Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hugh M. Collins, Troop 1 Scout (1947-1951)

A box of Scout memorabilia donated to our Troop 1 BSA Unadilla Boy Scout Museum recently at first glance didn’t hold much of interest. The short inventory included two Cub Scout membership cards (1947-1949), a stamped metal Cub Scout neckerchief slide and another leather neckerchief slide embossed B.S.A. CRUMHORN MOUNTAIN 1950. Three Boy Scout membership cards (1949-1951), a
Handbook for Boys (fifth edition-June 1948)—all spoke of the typical stuff of a young boy’s hike along the Trail of Scouting in the late 1940s and 1950s. Two boys’ novels, The Banner Scouts On A Tour by “Professor” George Warren and The Boy Scouts in Camp by George Dunston, silently spoke of his reading interests. A 1950s-style aluminum cook kit, a knife-fork-spoon set stamped “stainless steel and a little aluminum B.S.A. Bantam Lite mini-flashlight were all indicative of his personal camping gear of the time.

We were somewhat puzzled by a painted tuna-fish can and wood handle “liberty torch” until we remembered the National BSA theme in 1950 was "Strengthen The Arm of Liberty” This item might have been a handmade prop for a den skit at a pack meeting.

The box also contained Hugh’s 1948 Certificate of Completion in the Unadilla 4H Rotary Poultry Club for raising poultry, a pair of tickets for the 1950 New Mexico vs. Army game at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and two little carved wooden plaques—one of a duck and the other of what might be a cowboy hat.

The rank and membership cards, the handbook, and many oft he other items are marked “Hugh N. Collins, 34 Fellows Street, Unadilla, NY, Troop #1.” A check of the Troop 1 Book of Names shows Hugh first joined the troop in 1949 (after two years as a Cub Scout in Pack 1) when his father Ernest M. Collins became the Scoutmaster (and explains why a small folder with a card detailing “The Scoutmaster’s Job” was also found in the box.) Hugh continued with the troop through 1951 when he reached 2nd class. But his father was replaced as Scoutmaster that year by Arthur Sommers, who was Assistant Scoutmaster the previous year. Hugh and his father does not appear in Troop 1 records after 1951.

The vast bulk of Scouting items, like most of Hugh’s items, exist to recognize a Scout for his accomplishments in Scoutcraft, to engender feelings of kinship with other Scouts similarly outfitted, and to assist in the practice of his or her Scouting. Everything pertaining to Scouting can be collected—cloth and metal insignia, uniforms and awards, and extends to handbooks and advancement pamphlets, postage stamps, magazines, camping equipment issued by a national Scout organization, photographs, coffee mugs, and other items—but we think the items that tell a story the more interesting.

Our museum houses and displays Scouting items that chronicle the hundred year story of Scouting in Unadilla to the members of our troop and preserve our legacy for museum visitors in the future. None of Hugh’s items are especially valuable as collectibles, but in the story they tell of one young Unadilla Scout’s experience in America’s Centennial Boy Scout Troop,” they are invaluable.

Our thanks go to Carl Staff and his wife for donating Hugh Collins’ Scout items to the Unadilla Troop 1 Museum.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Scoutmaster Doug Campbell Checks In...

Douglas Campbell, Scoutmaster 1978-1979

Hello, my name is Doug Campbell. I met you in association with Troop 1 in the late Seventies. I was a fill-in Scoutmaster and assistant SM for a few years with Troop 1. I also was an Eagle Scout (1971) through the troop. I have been told by my parents and my brother that Troop 1 is planning a special celebration this year, the big 100 !!
I still have in my possession my Eagle Badge, patch collection, neckerchief collection and some older BSA memorabilia that I would be happy to part with for a good cause. I now live in Conesus NY (near Geneseo) and come back home from time to time. Can you give me someone to get in touch with about this summer's plans? Thanx for your time. Doug

Doug, welcome back to the fold! I was the Scoutmaster that was recruited by Al Clune to take your place when I arrived back in Unadilla in the fall of 1979. I still remember the Dutch oven stew you cooked for the troop one meeting night to help illustrate camp cooking. Here's an upcoming event you might like to be a part of:

As a defacto member of the Troop 1 Lyon Patrol Alumni Association, I want to give you first opportunity to attend a once-in-a-century event, the Centennial Alumni Banquet, held in conjunction with the NYS Encampment on the week-end of May 14-16, 2010. Banquet goers will get a special pre-opening look at the new exhibit, "100 Years of Scouting in Unadilla" being installed in the Community Center (former Masonic Temple) and meet President Teddy Roosevelt (a "bully" fan of Scouts and last seen in Unadilla in 1910.)

We have a home for your badges and memorabilia in the exhibits. If you would like to make a donation of those items, the Unadilla Historical Association can help you with the listings and forms.

Be sure to check out the Troop's history blogsite: and
the Lyon Patrol Report (Troop 1 Alumni) blogspot: http//

Donald Tuttle, Lyon Patrol Leader
Troop 1 BSA Unadilla NY

Monday, December 7, 2009

William H. Bauer

UNADILLA -- William H. Bauer passed away unexpectedly at his home Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at the age of 75.

Bill was born Nov. 20, 1934, in Adams, Mass., but spent most of his childhood in Unadilla. After graduating from Unadilla Central School in 1952, Bill attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, where he earned a BS degree in engineering and was a member of the Phi Mu Delta and Alpha Phi Omega National Service fraternities. Bill received his Master Degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. Bill lived in numerous locations across the United States during his 32 years of employment as a geologist with Standard Oil which became Amoco.

Upon his retirement, Bill returned to his childhood home in Otsego County.

Bill was predeceased by his father, William S. Bauer, and mother, Alida Clark Bauer. He is survived by first cousin, Chloe F. Martin of San Mateo, Calif., and first cousins once removed, Emily Walker of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Charles Martin of Paso Robles, Calif., and Raymond Freeman of Boston Mass.

Bill began collecting stamps as a youth and he continued to pursue Philately passionately throughout his life. Bill was actively involved in the American Philatelic Society for over 35 years and served in many capacities including president from 1981 to 1983. Bill was a founding member and Vooys Fellow of the American Philatelic Research Library and served as trustee for over 12 years.

In 1987, he received the Luff Award, the highest honor given by the APS to living collectors. Bill was among the original group of nationally accredited judges in 1971. Bill traveled throughout the world judging local, national and international stamp exhibits. While pursuing his interest in Colorado postal history he became a founding supporter of the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library and the Colorado Postal History Society.

With dear friends, Jim Ozment and Jack Willard, Bill collaborated in publishing a definitive book on the Post Offices of Colorado in 1971, and a second edition in 1989. At the time of his passing, Bill had nearly completed work on an exhaustive history of Colorado Postal system, the culmination of countless trips to past and present post office sites throughout the state.

Upon his retirement in Unadilla, Bill became highly involved in the community. Bill is a past president and Paul Harris Fellow in the Unadilla Rotary Club and served as secretary at the time of his passing. He was a founding member of the Unadilla Historical Association and was an Eagle Scout and senior member of Unadilla Boy Scout Troop No. 1. Bill was also a member of the Tri-County Stamp Club of Sidney, the New York State Historical Society, and the Otsego County Historical Association.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at the Unadilla Community Center, 246 Main St., Unadilla.

There will be no calling hours.

A private burial will be held in the Sand Hill Cemetery in Unadilla.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to the American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823-1367, the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library, 2038 South Pontiac Way, Denver, CO 80224, or the Unadilla Historical Association, P.O. Box 808, Unadilla, NY 13849.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Reconnect With Scouting

Remember growing up . . . you were proud to be a Boy Scout. With each Scout rank advancement came new challenges, new adventures, and many times, new friends to share your experiences with.

As a BSA alumni, former Boy Scouts and volunteers now share memories that will last forever. Do you remember the smell of wood smoke and great food sitting by the fire at the Boy Scout camp? How about half cooked/half burnt food and a wet sleeping bag?

Even better still were all the great hiking, fishing and swimming trips that Scouting introduced you to. Remember all the neat wildlife you tracked and learned about? Maybe you might remember the time the wildlife tracked your Boy Scout troop instead?

No one ever remembers those BSA campouts when everything went smoothly and the weather was perfect.

  • Search for Scouting friends and mentors
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  • Submit a story or photo to the online scrapbook
  • Nominate your Scouting mentor for the National Hall of Leadership
  • Find out about volunteer opportunities
  • Make donations that directly benefit the council you grew up in

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

BSA & Boy Scouts Historical Photos by Pyromomma

Baden Powell started it all in 1907 with "Scouting for Boys". In 1910 the Boy Scouts movement came to the US. This is a collection of different photos and scans, some from archives, some from my personal collection, says compiler Pyromomma. Enjoy. Your Lyon Patrol Leader has seen this and it is an excellent slide show with great background music. Click the link below to go watch it!

Monday, May 25, 2009



174 Co. Hwy #3
PO BOX 548

1. 1910 COLLAR BRASS: BSA-1, UNADILLA. This set of gold-plated “collar brass” duplicates the original insignia Rev. Yale Lyon and his boys wore on their military-style uniforms in 1910. Limited edition; only 100 sets are made for the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouting in America. $20/set

2. 1910 TROOP 1 BSA CENTENNIAL NECKERCHIEF. Although Scouts didn’t wear neckerchiefs with their uniform in 1910, a dark red square neckerchief was available in the supply catalog as early as 1911. (During WW1 Scouts divided the square neckerchief into two triangles to save on war material.) Our 2010 version comes with the troop’s British-style logo embroidered on one corner. Limited edition; only 100 neckerchiefs will be made for the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouting in America.
NOW IN STOCK AS OF JUNE 1, 2009! ............... $18.00 ea.

3. 1910 TROOP 1 BSA CENTENNIAL EMBLEM. Modern embroidery technology meets traditional emblem design! This 3 ½” laser-cut peel-and-stick emblem features Troop 1’s British-style logo in white and red embroidery.
Limited edition, only 100 made............................. $5.00 ea.

4. 1910 UNIFORM BUTTON LAPEL PIN. A gold-plated 1910 uniform button reproduced as a lapel-pin. Made for us by the Waterbury Button Company, the original supplier of Boy Scout uniform buttons in 1910, these unique button-pins are struck from the original dies.

COMING SOON: Hiking medallions, watch fobs, neckerchief slides, etc. Check our blogsite for availability. All proceeds go directly to support troop operations and upcoming centennial events. Email or download form, complete and mail with check.