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Waukesha County Museum (in Wisconsin) Hosts BSA 100th Anniversary Exhibit

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Waukesha County Museum (in Wisconsin) Hosts BSA 100th Anniversary Exhibit

Posted on 21 February 2010 by admin

The Waukesha County Museum hosts its largest exhibit ever to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting in America for a limited engagement beginning this week. The exhibit has been developed and installed by the museum staff under the leadership of J. Brock Baxter, a Waukesha scout who made the exhibit his required service project for the Eagle Scout award. Featuring rare objects never before on display in the central United States, the exhibit fills the entire second floor of the museum with hundreds of rare objects and includes a 1970’s campsite diorama and interactive “See and Do” room. Complementing the exhibit is a heavy schedule of programs and events sure to engage young people and adults alike.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky to have museums and collectors from coast to coast, as well as the local scouting community, agree to loan us objects and photographs for the exhibit,” Baxter notes, “The finished exhibit is full of incredibly unique items filling 2,000 square feet of gallery space.”

The 17-year-old Baxter, son of Mike and Melissa Baxter of Waukesha, is a junior at Waukesha West High School and has been a summer counselor at B.S.A. Camp Long Lake in St. Cloud, WI. A self-described “history buff,” Baxter has spent months coordinating the collection of items, researching historical background, and recruiting dozens of volunteers for the project with a constant goal of creating a compelling and educational exhibit for the thousands of expected visitors.

The main gallery features hundreds of objects including a letter signed by the founder of the scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell, during the Boer War’s “Siege at Mafeking” – the 1899-1900 battle that made him famous. One of less than 700 Silver Buffalo medals, the highest national Boy Scout award, is also on display. A number of photographs help tell stories of both local and national interest in a series of ten thematic sections such as “Cub Scouting,” “Scouting in Popular Culture,” and “Controversy and Scouting.”

Museum staff members have planned a special overnight event, the “Centennial Sleepover,” on March 26 for the first 100 youth and adults registered, as well as a performance by Milwaukee’s Mikano Lodge Native American Dance Team on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Details about the exhibit and accompanying programs can be found on the museum’s website: Located at 101 W Main Street in historic downtown Waukesha, the museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., although pre-arranged group tours for evenings and weekends are encouraged. Information can also be obtained by calling the museum at (262) 521-2859.

About the Waukesha County Museum:
The 1893 castle-like structure at East Avenue and Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin is home to the Waukesha County Museum. Originally constructed as the county’s second courthouse, the building is owned and operated by the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

Three floors of exhibits cover such topics as the Civil War, early settlement in the county, architecture, toys from many generations, and technology. The Museum offers educational programs throughout the year including spring and summer camps, Scout programs, and guided tours. The Research Center contains over 28,000 printed documents and over 9,000 photographs for researchers to reference.

The Museum’s 75,000 square foot building is a complex of three structures. The oldest portion is the shell of Waukesha County’s second jail built in 1885, which had been converted to office space in the 1980s. With its stunning turrets, the 1893 Richardson Romanesque courthouse captures the attention of all. Connecting the two older buildings is a 1938 WPA structure, stark by contrast in its Art Moderne/Art Deco style architecture. The building presents an opportunity to discover and contrast architectural details reflecting the culture of the times.

The Waukesha County Museum has been in the same building since its opening in 1914. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1975. The Historical Society purchased the building from Waukesha County in 2003.

The Waukesha County Museum is located at 101 W. Main Street at East Avenue in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Exhibits and the Museum Store are open regularly from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors aged 62 and above, $3 for students aged 6-17 and free for children 5 and under.

For additional information, call (262) 521-2859 or visit

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in New Orleans

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in New Orleans

Posted on 20 February 2010 by admin

BSA Adventure Base 100 was in New Orleans. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout William McCorkle.  William tells his inspirational story.  Proud to be a Scout and mentor to his younger brother, he worked to help rebuild a community center after Hurricane Katrina battered the city.

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Children Get Creative at the Pinewood Derby

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Children Get Creative at the Pinewood Derby

Posted on 19 February 2010 by admin

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Story by Lance Cpl. Courtney White

Cub Scouts line up along the caution tape surrounding the race track while preparing to watch their car compete against other cars for the fastest speed. Chatter fills the room as the scout master puts up two fingers, a move that all of the children mimic. With the signal for everyone to be quiet, the race is ready to begin.

Tri-Command’s Cub Scouts celebrated an annual Pinewood Derby at Galer Elementary School’s cafeteria aboard Laurel Bay, Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Pinewood Derby is a race that Cub Scouts participate in yearly after building their own race car with their personal, unique style, using materials given to them.

“This is a great opportunity for the children to build something useful with very few materials,” said Maj. Charles Bercier, the scout master for pack 283. “The main focus of these activities is to get the families involved in their child’s life and to teach the children different skills.”

The 60 Cub Scouts who participated ranged from first through fifth grade. Each child was given a block of wood and materials needed to build a wooden car no heavier than five ounces.

A wide variety of creative pinewood cars were raced showing each child’s uniqueness. Some children cut their car for a sleek design while others maintained a box-shaped car, and each car was painted differently. Some children painted military-style cars, a plain favorite color or a motivational character such as Cubby, the scout mascot.

The cubs are given about a month to complete their box car during Cub Scout meetings and at home with the assistance of their family. There were various rules and restrictions on the car such as the car could not be longer than seven inches, the wood provided in the kit had to have been used and wheel bearings, washers and bushings were prohibited.

“We had a difficult time getting my car to be at the right weight, but it was still fun building it,” said Joshua Fuson, the Cub Scout who won first place in speed. “My favorite part of the derby was seeing everyone’s cool car. I’m looking forward to next year’s derby.”

The Cub Scouts have been a part of the Tri-Command Community since the 1970s, offering a chance for the children to learn a wide variety of skills.

“Cub scouting is a great family program that gets the children off of the couch and away from electronics,” Bercier said.

The children competed for first second and third place in categories for both the speed of the car and the most creative design. However, all Cub Scouts received a certificate and patch for participating.

Each box car raced in all four lanes offering the Cub Scouts a chance to watch their car compete multiple times. After the race was completed, all of the scores were added together to give a fair score.

“Once the children have participated in one derby, they become much more excited about the next one and how they can improve their car,” said Amy Albert, a Cub Scout parent. “The children always improve over the years, and the changes are visible as their imagination grows.”

The Cub Scouts will continue to work together and host more events such as the upcoming Blue and Gold Banquet which will give the children a chance to get together.

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