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  1. Virginia Headwaters Council (Waynesboro) (formerly Stonewall Jackson Area Council) has just tapped a council historian. No history committee yet, but it's coming...
  2. @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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 is much less understood and poorly documented. This essay, while certainly not comprehensive, attempts to shed more light on how Scouting was implemented among black communities in its early decades across central Virginia. READ THE ESSAY HERE....
  5. He was a very interesting young inventor. check him out here
  6. 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..!!
  7. 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...
  8. 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 troop. Before..., scouts were members of a patrol foremost....now it's member of a troop (almost exclusively)...
  9. 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 designed to teach... ....and I probably would sign of on scouts who did a 5 mile hike by themselves (but would also let them know that they had operated outside the current rulebook)....
  10. 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
  11. Before coming to occupy Camp Townsend at Wonderland Park, several Knox County Boy Scout council troops held one of their first summer camps at “the sinks” along Little River at “Camp Helpful”, approximately three miles upstream from Elkmont in 1915. The Knox County council would return to the vicinity four years later and conduct their official summer resident camp with much greater effect. Read about the Knox County Boy Scout council's use of the summer camp at a popular resort now located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park... read here
  12. The city of Staunton, Virginia holds the noteworthy distinction of producing the first two Eagle Scouts in the state of Virginia three years after the incorporation of the Boy Scouting movement in 1910. The March 1913 edition of Boys’ Life, the national magazine of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), reported that ...read it
  13. could you imagine being in a troop that met and served at the American Museum of Natural History.....talk about an opportunity that no other boys would ever get...!! I wonder how many future scholars came from that unit...?
  14. This year marks the 91st anniversary of the flash flood that drowned eight members of Boy Scout Troop No. 45 (including their scoutmaster) while they were on a camping trip along the banks of White Creek in northern Rhea County, Tennessee. This location, for two years previously, had been the site of the truncated Cumberland Boy Scout Council’s summer camp facilities. However in the handful of weeks prior to this calamity, the Cumberland Council had formally dissolved its organization and the executive had resigned his position....read how the tragic event unfolded here.
  15. In late 2019, the Board of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council (SJAC) chose to abandon the name of their council that had been a powerful banner to Scouting in central Virginia since 1927. Now in light of this transition (either welcomed or not by current scouters, boosters, and onlookers), I think it appropriate to ....read here
  16. The original establishment of Boy Scouting in Knoxville dates to October 1909, predating (by four months) the official incorporation of the BSA in February 1910. Local leaders of the Knoxville (Central) Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) are credited with organizing the first Boy Scout troop in the city. It was not unheard of for American scout units to be formed in the months or even years before Scouting was officially born in the United States by requesting organizational materials (i.e. the Scouting handbook, unit charter) directly from the headquarters of British Boy Scouting in London, England. ... William Perry “Buck” Toms, Earl C. “Pocket” Ford, and E. Warren Dance were the men who established that first Knoxville Boy Scout troop in late 1909. Earl Ford was the YMCA assistant physical director, and Toms, who would later serve as the Commissioner of the Knoxville Council, was the director of the YMCA and its president from 1911-1914. Troop No. 1 was also referred to as... For more details on the development of Scouting Knoxville Read Here...
  17. Here's what the locals said of naming the council in 1927...https://www.scouter.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=1000
  18. It looks like there is a bit of straying from the discussion of the now defunct SJAC. I've appended a 1927 newspaper article (Staunton, Va--SJAC headquarters) which provides some needed context for this discussion. The_News_Leader__Staunton__Virginia_12_Jan_1927__WedPage_6.pdf
  19. Probably one of the most unique acts of patriotic service attempted by Boy Scouts in Virginia during World War I was the relocation of approximately 1000 scouts in June 1917 to two counties on Virginia's Eastern Shore to harvest 3 to 4 million barrels of potatoes from their fields. Keep Reading Here...
  20. @RememberSchiff nice photo of the scout troop you posted in your reply...funny you picked that one because I'm planning an upcoming blog essay on early Boy Scout bands and drum/bugle corps in Virginia in the near future....
  21. During the United States’ involvement in the Great War (World War I) from 1917-1918, Boy Scouts fulfilled a variety of vital service functions deemed important by the Federal government (and even some local and state governments). These included: serving as lookouts along US coastlines; locating unlawful radio stations; providing assistance during the flu epidemic of 1918; conducting a nationwide census of and planting Black Walnut trees; collecting peach pits for use in the manufacture of gas masks; planting of War Gardens and War Farms; selling subscriptions to the five loan campaigns during the War (the fifth campaign was initiated after the Armistice and sold Victory Bonds) for a total of nearly $355 million; selling subscriptions for War Savings Stamps (WSS) which totaled $52 million; and serving as official government dispatch bearers (BSA 1941). Boy Scouts in Orange Troop No. 1 (now known as Troop 14) participated in several of these initiatives. Read More at my blog here... What Boy Scout WWI support activities took place in your hometowns??
  22. Over the past few months I've posted essays about regional Scouting history and have gotten away from historical accounts of Orange Troop No. 1. I am taking this opportunity to return to Orange Troop No. 1 material, focusing on two long term encampments outside of the Town of Orange, Virginia in the two years following the Troop's formation in 1915. Keep Reading Here...
  23. Boy Scout Camp Shenandoah, in it’s most recent iteration (and location since 1950), presently consists of 456 acres near Swoope in Augusta County on the eastern slopes of Virginia’s Appalachian Plateau. This site is the permanent location of the Scout camp for the Stonewall Jackson Area Council. However, few realize that “Camp Shenandoah” has been serving the youth of the region many more years and has a much deeper and richer history that extends back to the early part of the twentieth century. This essay will explore the first renditions of Camp Shenandoah at its original location at Island Ford, Virginia, before it’s ownership by the Stonewall Jackson (Area) Boy Scout council, and how it became synonymous with serving the recreational needs of the youth of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. read more here
  24. Beginning in February 1927, Charles E. Wood, Special Deputy Regional Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), along with the Charlottesville Rotary Club led the effort to establish the Lewis and Clark Area Boy Scout Council #599 in Albemarle and the adjacent counties. Continue Reading Here...
  25. I seem to remember a few vague references in Rowan's biography of James West that suggested that women were explicitly barred from SM service, but the allusions were not clear (at least to me). Seems that Rowan was basing the supposition on the force of West's personality (which was formidable). During the first formative years of the movement, it was more akin to the wild west with much less structure and a real divergence of means and methods only loosly controlled by the HQ in New York. So the occurence of de facto female SMs shouldn't be too surprising, and may be much more frequent that most expect. I do have from this same city a much more definitive example of a female who served for many years as an "official" ASM and for 1 year as official SM. she made such an impact on the unit, that they presented her with an engraved medal commemorating her leadership of the unit. Trying to track down a photo of the medal if it still exists in the family...unfortunately she died without children. I found it interesting that the commissioner was responsible for vetting (in a real way) any potential SMs. I have contacted the Scouting Museum to try and locate a copy of an early SM application for commission, but they dont apparently have one in their archives. It would be interesting to see the exact wording that the form employs.
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