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  1. @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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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
  6. Virginia Headwaters Council (Waynesboro) (formerly Stonewall Jackson Area Council) has just tapped a council historian. No history committee yet, but it's coming...
  7. @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...
  8. 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...
  9. Scouting amongst the black community in the years immediately after the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1910 has been an under-explored topic. In many instances there has been a general assumption that black youth did not or were not allowed to participate in the movement (until many, many years later) that billed itself as the premier youth development organization in the world. While Scouting certainly helped to promote character development and citizenship in the lives of millions of mostly white youth in the decades before World War II, its impact in the black community
  10. He was a very interesting young inventor. check him out here
  11. DuctTape, ....certainly was an ultimately comprehensive training back in the day. Anyone would have come out of it very well equipped to lead boys... glad you enjoyed it..!!
  12. Few local Scouting enthusiasts realize that during the first decade of the Boy Scouting Movement, Charlottesville was the location of an early council that failed to survive its success. Read about it here...
  13. As recently as the early-mid 1980s (when I did my Scouting as a youth), my patrol (located in a small rural town in East Tennessee) would regularly take hikes in the Smoky Mtns, canoe down the Hiwassee River (with lots of whitewater), and camp at our troop shelter by ourselves---no adults in sight. Of course, we were all in high school and some could drive and we had the GOOD SENSE to know what to do and what NOT to do (most of the time)....Probably the biggest point of difference in the methods of Scouting today vs. the past (pre-1980 or so) is the shift in emphasis from the patrol to the tro
  14. SSScout, I'm glad you enjoyed the essay. You made several reasonable and correct points (in my opinion), especially the BSA "living off of past glory", but who's fault is that? My personal opinion is that the past and continual disconnection of former scouts (and especially eagle scouts) from the Movement as adults has contributed mightily to many of the ills you mention. As adults, in the place of eagle scouts, the lion's share of parents that have come into the program were not scouts as youth and were not influenced (in a formative way) by the Movement and the ideals that it was designe
  15. The month of March marked the 84th anniversary of the Orange Boy Scout hike to a prominent Orange and Culpeper Counties’ landmark and prominent natural geologic formation just north of the community of Rapidan, Virginia. The following essay includes an account of this hiking trip found in the archives of the Orange County Historical Society. It is reproduced here in its entirety, and it describes the outing, in 1936, by members of Orange Boy Scout Troop No. 1 (now Troop 14). Read it here
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