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A Scouting Outing: 1941

A Scouting Outing: 1941

July 1941. "Boy Scouts inspecting and learning about Army equipment in Commerce Square, Washington, D.C." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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Neckers vs ties and knickers vs trousers

Note that the adults all wear ties and trousers; the Scouts wear neckerchiefs and knickers. I am assuming that the Eagle has recently aged out and become an adult leader.

Editorial comment, please

Isn’t it time to make some form of editorial announcement about the relative paucity of photo posts of late, not to mention days on end of no new comments? Something has fallen off recently with this site, and we faithful followers are curious and worried.

[It's Fall Break, and we're in Bisbee. - Dave]

Not uniform

The scouts' neckerchiefs are casually draped around their necks and clasped. That's very different than the tight roll my old scoutmaster insisted on. If you started with a heavily-starched neckerchief, it could put an eye out. Today's standard looks like a compromise:

Brother Eagle

At least one of these young men has made it to the honored rank of Eagle Scout. He's proudly wearing his Eagle medal and appears to have the correct pocket patch for the time as well. Eagle medals used to be made from sterling silver, as was mine from 1972. Since the 80's I believe they're made of lesser metals.

If my fellow Eagle is still alive, and I pray he is, he is very likely about 94-96 years old now.

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