Military’s impact on the early Scouting Program

Posted on January 11th, 2011 in Baden-Powell,Hobby Trends,Podcasts by ramore

The Dallas Trade-o-ree is the best super-regional swap event for Scouting memorabilia. One of the features is their display contest. Collectors bring out some of the rarest and most interesting items to share with the show attendees. (BTW – The 2011 show is January 21-21. See the flyer. Be there if you can.)

For the 2010 show, Kelly Williams, President of Krelman Co., won “Best of Show” with is display of the military influences on the early Scouting program. This is a little known piece of history that he has well researched but even more so he has tracked down the memorabilia that is over 100 years old. It also speaks to what I am seeing as an increasing, positive trend in our hobby. It is not just about putting together a collection of items but reconstructing history through the items.

Here’s a video interview we did with Kelly at the show.

Dr. Hal Yocum on re-enactment of Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts

Posted on February 14th, 2008 in Baden-Powell,Podcasts,Trade-o-rees by ramore

Dr. Hal Yocum on re-enactment of Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy ScoutsAs part of the ISCA sponsored trade-o-ree in Dallas this past month there were a series of educational sessions. Silver Buffalo recipient and long time collector Dr. Hal Yocum presented one on re-enactment of Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts. We thought you might enjoy what Hal has learned over the years and recorded a part of his presentation.

Hal points out that many youth in the program today don’t know who BP was or would recognize him. For over twenty years now he has played BP at various Scout functions and Woodbadge training courses. Click on the video player below to start.

Legacy Interview – 1933 WJ Participant Walter Helmreich, pt4

Posted on July 20th, 2007 in Baden-Powell,Jamborees,Legacy Interviews,Podcasts by Roy

We’re starting something new here, what we’re calling “Legacy Interviews”. Technology is allowing us better than ever before to capture some of Scouting’s history, retain it, and share it with others.

Unfortunately our history is passing every day but we’re going to make an effort to capture it while we can. In this, our first “Legacy Interview” we interviewed Eagle Scout and Scouter Walter Helmreich. Still going strong at age 90, he joined Scouting in 1929 in Jefferson County Council, Jefferson City, Missouri. His father helped bring Scouting to Jefferson City. This council later became Lake of the Ozarks Council and then consolidated into Great Rivers Council.

Walter attended the 1933 World Jamboree where he spoke several times with Chief Scout Executive James E. West and even cooked corn for Baden-Powell.

In part 4 here, Walter discusses meeting James West, Bill Hillcourt, and Baden-Powell.

Legacy Interview – 1933 WJ Participant Walter Helmreich, pt3

Posted on July 20th, 2007 in Baden-Powell,Jamborees,Legacy Interviews by Roy

We’re starting something new here, what we’re calling “Legacy Interviews”. Technology is allowing us better than ever before to capture some of Scouting’s history, retain it, and share it with others.

Unfortunately our history is passing every day but we’re going to make an effort to capture it while we can. In this, our first “Legacy Interview” we interviewed Eagle Scout and Scouter Walter Helmreich. Still going strong at age 90, he joined Scouting in 1929 in Jefferson County Council, Jefferson City, Missouri. His father helped bring Scouting to Jefferson City. This council later became Lake of the Ozarks Council and then consolidated into Great Rivers Council.

Walter attended the 1933 World Jamboree where he spoke several times with Chief Scout Executive James E. West and even cooked corn for Baden-Powell.

In this, part 3, Walter discusses going to the 1933 World Jamboree and seeing a very disturbing Hitler Youth rally in Munich prior to the jamboree.

Ken Kittelberger’s Baden-Powell Collection

Posted on January 10th, 2006 in Baden-Powell by dhoffard

Long time collector Ken Kittelberger just sent us current pictures of his Baden-Powell memorabilia collection. It is one of the most extensive collections in the world. With this being the 99th anniversary, I thought you’d enjoy seeing these as well.

If we think sports heros of today generate a lot of memorabilia or Elvis or the Beatles or Disney ….they had nothing on what went on in Victorian England at the turn of the last century. There was less mass media so there was less passing promotion about persons of importance. Instead, promoters produced a nearly endless supply of different wares.

Ken has produced several manuscripts over the years of documenting items produced. He’s regularly made trips to England and elsewhere in the hunt for new items for his collection. I remember Bernie Miller having a nice smirk when he out-hustled Ken on a find but also grimacing about the ones that got away.

Here are the pictures. Enjoy!

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