Scouting History

Scouting History in the Heart of America Council - June 2016

by Andy Dubill, Council Historian

An Early Visitor's Day at Camp in Elk Springs

The second issue of The Mid-West Boy Scout had a couple of reminders as the date to finalize payments for camp was fast approaching. Scout Executive A.J. Palmer reminded readers that boys not registered by six o’clock Thursday, August 5th would be unable to go to the Third Annual Summer Camp at Elk Springs that summer – the year was 1915. Once the advance baggage car left for camp, no additional equipment would be accepted from dilatory Scouts.

Palmer announced that since this would be the best camp ever for Scouts, Sunday, August 22nd had been designated as “Visitors Day” and everyone was welcome to visit the camp and see how the Scouts were trained and how they benefited from their camp experiences. In those days, if a family was able to come to camp for Visitor's Day, they took the train from Kansas City to Elk Springs and returned later that day. Visitor's Day was a full day in the early days of Scouting.

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