The Diamond Jubilee of the First African-American Eagle Scout in Stonewall Jackson Area Council

by Ray Ezell, Virginia Headwaters Council Historian **RECENTLY SELECTED BY FEEDSPOT AS ONE OF THE TOP 35 AMERICAN HISTORY BLOGS ON THE WEB AT HTTPS://BLOG.FEEDSPOT.COM/AMERICAN_HISTORY_BLOGS/** Seventy-five years ago, the first award of the Eagle Scout rank in the Stonewall Jackson Area Council (now Virginia Headwaters Council) to a black Boy Scout occurred in the fall of 1947 to… Read More The Diamond Jubilee of the First African-American Eagle Scout in Stonewall Jackson Area Council

Review of Eagle Scouts in Orange County, Virginia, 1934-1970

by Ray Ezell, Virginia Headwaters Council Historian **Recently selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 35 American History Blogs on the web at https://blog.feedspot.com/american_history_blogs/** This blog began in 2019 with a focus on Scouting history in Orange County, Virginia, and its surroundings. It would not be complete without attention being duly given to the Eagle Scouts… Read More Review of Eagle Scouts in Orange County, Virginia, 1934-1970

Boy Scouting in Gordonsville, Virginia, 1914-1931

by Ray Ezell, Virginia Headwaters Council Historian The Boy Scout movement was incorporated quickly after 1910 in the urban centers of Virginia’s Commonwealth (e.g., Staunton-1911; Richmond-1913; Charlottesville-1914; Newport News-1913; and Petersburg-1914, to name a few). Likewise Scouting in the rural towns and counties of Virginia also quickly developed a strong foothold within a few years… Read More Boy Scouting in Gordonsville, Virginia, 1914-1931

Central Virginia Boy Scouts Answer the Call to Colors, 1917-1918

by Ray Ezell, Virginia Headwaters Council Historian Leaders and youth of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are widely known for providing praiseworthy service on America’s homefront during the years that the United States was involved in the Great War (a.k.a. World War I), during 1917-1918. However both boy scouts and adult leaders also answered… Read More Central Virginia Boy Scouts Answer the Call to Colors, 1917-1918

Boy Scouting Begins in Waynesboro, Virginia

by Ray Ezell, Virginia Headwaters Council Historian and Asst. Southern Region-Area 7 Commissioner Within a few years after the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1910, the Scouting movement rapidly took hold in Waynesboro and the adjacent Basic City (formerly Waynesboro Junction) in eastern Augusta County. Basic City would, in 1923, be… Read More Boy Scouting Begins in Waynesboro, Virginia

Boy Scouts Counting the Critters and Killing Flies in 1912

by Ray Ezell, Assistant Southern Region-Area 7 Commissioner During the formative years of the Scouting movement, local Boy Scout leaders across the Commonwealth of Virginia (and other regions in which Scouting was active) sought ways to demonstrate the practical utility and benefit of organized troops of boys engaging in widespread community service. One such way… Read More Boy Scouts Counting the Critters and Killing Flies in 1912

From Tenderfoot Scout to “Mr. Scout”

by Ray Ezell, Asst. Southern Region-Area 7 Commissioner This essay presents a brief biographical sketch of John Wilford Fix of Bristol, Tennessee, and later Staunton, Virginia, and how he influenced the young Boy Scouts of American (BSA) organizations in these cities. His volunteer and professional careers in Scouting spanned 43 years, and he made an… Read More From Tenderfoot Scout to “Mr. Scout”