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Tasty tidbits from the April club meeting on “Scouts and Scouting”

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on April 21, 2016

Ann Waidelich spoke first about Boy Scouts, then continued with Girl Scout history, during our  April meeting.

A BoyScout Trek Wagon was one of the items that spurred discussion of hikes and camp-outs among attendees. The Club is hoping to find a better photo of this one, shown in a newspaper clipping. The wagon was loaded with emergency equipment, camp kitchen, and foodstuffs.

BS Trek wagon cropped

It may have been made by the scouts, or purchased from a firm like the Buffalo Sled Company, which advertised in “Boys Life,” the magazine of boy scouting, in 1912-1915.

1915_06 Boys Life trek wagon

Either way, it must have been a chore for six boys to pull its 2,000 pounds when fully loaded!

Ken DePrey shared this: “One special memory I had was when our troop (32, East Side Business Men’s Association) would hike up to Little Green Lake each year. We would haul all of our supplies and camping equipment by wagon and hike the entire distance (70 miles) by foot.”

Lots of scout memorabilia was on display at the meeting, including an impressive patch jacket (modeled here by Joe Rossmeisl, leader of Boy Scout Troop 34) represents 40 years of scouting by Gene Eagan.

scout memorabilia-Joe Corry

Former Scoutmaster Joe Corry examines memorabilia at the April 2016 meeting.

scout jacket Joe Rossmeisel-front

Joe Rossmeisl models Gene Eagan’s patch jacket.

scout jacket Joe Rossmeisel

Joe Rossmeisl models Gene Eagan’s patch jacket.

Homemade Girl Scout cookies baked from the recipe used by the Strand Bakery back when the cookies were made locally (ca. 1929-1951) were enjoyed by the several dozen attendees. Near the meeting’s close, Girl Scouts from a local troop showed up with today’s very delicious varieties for sale. girl scouts with cookies



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