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The Secret of Scout Camp: 1925

The Secret of Scout Camp: 1925

"Boy Scouts, Camp Roosevelt." July 9, 1925. Just try to make them talk. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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What happens at camp, stays at camp...

Order of the Arrow

There is a reason for their silence - see Order of the Arrow in Wikipedia:

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Founded in 1915, it uses American Indian traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives.

After being elected or nominated, candidates may participate in a call-out ceremony that may be performed at summer camp, a camporee, a call-out weekend or at a troop or team meeting. Candidates then participate in a weekend-long Ordeal induction ceremony. The Ordeal is intended to emphasize service and self-sacrifice; candidates maintain complete silence, sleep alone overnight, receive small amounts of food and will perform camp work projects. Candidates will then be welcomed as Ordeal members in a formal induction ceremony.

The Bad Boy of Camp Roosevelt

Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard when I read your post.

I was going to ask, "How many of us looked to find the one person who didn't have his finger to his lips?" But this is way better. Good eye, good eye . . .

Red Letter Day

Washington Post, Jun 29, 1925

Camp Roosevelt, the Washington Boy Scout camp located at Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay, had the most auspicious opening Monday in its ten years' history.

So popular has the camp become with the Boy Scouts of Washington that it was found necessary to increase its capacity from 100 to 150 last year and even this will not accommodate all the scouts who desire to attend this week.

Washington Post, Jul 12, 1925

Sixty-seven scouts won their camp letters last week, which is the largest number to win this honor in any one week in the camp history. In order to win the lowest honor, which is the red letter, a scout must obtain 300 points in the following thirteen divisions of scoutcraft: 1. scout advancement; 2. scout contest; 3. nature work; 4. handicraft; 5. first aid; 6. marksmanship; 7. woodcraft; 8. aquatics; 9. patriotism; 10. general scouting; 11. radio; 12. special service to the camp; 13. inspection.

There's one in every crowd!

Right half of picture 3rd row from back.

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