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February 2011 - Museum Dispatch

Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Scouting in Tucson:  

The first Boy Scout troop in Tucson was organized on April 20, 1911, in the south half of what is now known as Roskruge Bi-lingual Middle School. (It was the Tucson High School building at that time.)  The first Scoutmaster was Harold Steele, who was then in his first year as principal of Tucson High School.

Our Museum is celebrating the Centennial of Scouting in Tucson  with an open-house   on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  Guest speakers will share their memories and thoughts for the future starting at 11:00 A.M.  Refreshments will follow.  Everyone is invited to attend.  

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Otis H. Chidester Scout Museum of
Southern Arizona was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2011, at 6:30 P.M. at the Pima County Medical Society Auditorium, 5199 E. Farness, Tucson, Arizona.

The meeting was attended by about 30 Museum members.  The meeting was preceded by a catered dinner.

The following members were nominated and elected to serve on the Board for the year 2011:
Bill White, (Curator);  Jim Klein (Pr.);  Luis Romero (V. P.); Gowher Jamshedi (Sec.);  Jim Gruhl (Tr.);  Directors: Bob Favuzza, Suzanne Flax, John Pacheco,Todd Scholer.

1912 Lucile and Harold Steele at 829 N. 7th Ave. in Tucson.Harold Steele organized and became the scoutmaster of the first troop in Tucson on April 20, 1911.
Board Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.  These meetings are open to the general membership and guests who are encouraged to participate in all discussions.  Because dinner precedes all Board meetings, we would appreciate it if RSVPs are received at least a day before, (520) 795-9484.


Founder’s Day Dinner:
Saturday, May 7, 2011  at 6:30 P.M
at the Viscount Suite Hotel,
4855 E. Broadway Blvd., in Tucson.

The recipients of the 2011 Otis H. Chidester Memorial Awards, to be presented on May 7, are Mike George, David Gibeault, M.D., and  Chuck (Charles) Moyer, II.

Invitations will be sent out in early April, 2011.

Our Acquisitions and Exhibits Committee members are busy every Wednesday morning preparing new items for display.  
If anybody would like to visit the Museum please call (520) 795-9484 to arrange a tour.

FIFTY-YEAR REUNION for Tucson Scouts    -   By Marvin G. Stafford

Plans are afoot for a reunion for Tucson Scouts who were active  in Catalina Council in 1959, 1960 and / or 1961, plus-or-minus.  The one-day gathering will be at Camp Lawton on the same day as the Order of the Arrow’s Spring Ordeal, Saturday April 30, 2011.  The time will be from mid-morning to after the evening OA Ceremony.  Family members are welcome.
The old-timers who attend will be able to tell stories about their days on the Camp Lawton Staff, their time working within the Order of the Arrow, and their adventures on the Ho-Ho-Kam Trail.  There will be  a contest for  who is best at re-telling Lyle Bull’s  ‘Fish Story’.

Spread the word to others who may not be reading this, and let your intentions be known to:
(520) 575-1497, (520) 955-3693, CELL

(For those wishing to attend the Museum Open-house and the above Fifty-Year Reunion, it is possible to be at the Museum in the morning and to go to Camp Lawton in the afternoon).


Museum member Mike Maynard continues with his journal entries from the summer of 1961, when he was on the Camp Lawton staff as a 20 year old.

Thursday, August 3:  Rain and mild.  Before lunch, Dave and I went to S.H. and got the mail.  During my afternoon code class, Cliff Waetje came by and said “Mike, I like what you did with that splinter. We’ll leave it there”.  At 1725  it started to rain and it kept up until it had rained about an eighth of an inch.  Marvin came to  ask about a job, and he got one.  About 2230, Dave, Pete  and I went to S.H. and on the way back saw a deer.  Got to bed at about 2300.

Friday, August 4:  T.G.I. Friday.  Clear and mild.  Jerry McAllister unlocked Rosso’s store without permission so Rosso locked him in.  He broke the door getting out.  He also had to fix it.  I took Marvin  Stafford and five of the boys down to Mud Spring.  Nice cold water in the spring.  Started down to Mud Spring at 1445 and got back to camp at 1600.  Dave, Marvin and I left camp at 1815 and reached home at 1930.  

Saturday, August 5.  Clear and hot.  Worked around the house.

Archery at  Camp Lawton
By   Dave German

When I attended Camp Lawton as a Boy Scout, one of my favorite activities was archery.  Dick Bartholomew was the archery instructor and my hero.  He was called  “Robin Hood” and even had a green felt hat with feather.  An enterprising man named Tom Fisk had an archery shop in Tucson and came to camp to put on demonstrations.  He and his wife could hit moving targets that rolled across the ground or were thrown into the air.  All of this captivated my interest.  As I grew older I desperately wanted to be on camp staff and teach archery.

My first real job was as a counselor at the Lighthouse Y.M.C.A. on Saturdays, and I soon became their archery instructor.  In 1956 I was hired to be on staff at Camp Lawton and I hoped to teach archery.  However, I got assigned to teach compass and mapping.  They had hired the state junior archery champion to teach archery.

The next year I was back on staff and got to run the archery range.  I sold my stamp  collection and used the money to  buy a good quality bow and a Robin Hood hat.  I was finally in my dream position and got to show what I could really do when  given the responsibility.  I had two successful years running the archery program.  In 1959 at age 18, I was asked to be the Program Director under Camp Director Cliff Waetje.
Scouting offers a wide variety of things to catch your interest.  It has given many young people like myself a place to experience success and learn leadership skills that last a lifetime.

Bill White’s Trip to Washington D.C.

Bill White with the Washington Monument in backgroundLast November, Museum Curator Bill White, Jr. went on a trip to Washington D.C. as a guest of Honor Flight, a program that honors World War II veterans by arranging for them to fly to Washington, D.C., in order to visit the major memorials in our national capital, starting with the World War II Memorial.  More than 57,000 veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War have participated in this program in the past 5 years.

Bill White with George Washington University student guides
Bill encourages any one who was a World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War veteran to look into this program.



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