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  1. I've seen both of these references, but they do not include a citation for where the Elizabeth City dates comes from.
  2. Hello All, Can someone provide a more specific date in 1911 when the reported first black troop was established in the US? Additionally, can you provide a reliable/confirmable source for this date. A quick scour of the usual internet sites use the 1911 date, but I cannot find a reliable citation for a primary source which I can examine for myself. As most of you are probably aware, much of the information surrounding this topic for the early years of the Movement (1910-1930) is anecdotal and overly generalized. thanks for any help.
  3. guess I should have done my homework first. Vol. 2, Number 6 (July 15, 1914) edition of Scouting magazine clearly indicates that the neckerchief was Item No. 542 and an official part of the uniform at this time. so it clearly predates the 1920s by many years...apparently the statement on The Troop 97 website is in error..
  4. What is the date of the introduction of the neckerchief as a part of the uniform?
  5. Has anyone out there gathered any documentation on black camp cooks for troops and/or councils during the first few decades of Scouting (1910-1930). I am beginning to pull together sources for this material in Central Virginia. I'm finding that these are more common than you might have thought. Thanks for any insights you can provide.
  6. In November 1922, the St. Louis Council rejected a KKK donation pledge of $15,000. A statement provided by the Klan with the offer indicated that the Klan applauded the "development of a high standard of citizenship" by the Boy Scouts. The St. Louis American Legion came out in strong opposition to the Klan donation as well. $15,000 was a huge sum of money to pass up in 1922....
  7. @deafeaglescout It's great to know that you share a special Scouting heritage with the Scouts that I described in my essay. I am waiting to visit the Scouting museum at VSDB when CoVid restrictions are eased to view some of these artifacts that are on display there. I am trying to track down the birdhouse what was used at the governor's mansion in Richmond as well. I did not realize that you were also a Vigil Honor OA member of Shenandoah Lodge. Indeed, there is a great heritage in deaf Scouting that most Scouters do not recognize. What was the name of your scoutmaster from whe
  8. As citizenship development and civic responsibility were vital and honorable tenants of the Scouting movement, it was only natural that quite a few Boy Scouts and scout leaders were also drawn into America’s armed services, as well as civilian service under military direction at home and in the theatre of war in Europe. check it out here
  9. In the late 1920s, the Stonewall Jackson Council chartered two Boy Scout troops (Nos. 2 and 10) at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, Virginia. Containing scouts exclusively that suffered from hearing and sight handicaps, these units soon became top performing troops in the council. Read more of the history of Scouting at the VSDB here.
  10. many early troops across the USA had nicknames (but weren't meant to replace unit numbers). In my research, I've determined that this was mostly associated with a function of these early troops fielding organized football, basketball, and baseball teams. Then there were also patrol names that were simply used as sports teams names when they were made up of individual patrols, rather than drawn from the entire troop...
  11. As early as April 17, 1917, The Knoxville Journal and Tribune reported that the Knoxville Boy Scout Council received an offer from the Union National bank and John F. and James T. Shea, owners of the McDonald farm, to assist the Boy Scouts and provide a tract to help supplement food supplies for the war effort. read here
  12. Virginia Headwaters Council (Waynesboro) (formerly Stonewall Jackson Area Council) has just tapped a council historian. No history committee yet, but it's coming...
  13. @PACAN that is great stuff....I need one of those scouts at my house now to get rid of a rat I've been after for about 4 months...
  14. This year (2020) marks the 99th year since a group of 32 Eagle Scouts from Knoxville, Tennessee made a two-week long excursion to the nation's capital in the District of Columbia. The trip was not only for fun and recreation, but promoted the young Scouting movement to the public and emphasized the good character and moral living that Scouting made a central part of its message. The Eagle Scout caravan left Knoxville on July 1st and read more here...
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