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World of Scouting Museum
Valley Forge, PA
Our collection continues to grow through individual and corporate support. Below are some items recently added to the collection of the World of Scouting Museum.
Photograph Print, 1997
Original c.1920
Schriever
Scranton, PA
Gift of Robert A. Ginther
2012.3
Daniel Carter Beard, one of the original founders of the Scouting movement in the United States, served as the first National Scout Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America for thirty years. He was greatly beloved by millions of Boy Scouts who referred to him as "Uncle Dan."

Here Beard is seen in a rustic cabin with a map draped over his knee. His personal inscription at the bottom right corner reads:

                              To The Delmont Scouts
                               With the affection and 
                         esteem of their Chief Dan Beard

Learn more about Dan Beard and the other founders of the BSA by going to our exhibits section on our webpage.


Cap, 2007
Maker Unknown
China
Gift of James Troebliger
2012.4.4
Another example of World Jamboree items in our collection is this t-shirt worn by members of the United States contingent at the 22nd World Jamboree, Rinkaby, Sweden, July 27-August 7, 2011. 
Envelopes, 1993
Maker Unknown
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Anonymous Gift
2012.7.1-2012.7.3
Postcard, 1993
Maker Unknown,
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Postcard, 1993
Maker Unknown,
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Postcard, 1993
Maker Unknown,
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Photographic Print, 1997
Schriever,
Scranton, PA
Photographic Print - Detail, 1997
Schriever,
Scranton, PA
Cap, 2007
Maker Unknown,
China
Cap, 2007
Maker Unknown,
China
Baseball caps like this one were worn by members of the BSA's Northeast Region while attending the 21st World Jamboree, in Chelmsford, Essex, England. This site was selected because of its proximity to Gilwell Park, an important campsite and training centre for Scout Leaders.

Over 38,000 Scouts and leaders from 158 countries attended this event from July 27-August 8, 2007.

The collection of the World of Scouting Museum contains many items from both National and World Jamborees.

T-Shirt, 2011
Boy Scouts of America
New York, NY
Anonymous Gift
2012.6.2
This set of three First Day Covers were issued to honor Scouting in Romania. The text at the top left corner of each envelope translates as "62 years after the first issue of Exhibition Cekcetaseasc, June 8, 1931."
T-Shirt - Front, 2011
Boy Scouts of America,
New York, NY
T-Shirt - Back, 2011
Boy Scouts of America,
New York, NY
Boys' Life - Braille Edition, 1969
Clovernook Printing House For The Blind
Cincinnati, OH
Gift of St. David's Evangelical Lutheran Church
2012.12
Boys' Life - Braille Edition, 1969
Clovernook Publishing House For The Blind,
Cincinnati, OH
Boys' Life - Braille Edition, 1969
Clovernook Publishing House For The Blind,
Cincinnati, OH
The Boy Scouts of America has welcomed boys with sight impairment from the early days of the organization. Blindness is not an impediment to fully participating in and enjoying Scouting. The Boy Scout Manual is available in Braille, large print and on tape. Tactile training aids, Braille compasses and watches are also used. Other senses like taste, smell, and hearing can be utilized by a blind boy when learn Scouting skills.
Sticker, c.1955
Girl Scouts of the USA
New York, NY
Gift of Elaine Doerner
2012.13.3
In the early days of Girl Scouting, troops sold homemade cookies door to door. By 1956, girls were selling four commercially baked varieties: shortbread, vanilla-based filled sandwiches, chocolate-based filled sandwiches, and chocolate mint.

As a sign of appreciation for their purchase, customers received a sticker such as this. A message on the back reads "Thank You...for buying our cookies. I'm sure you will like them. If you want more please let me know."
T-Shirt, c.1995
Maker Unknown,
United States
T-Shirt, c.1995
Maker Unknown,
United States
T-Shirt, c.1995
Maker Unknown
United States
Gift of Nancy L. Eberle In Memory of Rev. Ralph F. Eberle, Jr.
2012.20.11
The Boy Scouts of America established their first national museum in 1959. The Johnston Memorial Museum was located in New Brunswick, NJ. In 1986, the Museum was situated on the grounds of Murray State University in Kentucky. When the BSA's National Headquarters moved in 2002, the National Scouting Museum was reestablished in Irving, TX.
Patch, 2005
Maker Unknown
United States
Gift of Nancy L. Eberle In Memory of Rev. Ralph F. Eberle, Jr.
2012.20.85
The 2005 National Jamboree Fire Department honored one of their own by issuing this patch. Rev. Mychal Judge served as a Chaplain in the New York Fire Department. He was the first to perish on September 11, 2001, when debris from the collapsing South Tower of the World Trade Center entered the North Tower's lobby, where he was praying with and aiding the injured and dying.
Lutheran Chaplain's Patch, 2005
Maker Unknown,
United States
Latter-Day Saints Patch, 2005
Symbol Arts,
China
Jewish Achievement Award Patch, 2005
Tropic Gold,
Key West, FL
Assorted Religious Patches, 2005
Various Makers
United States and China
Gift of Nancy L. Eberle
2012.20.86, 2012.20.95, 2012.20.99
Expressing one's personal faith has always been an important part of Scouting. These three patches from the 2005 National Jamboree represent some of the religious diversity found in the BSA: Lutheran, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Judaism.
Statue, c.1920
Mazzoni
Philadelphia, PA
Gift of John H. Smerke In Honor of Thomas J. Smerke
2012.21.1AB
In 1915, Robert Tait McKenzie sculpted an eighteen-inch bronze figure which became known as "The Ideal Scout." He gave this copy, along with the rights to royalties from the sale of any copies, to the BSA Philadelphia Council Executive Board. Originally, ten bronze statues were given to those who contributed $100 each to defray the cost of casting. Each copy was numbered and the name of the recipient was stamped on the base. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Connie Mack, George D. Porter, and Charles A. Lindberg were among those who received these first pieces.
Beginning in 1917, seventeen-inch high plaster copies were made by Mazzoni with green, bronze and ivory finishes and were distributed by the National Council. The Philadelphia Council received royalties for those sold as they still held the copyright on them. Unfortunately, the plaster copies did not ship well and were found to be easily damaged. As a result, the National Council began casting eight-inch "desk size" models in white metal starting in 1934. Made by the Medallic Art Company, they were available in either a bronze or silver finish. The larger plaster models were discontinued at that time.

This seventeen-inch, plaster composite, piece sits on a turned wood base. The tiered base is signed "R. Tait McKenzie 1915" behind the left foot and is encircled by the twelve parts of the Scout Oath. 

A life-sized bronze version of the Ideal Scout was erected in front of the Philadelphia Council, now the Cradle of Liberty Council, at 22nd and Winter Streets, in Philadelphia. Other life-sized examples can be found in front of Boy Scout Councils throughout the United States.
Statue, c.1920
Mazzoni,
Philadelphia, PA
Statue, c.1920
Mazzoni,
Philadelphia, PA
Statue - Detail, c.1920
Mazzoni,
Philadelphia, PA