Old Hickory Council History

The Boy Scouts of America incorporates in Washington, D.C., on February 8.

William Howard Taft, President of the United States, becomes Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America.

An organizational committee of the Boy Scouts operates an experimental summer camp at Silver Bay, New York, from August 16 to September 1.

Boys’ Life magazine begins publication.

Two patrols of Boy Scouts are organized at Fairview Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. A local organizational committee begins work to offer the program to boys throughout the city.

The Winston-Salem Council is formed, reportedly the first local council in North Carolina; Judge Gideon H. Hastings is named the Council’s first president.

May 12, 1912: “The leaders of the Boy Scouts of America [in Winston-Salem] are working out plans to provide still better supervision of the boys’ play. Plans are being outlined to teach the boys thoroughly many things that they now do in a haphazard sort of way. While the boys in the spirit of fun engage in many activities, those things have a practical value in after life. The aim of the scout leaders is to let the boys have fun but to supervise their play in such a way as to develop the boy’s body and mind…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.4

More than twenty Boy Scouts distribute thousands of cards inviting the public to motivational speeches by Mr. Ludwig S. Dale of the National Field Staff of the Boy Scouts of America. Dale speaks to groups at the city high school, the Carnegie Library and the Shamrock Mills factory in Winston-Salem.

The Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, is founded at Treasure Island Boy Scout Camp near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Members of the Woman’s Civic Improvement League serve supper to about fifty Boy Scouts who helped with the league’s campaign to “clean-up” Winston-Salem.

Camp “Winsal” opens on the Yadkin River, 38 miles south of Winston-Salem near the village of High Rock and close to the Southbound Railway’s tracks. The camp is operated as a cooperative venture of the YMCA and the Boy Scouts, but all boys in Winston-Salem are invited to attend one of the camp’s summer sessions.

Winston-Salem’s 200 Boy Scouts volunteer to work with the Epworth League of the West End Methodist Church and with Mr. Alfred Sidney (Mac) Macfarlane, City Probation Officer, to construct a playground for children in the city’s West End neighborhood, thus beginning Winston-Salem’s parks and recreation program.

Boy Scouts, Masons, servants and friends march to Salem Cemetery in the funeral procession of Mr. Richard Joshua (R. J.) Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, on July 29.

Roy C. Flannagan arrives in Winston-Salem as the Winston-Salem Council’s first paid Boy Scout executive. He helps to obtain local pledges totaling $15,000 to operate the new “first class” council for three years.

Boy Scouts throughout the nation sell Liberty Loan bonds worth at least $358 million to help the United States finance the winning of World War I. Scouts collect scrap metal and plant vegetable gardens to help the war effort.

October 11, 1919: [Boy Scouts were thanked for their service at the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Fair.] “A special detail…were with Mr. Vogler’s ambulance, ready at all times for any emergency that might arise….More than forty boys were on duty at all times and about 150 Scouts rendered valuable service during the week.”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.6

October 26, 1919: “Troop No.9, Col. W. A. Blair, Scoutmaster is taking a hike to Pilot Mountain on Saturday, 25th. They will spend the night and wake up in time to see the sun rise over the Pilot Knob. This will be a strenuous trip for this late in the season, but these scouts are good woodsmen and will make themselves comfortable even on such chilly nights as we are now having.”

Winston-Salem Journal, p. 6

December 4, 1919: “The members of Troop No. 9 celebrated Thanksgiving by engaging in an old-fashioned ‘possum’ hunt, and the night’s sport resulted in the capture of seven of the ‘varmints.’ They are pinning for a ‘possum’ dinner at the Princess cafe’ this evening…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.9

Boy Scouts are ready to respond to any “imperative call” in Winston-Salem during an outbreak of influenza – the flu. Such calls include serving as aides in ambulances and as clerical workers in city offices.

One Winston-Salem Scout demonstrates his Scout craft skills by tying 22 different knots while his eyes are covered by a blindfold. Most troops acquire “trek carts” in which supplies can be carried on camping trips.

William Howard Taft, former President of the United States, visits Winston-Salem on March 19 for a speech at Salem College. Boy Scouts from Troop 9 serve as escorts for President Taft during his one-day stay in the city.

On April 8, Boy Scouts bring their “guard ropes” to assist in keeping order at Piedmont Park in Winston-Salem during an exhibition baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. Scouts see the great “Babe” Ruth, Ernie Shore, Carl Mays, Truck Hannah and other players. Troop 7 assists at the gate, and Troop 10 has its bugle corps on duty.

February 12, 1920: “…It is announced that the annual encampment of the…[Boy Scouts in Winston-Salem] will be held in the late summer on the Forest Hill farm two miles from Clemmons on the road to Lewisville. The camp is a quarter of a mile from the Yadkin River, where the summer pleasures are most enjoyable…There will be boating, fishing, aquatic sports and hiking. Each Scout will be expected to pass his first class tests while at camp…Much of the knowledge which made the forests so fascinating to the pioneers will be gleaned from the Scouts at camp this summer. They will become acquainted with many new animal friends; they will learn to know and appreciate the trees and plants and flowers. Not even the birds and fishes and reptiles will be able to hide their haunts and habits from the Scouts, for it will be their privilege to see the thousand things which only an eye trained in the forest can see. Each Scout will learn the qualifications of a good camper. He will learn to choose a good campsite, to pitch a tent, to build a fire properly, to cook dinner in the open, to make a good camp bed and many other things, and he will know the magic medicine of a camp fire, whose glowing logs mean so much to Scouts in camp or in council.”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.2

Through the Winston-Salem Foundation, Mr. Robert E. Lasater donates 46 acres near Walkertown in Forsyth County to the Boy Scouts for use as a permanent camp. Camp Lasater becomes the site of troop camping trips, camporees, summer camp, and leadership training events.

Mr. William Edward Vaughan-Lloyd (a.k.a. “Ned” or “Skipper”) becomes Scout Executive and works in that job until 1953; he serves as a volunteer Scouter until his death in 1970.

Scout Executive W. E. (Skipper) Vaughan-Lloyd and Scouts on the lawn of the Forsyth County courthouse in Winston-Salem, circa 1925. [Photo from office files of the Old Hickory Council]

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Stanley A. Harris, a native of the North Carolina mountains, is named by the Boy Scouts of America as Director of Inter-Racial Scouting. He continues work on the national dream of providing Scouting to boys of all races, in spite of substantial opposition in the segregated South.

John Kerr (Jack) Pepper of Winston-Salem becomes the Old Hickory Council’s first Eagle Scout in a ceremony at the First Baptist Church on Fourth Street.

John M Brown is elected Council President and is re-elected each year through 1951.

The Boy Scouts of America establishes the Silver Beaver Award to recognize distinguished service of adult Scouters in local councils. Robert E. Lasater; Robert C. Vaughn; Rev. Robert E. Gribbin, Sr. and Robert E. Grunert are the first recipients of the award in the Old Hickory Council – then known as the Winston-Salem Council.

Photo of Eagle Scout R. Emmet Gribbin, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC. [Photo courtesy of R. Emmet Gribbin, Jr. of Newport, Alabama]

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The Council Executive Board establishes an Inter-Racial Committee to extend Scouting to the African-American community in Winston-Salem. Rev. Robert E. Gribbin of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is named chairman of the committee and begins to organize training sessions for potential leaders of African-American troops.

The effects of the national economic crisis known as the Great Depression begin to affect the budgets of families, troops, communities, and Boy Scout councils.

A review of Scouting in the Winston-Salem Council is published in the fiftieth anniversary edition of the Twin City Sentinel. The Council has 43 troops, 776 Scouts, and 287 adult leaders.

Cub Scout Pack 10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is organized as the first Cub Pack in Winston-Salem.

A Boy Scout Troop organizes at Appalachian State Teachers’ College – now Appalachian State University – in Boone.1938: Wahissa Lodge #118, Order of the Arrow, is installed at Camp Lasater. Charter members take their “Ordeals” before summer camp opens; new members are tapped and complete their “Ordeals” during the summer.

The annual “Scouters Party” is held at Camp Lasater on June 27. This event is held for Scout leaders and their wives or sweethearts in appreciation for their dedicated work.

May 21, 1939: “Troop 9 of the Home Moravian Church held its weekly meeting on the square. To open the meeting we played ‘Buck the Bull’ up on the square…Horace Vance presented Charles Young with his tenderfoot badge, registration card, and scout insignia. Charles then led us in the scout oath and laws. Bill Barbour led us in some songs, and Charlie Morris sang his favorite song, ‘Ivan Scavinscky Scavare.’ Horace Vance made some important announcements, and we adjourned to our patrol comers. Quartermaster Jimmy Hauser then gave each patrol their new equipment for the camporee. They consisted of a cooking set, first aid kit, wash basin, and buckets. Then everyone made a scramble for the pup tents, stakes and poles. There were some stakes missing, but we managed to find enough…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.16

May 28, 1939: “….The scoutmaster [of Troop 5 in Waughtown] then talked to us about going to Camp Lasater, after which a first-aid demonstration was given. After the demonstration, real first aid was given to a boy’s arm and to other scratches on other people. After lifting people off the floor, if the patient wasn’t hurt I would pity him. Somebody would turn loose and down we would go….”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.36

Boy Scouts serve the United States from the opening minutes of World War II on December 7 to the end in 1945. Scouts fight fires and help at first aid stations in Honolulu immediately after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Scouts collect recyclables – rubber, metal, books, clothing, wastepaper – throughout the long four years.

Emblem for the “Carolina Jubilee”, a regional Boy Scout encampment at UNC-Chapel Hill. [Photo courtesy of the Camp Raven Knob Historical Association]

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September 20, 1941: “Members of Boy Scout troops of Elkin are attending a four-day Boy Scout jubilee in Chapel Hill. The jubilee…is being attended by scouts from the two Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Thomas Graybeal and Bob Harris will go to Chapel Hill this evening to demonstrate degree team work in the Order of the Arrow…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.4

September 26, 1941: “Billy Brown, Boy Scout from Troop 38 this city [Mount Airy], attending the Carolina Jubilee in Chapel Hill last week…was one of the three Scouts from the more than 2,000 Scouts in attendance who was selected to escort Governor J.M. Broughton at the special Governor’s Camp Fire held on the last night of the Jubilee…”

The Mount Airy News, p.4

September 7, 1941: “Troop 58 [St. Leo’s Catholic Church] got back to normal this week with its first weekly meeting since last spring. The meeting was opened with a prayer led by Father Gallagher. Plans were made for a full winter program which includes the fair exhibits, Halloween party, monthly hikes, and troop projects…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.37

In January the name of the “Winston-Salem Council” is changed to the “Old Hickory Council.” The new name honors U. S. President Andrew Jackson, a Carolina native, and reflects the intent of the Council to truly serve all of northwestern North Carolina.

Richard S. Clark, who earned his Eagle Scout badge as a member of Troop 22 at Central Terrace Methodist church in 1932, dies in military service on December 1. A flagpole and granite memorial are placed on the parade ground at Camp Raven Knob circa 1956 in memory of Lieutenant Clark and his “supreme sacrifice.”

The theme of the Boy Scout Anniversary Week in February is “Victory through Service.” The ladies of Home Moravian Church cook for 500 Scouts and Scouters at the annual banquet – in spite of wartime rationing, transportation regulations, and the “high cost of beans.”

Camp Lasater operates for only three weeks during the summer due to an outbreak of polio in North Carolina – total attendance of 138 Scouts.

Reverend I.L. File, seated, with Boy Scouts and Troop Committee members at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, circa 1944. [Photo courtesy of Mr. M. C. Murray, Jr.]

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Edward M. “Tom” Holder dies of an apparent heart attack after working with Scout Kyle Barnes to rescue Scout Marshall Bryant from drowning in the lake at Camp Lasater on June 14. The following summer an outdoor chapel at Camp Lasater is dedicated in memory of Tom Holder. Boy Scout and Carnegie Awards for Heroism are presented to Kyle Barnes and the family of Mr. Holder.

Old Hickory Council Scouts and Scouters participate in the national “Shirt Off Your Back” campaign to donate Scout uniforms to boys in nations that were devastated by military action during World War II.

Members of Wahissa Lodge #118, Order of the Arrow, in their ceremonial outfits at Camp Lasater near Walkertown during the filming of a promotional film for the Winston-Salem Community Chest – now known as the Forsyth County United Way – circa 1947. [Photo courtesy of the Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection]

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Old Hickory Council Camporee Patch. [Photo courtesy of the Camp Raven Knob Historical Association]

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The second National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America is held at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The first National Jamboree was held in Washington, D.C., in 1937.

Plans and labor to develop a new summer camp on the estate of Mrs. R. J. Reynolds, Jr., at Devotion in Surry County reach a peak. Various problems with lease agreements, timber rights, and topography make a proposed Camp Devotion less likely, in spite of the devoted work of Explorers and leaders in Post 49 at Ardmore Methodist Church and other supporters.

After almost thirty years of use, Camp Lasater completes its last year as a Boy Scout summer camp.

Twenty-five Boy Scouts from the Old Hickory Council attend the third National Jamboree in Irvine Ranch, California. Scout Paul Essex of Winston-Salem issues regular written updates to local readers as the “Jamboree Reporter” for the Winston-Salem Journal.

Raven Knob Park in Surry County is purchased by the Old Hickory Council and renamed the Raven Knob Scout Reservation in recognition of its new use as the Council’s permanent training/summer camp.

July 16, 1954: “Men from all walks of Winston-Salem’s life paused yesterday to mourn the passing of Robert Edward Lasater, one of the last of the city’s pioneer industrialists. He was a large-scale public benefactor…Heading the mourners will be the board of directors and ranking officials of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, from which Mr. Lasater retired in 1947 as vice president in charge of manufacturing after more than 58 years of service. The company expressed its formal regrets… [A]…resolution from the Old Hickory Council, signed by H. Banks Newman as president, said in part: “His kindly and deep interest and counsel has been a source of great encouragement and inspiration to many of us in scouting, and his generosity has made possible a fine camping experience for untold hundreds of boys…” Mr. Lasater was honorary council president at the time of his death and had been associated with scouting for more than 30 years. He was one of the first five in the county to receive the Silver Beaver Award…[He] gave the council land for what until last year was the official Boy Scout camp, and reportedly made large contributions toward the development of the camp at Raven’s Knob which will be the new council camp site…”

Winston-Salem Journal, pp.1 & 10

Construction begins on various projects at Camp Raven Knob including the Kiwanis Club Administration Building, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Dining Hall, and the John Alspaugh Health Lodge.

Den Mother and Cub Scouts at a Den meeting in Winston-Salem, circa 1955. [Photo from office files of the Old Hickory Council]

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The first Area 6-A Fellowship of the Order of the Arrow is held at Camp Raven Knob. Members of Scouting’s National Honor Society from throughout North Carolina gather to celebrate Native American culture and to devote themselves to service to their fellow Scouts, local troops, and summer camps.

Scouts and Scouters at Camp Raven Knob use a new Field Sports Center that was constructed in memory of David Stewart, former Raven Knob staff member and Wahissa Lodge Chief; and a new chapel that was constructed in honor of Robert C. Vaughn, Scouter and Council Treasurer for decades.

The 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America is celebrated on February 8 by Scouts and Scouters of the Old Hickory Council at their Annual Recognition Banquet in the Magnolia Room at Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem.

Based on an new IBM system of membership accounting and the assignment of district numbers by the National Council, the Old Hickory Council encourages all units to adopt a three-number identity. Troop 29 in Dobson (Surry District) becomes Troop 529; all troop numbers in Surry begin with number five, and so on with a different number for each district.

The Old Hickory Council hosts its first regional Wood Badge training course at Camp Raven Knob.

A new lakefront council ring is used at Camp Raven Knob for Wednesday Night Campfires. This new campfire area is enlarged to become the Order of the Arrow Arena in time for the 1967 Area 6-A Fellowship at Raven Knob. The old Chigger Hollow campfire ring is used for other events until it is abandoned circa 1980.

After Wahissa Lodge #118, Order of the Arrow, requests permission to allow the officers of its African-American chapter to attend regular executive committee meetings of the Lodge, the Old Hickory Council appoints a committee to review the entire picture of racial integration in the council.

August 11, 1965
“Although Kyle Norman has no children, he claims the estimated 5,000 boys who visit Raven Knob Boy Scout Camp near Lowgap each year. He is camp ranger for the 1,053-acre facility that serves the Old Hickory Boy Scout Council. ‘I try to look after these scouts from eight counties as if they were my own children,’ says the 62-year old resident at the camp grounds…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.22

The Boy Scouts of America revamps the Cub Scout program by adding Webelos Scouting for ten-year-old Scouts. Webelos camp out with their parents and work through a program based on various activity badges.

Nearly 2,000 acres are added to Camp Raven Knob through purchases made via action by the Old Hickory Council’s Executive Board between 1967 and 1970.

June 26, 1968: “For those who have not had the privilege of visiting Camp Raven Knob, a real treat has been missed…Parents and friends of Boy Scouts are invited to visit Raven Knob on Wednesday nights and to attend the Order of the Arrow Tapping Out…As soon as it was reasonably dark, the OA ceremony began with a brief history of the OA and of the dances in the ceremony…A very authentically dressed chief and warrior approached the theater, stationing themselves before an unlit bonfire. The chief raised his head and hands to the heavens and asked for fire. Believe it or not the wood began to burn, as if by miracle…The next part of the program consisted of the torch dance, the snake dance, (they use real snakes!), the deer dance, the fire hoop dance and the Peace Pipe dance. For the ‘Tapping Out’ the torch bearers form two parallel lines, and at one end stands the chief of the lodge. As the names of the inductees are called they approach the chief to be ‘tapped (knocked?) out’ with the peace pipe…”

The Yadkin Enterprise, p.8

President Irving J. Feist of the Boy Scouts of America speaks at the Old Hickory Council’s Annual Banquet on November 18.

Mrs. Jane Shouse receives the Silver Fawn Award, thereby becoming the first woman to receive the highest award given to the Old Hickory Council’s adult Scouters.

Jane-Silver Fawn

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The Boy Scouts of America initiates Project SOAR (Save Our American Resources) to promote the conservation of America’s natural resources.

Girls become full members of Boy Scout Explorer Posts.

Camp Robert Vaughn, developed by the United Way of Forsyth County in 1963 to serve African-American youths, is no longer used for summer camp purposes by the Old Hickory Council. All Boy Scouts are invited to attend summer camp at Raven Knob.

The John T. Atwell Cottage is constructed near the main gate at Camp Raven Knob. Mr. Atwell’s friends from the Laurel District plan construction, gather materials, and donate labor to complete the cottage as a memorial to him in a total of only forty-one days.

E. Urner Goodman, the founder of the Order of the Arrow, visits Camp Raven Knob on July 31 to help in the dedication of the G. Kellock Hale Training Center (Lodge Building).

The Chestnut, Pine Tree, and White Oak Districts in Forsyth County are merged to form the Daniel Boone District. Salem District and Piedmont District are created out of the massive Daniel Boone District in 1985.

Gerald R. Ford becomes President of the United States after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. Gerald Ford is the first Eagle Scout to become President.

Camp Raven Knob in the winter of 1976. [Photo courtesy of Andy Webb]

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Togo D. West Jr., who became an Eagle Scout in the Old Hickory Council in 1957, begins public service as an attorney in the Department of the Navy. He becomes Secretary of the Army in 1993 and Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 1997.

July 26, 1978
” ‘I think it’s a well-run camp,’ said Scoutmaster David Colvin of Cary. ‘Our boys seem to be getting a lot out of it.’ ‘This also gives the adult leaders a chance to come here and relax for a week. It’s like being a boy again!’ Scout troops usually spend one week at Raven Knob at one of many campsites on the 3,000-acre property…”

The Mount Airy News, p.1B

February 28, 1979

“My last camporee had been 15 years ago. Walking among the troop sites [at the Daniel Boone District’s Klondike Derby in Stokes County], I saw many changes. Olive drab and the musty smell of tent canvas have given way to Day-Glo orange and green nylon. The dim yellow flame and smoke of the kerosene lanterns have been replaced by the bright white and hiss of propane. Inside one of the tents, boys lounged on mylar blankets, basking in the heat of a catalytic heater. And yet some of the things that go with scouting remain forever constant: blue smoke drifting through the deep green of a stand of pines; the circle of fellowship that links itself around a campfire on a cold night; the trading of tales in the dark of a tent in the semiconscious state just before sleep; and the smile of satisfaction on an 11-year-old’s face when his timberhitch takes hold…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p.27

Members of the 505th Engineering Battalion of the North Carolina National Guard, North Wilkesboro, work at Camp Raven Knob to grade roads, to add space to the Mary Reynolds Babcock Dining Hall, to construct a new Rifle Range building and to rebuild a retaining wall at the Waterfront.

August 18, 1983
“Their motto is ‘Be Prepared.’ But executives of the Boy Scouts of America admit that they were not really prepared for the crisis they faced four years ago. Membership had declined to 3 million from a high of 5 million in 1972. The scouting movement is now on the rebound. For the last three years, there has been a steady rise in Boy Scouts enrollment figures…What has happened is partly a consequence of the Scouting movement’s decision to change with changing times. Scouts today are as likely to get merit badges for expertise in computers or consumer values as for canoeing…In the 1970’s, the scouting movement declined, for many reasons. Chief among them, said Barclay M. Bollas, national news editor of the Boy Scouts of America, was the unpopular Vietnam War. ‘People connected the Boy Scout uniform with the military. It was the age of the hippies. It wasn’t “cool” to belong to anything. It was “do your own thing” and anything organized suffered….’ In 1980, with the aid of haute couture designer Oscar de la Renta, they [the BSA] redesigned the Boy Scout uniforms. Scouts no longer look like underage Marine grunts in green fatigues. They more nearly resemble preppies in khaki….”

The High Point Enterprise, p. 4B

[from the Orlando Sentinel]

Harold T. “Hal” Murray, Jr., becomes the Old Hickory Council Scout Executive.

Units of the Old Hickory Council begin the sale of Trail’s End popcorn to aid in the funding of Boy Scout activities and operations at all levels.

The offices of the Old Hickory Council move from the Hanes Community Center on Coliseum Drive to the Tobacco Square office complex on Oak Street near downtown.

The National Scouting Museum opens on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

The Boy Scouts of America launches an educational campaign entitled “Drugs: A Deadly Game” to make all Americans aware of the harmful results of drug abuse.

The Felix C. Hege Memorial Fund is established by his estate to provide scholarship funds to deserving Old Hickory Council Scouts. Hege joined Scouting in 1924 in Clemmons as a member of an early Boy Scout troop in the Winston-Salem Council.

The Boy Scouts of America and the Old Hickory Council launch a “Scouting for Food” program to help meet the needs of the hungry in the United States. This “good turn” becomes an annual project for Scouts and Scouters in northwest North Carolina.

After the completion of the successful capital “Campaign for Raven Knob,” construction begins on the expansion of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Dining Hall and on the new Zeb Barnhardt Training Center at Raven Knob.

The BSA’s “Learning for Life” subsidiary introduces school-based programs in which social, ethical, and academic skills are taught and reinforced.

Renovation of the Trading Post at Camp Raven Knob is completed.

July 26, 1992
“In truth, on the great majority of my early camping trips, nothing but God’s good, clean air separated me and my pals from the stars. God’s air was still clean back then, and I think He took pity on our group of boys, because we almost never got rained on when we had nothing to keep us dry…My first experience with pup tents came when I turned 12 and joined the Boy Scouts. Somewhere along the line, our local Scout troop had been endowed with a supply of Army surplus pup tents…Army pup tents weren’t treated with waterproofing. Instead, to repel the rain they depended on a property of cotton canvas. When such a canvas is wetted, its fibers swell and wedge against each other so tightly that rain can’t get through, unless you happen to touch the tent. Then capillary action turned the place that was touched into a sieve. And when you crammed two large boys into a tent barely big enough to house a big dog, sooner or later one or the other was bound to touch the tent somewhere…”

Winston-Salem Journal, p. D14

[from the Knoxville News-Sentinel]

Wilkes County hosts 754 Scouts and Scouters at the Old Hickory Council Camporee in October. Over 135 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their leaders hold a clean-up day at the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir near North Wilkesboro on September 24.

Dave Whitfield becomes the Camp Ranger at Camp Raven Knob.


The Old Hickory Council, BSA / Camp Raven Knob Historical Association begins operation on January 1.

More than 900 Cub Scouts, their parents and their leaders attend the Parent & Son Camporee at Raven Knob in September.

The Old Hickory Council begins a $3,000,000 Capital Campaign to fund improvements at Raven Knob and to build a new Scouting Center.

The Wachovia Scouting Center is dedicated on Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. The Center provides office space for the Council’s staff, a Trading Post for the purchase of Scout supplies and training/meeting space for volunteers.

Approximately 110 Scouts and Scouters from the Old Hickory Council attend the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia, as either campers or staff members.

January 19, 1957
“To become an Eagle Scout would mean more to me than just receiving the highest honor in scouting. It would mean that I had taken even more duties and responsibilities upon myself. Where my attitude had been good, it must be better; where I had tried hard, I must try harder. There, then, is what becoming an Eagle Scout would mean to me.”

Statement of Eagle Scout Candidate Togo D. West, Jr. (Secretary of the United States Army during part of the 1990s.)

The Raven Knob Boy Scout Museum opens at Camp Raven Knob.

Wahissa Lodge #118, Order of the Arrow, wins the “Spirit Award” at the SR-7B Conclave at Camp Bowers near Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The Harry R. Vaughn, Sr., Dining Hall is dedicated at Camp Raven Knob on May 20th.

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The Old Hickory Council Camporee is held just south of Pilot Mountain State Park, near sites of the earliest Boy Scout camping trips in northwest North Carolina.

April 14, 2000
“…For however much Scouts have adapted to modern times – the first two-dozen pages of the current ‘Boy Scout Handbook’ is a pull-out parents’ guide on ‘How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse’ – as a whole the enterprise offers today’s boys much the same thing it offered their fathers and grandfathers. Indeed,…what a boy takes away from these activities is not the know-how behind pitching a tent, shooting an azimuth or surviving in the great outdoors. It’s confidence and independence…”

The Wall Street Journal, editorial

August 8, 2000
“….Larry Roth, the executive director of AIDS Care Service [in Winston-Salem], watched Mayor Cavanagh stroll through the crowd [at Wake Forest’s Poteat Field] with Alderman Joycelyn Johnson…The heavy turnout of walkers (125), runners (200), volunteers (more than 50), and the donations made by several corporate sponsors ‘show that we are living in a caring community,’ Mr. Roth said…The success of the Red Ribbon Run & Ramble, now in its fourth year, attests to the community’s growing understanding of HIV and AIDS, Mr. Roth said. ‘We find more and more acceptance and support every year. There’s still a lot of fear out there, a lot of prejudice. But we see a lot of volunteers and donors with open hearts.’ [M]embers of Boy Scout Troop No. 934…directed traffic on [the Wake Forest] campus [for the fundraising event for AIDS Care Service of Winston-Salem]…

The Winston-Salem Journal, p. E3

The 4th Camp Raven Knob “Staff Reunion” is held on July 15-16. “Staff Reunions” are held every five years with the first held in 1985. [Photo courtesy of Ken Badgett]

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In the case “Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale”, the United States Supreme Court upholds the right of the Boy Scouts to establish and to maintain membership standards, which include the denial of membership to homosexual adult leaders. The Old Hickory Council refuses the request of the United Way of Forsyth County to endorse a general policy of non-discrimination that includes sexual orientation.

Jason Kemp of Mount Airy is elected Chief of the Southern Region of the Order of the Arrow. He is one of four regional chiefs of Scouting’s National Honor Society in the United States.

The Old Hickory Council Website, www.oldhickorycouncil.org, is officially launched on January 1. The Executive Board elects Jimmy Chrysson to serve as Council President and Charles W. Griffin to serve as Council Commissioner.

The Old Hickory Council purchases 135 acres of land from the Ramey family in Surry County for addition to the Raven Knob Scout Reservation. The acquisition helps the Scouts to control the headwaters of the camp’s major streams and to nearly complete the ownership of the reservation’s watershed.

Jason Kemp of Mount Airy is named one of five national winners of the Young American Award. Marissa Morgan is named the National Venturing President of the Boy Scouts of America.

Harold T. Murray, Jr. retires October 1, having served as the Council Executive of the Old Hickory Council for 17 years.

Michael W. Butler, Director of Financial Services in the Atlanta Area Council, is hired on November 1 as the Old Hickory Council’s tenth Executive.

Phillip Thompson, District Executive for Dogwood and Laurel districts, retires after more than 40 years of service.

The Old Hickory Council’s capital campaign, “Campaign For Values,” reports $3,200,000 in pledges for camp improvements and endowment needs.

The 68th annual Old Hickory Council Awards Banquet is held on February 21st at the Anderson Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “One Voice…One Heart…One Mission…” was the banquet theme. Cameron Kent, WXII Channel 12 News Anchor, serves as the Master of Ceremonies; and, Allen Joines, Mayor of Winston-Salem, presents the Eagle Charge.

During March, renovations are started on expanding the meeting room at the Wachovia Scouting Center. Space is provided for establishing a storage and display area for the Historical Association. Funds from the museum grant account are used to provide display cases for scouting memorabilia. Woodworking equipment is relocated to Camp Raven Knob.

In April, Scout Executive Mike Butler resigns to pursue other career interests. The Norman Rockwell Art exhibit is presented on April 24th at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Winston-Salem.

The 50th Anniversary Committee is formed to develop a program and events to commemorate the first fifty years of the existence of Boy Scout Camp Raven Knob. Ken Badgett serves as the chairman. The committee develops and sells signed and numbered prints of Camp Raven Knob by Applachian artist Willard Gayhart, council shoulder strips, and many other patches and items. All proceeds from the sale of these items is directed to projects approved by the Old Hickory Council Executive Board for Camp Raven Knob.

Seth Dearmin of Pinnacle is elected Chief of the Southern Region of the Order of the Arrow. He is one of four regional chiefs in the United States. Seth served as Chief of Section SR-7B (which includes most of North Carolina) in 2004 and was Chief of Wahissa lodge #118 in 2002.

The Order of the Arrow holds the SR-7B Conclave at Camp Raven Knob in April. Cub/Webelo Resident Camps are held in June, and Parent/Son Camporees are held in September and October.

Planning begins for the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010.

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