Scouting History

Scouting History in the Heart of America Council — April 2014

by Andy Dubill, Council Historian

Fundraising Pays the Way to 1915 Summer Camp in Elk Springs 

Families in the early days of Scouting did not have a lot of disposable income to send their sons to camp. But in 1915, there were two ways Scouts could attend summer camp with a little extra effort. 

The first was by saving the carton tops of Aunt Mary’s Loaf Cake, a popular food product of the time. Sixteen Scouts would go to camp free thanks to Aunt Mary. The boy bringing in the most carton tops with Aunt Mary’s picture would receive a free round trip ticket on the train to Elk Springs, entrance fee to camp, and $2 cash for spending money. The next five boys would be given round trip tickets to camp and the entrance fee and the next ten would be given round trip tickets to camp. 

Bunting-Stone Hardware, located at 8th and Walnut, also reminded Scouts that one Scout from Troop 17 sold enough fly-swatters in two days in 1914 to pay his way to camp as well as his camp expenses. Scouts were instructed to come in and see Mr. W.M. Bunting for the particulars on this opportunity. The supply of swatters was limited and the time was short, so if they wanted to have a way to pay for camp they had to act quickly. 

If you have Scouting history questions or suggestions for future articles, please email Andy Dubill at adubill@aol.com.