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          In 1945, Crescent Bay Council launched a new event called Scout-O-Rama. Unlike camporees, camp-o-rals and summer camps, the Scout-O-Rama was an  opportunity for non-scouts and the community-at-large to find out what Scouting was all about. From the Council's perspective, Scout-O-Rama was the perfect way to increase exposure, raise money and grow the local scouting program. Adult leaders were able to solicit sponsorships from local merchants while cubs and scouts sold Scout-O-Rama tickets. The proceeds went to fund the Crescent Bay operating budget with a portion going back to the local pack, troop, post and ship.
          Scout-O-Rama in Crescent Bay started out as a District event and excepting for the Venice District S-O-R, was taken over by the Council in 1954. The Venice annual events continued through 1959, after which they became known as Exhibitions. Venice District changed its name to Marina District in 1958.

Index to Venice District Scout-O-Rama Programs

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1945 Program
  First Annual Venice District Scout-O-Rama
Venice High School Gymnasium
February, 3-4

Roll of Honor pg. 1

Venice District Scouts killed in WWII:
Herbert T. Sheetz Troop 29 • James Constant Ship 77 •
James R. Scriven Troop 31.

Roster of Units • Program • Scout-O-Rama Unit Assignments pg. 8-9


Message from Scout Executive • Venice District Officers pg. 10-11


Council Camping pg. 7
Council Officers pg. 15

Camps Josepho, Trefoil and Slauson

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1946 Program
Second Annual Venice District Scout-O-Rama
Venice High School Gymnasium
February, 9-10


         Merit Badge Exhibits, p.3

Image of Venice Scouts hiking was probably taken at 
Camp Wolverton prior to World War II when the camp
 was also known as High Sierra.

There were fourteen booths at the 1946 Venice Scout-O-Rama: eleven merit badges, Rope Splicing, Backwoods Engineering and a Headquarters & Judges booth.
one badge booth was for Farm Layout, an uncommon merit badge in an urban area like the westside of Los Angeles.

Scout-O-Rama Explained pg. 10

Message from Scout Executive pg. 6
*"Silver Anniversary"

          * NOTE: "Uncle" Bob Hill references that 1946 marked Crescent Bay Council's Silver Anniversary, having formed in February 1921. This is well documented not to be the case.

Venice District Officers pg. 8
Roster of Units pg. 9

1946 Program pg. 10-11

Summer Camp Notice pg.2

Crescent Bay Council was very excited to re-open all of the Council Camps in 1946
including Camp Trefoil, the winter camp in Frazier Mountain Park.

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1947 Program
Third Annual Venice District Scout-O-Rama
Venice High School
February, 15-16



 Unit Exhibits, pg.3



Scout-O-Rama  Committee pg. 1
Scout Executive's Message pg.5

"Uncle" Bob Hill references in 1947, Camp Wolverton would
have two camps within it, a Base Camp and an Outpost Camp. 

Bill Van Slyke Commissioner pg. 11
Alden Barber Asst. Scout Executive pg. 25

1947 Program, p. 14-15

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1948 Program
Fourth Annual Venice District Scout-O Rama
Venice High School
February 14-15

          In 1948, Venice District reduced its Scout-O Rama program booklet down to a single-sided printed piece of card stock. The Saturday events did not begin until 4 PM and the Sunday schedule did not start until 2 PM. The 1948 S-O-R was scaled back from previous years
          Events included drill teams, a boxing match, fishing demonstration, skits, how to build a lean-to and becoming a first class scout.


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