I understand that this patch was used on a sash that was issued to campers beginning in the 1930s and was last given out in 1955. Each year a camper came to camp he got a different patch for the sash. The sash was black felt and was about 3 1/2 in wide and went around your waist. It hung down about 2 feet on the right side and had white fringe on the ends. The diamond patch went on the bottom of the part that hung down. The back of the sash had red letter KKK and the first year the camper went to camp. The staff had a similar sash except it was red. The sash was dropped in 1955 because of the national councils objections. The Chickasaw Council was the only one in the country with such a sash and the folks in New Brunswick objected to the KKK (Kamp Kia Kima) - Kia Kima in the Chickasaw language means Nest of the Eagle.
Join Date: 11.10.2003 Comments: 32
Kamp Kia Kima Diamomd - Amended
Comment One was made by me with information that was only pertially accurate. First off, there were no black diamond with red thunderbird patches made in felt.
The following comments were given to me by schad3. Sashes were awarded to campers (black) and staff (red) during the thirties, forties and early fifties. The sashes were presented at the closing campfire. The camper wore the sash around the waist with the camp initials “KKK” on the front. The sash was brought around to the right side and an overhand loop made allowing the outer part to hang down beside the right leg. Under the camp initials is the year the sash was earned. Each additional year of camp attended, the participant or staffer was presented a designated felt patch. Other felt patches could be earned for program or recognition.