Origins: Currency

Currency was first introduced at Winter Camp IV but the funds were rather hastily assembled, and the denominations were (to say the least) unusual. There was a one gold piece note (worth 50) and another bill which was worth 666. There was also little need for the currency.

For Winter Camp V, a new set of bills was commissioned. This set, drawn by Dan Bollman, became the standard in currency. The bills came in denominations similar to US currency with 1's, 5's. 10's. 20's. and 50's. Prominent Arrowmen adorned the bills with Harold Oatley on the $1.00, Joe Wyckoff (then Council Executive) on the $5.00, the $10.00 featured Baden Powell, Carol Edson graced the $20.00, E. Urner Goodman made the $50.00, and the stylized Indian was on the $100.00.

In order to stave off counterfeits, several of the bills (notably the 50) included secret engraving marks. $55,000 was printed and used for Winter Camp V.

The money was printed at the Council Service Center, and at least one set made it to Joe Wyckoff who sent a letter describing the currency as "an interesting gimmick." Currency was used through Winter Camp VIII when it was determined that an inflated economy was threatening Winter Camp.

Update:

Currency has largely fallen into disuse following abuse of the system for several consecutive years. It reappeared briefly at Winter Camp XX when it was used as part of the Stock Market game, then disappeared again the following year.

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