McLoud Historical Society collects artifacts to display the history of Scouting programs

The McLoud Historical Society is in the process of completing its record to compose Scouting programs from McLoud historically to the present day. This kit will include uniforms, pins, hats, camping gear and memorabilia from Scouts and Cubs in the McLoud area.

For this effort, the McLoud Historical Society would appreciate local contributions and updates on Scouting in McLoud as well as memorabilia donations to fill the display case. This includes the Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scout programs.

In kicking off this case event, McLoud Cub Scouts, led by Jessica Duncan, set two dates to focus on energizing a local pack of Cub Scouts. The pack will be hosting a free family night on Friday, April 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the McLoud Masonic Lodge. Anyone interested in Cubs is welcome to attend. On April 29, McLoud Cub Scout Pack 477 will hold a knighting ceremony from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the McLoud Historical Society.

Troop 477 formed in McLoud, but the exact date is not known at this time. A limited list of McLoud Eagle Scouts, the highest honor a young man can qualify for in the Boy Scouts of America, from 1931 to 1978 are the following members of Troop 477: Robert H. Rooker (1948); Jon Barrett, Howard B “Jack” Lisle, (1961); Jimmy Cooper, Gary Godwin, Jimmy Shannon, Larry Stacy (1963). The local scout leader of Troop 477 was Howard Lisle. According to longtime McLoud resident Melvin Hood, a Harrah’s student, LeVon Melton was also a member of Troop 477 which earned its Eagle Scout recognition. It was reported in the 1960s that McLoud, Oklahoma Boy Scout Troop 477 had more Scouts achieving Eagle status than any troop in the United States. Confirmation of this is currently being sought.

In an article on page 98 in History of Pottawatomie County titled “The History of The Boy Scout Council” by Pat Tabor, “the first class council was formed in Shawnee in 1919. In 1922 the name was changed to Pottawatomie County Council and when the jurisdiction was extended in 1927 the name was changed to Canadian Valley Council.The council merged in 1947 with the Last Frontier Council.

The Boy Scouts were started in 1910 by British Army Colonel Robert Baden-Powell. In 1914 he announced a junior section of the program for 8–10 year olds, calling it Cub Scouts. The name was adopted from Rudyard Kipling’s classic publication The Jungle Book (1894), which used the terms den and pack.

According to a press release dated May 5, 2009, the first US-founded Boy Scout troop paid tribute as Oklahoma lawmakers unanimously approved concurrent Senate Resolution 24, recognizing the Pawhuska troop as 1909 as the first to be founded in America. Sen. Joe Sweeden is the lead author of SCR 24, The measure was co-authored by Rep. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona. In 2009, the Pawhuska Troupe celebrated its centennial at its Historic Trails Camporee, held in Pawhuska.

To submit personal Scouting stories or information about local leadership and membership in the Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouts, please contact McLoud Historical Society Museum and Heritage Center, 421 W. Broadway, McLoud, or email at [email protected] To bring in donations for the showcase, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays or by appointment.

Derrick A. Anderson