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I received this picture earlier this week of a Group of Boy Scouts from Olathe attending the 1953 National Jamboree held at the Irvine Ranch in California. The picture was used in an Olathe, Kansas newspaper, possibly the Olathe Mirror. The caption notes that all of the Scouts are from Olathe with the exception of a few noted below.

Scouts Attending the 1953 National Jamboree

Group portrait of Scouts from Olathe, Gardner, and Lenexa, Kansas before their trip to the 1953 National Jamboree. Top row, L to R: 1) Jim Silvers, 2) Bob Starrett, 3) Bob McCreary, 4) Hugh Bruner, Jr.; second row from top: 1) Jerry Bush, 2) Harry Roth, 3) Ron Bonjour (Lenexa, KS); third row from top: 1) Howard Hougland, 2) Roger Kaster, 3) Jim Kean; fourth row from top: 1) Thomen Reece (Gardner, KS), 2) Don Catlin; front row: 1) Tom Rendleman, 2) Bruce Burns, 3) Stanton Shopmaker, 4) Norb Garrett.

An interesting note: Two newspaper clippings I received noted that Norb Garrett (shown in the front row at the far right) sustained a head injury while participating in a hike at the Jamboree. The article states that he suffered a slight concussion after hitting his head on a stone. Following his injury, his parents traveled to California to be with their son.

Thanks to Gene T. for sharing this information.

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A few weeks ago I posted about some images on www.jocohistory.org that I found of Scouts from the Kansas School from the Deaf. I did a little more searching of the site and turned up this image:

Troop 86, Olathe, Kansas - 1950 National Jamboree Attendees - Photo Credit: Olathe Public Library

The description of the photo states, “Group portrait of Boy Scout troop 86 before its trip to Scout Jamboree 1950. Back row, L to R: Howard Hougland, Harry Roth, Roger Kaster, Ron Bonjour, Jim Silvers, Sealy Lamb; front row, L to R: 1) Stan Roth, 2) Ivan Wicke, 3) ???? 4) Claude Kean, and 5) Park McGee.”

UPDATE:  If you recognize the person pictured 3rd from the left in the first row, please contact me at broadkawvalley at gmail dot com.

I communicated with the son of one of the boys pictured and he confirmed that his dad attended the Jamboree as a scout. 

My list of Jamboree items continues to grow – if you have anything to share, please feel free to contact me.  broadkawvalley at gmail dot com.

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I stumbled on an interesting collection of photographs hosted by the Johnson County (Kansas) Museum.  One of the collections includes several images of Troop 87 from Olathe, Kansas.  Troop 87 was affiliated with the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, but disbanded in the 1980s based on a February 2010 article in the Olathe Daily News.  Based on the photos on the website, Troop 87 was quite active including visits to Philmont and Region 10’s Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base.  Here are some samples (All Photos Credit:  Kansas State School for the Deaf.):

Troop 87 at Charles L Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base (date unknown)

Troop 87 Departing for Philmont (date unknown)

Troop 87 Group Photo - portions of "Olathe" and "Kaw Council" text visible at right.

On another note, if you have any information about this 1965 Deaf Camporee patch, please contact me.

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I picked these two pictures up in a trade a while back.  They are 1984 and 1985 troop photos from Troop 86 of Olathe, Kansas – a few years before I joined in 1989.  I recognize a few of the faces that were still around when I started with the troop.   When I was a camper, instead of individual troop photos, we took one photo for all troops at the session while seated in the council ring.  I’ll try to dig some of those up.

Troop 86 - Camp Naish 1984

Troop 86 - Camp Naish 1985

Now if I could only find one of those white shirts with red ringers!

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I recently felt the urge to find my Eagle Scout neckerchief…and when I did I also found my dad’s and my brother’s.  There are all sorts of Eagle Scout neckerchiefs out there ranging from BSA National-issue to homemade.  The three neckerchiefs shown below are in between — modifications of standard Troop neckerchiefs.  In each case ribbon has been added to the edge of the neckerchief to add a red, white and blue/Eagle Scout effect.  On the latter two, the words “Eagle Scout” and the year the award was earned is embroidered above the troop logo.  I like the understated look of the neckerchiefs.   In chronological order:

Jack Lewis, 1962, Troop 299, Asbury Methodist Church, Prairie Village Kansas

Eric Lewis, 1988, Troop 86, First United Methodist Church, Olathe, Kansas

Kory Lewis, 1992, Troop 86,First United Methodist Church, Olathe, Kansas

What does your troop use to honor Eagle Scouts?   If you have an Eagle Scout neckerchief from the Kansas City area that you would like to share, send me a picture and any pertinent information (year earned, troop location, Scout’s name) and I’ll post it.

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