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Jersey Scouts: 1926

Jersey Scouts: 1926

Washington, 1926. "Atlantic City Boy Scouts on Ellipse." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

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Can't be certain if this article refers to same event, but there seem to be many other scouts in the background.

Washington Post, May 1, 1926

Scout Movement Aids
World Peace, Leader Declares

President to Speak at Rally on Ellipse

The national council of the Boy Scouts of America yesterday opened its sixteenth annual meeting in the Willard hotel. Lieut Gen. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, "chief scout of the work," was the principal speaker of the day ...

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A scout rally will be held in the afternoon on the Ellipse, under the direction of William C. Wessel, assistant to the national camp director, and Scout Executive Edward D. Shaw, of Washington.

The scouts will be addressed by President Coolidge and Sir Robert tonight at a meeting in Memorial Continental Hall. Silver Buffalo awards for distinguished service to boyhood will be presented.


I count six Eagle Scouts (maybe seven?) and two Life Scouts. A good group.

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