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Neckerchief Slides

          The original Camp Wolverton slides dating to the 1940's were made from Sequoia cones which were found in abundant supply around camp. By crafting loops of various materials onto the backs, Scouts turned Sequoia cones into customized neckerchief slides as keepsakes from Wolverton in the High Sierra. In some cases, Sequoia cones were combined with wood carvings to make more elaborate slides.

Sequoia Cone Slides
Late 1940's
  Camper Slide with Strap
  "Sequoyah" Chapter
Order of the Arrow

Simple Sequoia cone with plastic ring glued to back.

This slide  utilized a piece of strap, possibly
from a scout belt, as a loop, attached to the cone with wire. 'Calif' is written in pen on the strap suggesting the neckerchief slide was possibly used as a trading item at a Jamboree.
Carved & painted wooden arrow
embedded in a Sequoia cone.
Crafted by an unknown Arrowman at
Camp Wolverton.
see more about Sequoyah Chapter

        circa 1950
Barney Bear Slide
              Manufactured Camp Wolverton slides began appearing in the early 1950's. This slide is thought to be among the first. Barney Bear  was a popular animated cartoon from the 1940's and is believed to be the inspiration for the Camp Wolverton mascot that first appeared in 1946.
          Slide manufacturers included Torchy Plastics, Camp Sales Co. and Sandy's Plastics. The latter two being long time Crescent Bay Scouters, Glenn Gordon and
the Sanford Family.
      Molded and painted plastic.    

Torchy Plastics Slides
          The earliest manufactured Wolverton slides were made by Torchy Dunn, a well known scouter from Los Angeles. Torchy slides were used all over the country and come in a huge variety of designs. In the late 1960's, Torchy switched his manufacturing process to embossed plastic discs and sold his original molds to the Neal Co. who continued to fabricate molded plastic slides for many years.
          Construction: poured plastic in custom molds.

Early 1950's
"CB 12"
Dark Brown

  Mid 1950's
"CB 12"
  Late 1950's
Camp Wolverton
Earliest of the Torchy slides.
"CB" stood for "Crescent Bay";
"12" stood for Region 12.
  This version of the Torchy slide came pre-painted in red, black & yellow.

   Camp Wolverton slides were most commonly painted by the Scouts as a unique souvenir of Wolverton.

Painted Torchy Slides
          A common practice at Camp Wolverton involved the custom painting of plain brown Torchy slides. Scouts would purchase and paint a slide as a handicraft item, creating their own unique souvenir to wear around camp and thereafter. As can be seen by this sampling, some of the slides were artfully done while others were....well....more abstract expressionist.

Yellow with Red Beret   Yellow with Green Beret   Red over Yellow with Red Beret

Neal Boot Slides

          In the late 1960's, Torchy switched his manufacturing process to embossed plastic discs and apparently sold his original molds to the Neal Co. who continued to fabricate molded plastic slides for many years. Neal made boot slides for many camps and Council's around the country. Only the boots that say Wolverton Trails are known to have been used at Camp Wolverton.
          Construction: poured plastic in custom molds.

Terracotta Orange
  Terracotta Orange
           Wolverton Boot slides were ordered at least two times over the years and the orders came back in different colors: brown and
terracotta orange. Many of the slides were then treated with a thin black wash that left the lettering black and created a 3 dimensional look to the bottom of the boot. Scouts could then paint the tacks on the boot heel. Each color stood for a particular hike that started from the Wolverton base camp.

Official Color Guide
circa 1970's
Mt. Whitney

This slide patterned after the Neal Hiking Boot slide was awarded to Scouts completing a pack trip from Camp Wolverton to the summit of Mt. Whitney.
Made of leather with
colored ink details.

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Sandy's Plastics Slides

Sandy's Plastics was owned by Crescent Bay Scouter Oliver "Sandy" Sanford with help from sons Frank & Guy, both very
active scouts and Tamet Lodge Arrowmen. Between the early 1960's-1970's, they made slides for councils all over the country
including Crescent Bay slides for Tamet Lodge, Scout-O-Rama, Emerald Bay, Catholic Retreats, JLT and District events.
          Construction: objects and writing (on decals), sandwiched between a clear and colored layer of poured resin.

J.L.T. Staff


Junior Leader Training was held at
Camp Wolverton in 1964. Staff received this slide instead of a staff neckerchief.

General camp slide available in the
 trading post to all campers.

Camp Sales Co. Slides & Money Clips

          These slides were manufactured by Camp Sales Co., owned by long time Crescent Bay Scouter, Glenn Gordon.
The slides were fabricated with a printed and embossed plastic disc about 1 ¼" across that was applied to a metal slide base
or other object.

Wolverton High Sierra
Wolverton High Sierra
Camp Wolverton

has DARK GREEN lettering. Disc has inner and outer SILVER rings, mounted on SILVER tone metal base.
has GREEN lettering.Disc has inner and outer SILVER rings, mounted on SILVER tone metal base.
Disc has inner and outer GOLD rings, mounted on GOLD tone metal base.

Wolverton High Sierra
Money Clip
Camp Wolverton
Money Clip
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    Mid 1970's

Painted plaster.
Created by Bobbie Nelson, wife of Camp Whitsett Ranger Jim Nelson.  Proceeds went to staff activities, including the final staff banquets.
Slide shown was marked:
"STAFF" in marking pen.

  Other Slides

Sequoia Bark Mask
Neal Slide
(NOT used at Wolverton)
  The forests in Sequoia National Park provided abundant materials for carving, like this primitive mask slide, made by a Scout at Camp Wolverton.   An example of one of many versions of the Neal boot slide that was NOT used at Camp Wolverton.    

Moro Rock
75th Anniversary
Wolverton Ski Bowl
    Sterling Silver.
Awarded to Crescent Bay Scout for summitting Moro Rock while at camp.
  Cloisonne.Commemorative for the 75th anniversary of the B.S.A. at Wolverton High Sierra.

   Wolverton Ski Bowl was
not part of Camp Wolverton or the BSA. Shown for general interest only.
  see about:
Wolverton Ski Bowl

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