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.