Our collection continues to grow through individual and corporate support. Below are some items recently added to the collection of the World of Scouting Museum.
Herbert George Company
Gift of Lester Blum
In 1911, the first edition of the Boy Scout Handbook spelled out the requirements for the first Photography Merit Badge:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of lenses, camera construction, and developing process.
2. Take, develop and print twelve photos - three each of interiors, portraits, landscapes, and "action photos."
3. Produce a photo of a nesting wild bird larger than a robin, or an animal in its native environment, or a fish in water.
This camera, from the 1950's, offered some technological advancements over the simple box camera used by a Scout in 1911. Based on the Imperial Debonair model of the Herbert George Company, this Official Cub Scout Flash Camera with a fixed focus lens and synchronized flash used 620 film and could take twelve 2.25" x 2.25" photos.
The Herbert George Company was established in Chicago, IL, in 1945 by Herbert Weil and George Israel. When the company changed ownership in 1961, the name was changed to Imperial Camera Corporation.
Gift of Anne B. Williams
Boy Scouts have the opportunity to learn about America's past while enjoying a hike along one of over three hundred nationally approved Historic Trails. Individuals who also camp in the area of the trail and help with its restoration or marking are eligible to earn the Historic Trails Award embroidered emblem or leather patch. Many of the trails' local councils also offer a specialized patch or medal.
The Lincoln Trail was inaugurated by the National Capital Area Council of the BSA in 1966. It was designed to instill an awareness of the inspiration and leadership of Abraham Lincoln through visits to historic sites and the reading of historically related text. The Lincoln Memorial's seated sculpture of our 16th President, designed by Daniel Carter French, is featured on the front of the Lincoln Trail Medal.
National Eagle Scout Association
Gift of Andrew P. Lutz
Since Arthur Eldred was recognized as the first Eagle Scout in 1912, over two million Boy Scouts have followed his lead on the "Trail to Eagle." Many of them have continued Eagle Scout ideals through membership in the National Eagle Scout Association or NESA. The organization exists as a fellowship of men who have achieved this highest Scout rank and who desire to use their example and influence in guiding the next generation of America's young leaders. The mission statement of the NESA is "to serve Eagle Scouts and, through them, the entire movement of Scouting."
First Girl Scout: the Life of Juliette Gordon Low, 2012
By Ginger Wadsworth
New York, NY
Savannah, Georgia was not only the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, but also that of the movement she went on to found and lead. Ginger Wadsworth traces the amazing life story of "Daisy" Low in this biography. From her formative years in the American South during the Civil War, school years in New York, marriage to Andrew Low, hearing impairment, and life-changing luncheon with General Robert Baden-Powell, to her founding of the Girl Scouts and the program's expansion over a century.
Her ground-breaking idea of introducing girls to the outdoors, would grow to prepare over fifty million young women of all races, ethnicities, and physical abilities for lives as homemakers, professionals, and active citizens.
Breyer Scout Training Area
Gift of James W. Clough
Dated February 21, 1971 on the back, this photo shows a group of Scouters and Boy Scouts, outdoors at the Breyer Scout Training Area, of the Philadelphia Council. George Deal is in the second row, at the far right. Can you help in identifying others? Click on the images below for enlarged views.