Alder Lake Scout Reservation - Items from the Trading Post

Although Alder Lake was only in operation for a few years, a number of items were produced for sale at the Trading Post. They are relatively hard to find, especially as campers had to hike over from Onteora to get them. Most hikers probably spent their money on a cold soda instead of a patch or coffee mug!

Here are the items found so far.

Miscellaneous items

Plastic cup for all three camps

This plastic cup from 1973 lists all three of the Council's camps.

Alder Lake Hiker neckerchief slide

This little shoe is actually a neckerchief slide! These slides, which were sold only at the Alder Lake Trading Post, have six raised dots to represent nails in the heel. Each of the major hiking trails at Onteora were named after colors, such as the Blue Trail or Red Trail, and were marked by painted tin can lids along the way. Hikers would paint the appropriate color on this slide after each hike, showing how many of the trails they had completed.

While the other items on this page were only available during the years Alder Lake was run as a full-service camp, this slide was available during the other years of operation as an overnight hiking destination.


1972 Alder Lake neckerchief


1972 Alder Lake Staff neckerchief

1972 Staff

1973 Alder Lake neckerchief


1974 Alder Lake neckerchief

1974 (undated)


1972 Alder Lake patch

The first known patch for Alder Lake

1973 patch

A joint issue for Onteora, Wauwepex and Alder Lake

1974 Alder Lake patch


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