "Santa Catalina".
Another song of the day called "Moonlight and Roses" was
adapted by replacing roses with cactus. Camp Emerald Bay
was covered with cactus when the scouts first arrived in the
mid 1920's. Personal notes marked the song as the "Anthem" suggesting this might have been the very first
Camp Emerald Bay song.

circa 1927
  Songs from Older Scouts Conference
Long Beach, CA

circa 1927
"Cruise Song of Crescent Bay"


Three Crescent Bay songs were written for the leadership Scouts group attending the Older Scouts Conference. These songs may have also been used at Catalina Camp.

Sea Scouts song of Emerald Bay. Song lyrics include the first known reference to "Uncle Bob" who was Crescent Bay's
first Sea Scout Skipper (as well as Scout Executive).


circa 1928
Camp Emerald Bay Manual

By 1928, the Camp Emerald Bay manual song section had expanded to twenty-three tunes including a Camp Cheer called
"Crescent Bay Four" and a song co-written by Crescent Bay Council's first scout executive, Donald Monroe, titled " Trail the Eagle".
    Page 24
    Page 32

Personal copy of John Prentiss
Emerald Bay staff:
Late 1920's-Early 1930's.

The original name of Camp Emerald Bay was Crescent Bay Scout Camp and "Crescent Bay Four" was the camp song. 1928 was the fourth year of camping on Catalina Island for Crescent Bay scouts which may account for the song's title.

"Trail the Eagle" was written by Donald Monroe & Chas. K.Radford. Monroe was Scoutmaster of Troop 2, Santa Monica, and Crescent Bay Council's first scout executive. Donald' son, Keith, camped at Emerald Bay in the 1920's and staff in the 1930's-40's. Keith took over as scoutmaster of Troop 2.
1930's Camp Songs
          Beginning in the 1930's, booklets of popular songs were published by professional scouters Wes H. Klusmann and Carl E. Zander. Klusmann worked as BSA Regional Camping chairman based in the Region 12 office in Los Angeles. Originally called Camp Songs for Boy Scouts and later, Camp Songs Popular Edition, the booklet contained over 50 pages of lyrics and circulated widely throughout the scout camps of Southern California and beyond. Copies sold for 5 cents each and 4 cents in quantities above 100. Along the way, Klusmann and Zander offered customized editions to local scout councils that included the council's name or camp printed on the cover and even special or unique camp songs added as additional page inserts to the center of the books.
          Camp Emerald Bay used its own custom versions of Camp Songs during the 1930's until the camp closed around 1941.

Mid 1930's Camp Songs
  6th Printing
Custom Printed Cover for Crescent Bay Council
Special Four Page Insert of Camp Emerald Bay Songs

TYPE 1 Cover
  TYPE 2 Cover
  Inside Front Cover
  Inside Back Cover

TYPE 1 has a YELLOW cover.
TYPE 2 has a GRAY cover.

    Insert Page 1
  Insert Pages 2 & 3
  Insert Page 4
Songs: Crescent Bay Cruise Song (words by Onnie Cochran); Emerald Bay (words by Mart Bushnell)
Songs: Long Long Trail; Swim Song; When I Wore a Sunburn; Sweet Ivory Soap; The Horse Run Around; Little Chicken; Mr. Moon; Ham and Eggs.
Songs: Reveille; By the Golden Sun; Booster Song; I'm Forever Washing Dishes; Stars and Stripes Forever.

Late 1930's Camp Songs

          These editions of the Camp Song books from the later 1930's are filled with words and lyrics for songs from earlier editions but are not known to have inserts with songs used exclusively at Emerald Bay. New artwork for the Camp Song Book covers was designed by Juan Acevedo, painter of the Camp Josepho Team Plaque and designer for the KFI Sierra Patrol.
      10th Printing
  11th Printing
This copy is marked"1932" but is most likely from the late 1930's.
The 11th edition cover is overprinted with Crescent Bay Council and an incorrect address on Lincoln Blvd.
          Several different custom printings of Camp Josepho Song books were made after summer camping in Crescent Bay Council shifted exclusively to Camp Josepho in 1942,. By the mid 1940's, many of the Camp Josepho songs were incorporated directly into the popular edition used for general sale to all scout councils.

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