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50,000 Boy Scouts March On New York

That’s 50,000 Boy Scouts at the 1939 World’s Fair. As many of you know I am a Scout leader. I love to find bits of Scouting history and share them with my readers. I know of no better leadership program for America’s youth than the Scouting program.

This is a rare, color movie of Troop One, Flushing, New York, at the 1939 World’s Fair, escorting “Uncle Dan” Beard. Beard, ever the showman, was wearing an all-white Scout uniform with his National Scout Commissioner insignia. Ernest Martin, an early Scout professional, is with Uncle Dan. Other figures appearing in this clip are Dr. James E. West, Chief Scout Executive and J. Edgar Hoover, Chief of the F.B.I.


3 Responses to “50,000 Boy Scouts March On New York”

  1. MGunz says:

    A few weeks before 9/11 there was a Boy Scout Jamboree (or some type of get together) in NYC. My family and I were at the WTC and it was packed with Boy Scouts. I’ve often had nightmares about if the attack came when all those kids (and us) were in the towers. Can’t help thinking about that day when ever I see a Scout. I hope they get all their current issues worked it, its a great organization.

    • SSD says:

      As a Scout leader, nothing has changed. We are still the century old organization dedicated to helping young people become great adults.

  2. Jason says:

    That’s incredible….you know I never knew who Dan Beard was, I just remembered the introductory program at Scout camp for first years was called Dan Beard and got you up to speed on all your basic skills. This is great, thanks for the info.