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#1 LeCastor

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:29 PM

Just curious how many of you Scouts and Scouters wear the wide-brimmed Smokey Bear/campaign hat with pride. I love my BSA Stetson campaign hat and think it looks snappy...and, yes, I know the wide brim is good to keep the sun off...and snow...and rain...But it does look snappy!

Also, it didn't always fit snuggly until I put two books of matches in the back. (That's a tip I learned from Along the Mohawk Trail, a book recommended by Stosh.)
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#2 Hedgehog

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 05:07 PM

I wear the Indiana Jones type hat. Now if I can just find he matching whip.
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:29 PM

I wear hats all the time, but when in scout uniform it's either the campaign hat or the expedition hat. Hate the baseball caps, totally worthless in the outdoors. Stosh
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:46 PM

I mostly wear one of the two campaign hat I have. The one I earned for completing Brownsea 22 back in the day has been through hurricanes, numerous camp outs, and shot at by German Scouts (don't ask ;) ) is what I mostly wear as it has been "used and abused." Plus it's a great reminder for me when I do archery and bb guns with Cubs. The one I received for staffing JLT is in a hat press and pristine condition, so it' used for ceremonies. I also wear on occasion the expedition hat, aka "Indiana Jones" becasue it is as good as the smokey, and is crushable, making it easier to wear when I play "pack mule" on family Cub Scout camp outs. However, since "cold" is a 4 letter word for me, I will very shortly be wearing my toque when camping. :p
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 10:28 PM

Wore one (an army surplus knock off) when our troop went to Philmont in 1977 (prescribed uniform item for the contingent). Didn't wear it on the trail. It got crushed a couple months later, haven't worn one since.
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:16 PM

I would but it's like $100 bucks yikes!!!
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:50 PM

I wear hats all the time, but when in scout uniform it's either the campaign hat or the expedition hat. Hate the baseball caps, totally worthless in the outdoors.

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Not bald on top yet, are you? (^___^)
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 08:42 AM



Not bald on top yet, are you? (^___^)


Just enough that sunburning is a problem. :)

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#9 LeCastor

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 08:49 AM

I would but it's like $100 bucks yikes!!!



Yeah, it's expensive but it sure beats having sunburned ears. :D And there are several places where you could get a Rothco version, but eBay is also good for finding vintage ones. Some aren't even worn and just waiting for you to break it in on a Scouting adventure with your Troop/Pack/Crew.
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#10 LeCastor

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 08:51 AM

Wore one (an army surplus knock off) when our troop went to Philmont in 1977 (prescribed uniform item for the contingent). Didn't wear it on the trail. It got crushed a couple months later, haven't worn one since.



Sorry you had such a bad experience with yours! ;) A crushed campaign hat ain't the worst, though. I'm sure you've seen the photos of the Scouts of the 1920s. Their campaign hats were all messed up.
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 08:52 AM

With a head size something north of a Size 8 and still sporting a full, thick head of hair (eat your hearts out), I don't wear hats much. Hoods or stocking caps are about all I can get to fit without doing a custom order.
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#12 LeCastor

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 08:53 AM


However, since "cold" is a 4 letter word for me, I will very shortly be wearing my toque when camping. :p


We NOLA boys don't like the cold do we? ;) Having been in WI for 11 years now I'm no longer afraid of winter. In fact, I embrace it. But the toque definitely comes in handy on those cold-weather outings.
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#13 LeCastor

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 08:56 AM

With a head size something north of a Size 8 and still sporting a full, thick head of hair (eat your hearts out), I don't wear hats much. Hoods or stocking caps are about all I can get to fit without doing a custom order.



The most recent Eagle from my Troop also has an enormous head and he made himself a straw hat at summer camp. It became his signature "thing" and he rocked it!
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 09:04 AM

Stout, The ones issed to me by my then council were government surplus ones, not official ones. I did buy the BSA leather chin strap for the "nice" cover, but my "used" cover still has a bootlace for the chin strap. I've replaced the bootlace once since 1988. As for the leather hat band, you can buy them from national. But both of mine are British ones from BP House and have been branded at one of the camps I worked at. I also picked up some plumes while I was over there. So unless you look really close at my "nice" hat, you can't tell it is not the official BSA one. And with the exception of the black shoelace, my "used" hat looks 100% official too.
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 09:26 AM



Sorry you had such a bad experience with yours! ;) A crushed campaign hat ain't the worst, though. I'm sure you've seen the photos of the Scouts of the 1920s. Their campaign hats were all messed up.


LeCastor, you are spot on about those old campaign hats--dusty, soiled, shaped all kinds of ways on accident or by the owner. That's the way they should be.

My hat? I should have used a different word than "crushed"--I think "destroyed" would be a better choice. Our family moved right after my trip to Philmont and the packing company did quite a number on my hat. Just had to throw it away.

As far as replacing it? Well, we had moved from AZ to AK. I wore a toque most of the time in the outdoors. So I didn't miss my old hat much. Then as a scouter (starting in the '80s) in various places, I saw the campaign hat being worn as a parade ground item. Plus, the BSA model was expensive and those old surplus versions weren't available.

So it was a ball hat or a boonie hat in the field, no hat in town.
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:18 AM

As a scout, it was the red baret, until our troop pitched in an ordered ball caps with our #s on it. Until then, or SM never wore a hat. In Western PA, don't recall seeing many campaign hats in the '70's and '80s. In high school I picked up a wide-brim felt hat from a truck stop in TN, for its two features. One: its look was more mountaineer than cowboy (living in Steeler country, that was an important distinction). Two: at size 13, it fit perfectly, which was a rare find among headgear. I did not wear that so much for scouting as I did for show (square dances, in particular), but later realized it did a purty good job deflecting the rain off my back -- so from college and beyond it became my go-to headgear for hikes in the woods. The kids found it to be irresistible, and it didn't survive them! So, when they finally grew out of stealing dad's clothes for "dress up", I started looking, and for $35 found me a wide-brimmed leather hat not far off from Headgehog's description. It has a nice braided band for sticking feathers in, and endures my kind of scouting. So, it gets worn with my field uniform. I think a campaign hat would have been in shreds 2-3 times over by now. But truth be told, I've never hiked with a scouter who would wear one through our laurel thickets to know for sure. ;)
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:39 PM

I would but it's like $100 bucks yikes!!!

I'm with you.... I actually would like to have one as a novelty item.... Might get a few laughs for a pack meeting with it.

I have an old outback style felt hat but never wear it. Too easy to mess it up.....
Tilley hat for me if outside for extended periods....otherwise no hat.
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#18 LeCastor

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:09 PM

I'm with you.... I actually would like to have one as a novelty item.... Might get a few laughs for a pack meeting with it. I have an old outback style felt hat but never wear it. Too easy to mess it up..... Tilley hat for me if outside for extended periods....otherwise no hat.

Laughs? :-(
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:24 PM

I'm bald and live in Texas. Had a waxed canvas "outback" style hat for a while but it was extremely hot. Now I wear a Tilley ventilated hat. Crushable, washable, and light weight. Plus the mesh near the crown allows for a nice breeze.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 09:35 AM

I picked up a vintage (maybe 40s?) BSA campaign hat at an estate sale for about $20. It's a size 7, so not even close to fitting me. It hangs on the hat rack in the living room with my wife's grandfathers straw boater from the 20's. @Quasze: size 13??? Really??? I'm impressed!
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