Kansas City Scouting Museum

A virtual collection of items and ephemera related to the Boy Scout movement in the Kansas City area.

Military Bases

The following active and former military bases are located within the State of Kansas and active during the time which the Boy Scouts of America used community strips to identify the home location of the unit.  This time frames is generally 1928 through 1972 when CSPs were introduced.  Community strips were completely phased out in 1978.  Military base strips were used for a similar purpose as community strips, but for units chartered on a military base.  Following are the known issues for Kansas.  A special thank you to Blake Keasey and Mike Berenson for contributing images.   If you have additional strips to share, please contact us.

This resource is also available for download:  Kansas Military Base Strips

Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas (1827-present)

Note: The strip shown was not made by BSA National Supply. According to the June 2003 International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA) Journal, this strip was made in Korea by a local tailor for an officer on his way to his next assignment in Kansas.  According to www.thecouncilguide.com, a BSA National Supply version also exists.  If you have an image of this strip to share, please contact us.

According to www.thecouncilguide.com, this strip comes with and without a plastic backing.

Ft. Leavenworth BGS2

Blue and Gold Cub Scout Strip

 

 

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas (1941-1973) – Now Forbes Field

 

Fort Riley, Junction City, Kansas (1853-present)

Note:  As reported in the June 2002 ISCA Journal, this strip comes with and without a plastic backing.

ft riley TR

As reported in the June 2004 ISCA Journal a tan and red strip with the text “Fort Riley” exists. Black and white image shown above. If you have an image of this strip to share, please contact us.

 

Wichita Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas (1953-1953) – Now McConnell Air Force Base

No known issues. If you have an image to share, please contact us.

McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas (1953-present)

Note: ISCA Journal states that the “McConnell” strip is a military base strip: “As can be seen from the photo, the McCONNELL (AFB) 1/2RW came with a state strip and confirms the location as being in KS, which is where the base is located.” There is no civilian McConnell, KS. The only “McConnell” populated place listed in the Geographic Names Information System is McConnell, WV, population 514 (2010 Census).

Smoky Hill Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas (1948–1949; 1951–1957) – Later Schilling Air Force Base

No known issues. If you have an image to share, please contact us.

Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas (1957–1965) – Now Salina Municipal Airport

As reported in the June 2004 International Scouting Collectors Association Journal, a red and white strip with the text, “Shilling Air Force Base” exists. Black and white image shown below. If you have a color image of this strip to share, please contact us.

 

Schilling RW

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