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World of Scouting Museum
Valley Forge, PA
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.
Den Mother's Pin, c.1955
Boy Scouts of America
New Brunswick, NJ
Gift of Jerry Harding
2017.2.1 
Beard Masonic Scout Award, Maker Unknown, USA, 1988
Beard Masonic Scouter Award - Back, Maker Unknown, USA, 1988
Beard Masonic Scouter Award - In Presentation Case, Maker Unknown, USA, 1988
This gold and enamel pin, worn by Cub Scout Den Mothers, incorporates the Akela wolf's head emblem used in Cub Scouting during the middle of the 20th century.
Commemorative Medal, 1988
Maker Unknown
United States
Gift of Reita Good In Memory of James L. Good
2017.1.10AB
Daniel Carter Beard, one of the "Founding Fathers" of Boy Scouting in America, was a Freemason and member of Mariner's Lodge #67, in New York City and was later part of Cornucopia Lodge #563, Flushing, NY. Freemasons across the United States have long had a relationship with the Scouting movement through individuals members serving as leaders to lodges supporting and sponsoring troops.
The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is a Community Organization Award given to Master Mason Scouting volunteers who are active at the unit, district, council or national levels of the BS. The criteria for the award is based on the individual's dedication and accomplishments rather than a specific number of years in Scouting. The award is administered by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F. & A.M as a service to all other Masonic Grand Lodges. For an award application, contact your area Grand Lodge or click here.
Commemorative Medal, 1981
Association Of Baptists For Scouting
Irving, TX
Gift of Reita Good In Memory of James L. Good
2017.1.11
The Good Shepherd Baptist Scouter Award is bestowed on laypersons and pastors who have contributed toward the spiritual, physical, mental, and moral development of Baptist youth through service to the denomination and in conjunction with the national youth organizations of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scout of the USA, Camp Fire Girls, or American Heritage Girls. Awarded through the Association of Baptists For Scouting, the recipient of the emblem is typically unaware that they have been nominated until the day of the award's presentation. Additional information is available here.   
Belt, 1937
Girl Scouts of the United States
New York, NY
Gift of Joan R. Suriano
2017.3.1
The donor of this belt was a Brownie and Intermediate Girl Scout in Lewistown, PA, between 1937-1941.
Patches, 1973-1987
BSA Valley Forge Council
Valley Forge, PA
Gift of Kristine M. Thornburg in memory of Salvatore Mangano
2017.5.20-2017.5.25
The Seneca District of the Valley Forge Council held annual Backpack-O-Rees for their Scouts and leaders throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Here are a few patches from some of those years.
Merit Badge Booklets, 1930-1943
Boy Scouts of America
New York, NY
Gift of Thomas Harlow, Margaret Harlow and Elizabeth Dubuc In memory of George and Jean Harlow
2017.6.43, 2017.6.49, 2017.6.53, 20176.54, 2017.6.66
The World of Scouting Museum has an extensive collection of Boy Scout Merit Badge booklets from the early years of the movement through the 2000s. The examples shown here have very colorful covers.
Commemorative Plate, 1972
Porsgrunds Porselaenfabrik
Porsgrunn, Norway
Gift of Thomas Harlow, Margaret Harlow and Elizabeth Dubuc In memory of George and Jean Harlow
2017.6.96

This second issue, limited edition, commemorative plate was issued by the Norwegian Porsgrunds Porselaenfabrik to mark Fathers Day in 1972.
Pin, 1950
Boy Scouts of America
New York, NY
​Gift of Thomas Harlow, Margaret Harlow and Elizabeth Dubuc In memory of George and Jean Harlow
2017.6.128
"Strengthen the Arm of Liberty" was the theme for the BSA's 40th anniversary celebration in 1950. The campaign was inaugurated in February, with a dramatic ceremony held at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Approximately two hundred BSA Statue of Liberty replicas were installed across the United States. Today, around one hundred of them still survive.
Patch, Valley Forge Council, Valley Forge, PA, 1973
Patch, Valley Forge Council, Valley Forge, PA, 1974
Patch, Valley Forge Council, Valley Forge, PA, 1975
Patch, Valley Forge Council, Valley Forge, PA, 1978
Patch, Valley Forge Council, Valley Forge, PA, 1980
Patch, Valley Forge Council, Valley Forge, PA, 1987
Angling Merit Badge Booklet, BSA, New York, NY, 1937
Citrus Fruit Culture Merit Badge Booklet, BSA, New York, NY, 1943
Foundry Practice Merit Badge Booklet, BSA, New York, NY, 1930
Grasses, Legumes & Forage Crops Merit Badge Booklet, BSA, New York, NY, 1938
Taxidermy Merit Badge Booklet, BSA, New York, NY, 1935
Commemorative Plate, Porsgrunds Porselaenfabrik, Porsgrunn, Norway, 1972
Commemorative Plate, Porsgrunds Porselaenfabrik, Porsgrunn, Norway, 1972
Pin, 1943
Girl Scouts of the United States
New York, NY
Gift of Kaye H. Pollock
2017.7.4
In 1943, World War II metal restrictions required changes to be made to many Girl Scout pins. The first pin to be affected was the Brownie Scout Pin. The wartime version of it was made of thin pressed, gold plated, steel and had a steel pin attached to the back. Though the new Brownie pin was the same size and design as used previously, the background of it was solid since the thinner metal could not support a cutout Brownie figure. Official use of this pin ended in the Spring of 1946.

Donor Kaye H. Pollock proudly wore this pin while a Brownie and Intermediate Girl Scout in Hazelton, PA.
Brownie Pin, Girl Scouts of the United States, New York, NY, 1943
Brownie Pin, Girl Scouts of the United States, New York, NY, 1943
Photo of Kaye Hood, Hazelton, PA, 1945