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.
Pinewood Derby Car, c.1973
Mark D. Reichert
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Gift of Mark D. Reichert
Ready! Set! Go! For over sixty years, Cub Scouts have heard these words at the start of a Pinewood Derby. Over 100 million cars have since raced in heats down inclined tracks.
The first Pinewood Derby was held in Manhattan Beach, CA, in 1953. A year later, Boys' Life published blueprints that became the official standard for all cars that followed. Boys, with the help of a parent and guardian, carved a block of wood into a racer and added standardized wheels. Then they personalized their car with paint and accessories. The finished cars had to meet a weight limit of no more than five ounces.
The Boy Scouts of America later expanded the idea of races to include Space Derbies (rockets powered by tightly wound rubber bands) and Raingutter Regattas (sailboats raced down narrow water channels).
Mess Kit, c.1972
Gift of Lonnie J. Hovey
Since the 1930's, Regal Ware has manufactured over 5,000,000 aluminum mess kits like this. The components of the five piece set, consisting of a frying pan, plate, pot with lid and cup, were made to nest together. The plate became the top and the frying pan the bottom with its handle swinging around to lock everything in place. The only change made over the years was a plastic cup replacing the original aluminum one. A canvas bag made transporting the kit convenient.
First Aid Kit, 1932
Bauer & Black
Gift of Russell G. and Grace T. Ott
Encouraging others to "be prepared" for any emergency, Boy Scouts sold Red Cross first aid kits in the early years of Scouting. By the 1930's, Bauer & Black began manufacturing official kits for the BSA. By 1938 Johnson & Johnson was the supplier.
A typical kit included gauze bandages, borated tape, adhesive plaster, burn ointment, mercurochrome, and halzone tablets for water purification.
Most metal boxes were square with a hinged lid. This example has rounded sides and a separate lid and also includes a convenient belt clip on back.
BSA Valley Forge Council
Valley Forge, PA
Gift of Brett Wasdick
Scouting has a long history of skits, shows and pageants dating back to its founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell who loved to perform in productions. The back of this admission ticket promised a "Colorful Action-Packed Spectacular," "Adventure And Fun!" " Excitement," "2 Hours of Eye-Filling Entertainment For Everybody," and "Over 20,000 Scout Actors."
Mango Cremes Cookie Box, 2013
Interbake Foods, LLC
Gift of Charles and Martha Holliday
Girl Scout cookie sales do more than just raise money for local scout councils. They teach girls five important skills which are useful throughout their lives: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
In 2013, GSUSA introduced a new cookie flavor, Mango Cremes. They are made with nutrifusion (TM), an additive derived from fruits and vegetables.
Magazine Advertisement, 1920
By William Andrew Loomis
Gift of Jean Harlow in memory of George Harlow
Though the identity of the magazine from which this page came is unknown, this particular ad featuring a Boy Scout was known to have been run in the July 1920 issue of McCall's.
Shredded Krumbles was one of Kellogg's most popular cereals. The frosted shreds of wheat were first produced in 1912. After its popularity began to decline in the 1960's and 1970's, it was discontinued.
William Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) was an American illustrator, art instructor, and author. His commercial work was featured in leading magazines, but he is probably better known for his series of instructional drawing books. While teaching at Chicago's American Academy of Art, he published his first book, Fun With A Pencil, in 1939.
Loomis encouraged aspiring artists to build up the human form from a basic line drawing. In his Figure Drawing For All It's Worth (1943), he advocated the "ball and plane" method of drawing.
Scouting Nederland Museum
The artist who created the original pastel illustration of a Dutch Pathfinder on this postcard was L. van Duyl. Entitled "De Kampwacht" or The Camp Guard, it was published in the April 1936 edition of Catholic Illustrated.
Girl Scouts of the United States
New York, NY
Gift of Kathleen H. Toth
2013.15.10 & 2013.15.50
The artist who illustrated these two plaques is known only by her initials "VB." She was able to capture the whimsical and elfin qualities of the Brownies that adorn The Brownie Scout Promise plaque. For The Girl Scout Promise and Laws, she included Junior and Cadette proficiency badges.