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1930's and Before

          Very little is known about training in Crescent Bay Council's first two decades. Photo's and documents that could shed light on the happenings from this period are few and far between. It is known that the Council had an active training Committee that provided courses on a variety of scout related topics.  Kenneth Monroe, brother of the Council's first Scout Executive Donald Monroe, served as chairman of the Training Committee in the early 1930's. His reports included within the Crescent Bay Annual reports give detail to the program:

Excerpt from the 1931 Crescent Bay Council Report
Training, p.8

  Topics included:  

Reference is made to the five-year training program as recommended by the national Council of the B.S.A

Specialization Courses:
  • Seamanship
  • Cooking
  • Leathercraft
  • Camp leadership
1931 Training Sessions:
  • Scout Leadership, 36
  • Camp Leadership, 8
  • Troop Committeemen, 8
Certificates Awarded:
  • Minimum Course, 12
  • Approved Course, 14
  • Standard Course, 22
  • Cooking Course, 11
  • Leathercraft Course, 7
  • Seamanship Course, 22
  • Camp Leaders Course, 16
          A "Five-Year" training program developed and recommended by the National Council
of the B.S.A. was approved by the Board of Directors of Crescent Bay Council around 1930. 
By the mid 1930's, trained adults within the Council became part of their own troop known as Troop 101. Exactly what organizational and operational subjects were included in training sessions and meetings during this period may become clearer as more information is uncovered. The nationally available certificate shown to the right would be typical for the type of recognition awarded to training participants in Crescent Bay Council during the 1930's.

                  Training Certificate
                                   January 25, 1937

                     Awarded by the Crescent Bay Council
                                  Training Committee to:
                                     Toshikuni Taenaka
                   for completion of the Specialization Course
                    in Scouting Fundamentals given at UCLA

                                  (Courtesy of Frank Glick)

1940's and the Formation of Leadership Patrols

           The onset of World War II had a dramatic impact on scouting and Crescent Bay Council as leaders and Senior Scouts became involved in War service.  The Districts put out the call to recruit new volunteers to fill the void. As the clipping below describes: "Because the call to colors has so greatly thinned out the ranks of leaders in the Boy Scouts, fathers of Boy Scouts and other men interested in scouting are invited to take up a training course in the elements of scout leadership."
          What ensued over the next three decades was the development of a sophisticated Adult Scouter training program that built an organized, sustainable and highly successful Scouting movement on the westside of Los Angeles.


Local Culver City newspaper article from 1942 still taped to original scrapbook page from the period

          The idea was to organize patrols of Scouters that were exclusively trained in leadership. Once trained, these new leaders would go back into their respective Troops and keep the existing organizational structure of the Council functioning. These training and leadership patrols were organized on a district level.

The Cockroach Patrol
c. 1946

Santa Monica District's Adult Leaders Patrol. 
Front Row: 4th from left-Harold Locke (Keeper of the Seat); 5th from left- Dick Rice kneeling.
Back Row: Frank "Pop" Pudney holding flag; Jim Whitehead on right behind H. Locke.
NOTE: Pop and Harold are both wearing their Silver Beaver Awards. Scouts at either side seem to enjoy
hanging out with adults holding a goat, a cockroach flag and a toilet seat.

Venice District Leader Training - Camp Josepho

Front Row: Joe Harkey 3rd from left; Alden Barber kneeling on right
Back Row: Art Clark 2nd from left; Earl Grabhorn 3rd from left; Bill Van Slyke at end.
Photo: taken in front of the big fireplace in the Camp Josepho Lodge.
  NOTE: there are Tamet Lodge name plaques above and on the right of the fireplace but none on the left.

Training for Crescent Bay Scouting - A to Z

           In 1942, the council published everything they had learned about troop organization and function over a twenty year period into a comprehensive training booklet called The Scouter's Guide. The Guide became the template for Council training throughout the 1940's and early 1950's.


Topics included:
  • Responsibilities of the Institution
  • Duties of the Troop Committee
  • Duties of the Chairman
  • Duties of the Secretary
  • Duties of the Activities Counselor
  • Duties of the Advancement Counselor
  • Duties of the Finance Counselor
  • Order of Business-Troop Committee Meeting
  • Regulations Concerning Raising Funds
  • What and How of Troop Budget
  • What to do about holding a Troop Camp
  • How to hold a Court of Honor
  • Procedure for Separation from Membership
  • Civic Service
  • How the Troop Committee Serves
  • Troop-Pack Relationships
  • Senior Scouting
  • Publications
  • Glossary of Scouting Terms
                                                                                                          Inside front cover - Scouter's Guide

           Crescent Bay Council training for Adult Scouters did not stop there. Additional courses were also available from the Council Training Committee.

Page 28 - Scouter's Guide

           Adult Scouter training was not limited to troop leaders or even the Training Committee. The Council's Camping and Activities Committee conducted its own training programs in the early 1940's to educate and certify Scout leaders in the skills necessary to lead troop camps.

Page 14 - Scouter's Guide

Camping Training
Baden Powell Certificate
c. Late 1940's

  Awarded to Earl Grabhorn - Venice District
Signatures: F. R. Hill, J. E. Ekstromer and R. W. Spicer

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Reorganization in 1955 and Troop 258 
          Within a year of arriving as Scout Executive, Schiller Colberg reorganized adult leader training within the Council. A new program was announced at the end of 1955 to award any person within the council who was involved with training and met certain requirements. The award was available and could be worn by Den Mothers, Cub Leaders, Troop Leaders, Explorer Leaders, Commissioners and any adult within the council involved with training. The requirements were:
  • Tenure - completion of one year of participation on the District or Council Training Staff.
  • Basic Training - complete one of the basic training courses: Cub, Boy Scout, Explorer or Commissioner.
  • Program - serve as an instructor at any training course or serve in a leadership at summer camp or helping with a unit.
  • Roundtables -within a one year period, participate in five roundtables or other Council or District training events.
         Borrowing on the adult leader training Troop 101 idea from the 1930's, Crescent Bay Council created another special Troop for participants in the Council's basic leader trainings programs. Known as Troop 258 from its formation date of February, 1958, members were recognized within the Council  by their distinctive green neckerchiefs. The requirements for adult leader training and Troop 258 changed over the years. By the 1960's, the training was offered as weekend and weeknight courses. Twice per year, a series of 7 week night courses was offered at the scout service center teaching every aspect of unit operation including finances, advancement and boy training.  The basic idea was: if you were an adult with any interest in Scouting, Crescent Bay Area Council wanted to train you.
          Basic leader training for Cub, Troop, Explorer and Commissioners continued as the primary program for all adult leadership through the merger of the Council in 1972.

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