Here on our News page, you can find a variety of articles featuring local news stories regarding Scouting in northwest North Carolina, features on a significant Scout or Scouter showcased in our museum, and much more. Take a look below and remember to check back often…

Feature: Association recognized with Albert Ray Newsome Award

In 2011, the Old Hickory Council, BSA / Camp Raven Knob Historical Association received an honorable mention to the Albert Ray Newsome Award presented by the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies. The award was presented to the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill and the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies is a coalition of societies, associations, and commissions located throughout the state that are dedicated to preserving and promoting history in North Carolina. Albert Ray Newsome served as secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission and as professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was a strong advocate for the study and preservation of local history. The Albert Ray Newsome Award was named in his honor to recognize outstanding achievements in preserving local history by member organizations. The Old Hickory Council, BSA / Camp Raven Knob Historical Association is a member organization of the Federation.

To see other award recipients and information about the Federation, check out this link (Federation of NC Historical Societies: Newsome Award).


Feature: Willard Gayheart, Pencil Artist – New Book with Image of “Raven Knob” Print

In 2004, Willard Gayheart of Woodlawn, Virginia was commissioned by Challie Minton to draw a pencil sketch featuring a prominent scene at Camp Raven Knob. The print, entitled Raven Knob, was completed in 2004 in time to commemorate Camp Raven Knob’s 50th Anniversary in 2005.

A new book, entitled New Art by Willard Gayheart, by Donia E. Eley has been published by McFarland & Company. This book is a portfolio of 87 drawings by the Appalachian pencil artist dating from the early 1970s to the present. The book features information about each drawing taken from interviews with Gayheart and art owners who commissioned him. Additionally, the book contains information about his life and music and where his art can be found in the region.

Willard Gayheart is a gifted pencil artist, songwriter and musician. He owns an art and frame shop, The Front Porch Gallery, in Woodlawn, Virginia, and divides his time between music and drawing.

Willard Gayheart - New Book Cover

For a copy of the book, see McFarland & Company Publishers (click here).


2014 Association Executive Committee Officers

At the Historical Association’s Annual Meeting on December 10, 2013 the following individuals were elected to serve on the Executive Committee:

Executive Committee Position #5 (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2019): Ken Badgett, Dobson, NC
Executive Committee Position #8 (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2019): Dave Whitfield, Mount Airy, NC

President: Arvil Sale, Boone, NC
Vice-President: Bruce Bradley, Winston-Salem, NC
Secretary: Lynn Frank, Yadkinville, NC
Treasurer: Bradley Taylor, Clemmons, NC
Librarian: Gray Martin, Pfafftown, NC
Historian: Ken Badgett, Dobson, NC

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Feature: Dr. Stanley A. Harris, Sr.

Stanley Harris Photo by Paul Parker, New York, NY, circa 1950

Dr. Stanley A. Harris, Sr.
(Born October 31, 1882 – Died August 13, 1976)
National Director, Interracial Service, Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

Dr. Stanley A. Harris, Sr., was the institutional face of interracial relations for the Boy Scouts of America from the day in late 1926 that he accepted the new position of director of the organization’s Interracial Service until his retirement on December 31, 1947.

After birth and a brief stay in college in east Tennessee, with a childhood in what is now Avery County (Montezuma, North Carolina) in between, Stanley Harris moved to Kentucky where he eventually became the general secretary of the Frankfort YMCA and aware of the Boy Scout program in Great Britain.  He was given an adult commission by the British Scout Association in 1908 – two years before the organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1910 – to lead his Scout troop in Frankfort.  He became a scoutmaster in the BSA at its founding.  Harris was registered as a BSA professional or volunteer in Kentucky, New York, or North Carolina until his death in 1976 – for sixty-seven years.

Through YMCA work and Boy Scout volunteerism in Kentucky from 1908 until 1917, he became familiar with associational management and with the needs of black and white youth. In late 1926, Harris became the director of the Boy Scouts of America’s Interracial Service; then, he spent more than twenty years convincing local Boy Scout councils to organize troops for African American boys, training adult African American Scout leaders, raising funds to employ African American professional staff, and coordinating the purchase and the operation of camping facilities for African American Scouts.  Among his most important recognitions were receiving an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Tuskegee Institute in 1942 and having Camp Stanley Harris near Greenville, South Carolina, named in his honor circa 1955.

Stanley Harris maintained a permanent home in the Boone, North Carolina, area beginning in the 1920s.  His wife, Mary, and their two children lived there while he traveled to his office in New York and throughout the United States. After retirement from national Boy Scout service, Harris immersed himself in the civic life of Boone (Watauga County), North Carolina – Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Watauga County United Fund, Watauga Hospital, Boone United Methodist Church, Southern Appalachian Historical Association, etc.

In October 2009, the Association submitted an application for a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker for Dr. Harris to be located in Boone, near Harris’ former home on West Queen Street. The application was later approved and a dedication ceremony was held in Boone on November 20, 2010 with many Scouts, Scouters, and community members in attendance.


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