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80 THE ORIOLE duly registered and the troop duly chartered; but, a few weeks thereafter the Scoutmaster made application to enter an officers’ training camp and necessarily severed his connection with this troop. In the few weeks that Mr. Ham had charge of these Scouts excellent work was done, but his departure was a death blow to the troop. Rev. L. C. Dickerson succeeded Mr. Eckman as Scout- master of Troop No. 2, assuming the duties thereof in October 1918. Thereafter these scouts successively had as their meet- ing places, for periods of time varying in duration, the Baptist Church, a down-town club room, and finally a room in the High School building, at which place the three troops now extant have their in-door meetings. As is indicated by the place of meeting, scouting in Pulaski is more closely affiliated with the public schools than any other institution; and, although the troops are nominally independent, they might properly be called school troops. To enter into the details of this the last period of local Scout history would ’unnecessarily weary those sufficiently in- terested in Pulaski scouting to peruse these paragraphs; and consequently a summary of what has been accomplished will suffice. From the one troop of 25 members have issued forth two additional troops, Nos. 4 and 5, with a total enrollment in all three troops of — — ; instead of one Scoutmaster with no assistant, there are now three Scoutmasters and two assistants; on the first of last January the National Council chartered a local second-class council, constituted by representative citi- zens of Pulaski, to supervise and to provide for scouting in this community; whereas, previously the summer camp had always been a temporary location, in the spring of 1921 the Rotary Club erected and gave to the Scout Council a splendid cabin, which, with a capacity of 100, is used as dining room and kitchen; the interest of the community in scouting is manifested, not only by the Rotarians’ gift, but also by the fact that the Scout Council has decided to give every Scout in good standing, one week in camp this summer without charge; of the number of first-class Scouts now there is no end, not a few have merit badges, two are Veteran Scouts, one is a Star Scout and one was recently awarded the Eagle badge. Such, briefly, is a history of scouting in Pulaski. The humorous things that have happened among these Scouts would, in themselves, afford material for a lengthy essay. The “good turns” done would fill a great volume. A record of
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THE ORIOLE 79 Historical Sketch of Scouting in Pulaski “One-two-three-four, one-two-three-four, left-left-left, troop right, march. " O, glory, see those Pulaski Scouts, clad in khaki, faces tanned and smiling, as erect in carriage and elastic in step, they file past with beating drums and flying colors. A long time that, for they began coming ten years ago and the end of the column is not yet in sight. In the summer of 1912, two years after the National Boy Fcout movement was launched, Mr. Sam Hurst, then a resi- dent ot Pulaski, invited all boys of scout age in the town to meet with him for the purpose of forming a local troop. Shortly afterwards a full troop of four patrols was duly organized and chartered. These first Scouts of Pulaski went on many hikes and did some camping; however, within a year interest began to wane and ere another twelve months elapsed the organiza- tion had practically disintegrated. Nevertheless a start had been made; good seed had been sown; a splendid boys’ program had been introduced to the community. Troop No. 2 was chartered, in October, 1914, with Mr. Hensel Eckman as Scoutmaster. This body of Scouts was purposely limited by the leader to two patrols only, so that in- tensive work might be done. In the beginning, this was a church troop, originating in the Presbyterian Church, constitu- ted by boys of that congrega tion, and meeting regularly in their house of worship. Later, however, upon application, boys of other denominations were received into the organization and it became an independent troop. Mr. Eckman continued as Scoutmaster of this troop until September 15, 1918, at which time he changed his place of resi- dence to New York City. During this period these Scouts did much hiking, went on a troop camping trip each summer (the favorite site being Foster Falls), and made commendable pro- gress in scoutcraft. While during this time no merit badges were awarded, a few of the boys became first-class Scouts. In the meantime, although Troop No. 2 had absorbed much of the material of Troop No. 1, which disbanded before the or- ganization of No. 2, it became evident in the spring of 1917 that there was an urgent need for two troops in the community. Upon being approached concerning the matter, Mr. Richard Ham consented to form Troop No 3. Fifteen candidates were
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THE ORIOLE 81 cigarettes left unlighted and the manhood preserved has been given no place in this sketch. When in a reminiscent mood, one “of the old guard” in- hales again of the rare atmosphere of Mt. Mitchell, hears the roar of Linville Ealls, is made drowsy by the sound of rain pattering on his tent, sits down once more to break bread at the foot of Grandfather’s Mountain with a grand-nephew of Daniel Boone, feels his blood tingle with delightful excitement as he retraces a trail followed in the dead of night through mountains filled with bears. But, scouting in Pulaski is too young to reminisce. It must look to the future. As Scouts become more numerous, the dis- cipline must not be relaxed nor the standard lowered. For- ever, in this community, may the Scout badge retain its sig- nificance, and may an unworthy person never be allowed to wear it. L. C. Dickerson, Scout Commissioner.
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