Scouting History

Scouting History in the Heart of America Council - October 2015

by Andy Dubill, Council Historian

New Scout Uniforms Arrive in Kansas City

Soon after Scouting’s launch in Kansas City, Gordon & Koppel Clothiers announced that the first eighty sets of uniforms had been received and were being distributed to the lucky Scouts who had placed their orders earlier that month. Each uniform set cost $2.65 and included a hat, shirt, baggy knee trousers and a khaki knapsack. Tenderfoot Scouts would receive a special button to wear on their uniforms until permanent insignia arrived.

Three troops of Scouts were scheduled to wear their uniforms on scheduled hikes in early November of 1910; the first troop hiked from Westport Baptist Church to Merriam, Kansas; the second left from the First Congregational Church bound for Independence, Missouri and the last left the First Congregational Church in Kansas City, Kansas bound for the Quindaro Ruins. People in Kansas City observed the Scouts in their brand new uniforms on their hikes.

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