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.
Gift of C. Lynne Beth
BSA National Jamboree Trading Posts have been the ideal source of souvenirs for decades. These posts offered a wide selection of mementos that appealed to any Boy Scout - t-shirts, pennants, patches, books, neckerchief slides, postcards and more. Some items were offered with woman in mind, like the earrings seen here. This pair of enameled earrings, with threaded posts, features the logo of the 6th National Jamboree, held at Valley Forge, PA , July 17-23, 1964.
Manuscript and Map, 1953
Samuel H. Diem and Charles H. Russell
Gift of Barbara Diem
Typewritten manuscript, Valley Forge West, which documents the Valley Forge Council's participation in the 3rd National Jamboree, held July 17 – July 23, 1953, at the Irvine Ranch, Irvine, CA. The manuscript covers the 23 days and 8,175 mile adventure of Scouts and leaders of this council. Lists of train cars and Troops, Troop Leaders, Jamboree Section Leaders, Cooks, and Jamboree Committee members are included.
From the Foreword: "The greater part of the story is written from a diary very carefully kept by Samuel H. Diem, of Conshohocken. All the way from Paoli to Santa Ana and back this diary received daily and at times hourly jottings of "time table facts" and observations.
Much of the story dealing with what we did and saw at the Jamboree, interjected with some personalities, come from the notes and newspaper clippings kept by Charles H. Russell, of Broomall, who was "public relations" man on this eventful trip.
A map, drawn by your diary keeper, can be found at the end of the story. This is included with the story to further emphasize the area covered on this trip, giving facts of side trips, total mileage, etc."
Carol Leffler Relkin
Gift of Martin G. Leffler
Ever wonder what to do with your large collection of BSA neckerchiefs? Martin Leffler's sister, Carol Leffler Relkin, had a great idea. Why not make a quilt from them? She skillfully joined the triangular pieces of cloth into an octagon shaped, 102" x 102", masterpiece and attached many patches to further document her brother's many years of Scouting in the Greater New York Councils.
Bridgeport Metal Goods Mfg. Co.
Gift of Lisa Brightwell
Silver colored flashlight, BSA Catalog No. 1279, with red top and bottom. The olive green handle is decorated with the BSA National Council Seal below the On/Off switch. Additional ornamentation includes red and white stripes above the switch and red, white and blue stripes below the seal. A hinged metal ring is attached to the bottom. The flashlight is powered by two D batteries.
Backpack and Frame, c.1960
Diamond Brand and Himalayan Pak Company
Ashville, NC and Monterey, CA
Gift of Jodi Everhart
2019.5.9 & 2019.5.10
This Yucca backpack was used by James Allan Everhart, a member of Troop 50, Columbus, OH. The tan, canvas pack, BSA Catalog No. 574, bears the BSA National Council Seal on front, and has leather straps with brass buckles, brass loops, leather name patch on back, and webbed cotton straps with brass clips. It was made by Diamond Brand for the BSA.
The aluminum pack frame, with cotton back, has green webbed cotton straps with metal clips and is supported by white cotton rope and wire. It is marked "Himalayan/Pak Co/Monterey" and "U.S. Pat. #2822117/U.S. & Foreign/Pats. Pend." at bottom left and bottom right corners of the frame.
Scouting Trails Board Game, 1987
Fox Valley Trails
Fort Wayne, IN
Gift of Margaret L. Elliot in memory of Thomas S. Elliot
Scouting Trails is a fun and educational board game that tests your Scouting knowledge. The objective of the game is to progress through all six Boy Scout ranks - Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle - by correctly answering questions of increasing difficulty. Up to six players move around the board through spaces representing Merit Badges, Skill Awards and Rank Advancement. During their turn, the player rolls the die and moves that number of spaces. The person to their right then draws a Question Card and asks them the rank question which corresponds to that space. If they answer successfully, they are awarded a colored ring which is added to their playing piece. When all six rings are obtained, the player returns to the center "Camp" and goes before a "Board of Review," consisting of the other players. The Board members each draw a card and choose which questions to pose. If the player responds correctly to one of their questions, they are awarded the rank of Eagle and they win the game. If they fail to pass the Board, the player returns to the Eagle space and awaits their next turn to work their way back to Camp and try again.