Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Boy Scout Museum in Texas

From American Profile Magazine "Scout's Honor"  By Marti Attoun.

I'd never heard of this place, but figures this great organization should have one.  Some of the great treasures of the Boy Scouts of America, including the personal journals of founder Robert Baden-Powell and the first Eagle Scout Medal can be found at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.

It was established in 1959 and is the official home of the archives and  the 21 merit badges earned by Arthur Rose Eldred, who joined Boy Scout Troop 1 of Rockville Centre, NY, eight months after the Boy Scouts were founded in 1910.

You can see a century's worth of uniforms, camping gear, Boy Scout handbooks, merit badges and even a Parker Brothers 1926 Boy Scouts' Progress Game.  There are also full-size Scout campsites from the early 1900s, 1950s and modern day.

The museum's showpiece is its art gallery which features 47 original Norman Rockwell paintings.  Rockwell was just 19 when he landed one of his early jobs as art director of Boys' Life, the official magazine, in 1912.

Something to Check Out If in the Area.  --RoadDog

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