Folks collected these after reaching a summit, hiking an epic trail, or if you’re like us, by visiting a national outdoor treasure.
Hiking staff medallions were one of the most popular souvenirs in the ‘20s -‘50s at outdoor tourist attractions.
Since then, the walking stick has been a steadfast symbol of “Trail Life” In America. Scouts got the ceremonial standard hiking staff during their rank advancement, but anyone can whittle their own walking stick to show off their medallions collected from hikes around the country.
But the real staff medallions are scarce today (they stopped making these badges the traditional way- the modern ones are just enamel pin style). You can only find the antique style at fleas, eBay & antique stores. We were happy to finally find a collector who sourced one of his makers for us.
Ours started with a sketch of our tent hilltop. Then a relief was hand carved, that was turned into a die, that was used to stamp the metal, then hand-painted with spot color (pulled from 40s palettes).
Thank you to the stranger who got this stick started for us (there are 3 more spots left we want to fill when we see more National Parks). There just is never enough time.
We hope the Camp Wandawega Hiking stick Medallions will be the start (or continuation) of your medallion collection. Now you'll just have to go get your own walking stick!
hardware for medallion is included
➕ Made in the USA
➕ Stamped metal, hand painted
➕ 2 nails included
➕ Medallion measures 2" x 1.5"