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Circle S / Crescent M
Yosemite, CA
1927 - 1962
Camps
Circle S camp, 1927
Circle S camp, 1927
Circle S camp, 1927
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Crescent M Neckerchief (c 1935), Image Courtesy of the Adam Lombard Collection
Crescent M hat (c 1940), Image Courtesy of the Adam Lombard Collection
Circle S camp, 1927
Circle S camp, 1927
Scouts swimming in Lake Tenaya at Yosemite, 1942
Crescent M Badge, c 1940 , Image Courtesy of the Adam Lombard Collection

Every year during the summer from 1927 until at least 1962 (excluding the war years) the San Francisco Council conducted a two-week long hiking trip in the Sierras that originated from Yosemite National Park.  At first the name of the trek was known as the “Circle S camp”, possibly the “S” stood for Sierras.  Later the name was changed in 1928 to the Crescent M camp in honor of Council President Charles C Moore who loved the outdoors especially the sierras.  

 

At first the base camp was located in the Yosemite Valley but in 1936 the camp had moved to the shores of Lake Tenaya in the back country of Yosemite.  The Circle S and Crescent M camps were for first class Scouts 14 years and older who had camped previously in the council camps.  The cost for the two week hiking trip was $25 in 1942.  Scouts would go on treks from the base camp to various locations around  Yosemite.

 

1947 Crescent “M” Hiking Agenda:

1st Day - Leave San Francisco and travel to Tenaya lake

2nd Day - Make Camp

3rd Day - Day Hike to Tenaya Peak

4th Day - Day Hike to Mt. Hoffman

5th Day - Get rested for trail

6th Day - Pack trip, Tuolumne Meadow to Vogelsang Pass

7th Day - Hike to Lake Merced

8th Day - Stay at Lake Merced

9th Day - Hike to Little Yosemite

10th Day - Hike from Little Yosemite to Valley Floor

11th Day - Stay at Valley Floor

12th Day - Hike from Valley floor to Snow Flat

13th Day - Hike from Snow flat to Tenaya Lake

14th Day - Rest and Breaking of Camp

15th Day - Drive back to San Francisco