Celebrate 100 years of Scouting at Rotary Scout Reservation and help support the future of RSR by purchasing a limited edition CSP collector's set. Each CSP reflects a different era of RSR's history and is based on a specific camp patch from that history.
The Centennial CSP Collector's Set (and limited-edition gold mylar version) will be available this summer, only at the RSR Trading Post, while supplies last. At the end of the season any remaining patches will be made available online to collectors. Come on out to see us at camp and pick up your piece of RSR history this summer!
Available Patch Set Variations
Pricing for camp Trading Post purchases.
- Centennial Patch Set - Regular ($75)
- 200 sets produced
- Centennial Patch Set - Limited Edition Gold Mylar ($250)
- Only 50 sets produced
- Features gold mylar 100s and fleur-de-lis on the CSPs, and gold mylar border on the center patch.
- Individual CSPs ($5)
- 50 of each CSP produced (Center patch may only be purchased as part of a set.)
100 Years of History in One Set
Check out the history of each patch in the set below, along with a photo of the historic camp patch it represents. (Photos of historic patches taken from the collection of Bob Stickle).
The earliest known camp patch, or felt, for Camp Rotary featured a picture of a lean-to. Following that, the first mascot of the camp was Uncle Sam, as Rotary was part of the Troy, NY-based Uncle Sam Council. Uncle Sam featured on several different patches in the late 1940s and 1950s, including this undated orange and black design from that era.
This design, the first appearance of the RSR Thunderbird, was featured on camp patches from 1962-1967. The color scheme replicated here was used in 1962, '63, and '65. At this time Camp Rotary became known as Rotary Scout Training Center. This also the era in which the present-day dining hall was built, in 1961.
The RSR "Stickbird" logo, introduced by Camp Director Peter Mason, first appeared in 1968 and continued through the 1970s and early 1980s. The CSP mirrors the 1980 patch, which followed the closing of Stratton Mtn. Scout Reservation (VT). The "Stratton Shield" was added to the chest of the Thunderbird to hold memories of that special camp close to its heart.
This beauty, affectionately known to some as the "Thunderduck," arrived in a flash like Haley's Comet in 1986 and disappeared just as quickly, following the 1987 season. Despite being used as a patch logo for only two years, the Thunderduck greeted visitors on the front gate sign until early 2022.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the RSR Thunderbird emerged from the fire with a new design by Camp Director Ed Keilen. The design of the bird was taken from the Eagle Badge, and the initials BSA were seen in the flames of a lakeside campfire.
In 2003, Camp Director Brian Murray designed this fantail version of the Thunderbird on a shield-shaped patch. This design was used from 2003-2006. In 2007, for the camp's 85th Anniversary, the patch reverted back to the familiar "stickbird" of the late '60s through the mid '80s. A modified version of this logo, framed by an arrowhead, remains in use today.
The extra large center patch of the Centennial CSP Set highights the RSR Centennial logo. This logo features the "Stickbird" version of the Thunderbird, the most commonly used logo throughout the camp's history. The design restores the sun rays around the Thunderbird's head, an element last used in the early 1980s, to signify the dawning of a new century. The primary colors, forest green and gold, are commonly seen on signage throughout the camp. The forest green and kelly green also represent the verdant natural environment of camp while the bright circle evokes a warm, summer sun.