Scouting History

Scouting History in the Heart of America Council - February 2015

by Andy Dubill, Council Historian


H. Roe Bartle’s Philosophy on Camping​ 

After visiting Camp Dan Sayre in Noel, Missouri, new Scout Executive H.Roe Bartle quickly realized that he needed something more interesting and different to retain older Scouts. One of the keys to keeping younger Scouts entering the program was to keep the older role models interested in Scouting. The younger "soon-to-be" Scouts looked up to the older boys in school and church and followed along their path. The Kansas City Council had camped at Noel, Missouri for several years and the novelty was beginning to wear off.

Bartle was quoted in the 1929 summer edition of the Kansas City Scout as saying “I can’t look on a fellow as a true Scout unless he knows how to look after himself in the woods, can hump his pack, can find his way, can build his shack, can cook his grub, and can take his full share of work with the rest of the bunch - with always a smile and never a grouch.”

The council was experimenting with a number of camps to allow the Scout to accomplish all of this in 1929.
In 1929, the council offered the following camp experiences for older Scouts:

▶ Camp Roosevelt in Benedict, Kansas for older Scouts
▶ Rotary Camp in Lee Summit, Missouri for African American Scouts
▶ Camp Keane at Bean Lake, Missouri for Sea Scouts
▶ Camp Swinney in Stover, Missouri for employed Scouts

Bartle would soon seek another alternative for the 1930 summer camp season to solve the council’s summer camp issues.

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<---Rare sash with Session 1 and Session 2 Camp Dan Sayre
patches, Outpost patch, Camp Troop One and Two patches,
Camp Roosevelt Patch, Honor Scout — 1929 and Satisfactory
Scout 1928 patches, Camp Swinney patch, Honor Troop 1929 and
“Four-M” Honor Camping Society 1928 patch.