Camp Cowaw 1960s Patch
Cowaw 1960s Patch
Junior Leader Training
Camp Cowaw 1960s Camp Patch
1960s Cowaw Pioneers Patch
Camp Cowaw 1969 Round Patch
Cowaw 1969 Round Patch
camp Cowaw 1970 Patch
Cowaw 1970 Patch
Camp Cowaw Chenille Jacket Patch
Cowaw Chenille Jacket Patch
Camp Cowaw Outpost Patch
Cowaw Outpost Patch

Camp Cowaw Patch Set 1960s-1970
Middlesex Council

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patches not necessarily shown to scale
Camp Issues row 4. columns 1-6

Randall Holden writes about the round Jacket Patch:
What a patch! The chenille may be a one of a kind. This one belonged to Jack Williamson in the 1960s. (Somewhere there is a picture with Jack and this chenille).

Al Zusman writes about the Oupost Patch:
The outpost patch is one which I believe was earned for camping under the stars in an area first located to the very north of the property on the hill. At one time it was part of, camping, cooking, and pioneering merit badges. Later an area was set aside for this purpose on the river about a half mile from the swim area. This was later, 1961 or so, made into a full camp site for units who wished to cook their own food for the week. My own troop, 84 of Carteret was a yearly user of that area. Most of the kids mastered the requirements of cooking merit badge during that week. It was known as Pioneer Village.

Randall Holden writes:
The Outpost is as Al describes it but started in the early 50s. I know now of three of these patches, but am certain there are more.
 
 
 

Bdr R/C Bkg Name Year Comment
WHT R M/C RED 1960s shield
WHT R YEL RED 1960s odd-shape
BLK R GRN BLK 1969 round
BLK C YEL GRN 1970 5-sided
GRN    C    ORG WHT no date Chenille
none    C    WHT GRN no date Felt

Randall Holden comments on the 1970 patch:
For the 1970 year, there was a debate on what the newly expanded camp would be called. Tocks Island forced the sale of Camp Cowaw on the Delaware. Camp Sakawawin just became property of the newly formed Thomas A Edison Council and the proceeds of the sale of Cowaw were to purchase the property across the street from Sakawawin. Originally being called Johnson Woods, the powers to be chose not to use this name. So for the 1970 year, it was called the Thomas A Edison Scout Camps (C for Cowaw and S for Sakawawin). In 1971 the camp was renamed Kittatinny Mountain Scout Reservation.
 
Al Zusman adds to Randall's comments:
I discussed this patch with a some Scouts who were on staff in 1970 which seems to be the year of the patch. As Randy stated the C and S represent the two camps on the Reservation. The pine tree was the Lodge 9 totem. Cowaw is translated as "Little Pine Tree". I do not know what the acorn and leaf represent, but I would guess that it relates to the Sakawawin Lodge. Another mystery you may wish to explore is the missing monument. Coming from route 206 you find the main parking lot of KMSR on the left and an added lot on the right. If you were to turn into the right hand lot you would be on what was the Cowaw side. About 25 yards up and to the right once stood a rather large boulder. Perhaps 8 foot wide and 4 foot high, it was at least 4 foot in depth. On that rather large rock there was a plaque that was there for at least 35 years. The inscription noted the purchase of land for the Cowaw side to allow for the now larger councils camp. Memory tells me that the then Perth Amboy Evening News was a major factor in the purchase of the land. I understand that bronze plaques like this will disappear and end up melted down for cash. In this case not only is the plaque missing, believe it or not the boulder is also no where to be found. The two highway markers indicating the camp was the next turn off the highway disappeared just about when the council was closed.
 
A few more comments:
It is important to understand that Camp Sakawawin had several different names over the years from 1929 to 1969. Camp Cowaw existed from 1920 to 1969. In 1970 both camps were officially sold and their assets were moved to what was to become Kittatinany Mountain Scout Reservation (KMSR). Athough the camps were officially closed, the names did not go away. Two sections were created in the new KMSR, one called Camp Cowaw and the other Camp Sakawawin.