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Camp Flying Eagles: 1908

Camp Flying Eagles: 1908

Connecticut circa 1908. "A tepee, Wyndygoul -- Camp Flying Eagles." Camping on the estate of Ernest Thompson Seton, one of the founders of the Boy Scout movement. 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

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Bored still today

As a Boy Scout leader I see the same joyful bearing on my current crop of scouts. They miss their iPods and cellphones.


Burnham was an American born in Tivoli Minnesota. He taught Baden-Powell scout craft. Without Burnham there would be no Boy Scouts. Burnham wore a hat with a "Montana peak" we now know that as a campaign hat. B-P adopted this hat for it's practicality. The BSA was founded in 1910. We are coming up to the anniversary of our first 100 years. 35 years a Scout and still counting.

Why Me!

The Chief is probably thinking I could have been riding in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and my parents sent me here!!!

O Connecticut

At least in a certain demographic, certainly not.


I was inclined to doubt you about "one of the founders," but of course you are correct.

Scouting began in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island in England. Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in "Scouting for Boys" (London, 1908), based on his earlier military books, with influence and support of Frederick Russell Burnham (Chief of Scouts in British Africa), Seton of the Woodcraft Indians, Smith of the Boys' Brigade, and his publisher Pearson.


I was a scout myself, from about age 7 to 16.

Sullen teenage boys

Looking at the "chief" in the background there, I guess sullenness in teenagers is hardly new.

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