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Was there a Region One Canoe Base?


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#1 Feathers

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 05:41 PM

Hi,

 

New to the forum.  I have a collection of old canoe paddles that I have on display at my cabin in Northern Wisconsin.  One of the paddles I have acquired has a crude silkscreen on the front that reads "Region One BSA" and then a couple of words at the bottom I can't decipher.  On the back is some half-done crude artwork.  I'm interested to find out more about the paddle if I can.  I come up with all sorts of information on the Region Seven canoe base (and my cabin is located quite close to where some of the paddling took place), but I find nothing on a Region One base.  I'll add photos in the comments if I can figure out how.

 

Thanks for any insight or information!


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#2 Feathers

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 08:40 PM

Photo 1?  Maybe?  Ok, I give up on that.  How about a link to the photos?


Edited by Feathers, 25 September 2017 - 08:54 PM.

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#3 NealOnWheels

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:04 PM

There was a National Maine High Adventure Area at one time (ceased operation in 1991?).  That would have been located in Region 1 in the old 12 region system.  I have never heard it called Region 1 Canoe Base. 


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#4 Feathers

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:12 PM

There was a National Maine High Adventure Area at one time (ceased operation in 1991?).  That would have been located in Region 1 in the old 12 region system.  I have never heard it called Region 1 Canoe Base. 

Thanks for the reply. The Region One Canoe Base was my term just because I'd found the Region 7 canoe base info.  The paddle only says "Region One B.S.A.".  So that could be .Perhaps someone will be able to come up with what the two words on the bottom say.


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#5 NealOnWheels

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:18 PM

This is interesting...

 

https://www.worthpoi...rails-bsa-patch


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#6 NealOnWheels

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:21 PM

Charles L. Sommers was called Region X Canoe Trails at one time.  Would make sense that Maine High Adventure was possibly called Region One Canoe Trails at one time.


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#7 Feathers

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:24 PM

This is interesting...

 

https://www.worthpoi...rails-bsa-patch

Oh, that is it.  I just added a close up view of the logo and though it's messy, I can make out "canoe trail".  Thanks so much.

 

Edit- The paddles on the patch even have the angled red stripe at the bottom of the paddle like the one in my collection.


Edited by Feathers, 25 September 2017 - 09:31 PM.

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#8 Stosh

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 10:29 PM

Because it is a stencil and not silk screen, the C in canoe and such like the o need something to hold the center sections in place and thus distort the lettering.  I'd go with Canoe Trail as well and you are correct, the red angled tips are a give-away.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:32 AM

Wow - I must have been one of the last participants there.  I attended in the summer of 1990 or maybe 1989.

 

I really enjoyed it - too bad it closed.  Guess one national canoe base is enough.


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#10 NealOnWheels

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 11:39 AM

Wow - I must have been one of the last participants there.  I attended in the summer of 1990 or maybe 1989.
 
I really enjoyed it - too bad it closed.  Guess one national canoe base is enough.


I believe it is now operated as a council high adventure program.
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#11 Feathers

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:30 PM

Because it is a stencil and not silk screen, the C in canoe and such like the o need something to hold the center sections in place and thus distort the lettering.  I'd go with Canoe Trail as well and you are correct, the red angled tips are a give-away.

Ah, yes, that makes perfect sense and explains the difficult-to-read lettering in places.


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#12 Feathers

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:37 PM

Through the help here I was able to find this page with some very interesting history regarding the paddle: 1947 Canoe Trip.

Especially interesting is the passage explaining the red tip on the paddle:

 

"That evening, after supper, a solemn ceremony was conducted by the Commodore and old timers.  Based on the lore of the French fur traders of old, pine springs had been gathered in Naples.  These were no shown to us "first-timers" as a marker of the furthest point in our journey.  The red tips of the paddles were explained as representing the blood of wild creatures and fierce marauders who had attacked those traders, known to history as courageous and colorful "Voyageurs".  They had, after all paddled deep into the North American continent and eventually followed down the mighty rivers to New Orleans."

 

If anyone comes across further information, or could help to narrow down a date for the paddle, I'd love to hear what you know.

 

Thanks!


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#13 DeaconLance

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 05:34 PM

There was a National Maine High Adventure Area at one time (ceased operation in 1991?).  That would have been located in Region 1 in the old 12 region system.  I have never heard it called Region 1 Canoe Base.

It had its national status pulled, but it is still a high adventure base run by the Katahdin Council.
http://www.mainehighadventure.org/
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#14 ParkMan

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 10:50 PM

Does anyone know why national stopped using it as a national base?

Waa it just low attendance or is there some interesting history here.
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