"IN THE LOOP OF THE OCTORARO BEND"

1988 - 1993

"It all began with the dreams of old,
The Indian Brave and The Pioneer bold.
By campfire light old tales retold,
In the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

Those early Scouts with their campaign hats,
Their pressed wool shirts, their boots and spats.
Rekindled the dream that had gone before,
In the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

They built a camp upon the Mason-Dixon Line
Historic land where values shine
Old Horseshoe your memory will 'er be mine
In the Loop of the Octoraro Bend."

First sung at Camp Horseshoe - June 25, 1988. Words by Kevin Grewell and Vance Hein

1988 There was much to do this summer in the Council. Shortly after the Annual Meeting Scout Executive Richard Bennett was given and accepted a promotion to be the Hawk Mountain Scout Executive. Camp Horseshoe was ready for the Scouts on Sunday for the first week of the new camping season with our new Camp Director, Vance Hein. Bill Hess and "JB" Rettew were busy recruiting Scouts and Scouters to provide Staff for the approaching Polish Jamboree.

Camp this summer offered a unique opportunity. An "Outrider" Camp had been added to the other specialty camps. We had secured the use of a number of horses and had erected a corral near the Lane Farmhouse. For the first time we hired a young lady to handle the equestrian program. This camp and those for Science & Energy, Ecology/Conservation, Aquatics and Eagle Trail were designed with the older Scout in mind. They were well received.

At the Annual Board Meeting at Horseshoe, Bill Hess reported on the progress of the Polish Jamboree and announced that the Camp Inspection team from the Region had given us an "A" rating. Bill complimented Vance Hein for the job he and his Staff were doing in maintaining the traditions of Camp and for the new Outrider Program. Brian Bennett, speaking for Exploring, reported on the new Explorer Executive Collette Krupinski's work and plans for the fall. President Rettew presented Kurt Wolter with the Horseshoe Award for his contribution of a new Camp truck. He also made a presentation of a picture to Dick Bennett and the Board's Resolution thanking him for his inspiring service as our Scout Executive over the past seven years.

This summer we again sent contingents to the Philmont Ranch. A total of 180 Scouts made the trip this year under the fine leadership of Carl Buffington. In addition, Hab Butler reported that the Wood badge Course was full and would need to be rescheduled in light of the Jamboree to start a week later.

The search was on for a new Scout Executive. President Rettew named Hab Butler Chairman of the Search Committee in June to seek Dick Bennett's replacement. He worked with John Hirschi of the Pennsylvania Area. We set priorities for an individual having a strong background in finance and administration combined with a solid Scouting background. Paul Beauregard fit the qualifications. Paul was serving as Field Director in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas, Texas. He is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and had been a Camp Director for two years. Paul also had a strong administrative background. Since he was not to able to come to Chester County until September, in the interim Dave Horton served as the Secretary of the Board.

Camp Horseshoe and Jubilee programs were well-received by the Scouts. Pete Lesley, Kyle Kuhn, Rich Foot, Mike McKinney, Tom Ott and Chris Pilko were among the members of the Staff at Horseshoe. That summer the camp conducted its first "outrider" program for a select number of Scouts. Horses were acquired and a corral set up next to the Lane Farm. From this spot trail rides were taken to various locations in and around the camp. Meanwhile, Dave Mellimger was back again as Camp Director at Camp Ware.

The summer was a challenge for all the Staff because not only was camp full, but preparations had to be made for the approaching Jamboree. Following the regular season most of the Staff at both Camps remained to set-up and provide program and related support to the Polish Jamboree participants. In addition, a service corps of 110 volunteer Scouters and Scouts from the Chester County Council had been recruited and trained to assist in the tremendous undertaking August 14th to the 28th.

"CZU WAJ" echoed through the woods of Camp Horseshoe and Ware in August as 1100 Scouts and leaders of the Polish Scouts in Exile from around the World filled both of our Camps for their 4th International Jamboree for that organization. The term Czu Waj is the Polish equivalent of our Scout Motto and is literally translated to mean "Be Alert." The purpose of the Polish Scouting organization was to keep alive Polish Scouting traditions. Poland during those years was controlled by the Communist party which did not accept the precepts of World Scouting.

The selection of the Horseshoe Reservation was, in part, attributed to its connection with Rising Sun. Their Jamboree song included the mention of Rising Sun and therefore was considered a good omen for them. The female contingents camped at Camp Ware and the young men at Horseshoe.

As reported in the Trail Blazer -

"Included in the agenda for the Jamboree (or Zlot in Polish) were olympic sporting events, campwide field games, orienteering, a talent show, bazaar, stamp and patch trading, an American Indian Show and many evening campfire programs. They were a close-knit group with a great esprit de corps...lots of fine singing...many speeches.

For many of our 110 volunteers and 50 Reservation staff members, this was a truly "unforgettable experience." The sights and sounds of the "Zlot" were memorable and, at times emotional. Few will forget the opening march onto the Horseshoe Parade Field when over 1000 Scouts marched onto the field to the sound of drums, bugles and whistles. Leading the way, the many multi-colored flags of the various international Polish scout groups - the first singing of the Polish Scouting song - the tearful reunion of past jamboree groups on the Horseshoe field. The haunting melodies of the evening campfires and Catholic masses in the pine grove - and finally, that special moment on closing day when each Scouting unit marched passed and saluted the President of the Polish government in exile."

Bill Hess did an exceptional job in coordinating the event and devoting many long hours both in preparation for the Jamboree and at Camp to insure its success. He officially greeted the Jamboree at the Opening Ceremonies and was joined by Council President Rettew. The Commissioners Staff, under Hab Butler's leadership, was always prepared and willing to serve. Many friendships between our service crews and the Polish Scouters were made during the encampment. Even serving for several days at the hectic Trading Post was the Council President's wife, Ellie Rettew along with Sue Crouch and Sue Fisher. Ellie had a great time conversing in Polish with many of the Scouts.

There was a brief problem that had been unanticipated. The weather was hot as only Horseshoe can be in August. The Polish organization had delayed qualifying all their Scouts - boys and girls - for their swim tests. The result was that the showers were in continuous use for the first several days! As Bill Moffet on the service Staff put it: "Oh! Oh! No Water!" Well, thanks to some quick thinking and help from Camp Ranger Roy Cole, Bill and others, a water line was run to a remote well and we soon were filling the tanks at both camps. In the meantime, some restrictions had to be enforced... paper plates for meals and the ladies' hair washing had to be halted briefly.

Rich Johnson, who had arranged for American Indian dancers to perform for the Polish Scouts in the new Campfire Circle, recalls some of the challenges faced by our Staff and the Camp relating to the pool:

"Certain things had been agreed to in advance - the Polish Scouts had to be familiar with the BSA's Safe Swim Defense Plan, they had to have a properly completed medical form and they had to pass swim classification requirements to use the pool. The first two items were problems, they were deficient. It became necessary for the camp doctor to give physicals to most of the 1100 campers. The language barrier created added confusion. It was hot! I was helping at the pool with swim classification. We had wave after wave of Scouts descending upon us...it was tough keeping up! Then, coming down the trail for their swim were elderly senior members of the Polish Scouting group ready to jump in the pool due to the intense summer heat. Of course, they did not have medicals nor were they at all accustomed to needing a swim test. And...they had no intention of lining up for any sort of a check. Through a translator, we were told that they would not swim...and, they turned as a group and began to make their way back up the hill in the exhaustive heat. The Polish doctor asked the lifeguard staff to reconsider in light of the fact that most of these people were wearing tatoo identification numbers from World War II Nazi Germany concentration camps. They would not ever line up for anyone ever again, no matter what the circumstances!...And the rest of the story: a compromise was reached and they were allowed to wade in the shallow end of the pool."

The addition of the new Dining Hall to Camp Ware contributed to the success of the event and helped to better serve the female contingents there. Also, the temporary limited access bridge Roy Cole erected was highly successful in transporting supplies and allowing people to hike between the two camps. The Staff performed well considering that they were worn out from regular Scout camp and still had to shut down Camp Horseshoe and Ware after the Jamboree was over.

As an aside, in looking back on what had transpired during that encampment - what was said by these people and how these young men and women conducted themselves at the event and reacted to what was happening in Poland - one, now, wonders if that Jamboree helped spark the overthrow of Communism in Poland a number of years later.

In September, Paul Beauregard and his wife, Betty Ann, moved to West Chester. A Council reception was given to greet the new arrivals. Paul was quickly into the swing of things. A National "Good Turn" project was planned for November - Scouting For Food - to gather food for the needy. Also, a Bowl-A-Thon event was scheduled to raise money for Cub Packs Scout Troops and the Council. Plans were also made for sending five troops from the Council to the 1989 National Jamboree. The Jamboree, that year would also include an Explorer Sub Camp.

The Wood Badge training Course went well at Camp Ware under Hab Butler's fine guidance. Even the Council President was a candidate this year and was elected at the conclusion of the session as the Senior Patrol Leader of the NE-V-105 Course.

There was considerable discussion this fall about the financial condition of the Council at that point and the need to take action. A Finance Committee was formed to make recommendations to the Board's Executive Committee. After much discussion, a motion was approved by the Board to take a loan from the bank under specified terms and that it would be subject to Board review at a later date. The need had been created as a result of not raising enough money through the earlier Capital and SME campaigns and the fact that the United Ways' contributions, percentage wise, were lower for Chester County than expected and that of the national average.

The Council's Camporee "Footsteps of the Founder" was held at Nottingham Park. A variety of Skill events were run and the Scouts had a great time. We even had an Army Field Band perform at the Retreat Ceremony. Our Scout executive was pleased as he remarked that Scouting is alive and well in the Chester County Council!

At a Key 3 Conference for the Pennsylvania Area, attended by Council President Rettew, Commissioner Hab Butler and Scout Executive Paul Beauregard, the Council was recognized for having the highest percentage of troops in long term camp in the Northeast Region. Considering the size of our Council in relationship to councils such as Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York this was quite remarkable!

The Annual Scouter Recognition Dinner was held at the West Chester Inn. The Extraordinary Service awards were presented and an impressive Silver Beaver ceremony recognized Robert T. Garrett, Thomas Hurst, Sr., William E. Iorio and Charles G. Moore, Jr..

Bob Garrett was cited for the numerous jobs he had done in Scouting, many of which required him to "wear many hats at one time." He served on the Lenni-Lenape Roundtable Staff and the staff of every district event from Camporees to Pow Wows to First Aid meets to Mall Shows. In the Octoraro District he helped to develop their Roundtable programs, served as District Commissioner and now was an Assistant Council Commissioner. He was a Wood Badge Scouter and served on the Wood Badge Staff. He also has been involved in a joint Commissioner training effort with the Delmarva Council on the College of Commissioner Science.

Tom Hurst had been involved in the Council as a Scouter for 27 years. He was Scoutmaster of West Chester Troop 14 for 21 years. He had also served on District and Council training events, camporee staffs and at First Aid meets. He attended Camp Horseshoe for 23 years in a row with his troop. He had also served in his District's SME fund raising efforts.

Bill Iorio was a Scout in New Jersey and became active in 1978 as a Cubmaster of Pack 113 of Berwyn. During his three year involvement the Pack grew from 18 to 95 boys. He joined the Devon 50 Troop Committee and became its Chairman. From 1982 to 1987, Bill was Scoutmaster of Devon Troop 50 and during his tenure 35 Scouts earned Eagle. He was recognized with the NESA Scoutmaster's Award of Merit. On both the Diamond Rock District and Council levels, Bill had extensive service. He was a member of the Council's Executive Board and a Vice President. he was a holder of the Wood Badge Beads; served on the Wood Badge Staff; served on the High Adventure Committee; and, was a National and World Jamboree contingent Scoutmaster, Philmont Contingent Leader and Crew Advisor; Webelos Woods Chairman and in many other Scouting positions.

In 1939, Chuck Moore became a Cub Scout in Illinois. He was an Eagle Scout and also held the Quartermaster Award in Sea Scouting. This is counterpart to the Eagle Scout Award. Scouting for Chuck Moore, as an adult, began in 1974 with Troop 181 of Paoli. He served as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster. He was Advancement Chairman for Troop 18. During that time, as a result of his inspiration, eight Scouts earned Eagle and the Troop grew from 10 to 52 Scouts. He had served on both the District and Council levels in the development of an effective SME Program.

At year-end, plans were moving along for an aggressive SME Campaign for the new year. Kurt Wolter reported that Dick Vermeil had agreed to serve as Chairman of the Campaign. Jim Wait kept us abreast of the Scouting For Food "Good Turn" which was highly successful with 14 tons of food being collected that fall.

In all it had been a challenging year for the Council, yet one that provided many successes in the Council's programs and a high level of commitment by the volunteers throughout every level of our organization.

1989 As we kicked off the new year, there were many changes taking place that would serve the Council well in the years ahead. Some of these were readily visible and others would be more subtle yet influence our direction as a Council Board and the impact we would have on Scouting not only in our Council but also nationally. Among these changes was the new policy of the National Order of the Arrow to permit the induction of women into the OA. The decision of an earlier year had permitted women to fill the role of Scoutmaster.

A new Council sign greeted us and other travelers on the West Chester By-pass at the point of our Service Center property this year. Thanks to John Sepella we had a new sign marking our office's location. Also, through his generosity, later in the year a similar sign denoted the entrance to Camp Horseshoe on Ridge Road.

A new Council patch was designed along with a new logo. Both of these featured the hunting horn similar to those used in the horse country fox hunts in the County.

Also, new this year to our Council Executive Board as Treasurer was Mary Vitray who was to play a key role in working with Paul Beauregard, Joan Malin and the Council's Staff on organizing and overseeing the Council's financial operations, reporting and working with the auditors. Paul Beauregard developed better operating expense report forms to help the Executive Board get a better understanding of the Council's expenses and income. Another key person joined the Board and that was Ken Tunnell whose leadership in crafting a new Long Range Plan for the Council was to help us set the pace for the future years. Tom Dintaman joined the professional Staff to replace Dave Horton who had left to go into private business.

The Order of the Arrow Lodge Banquet had a great turn-out. The Founders' Award was presented to two outstanding Lodge workers: Tom Ott, the youth recipient; and, Warren Lawrence whose Lodge service had been exceptional. In April, at the spring OA Ordeal weekend, the first woman member of Octoraro Lodge 22 was inducted. She was Karen Morris of Troop 67 of Charlestown. She was there with the other Ordeal candidates with her 'horseshoe-roll' pack and became the first woman Ordeal member in the OA Circle ceremony.

"The 'dust' of Horseshoe is in my moccasins and will be for many years to come" was the message from President Rettew this spring in the Trail Blazer. The message conveyed the need for all Scouters and families to join in financially supporting the Council through the SME Campaign under Dick Vermeil's leadership to maintain the quality of the Scouting Program in the Council as we know it. It also served to set aside rumors from many quarters that the Council was going to 'sell off Camp'. As he stated, "Horseshoe is for sale as the place to be...as the place for young people who enjoy the outdoors...as the place for fellowship and fun...and, as the place where a young man can find direction in the world we live in."

Emphasis on advancement was being helped along this year. Dick Vermeil, who was the former Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and television sports commentator, was the key speaker at this year's Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner. Dave Perri of SMS , Inc. served as the dinner Chairman. Tying in with Eagle Scout advancement this spring was the renewed emphasis on motivating Scouts to achieve the First Class rank within a year of their becoming a Scout. It was felt that by achieving this status early, there would be better opportunities to retain the boy in Scouting for a longer period of time and increase the likelihood of his becoming an Eagle Scout. On the average, only one percent of registered Scouts in America each year achieve Eagle.

A new Troop Operations Plan was introduced to incorporate the new advancement requirements and to involve more of the older boys in the troop's work with new Scouts. The requirements for the ranks from Tenderfoot to First Class were modified and became more like the advancement program of the early days of Scouting. The advancement plan was to be less classroom oriented and more action oriented. This pleased many of the veteran Scouters and new leaders alike. In fact most troops in the Council had been operating on these philosophies recognizing their merits.

There was much time and talent invested in getting Camp ready this spring. We had the new Dining Center at Camp John H. Ware, 3rd that needed attention; and, much work needed to be done at Horseshoe to get ready for the summer. Vance Hein was again Camp Director at Horseshoe and taking over for Dave Mellinger , who had gone off to medical school, was Paul Owens at Camp Ware. Paul was to continue the fine work that Matt Christenson and Dave Mellinger had done in creating an interesting program of advancement and camping in more rustic conditions than at Horseshoe. Also, he was to provide excellent program for the Cub Scouts as their initial introduction to camp life by having special theme camps to lend excitement.

Prior to the Board Dinner, the Camp Retreat Ceremony was held at which time Wood Badge leader Charlie Huntington presented Council President "JB" Rettew with his Wood Badge beads and neckerchief. "JB" was also given the privilege of reviewing the troops at the ceremony. The Board Dinner was then held at Camp Ware for the first time so the Board members could get to see the fine new facilities. Thanks and appreciation were extended the Widener Foundation for the gift of the Dining Center. Bill Robertson of Oxford was presented with the Horseshoe award for his fine effort on building tables and benches for the Ware facility. Karl "Moose" Winsch was also awarded, in absentia, the Horseshoe Award for the exceptional work he did at Horseshoe. Bill Hess, Vice President of Camping announced that we had earned the "A" Rating from the Regional Camp Inspection Team.

Summer plans again reflected the excitement of Scouting in the Council. Horseshoe was again brimming with our own troops as well as many from distant spots outside our Council. They continued to enjoy the fine facilities and camp spirit combined with traditional style of summer camping that was retained by Vance Hein and his Staff. There were 2100 Scouts in the Council who had a long term camping experience during that summer and 325 at short-term Cub Adventure Camp. We had much success with the Cub Scout "Mom and Me" and the "Dad and Lad" programs at Ware that summer. We were number one in the Northeast Region in camping.

The Philmont trips continued to be a strong magnet for the older Scouts. Also, our support of the National Jamboree was exceptional that year. At the A. P. Hill encampment we had six full troops and leaders. In addition, we had many of our Scouters...Bill Iorio, Bill Hess, Bill Moffet, and 15 others serving in one capacity or another for the Regional Staff.

In September, Hab Butler and 78 Commissioners from Chester County Council and surrounding Councils convened at Horseshoe for the

University of Commissioner Science. Our Council took a strong role at these training events as presenters. Commissioners Ron McDonald and Chris Morris served as 'deans.' Linda McDonald, John McGinley, Ed VanOcker, and Bill Moyer were instructors. Under Hab's strong leadership our Council Commissioner's Staff had 85 members and were taking a more active role in serving the troops and packs to maintain a quality program.

Paul Beauregard, recognizing that following the camping season most of our camping expenses were coming due, it was decided that the Council needed to have some additional form of year-end fund raising effort other than the Bowl-a-Thon. In August, Vice President of Finance Charlie Huntington and Paul Beauregard proposed the idea of some form of an auction be developed to raise money in light of the success we had at the Robert D. McNeil's party the prior year. Later, the idea of a holiday gala and auction prior to Christmas appeared to be viable and would help serve to reduce an anticipated year-end deficit.

Dolores Hagerstrom accepted Chairmanship of the first Chester County Council Holiday Gala and Auction to be held at the Brandywine River Museum in December. Working with Vance Hein, who had organized such affairs when he was in Los Angeles, the Committee was formed and hard at work with Dolores leading the way.

The Scouting for Food Drive was held once again and was even more successful than the past year. Bernard Hankin, local developer and Board member, was the Chairman for the event. The 1300 Scouts who participated in the Council collected 33 tons of food for the needy this year. The Salvation Army, among others, was moved to write the Council expressing their thanks for our efforts.

The West Chester University Percussion Ensemble put on another excellent and stirring musical performance for the attendees at the Council's Annual Recognition Dinner. The Extraordinary Service awards were presented and the Silver Beaver Awards were eagerly anticipated. Silver Beaver awards were presented to Allen K. Forssmark, Charles Huntington, Sr., Frank C. McKown III and James C. Horton.

For his faithful and generous service to the Council and commitment to Scouting, Allen Forssmark was presented with the Silver Beaver. Allen had been in both Pack 22 and Troop 22 of Unionville as a boy. He had been on the Camp Jubilee Staff and had attended the National Jamborees and the 12th World Jamboree in Japan. For seven years he had served on the Council's Camping Committee and the Camp Maintenance and Repair Committee. He was the Camp's leading authority on electrical matters. He had donated his materials and time to maintain and improve the Horseshoe and Ware facilities. The work he and crews from his company have done at Camp range from the pool to the dining hall and the White House. He has responded, on many occasions...day or night, to many emergencies involving electrical work at Camp. He was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow; holds the Silver Buckle award from his youth at Camp; and, was awarded the Horseshoe Award for exceptional service.

Charlie Huntington's Scouting began with Paoli Troop 181 where he became a Committeeman in 1978. He served as Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster. He worked closely with Paoli Pack 81 coordinating Webelos camping activities which resulted in their joining Charlie's Troop. Under his leadership, the Troop grew from 12 to 52 boys. He was a strong advocate of Scout skill instruction. Twelve Scouts earned Eagle under his guidance. He had been involved in Diamond Rock District leadership and served on the Wood Badge Staff in 1988. He was presently Council Vice President of Finance. He holds the God and Service Award through his activity in church school work and is a member of the Octoraro Lodge 22.

The trail of Scouting for Frank McCown began over 50 years ago as a member of Paoli Troop 1 where he became an Eagle Scout. He served as Scoutmaster of that Troop from 1955 to 1959 and since then as a Committeeman. He was directly involved in the celebration of the Troop's 75th Anniversary and producing Paoli Troop 1's 75 Year History. He has also been a major factor in the success of the Diamond Rock District's SME Campaign. He was currently serving as the District Chairman. He is the father of three Eagle Scouts.

Jim Horton, also has a long and devoted service to Scouting. He has been active in the Council for over 25 years. He served as Assistant Scoutmaster and Troop Committeeman of Troop 65 in Exton. He was currently the Lenni-Lenape District Advancement Chairman. His primary concern in the District had been in the area of advancement and was one of the most knowledgeable people in the Council on advancement policies and procedures. He completely re-organized the Council's Eagle Scout advancement procedures. His close attention to the 'paperwork trail' has helped many Scouts along the Trail to Eagle. He assisted Troop committees with Board of Reviews and Court of Honor staging suggestions. His service at camporees and at Order of the Arrow weekends was constant. He worked part time at the Council Service Center handling winter camp reservations and High Adventure sign-ups.

The Holiday Gala and Silent Auction saw black tie and evening gowned attendees enjoying the beautiful holiday decorations at the attractive Brandywine River Museum. Here, the party goers were entertained by a pianist as they browsed among the assorted auction items and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres. It was a fine affair and served to make money for the Council to assist in year-end needs. Dolores Hagerstrom's work was exceptional since she had to pull the affair together in a matter of six weeks with the help of Vance Hein. The event would serve as the pattern for future activities of that kind. It also was a great way to say happy holidays for the Council!

At year end our membership had grown to more than 9000 Scouts. Under Greg Acland's High Adventure leadership the Council had over 70 Scouts attend Philmont or other high adventure bases and we had 220 Scouts and leaders attend the National Jamboree. Over 65% of the units in the Council this year had attained "quality" status.

1990 This was designated the "Year of the Eagle" by the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). Working through Scout Councils throughout the country, the search was on to locate Eagle Scouts in each Council and to get them involved in Scouting if they were not already in the program. The Honorable Richard T. Schulze was named Council Chairman for our initiative. Complimenting this was the Eagle Scout Fellowship Dinner being held at the West Chester Country Club. Ossie Spellman was Chairman for the Dinner.

Wayne Renner, Vice President of Program, announced that there was a fine turn-out of Eagles at the dinner. There were at least three Eagles from each decade since the Council was chartered at the Eagle Dinner. The speaker that evening was Elwood M. "Mickey" McAllister, retired professional Scouter who had served in the International Scouting Division, who had been a keynote speaker for the University of Commissioners Science in the past. He had retired from the International Division and now served Scouting on their Speakers' Bureau. He was a popular speaker and always left the people feeling inspired to be involved in the greatest movement in the world. At that special event, he related his background before his professional career and told of the things that inspired him to join the Scouting service.

Scout Leader Training was of prime importance as new programs announced previously were implemented. Herb Wittmaier was the Training Chairman this year. In addition, the Council was authorized to proceed with a new Wood Badge Course with Hab Butler returning for the second time as the Course Director. Thanks to Herb Wittmaier, the Wood Badge Dinner would be an entertaining event with his special multi-media slide presentation of the prior year's Course in combination with the patrol competitions to enhance the patrol concept and esprit de corps at the dinner.

The Council's Long Range Plans which had been under development with the inspirational leadership of Ken Tunnell were presented this March. Throughout the winter months different sub-committees were putting the final touches on the 5-Year Long Range Plan that would take us through our 75th Anniversary year. The Board approved the Plan. Thanks was extended to Ken for the excellent work he had done in bringing this Plan to fruition.

In addition, in May, there was considerable discussion at the Board Meeting about the Council's debt and the loan taken out with the bank. Vice Presidents Iorio and Huntington along with our Treasurer, Mary Vitray, were appointed as a committee to review the terms of the loan and report to the Board later in the year with their recommendations on the action to be taken. Also, at that meeting, we learned of the passing of the Council's first Eagle Scout, F. Wayne Reed. He had received his Eagle in 1917 as a member of Paoli Troop 1.

At the spring Order of the Arrow Banquet we met at the Kimberton Fire Hall for the traditional roast beef, potato stuffing and corn dinner. The Vigil honor call-out this year included Hab Butler, Council Commissioner, and our other worthy candidates. The Founders' Award was presented in an impressive ceremony conducted by Jim Gawthrop. That year the adult recognized was Philip Sears, Jr. who had many years of service and special attention to the Lodge's vast records making sure of their accuracy and availability for investigations of potential Vigil candidates and other validations of information. Mark Morris was honored for his Lodge Service and work at the National Order of the Arrow Conferences (NOAC).

At Philadelphia City Hall in the spring, Council President "JB" Rettew was honored by the Volunteer Action Council of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, along with three other volunteers in other types of charity work, for exceptional service to the United Way and to Scouting.

At the Annual Business Meeting in May, Hab Butler was elected the Council President and set the agenda identifying areas in which the Council was to concentrate in the coming years. While we had just completed an environmental event for Earth Day, Hab set the goal of developing a stronger environmental initiative for the Earth Day in 1991. He pledged to improve the financial condition of the Council and identified other areas where the support of the volunteers would be essential. Grahame P. Richards, Jr. was elected the Scout Commissioner to take on the top uniformed leadership position and oversee the Unit Service program.

At the June Board Meeting recommendations for the retirement of the Council's debt were presented. The plan to sell lots outside the perimeter of the Camp were approved. These lots, by the way, were ones that had been identified many years before that were to have been sold at the time of the Lane Farm acquisition. Proceeds were to pay down some of the debt. It was agreed that we not invade the Council's Trust Fund's principal but preserve its integrity. Further discussions would be held in the future on this matter.

The first Scouting for the Handicapped Camporee was held at Camp Ware this year. More than 100 handicapped Scouts enjoyed the weekend long event. Susan Crouch, who was Assistant Council Commissioner for Handicapped Scouting, worked hard along with other Scout volunteers, including Bob Fisher and Herb Wittmaier to insure a good time for the boys. Much credit goes to the Order of the Arrow and Jamie Iorio who helped in the organization of the Camporee and assisting in the events that the boys enjoyed.

This was Vance Hein's third year as Camp Director. Serving as Assistant Camp Director was Mark Hammond who carried out much of the Director's commands. Mark Cool served as the popular Program Director, assisted by Jeff Matthews. Chris Pilko of Devon 50 was Business Manager and Eddie Kellogg was the Trading Post Manager. Jamie Iorio of Devon 50 was the Nature Director assisted by the spirited Pete Mendez of Middletown, Maryland. Pete Lesley was back as the Aquatics Director and Glenn Runyon was the Boating Director. Jim Sunderland of Phoenixville was the Campcraft Director and Tom Ott of West Chester was the Handicraft Director. Camp Doctor was Pete Motel and Staff Helpers this year included Karl "Moose" Winsch and Harold "Webb" Weber along with Bill "Biff" Davis.

"Super Lizard" and the "Cat Came Back" were popular songs of the day in the Camp Dining Hall following the meals.

The Annual Board Meeting at Camp Horseshoe was well attended in July. President Hab Butler called upon Ken Tunnell (now chairing a committee on procuring a new computer system) and his committee of Bill Iorio and Tom Darlington for a report on the acquisition of a Council computer system. To handle the myriad details, reports, etc. the system was sorely needed. The decision was made to proceed with the purchase. Hab Butler recognized the exceptional service Bill Hess had done for Camp and presented him with the Horseshoe Award. Hab also announced a new award was being established at Camp. "The purpose of it is to recognize the consistent and positive contributions individually and as a member of the Camp Staff to the overall experiences of youth and adult summer campers. The award is unique in that it will be awarded to one member of the Camp Staff each year. The award will be called "The J.B. Rettew Award" in recognition of the special level of dedication to Camp Horseshoe which has been demonstrated by John Rettew."

After a fine summer at Camp Horseshoe and Camp Ware this summer the Camp Staff held their final dinner. The first "J.B. Rettew Award" was presented to Pete Mendez of Maryland. Horseshoe and Ware enjoyed another record summer of participation of Scouts from our Council and others. Cub Adventure Camp at Ware this summer had as its theme "Sea Adventures." While many Council camps were witnessing a decline in their camps' use our program flourished.

At Camp Ware in addition to the regular summer camp, over 150 Scouts of the LDS Church were encamped there under the leadership and support of our Ware Staff. At the end of the summer at Camp Ware, Wood Badge Course NE-IV-51 was conducted under the leadership of Hab Butler. Taking the course were a number of our Council "top guns." Council Commissioner Grahame Richards, Vice President Tom Darlington along with Scout Executive Paul Beauregard and his wife, Betty Ann, were members of the three weekend Course.

The Philmont expeditions rated high again for adventure in the southwestern part of the country. Meanwhile, we had two troops hit the trail for the Maine High Adventure Base at Matagamon. Both Troops 6 and 222 had a challenging trip into the Maine Wilderness and enjoyed the excitement offered on their canoe adventure.

This year saw the advent of the "Wikhetschik Woaktschachne" or "Builders in the Bend in the River" association thanks to the creativity of Vance Hein. This association was comprised of Order of the Arrow members who contributed money for the support of the camp building and maintenance fund. These funds were used to defray the costs of buildings and the routine maintenance at both Horseshoe and Ware.

That year marked the 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Octoraro Lodge 22 of the Order of the Arrow.

In spite of the potential for harsh weather, 1060 Scouts and leaders braved the conditions and camped at Hibernia Park for the Council's Camporee. The theme was "Footsteps to First" and featured Show-N-Do events based upon the requirements for First and Second Class advancement. In another activity the 110 patrols were challenged to get organized quickly and locate ten event stations based upon a series of clues provided the patrol leaders. A number of troops were honored with the top awards for their events - Troop 175 for Trail Signs; Troop 95 for Giant Friction Fire starter; Troop 216 for Lever to raise and Bowline; Troop 2 for Orienteering to scale; Troop 20 for Doughnuts; Troop 44 for Mouse Trap; Troop 24 for Totin' Chip; Troop 220 for Plant Identification; Troop 83 for Hands on Firelays; and, Troop 13 for Stretcher.

That year, under leadership of Hab Butler and Paul Beauregard, the Board took steps to deal with the loan that had been taken out several years before to cover the debt. Bill Iorio and his committee conducted a thorough review of the matter and meetings were held with representatives of the bank. The result was that a comprehensive proposal was made to use the interest that had accumulated in the Trust Fund along with the sale of excess lots adjacent to Camp, to pay off the loan. This was submitted to the Board and approved. The principal in the Trust Fund was kept in tact as intended.

In conjunction with neighboring Councils and through the cooperation of the WPVI TV Channel as well as other organizations, we again participated in the "Scouting for Food" Campaign. Under the leadership of Douglas Murray of Phoenixville, our Scouts took pride in the fact that over 30 tons of food were collected and distributed to the needy that winter. This was a National Scouting initiative that had its roots in Pittsburgh several years before and had been adopted by the National Council, BSA.

The fall Annual Scouters Recognition Dinner was held at the Festivities Restaurant. Twenty-five men and women were honored by their Cub and/or Troop unit with the Extraordinary Service Award. "JB" Rettew served as Chairman of the Silver Beaver Selection Committee that year and presented the award to five outstanding Scouters who had distinguished service to youth in the Council. Honored were Ralph W. Briskey, Robert A. Hosier Sr., Charles H. Kelly, Christopher Morris and Jonathan Pulsifer. Their records follow.

Ralph, or "Butch" as most people know him, has more than 20 years of service. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Phoenixville Troop 18 and in 1973 became its Scoutmaster and remained in that position for 14 years. He had been involved in the Council training activities as a member of Training Staffs for numerous Basic Leader Training Courses, the new Scoutmaster Fundamentals Course, Junior Leader Training Camp and Wood Badge. He has been on the Council Training Committee and served on the District Roundtable Commissioner Staff. He was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. His citation read: "He is an individual who gets things done and is willing to share his knowledge without fanfare."

An Eagle Scout who earned the God and Country award, Bob Hosier has been in Scouting for 31 years. His list of District and Council Scouting activities includes: Camporee Chairman, Klondike Derby Chairman, Patrol Leader Development Staff, Wood Badge Staff, Philmont Contingent Leader and Philmont Trail Advisor. From 1969 to 1973 he was Scoutmaster of Troop 38. His service with Troop 135 of Parkesburg includes seven years as Assistant Scoutmaster and five as Scoutmaster. He was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

"Chuck" Kelly's 25 years of service included being Scoutmaster of Troop 22 of Unionville and Post 22 Advisor where he had effectively held the interest of older boys in Scouting with their high adventure programs. Chuck had been an avid supporter of the Council's High Adventure Program. He served as a Philmont Crew Leader four times and a Contingent Leader; twice he was a National Jamboree Scoutmaster; and, served as Crew and Council Contingent Leader for expeditions to Maine, Florida and Wisconsin. He has more than five years service on the Council's High Adventure Committee. A Vigil Honor member he has led any number of work crews for the OA at Camp Ware. He was especially devoted to Camp John H. Ware, 3rd and its Scouting Programs. He was a member of Wood Badge.

Chris Morris' Scouting commitment had been exceptional. He and his family have a long-time dedication to the Scouting Program. Chris took an active role in Cub Pack leadership with Pack 67 of Charlestown. After three years in that capacity, he became Scoutmaster of Troop 67 for four years. He led his Troop contingent to the Florida High Adventure Sea Base and participated as a Philmont Crew Leader. He has served both on a District and Council basis in a number of capacities. He has been an SME Gifts Dinner Host; Commissioner College Instructor; Council Pow Wow Chairman; Scout Leader Training Staff; Camporee Chairman; Day Camp Director; District Commissioner; Webelos Woods Chairman; Polish Jamboree Commissioner; Assistant Council Commissioner; and, Chairman of the Council's Campmaster Corps. He was a Vigil Honor member. He was a member of the Wood Badge Staff and a graduate of the National Camping School.

Maine is where Jon Pulsifer began his Scouting as a boy in 1940. He was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and involved in both Exploring and Sea Scouting. He is an Eagle Scout. He has served in virtually every position in Scouting both as a boy and as an adult. He has been a Cubmaster; Webelos Leader; Neighborhood Commissioner; Unit Commissioner; Scoutmaster; District Chairman; Executive Board member; and, Council Vice President. Jon has been Chairman of the Council Camporee, Klondike Derby and First Aid Meet in his years of service. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and recipient of the Wood Badge.

These Silver Beaver recipients were warmly applauded for their honor and the exceptionally fine service they had rendered to the Chester County Council and particularly to the Scouts of our Council.

The second Annual Holiday Gala and Silent Auction was held at the Brandywine River Museum before Christmas. The patrons of the affair enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season. The Andrew Wyeth art collection was an attractive draw for the event as was the train collection and other special Christmas displays. Again, funds for this event helped the Council to remain financially sound as we ended the year.

1991 Late in 1990, a planning conference under the guidance of Ken Tunnell had been held for the Executive Board committee members at which time each committee set their goals for 1991. It was noted that plans were being made to produce a comprehensive history of the Council and Horseshoe. The outcome of this conference was tied in with the Council's Long Range Plans for the 1991-1994 period.

Plans were set by Council Commissioner Grahame Richards to have Commissioners serve at summer Camp to compliment the Camp Staff. It was anticipated that the Commissioners' service would resolve concerns expressed by some Scouters about the Camp Program and administration. History indicates this concept was used on earlier occasions to provide enhance the Camp's programs.

Tom Darlington and his committee had raised added funds for the proposed computer system for the Council office. This system would permit better and quicker access to the National Scout office's system and would allow the Council to better manage the voluminous data it was required to maintain on advancement and fund raising. It has proved to be a valuable tool to enable the Council to better serve the Scouts and units.

Tom Darlington also reported on several other projects with which he was working. He planned to secure an aerial photograph of the Horseshoe Reservation property that would be useful to the Camps and the Council. In addition, he was in charge of the Eagle Scout Fellowship Dinner at the Waynesboro Country Club in Paoli to be held later in the year.

On another front, both Tom Darlington (in his connection with Troop 105 of Exton) and Tom Myles, Scoutmaster of Troop 105 were working on various improvement projects at Camp Horseshoe. Among the recommendations of a Camp Provider Committee, it had been proposed that special opportunities be developed at Horseshoe using the vast amount of land at the Reservation. Both gentlemen set forth and developed the first of several trail systems at Camp. The first trail was the 'yellow trail'. Hikers of the trail would receive a special patch.

In addition, thanks to Tom Myles and many others from his Troop 105, there were three new Adirondack shelters at the Roberts Campsite for use this summer. Not only had they provided the manpower for the project but also the lumber. Latrine upgrades were also started at Horseshoe during this year time.

The guest speaker for the Eagle Scout Fellowship Dinner was Congressman Richard T. Schulze, Distinguished Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster of Berwyn Troop 11. The new Council Eagles joined many old timers for an evening of fun and fellowship.

Congressman Schulze recounted his Scouting experiences and informally talked of the importance of Scouting and the meaning of being an Eagle Scout. We were privileged to have J. Frederic Wiese join us for the dinner. Mr. Wiese had been Council President in the 1949 - 1953 period and was holder of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards for his exceptional years of service to youth.

The Wood Badge Reunion Dinner was held later in the month. The Banquet was marked with spirited singing and special visual presentations by Herb Wittmaier. Strains of "Back to Gilwell, happy land, I'm going to work my ticket if I can" sparked fond memories of those special days in each course which welded spirits and talents to inspire the Wood Badgers to the leadership and service to youth expected of them.

Octoraro Lodge 22 celebrated it 65th Anniversary at the Lodge Banquet at Kimberton. Scott Lutz was Lodge Chief this year. Highlighting the dinner was the Vigil Calling Out Ceremony and the presentation of the Founder's Award. The youth award was presented to Lodge Chief Scott Lutz for his exceptional service. William H. Trowill was recognized as the adult recipient. Bill had provided special service to the Lodge for that and many years before. He was always an the Lodge work weekends providing valuable support to many different projects.

The Council Show-N-Do this year was under the leadership of Hank Smith and was being held at Hibernia Park. Meanwhile, in another Council Training event, Charlie Bradford took charge of the Scout Leader Training activity this spring.

Our Scouts were also kept busy with the approaching Section 4B Conclave being held at Camp Horseshoe this year. Mark Morris, who had attended many Conclaves and NOAC (National Order of the Arrow Conference) events over the years was helping to organize the Conclave for that spring. Under Ernie Heegard's and Jim Gawthrop's guidance, we provided an exceptional event for all the nine Lodges. There were 400 delegates who attended the Conclave representing Lodges in our Section encompassing the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas.

Noteworthy was the talent of Dan Grace an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 2 of Downingtown. To honor an Eagle Scout who was coming up for his Court of Honor, Dan wrote an original song about the Eagle award entitled "Wings Upon My Chest" which he presented to the Scout. It conveyed the feeling of the Scout as he attained the highest rank. He also presented this song at the Council Recognition Dinner along with a number of our songs.

The talk of a bridge across the Octoraro between Horseshoe and Ware was again a topic in that spring. A detailed engineering report was made along with cost estimates. Jim Smith of the Lenni-Lenape District and other members of the committee provided the report. However, because of the financial commitment and environmental concerns, the project was again tabled for a future date.

The Council Board Dinner Meeting at Camp was held in July with President Hab Butler presiding. Vice President Darlington called upon Camp Director Vance Hein for his report. Vance reported that camp was going well especially with the support of the Commissioners. He shared some positive remarks that the leaders had made in their end of the week reports on the program. Mark Cool who was leader at Horseshoe and Paul Owens at Ware were also introduced. Tom Darlington, with his association with unit leaders at Camp, indicated that things were going more smoothly than in the prior year. The awards for service to Camp Horseshoe and Camp Ware were made this year to Harold Weber, of the Green Lane Troop, and Chuck Kelly of Unionville Troop 22. President Butler also recognized the fine work that Susan and Bob Fisher had done with the Handicapped Scout Camporee which had nearly 150 participants that year. He also welcomed new Board member Corbin A. McNeil, Jr. of Philadelphia Electric Company. Also, Rich Johnson was thanked for his service as representative of the Council on the Catholic Committee.

After more than 25 years of service as Lay Advisor to Octoraro Lodge 22, Ernie Heegard announced his retirement. Under his guidance the Lodge had achieved enviable recognition and reputation on a Regional and National level. The fact that the Lodge had been recognized three different times with the E. Urner Goodman Award - only 12 are presented nationally each year- attests to his fine leadership. Chris Morris, who had devoted many years in many different capacities as an Executive Committee Advisor to the Order of the Arrow, was chosen to take on the Lodge Lay Advisor responsibilities.

Camp attendance during the summer again showed an increase. There had been a dramatic increase in the attendance at Camp Ware as a result of the expansion of the LDS Scout camping program and the Council's Cub Scout Programs. We again were in top place in the Northeast Region for long term camping. Philmont and other High Adventure activities moved along this summer with fine support of Scouts in the Council. We again were recognized Regionally for our camping programs. Jake Carrigan was winner of the "JB" Rettew award at the Horseshoe Camp Staff's final Banquet in August.

The Council had eleven crews at the Philmont Scout Ranch on a "mountain top" experience. Among the leaders were Chuck Kelly of Troop 22, Fletcher Swanson of Troop 6 and Bill Cass of Troop 21. Bill Cass had been a Staff member at Philmont for a number of years as a youth. This time, he was returning as a member of Chester County Council Expedition #730E-11 with his son, Will, at his side. Bill, upon being urged, wrote the following piece illustrating a day - "Day Four" - on the trail at Philmont:

"We are up early today since this will be one of the two toughest days of our Philmont expedition. Our ranger beckons us to follow him to Inspiration Point, a rugged outcropping above Urraca Camp. Here, we gaze out across the prairie which is punctuated with the occasional mesa. It is beautiful, and certainly in contrast to the wooded, rolling hills of Chester County. Our immediate view is dominated by the Tooth of Time to our left; four miles in front and below us Camping Headquarters reposes in the midst of this sweeping scenery.

Todd, our ranger will leave us today, and is satisfied that we are "safe" enough to be turned loose on our own. Thanks to the training given by Chester County Council, there never was any doubt about the outcome of our preparation for this adventure. Nevertheless, we listen to Todd's parting wisdom. He exhorts us to treat this special land with great care, and asks us to seal our conviction by signing the 'wilderness pledge cards' which we endorse on the spot.

Our crew chief presents Todd with a souvenir neckerchief, and then we clamber down from our rocky perch. Todd slings his pack over his shoulder, goes one way, and we another. We are immediately bound for the top of Urraca Mesa via a series of long switch backs which leave us breathless. We are not yet acclimated to the rarefied air through which we now strain at over 7000 feet above sea level.

Many of us are hoping that it won't get any tougher than what we are going through-- it could be much worse since there are some trails that go straight up without switch backs. Finally, we emerge onto the top of Urraca Mesa, and now glide along a jeep trail so rocky that it must be a true threat to the axles and wheels of all vehicles who dare try it. We step gingerly since a twisted ankle is the last thing we want to encounter.

After a half hour of easy hiking through scrub oak, we come to the edge of the great mesa, and greeted with another broad vista dominated by La Grulla Ridge in the distance. At the western quarter of the valley floor, the Rayado River tumbles out its canyon, and becomes a river of the prairie. The waters of this "river" are no broader or deeper than our beloved Octoraro or Brandywine, but they are colder, faster, and will travel much further -- to the Gulf of Mexico via Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. But, we are wasting time.

"Is anybody not ready?" cries our point man. We heave our packs onto shoulders amidst the occasional grunt (perhaps we have some budding sumo wrestlers or weight lifters in our midst so noticeable is the verbal response to lifting 40 pounds to one's back).

We are now on a descending traverse of Urraca Mesa's southern wall. It is an enjoyable trail for not the least of which reasons is that it goes down. Our joy is short-lived as we reach Stonewall Pass. We pause briefly, not to swill water form our canteens, mop brows, or to lean on the small stone fence, but to quickly check our maps which reveal that our mettle is about to be tried.

This is indeed a nasty trail, steep. Narrow. Almost a snaking, furrow in the earth, punctuated with a small boulder here and there. This one must be a real grind in the rain.

"Stop!" our line leader gasps.

"Whew, it's about time."

"How much more of this is there?"

When can we take a break with our packs off?"

We are now into a ritual which will be repeated increasingly on this portion of the trail. We all stand close together in position of this narrow path. Almost simultaneously, half of the crew members turn their back on everybody else. We are not being rejected, but signaled to reach into the other guy's pack pocket to retrieve the canteen which is almost impossible for all but a contortionist to retrieve alone. Then the procedure is repeated for the rest of us. Several seconds of feverish "glug-glug-glug" follow, sweat is wiped from brows, canteens are replaced, and not-so-enthusiastic voice calls, "Is anybody not ready?"

After what seems like ages, we are in a deep woods marked by really large boulders, and a trail which is not so steep anymore. But, there isn't much spring left in our steps now. A crew from Arizona roars on by us. Maybe we'd roar by people too if we hadn't all been living at less than 400 feet above sea level lately.

It is around 11 o'clock, and time for a serious pack off rest break. After about ten minutes of swigging some more fluid and downing an energy bar, we are off on another trail which traverses the southern side of Fowler Mesa. No complaints on this stretch since it is essentially all level hiking and, miracle of miracles, some actual downhill. This has been a year of bountiful rain in northern New Mexico so there is a profusion of flora, especially in the little glens where the intermittent streams are now regular, babbling little brooks. Indian paintbrush is every where.

We pass Bear Caves, an unstaffed, trail camp whose bears are obviously vacationing elsewhere. Soon we reach signs o civilization: water pipe, fire rings, and campsites. We have arrived at Crater Lake Camp. We sprawl by the lodge, and start lunch, much to the delight of platoons of ground squirrels which scurry all over our packs in hopes of cornering a loose morsel.

Most of us are pretty well played out. The switch backs out of Urraca and the hard trail out of Stonewall Pass have taken their toll. But we've made it this far without problems, and the scenery is breathtaking. The sobering fact remains; we still have a long, long way to go, and most of it is UP.

More groans and clenched teeth marking the donning our burdens.

We pause for a group picture next to the lodge, and then head up the jeep trail for a couple of hundred yards to a trail sign. Dominating our view is Trail Peak which we can se above the many pines. We cannot see the top of our immediate destination, Fowler Pass, but it is there and we've got some serious climbing in front of us.

Within moments, the song of the trail starts up. There are no voices since we need our breath for other purposes. This symphony is composed of all the noises made by a crew as it hikes among the giant ponderosas and an increasing number of tall aspens. There is the occasional shower of pebbles falling to the ground as somebody stubs his foot on the trail. The creaking of pack straps, the sloshing of water in half empty canteens. Clanging of pots and pans tied to the packs. The occasional grunt. Clackety-clack of walking sticks planted on rocks in the trail. The swish of nylon brushing against tree branches along the trail. Labored breathing. Maybe a snarl after feet collide.

"Stop!" And with good reason. This is tough -- not many switch backs. This is a short break. It lasts only long enough to catch our breaths. Reach for the other guy's canteen. Give it to him. My turn. Glug-glug. Put it back. Wipe faces now slimy with a film of perspiration and trail dust.

So quickly the perspiration evaporates once we are standing still, though. And no wonder with this breeze and practically no humidity. The gentle breeze carries the warm scent of pine. How in contrast to Chester County where we can almost cut the humidity and haze with a knife.

From several hundred feet below us we hear another troop taking a break. They are from our Council, too, and hike the same itinerary. They shall not catch us. We turn and have at it again.

We're all probably thinking the same things after several hundred yards.

"Why am I doing this? This pack is killin' me, and it felt so good this morning. At least, my feet are OK -- no blisters and I'm not gonna get any either. I gotta get that pot strapped on better next time. Man, that was a weird looking blue jay we saw back there. How much more of this pass have we got to go? Lord, I can just hear my heart poundin' away. When we get to wherever we're headed, I'm just goin' to lie down flat on my back for half an hour. And then go barefoot. When's he going to call a break? I gotta have more than this lemon-lime drink, I need some food. I need some chocolate or something. We really looked sharp yesterday. Bet we showed that ranger. Got that fly and bearbags up first thing. Oh, boy, this trail is killin' me. Wonder what Mom's doing at home now. It's two in the afternoon here, so what is it at home? Noon, or is it later. Or what? Well, I don't have to carry that Trail Supper #3 after tonight, and maybe I'll get rid of the breakfast #3 too. That'll feel great. Gee, I never saw a sky any bluer than this one. Call a break, man. Cut me one will ya?

But the break didn't come. And with that came the realization that if the next crew could make it, maybe we could too.

At the top of the uppermost switch back in view there was some sort of gravel slide, which, when we got there, was revealed to be the jeep trail again. Several broad switch backs were negotiated after which we broke out on top of the pass. Homestretch, here we are! There is plenty of chatter now that we aren't fighting for every breath, and the conversation dwells upon girls, cars, movies, music, videos, and Mom's cooking.

Within half and hour, we are descending on the trail to Bonita Creek. And a few minutes later, the creek has been Bonita Creek. And a few minutes later, the creek has been crossed, pack shed, boots replace with sneaker, and our campsite at Lower Bonita is secured. Tents up. Dining fly up. Bearbags up. Water bags up. Hey, maybe time for a little frisbee.

We are almost in heaven. Well, 2000 feet higher than we were this morning, anyway. And 7 miles further into our adventure. We got it made. A level campsite in a glen, a brilliant carpet of wildflowers all around us, the sweet scent of those flowers and the pines, blue sky above, a spring with rushing, cold water, and Trail Peak soaking skyward just across the valley. Man, it just doesn't get any better than this when you're part of a Chester County Council Philmont expedition!"

Al Nahmias was appointed Vice President of Marketing for the Council. He headed up our initiative to develop a marketing and public relations effort as identified in the Long Range Plans. Dr. John Schrogie was announced as Vice President of Finance. In addition, William Hahn was named Council Advancement Chairman that fall.

A major project approved by the Board and undertaken that year was the renovation of the Camp Ware Pool. Bill Hess headed the project. After many years of use and being patched by Roy Cole, the pool maintenance system needed to be replaced. In the area of membership and recruiting, Vice President Dr. William Brantley announced that our Council membership had reached 9400 Scouts. The School Night for Scouting initiative which Dr. Brantley headed again provided the Council with good recruiting support.

Grahame Richards headed a delegation of Commissioners from the Council to a convention of Scouters from eight Councils from Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. They had the opportunity to hear and meet Ben Love, National Chief Scout Executive. Mr. Love spoke on Scouting's impact on problems facing contemporary youth. He cited special programs which Scouting has developed in such areas as child protection training, drug prevention education, hunger, teenage unemployment and illiteracy. Love also announced the progress being made on the launching of the Learning for Life program being introduced by National in schools across the Nation.

SME wrapped up this fall with good results thanks to the efforts made by leaders in each of the Districts. Another successful fund raising event was the Bowl-A-Thon where sponsors were secured to pay a given amount of money to a Scout depending on the Scout's score.

Scouting for Food played a big role once more in our Council-wide Good Turn to provide food for the needy. Scouts distributed food bags door-to-door and then arranged to pick them up at another time. Through this drive, tons of food were obtained for distribution through different community agencies to help feed the needy.

The Council Recognition Dinner traditionally at the end of the year was scheduled for January 1992. At the Dinner, there would be a combined recognition of the Eagle Scouts as well as volunteer Scouters.

Gary Lasher was the Chairman of the Holiday Gala and Silent Auction at the Brandywine River Museum in December of that year. His fine leadership provided a formal evening of enjoyment for the 125 guests. The Silent Auction provided the Council with $5000 for the Scouting Programs.

1992 Paul Owens was announced as the Camp Director of Horseshoe for the coming summer. For three years he had served as Camp Director of Camp John H. Ware, 3rd. He was instrumental in developing the Cub Adventure Camps, Mom & Me and Dad & Lad Cub programs and directing the Mormon Scout encampment. Charles "C.W." Bruton would be serving as Camp Ware Director for the coming summer.

Launched this year was the Scouting "Envirofest" initiative under the leadership of Bill Fell. The purpose was to tie-in with the country-wide "Earth Week" activities and environmental organizations and have Cub Packs and Scout Troops become involved in an environmental "Good Turn". The event was to be sparked by a celebration at Hibernia Park in April built around Earth Day activities.

Scoutmaster Tom Myles served as master of ceremonies at the Council's Annual Recognition Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Exton. We were sold out and then some! It seemed to be the "in" place. Recognized for their achievement were the Eagle Scouts of 1991. Volunteer Scouters were also saluted for their devotion to making Scouting happen for the Eagle Scouts and all other Scouts in the Council. There were now some 3000 volunteers in the Scouting program in the Council. Awards were presented to those units who excelled in the SME fund raising campaign. The Silver Beaver awards were presented to Herbert T. Armstrong, Joan M. Caracappa, Susan Fisher and Grahame P. Richards, Jr..

Herb Armstrong had over 30 years in Scouting serving on a unit level and Council level. In 1963 he served as Cubmaster of Pack 90 of Strafford. From 1965 to 1991, he maintained an association with a number of different Scout units including: Strafford Troop 90, Devon Troop 114, Devon Troop 45, and Troops 219 and 971. He Had served on numerous Camporee, First Aid Meet and other special event Staffs. In recent years, he was the Coordinator of the Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout Scholarship program for the Valley Forge and Chester County Councils. He is a member of Wood Badge and active member in the Order of the Arrow. He served in the Army for 21 years and is retired Lt. Colonel and actively involved in his church and community.

Joan Caracappa's association with Scouting began in the Cub Scout Program. She was an assistant Den Leader, Den Leader and Den Leader Coach. She had served in the Lenni-Lenape District as a Cub Day Camp Director for three years; on the Pow Wow Staff, as a Cub Scout Fun Day Co-Director and a Webelos Outdoor Training Program Leader. She served as a Unit Commissioner and later the District Commissioner of Lenni-Lenape. She was a Campmaster, Camporee Staff member, Commissioner College Faculty and actively was involved in the Council's SME Campaigns. She is a member of Wood Badge and is on the Staff for the 1992 Course. She holds many other Scouting recognitions for her exceptional service.

Sue Fisher was cited for her dedicated service to the Council in the area of Handicapped Scouting. She began her association with Scouting in the Cub Scout program in 1979. In 1983 she helped the Council develop the Tiger Cub Program 'helps and support' materials. She served the Cub Scout Program on the District level as a Nurse at the Cub Day Camp. In 1985 she volunteered to assist in the Council's Scouting for the Handicapped Program. Since that time, her efforts to expand and improve the Program have both been tireless and successful. Single-handedly she gathered and distributed literature, developed awareness and training programs for leaders and organized programs throughout the Council for both special handicapped units and for those units where the handicapped were mainstreamed. She was also instrumental for developing a camporee program for the handicapped which was then in its third year of operation. She is a Brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow and Assistant Council Commissioner for the Handicapped.

An Eagle Scout, Grahame Richards had been a Scouter for more than 13 years. As a youth he was a member of the Order of the Arrow and served on the Philmont Scout Ranch Staff. Since 1978, he was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Devon Troop 50 and was actively involved in the Diamond Rock District and Council SME Campaigns and a member of the Council's High Adventure Committee. He had served as an advisor to Philmont Scout Ranch Crews for seven years and was an Assistant Scoutmaster at the 1985 National Jamboree. In 1989, he served as the Director of Operations and Deputy Camp Chief of Sub Camp 14 at the National Jamboree. Grahame was currently serving as Council Commissioner. Under his direction the Commissioner Staff achieved high levels of training and very high levels of on-time unit re-chartering and units that had earned the Quality unit award. He also had served on the Philadelphia Boy Scout Council's Board.

President Hab Butler's Scout Anniversary month message in the Trail Blazer set forth the positive things happening in Scouting in the Council:

- continuous membership growth since 1980 and currently serving 43% of the available boys between 6 and 13;

- service to over 1400 handicapped youth;

- collecting over 100 tons of food for the needy over the past 4 years;

- record camp attendance and leading the Northeast Region in percent of troops in camp; and, Cub Scout Resident Camp cited by the National Inspection team for its excellent use of themes in its Cub Scout programs;

- top advancement in Cub and Scout programs;

- nearly 78% of Cub and Scout units achieving the National "Quality Unit" award.

He concluded that especially noteworthy Council achievements included the retirement of the Council's debt; achieving a balanced budget; the increase in attendance at Ware as a result of the Cub Program; and, the adoption of the Long Range Plans to carry us through 1994.

His message offered challenges to the Council for the future and noted that the importance was not so much in our accomplishments but in continuing to focus on better ways to serve the young people who have been entrusted to our leadership.

The Vigil Honor call-out, chaired by Bill Davis, and the Founders' award presentations by Jim Gawthrop set the pace for the Order of the Arrow's 65th Anniversary Banquet. Lodge Chief Timothy Johnston welcomed the gathering. The highlight of the evening was a tribute to Ernie Heegard for his years of service to the Lodge as Lay Advisor.

The room lights were lowered and as the curtains opened on stage, Ernie's shelter from the Greenbrier site at Camp Horseshoe along with all the acutriments he customarily had in the site when he was Camp Director, had been actually transported by "Moose" Winsch and others from Camp and elsewhere to be recreated on stage. This formed the back-drop for Ernie's "This Is Your Life" tribute. Scouting associates from the past - some who he had not seen for years - presented their fond memories of Camp or in the Troop with Ernie. A special telephone call from his Mother in Florida surprised him as did the return of Ronald Sykes who served on the Staff with Ernie in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Matt Christenson came from California to help in the tribute. As Ernie sat in his rocking chair on stage, he enjoyed every minute of the tribute. Walt Ryan who had been Scout Executive in the 1970's came from Georgia for the reunion as well as others from near and far who Ernie had not seen for years. Many past Lodge Chiefs also returned for the occasion. It was a memorable evening in the Lodge's history and for all his friends and associates in the audience as they gave him a standing ovation.

Part of the evening was devoted to recognizing the work of the Lodge in the past year and the presentation of the Founders' Awards. Scott Sander was the youth honored for his service to the OA. John Pfeiffer was the adult recipient for his work at Lodge weekends and in handling Lodge supplies. Lodge Chief for the coming year was Tom Woodworth. Vice Chiefs included Jake Carrigan and Eric Wilson. Other officers included Josh Brody, Tom Hillhouse and Jeff Balmat.

In April the focus was upon "Celebrate the Earth" as part of our Council's Envirofest operation. Bill Fell had made arrangements with the participating environmental groups for the Council to participate during the annual Earth Week celebration. Our Troops and Cub Packs were encouraged to set up displays involved with the environment. Thirty Scout units had displays viewed by some 1000 visitors to the County Park. Mark Simonette of Troop 37 had a large display of Birds of Prey; Herb Wittmaier, Council Board member, had a stimulating display of "Environmental Challenges"; Pack 130 had posters; and, Explorer Post 62 of Great Valley High School conducted games as part of their Endangered Animal display.

Work had been in progress with the Council's Marketing and Communications Committee under the leadership of Al Nahmias, Vice President of Marketing. Working on this Committee were "JB" Rettew, Damon Sinclair, Barry Pennell, Dolores Hagerstrom, Bill Fell and Joan Snyder along with Tom Dintaman of the Council's Staff. They had established a number of objectives for the year to develop better publicity for Scouting in Chester County and the environs. As a result of their planning the first Council Media Workshop was held. Barry Pennell, who had been TV Guide Promotion Manager and had owned his own ad agency, developed materials for the Workshop. Representatives of Troop and Cub Pack Committees interested in doing better publicity attended. The results proved worthwhile. In addition other projects were planned by the group to support the communication of Scouting activity to the community.

The Annual Board Meeting in May saw the election of Brian E. Bennett as our Council President. Grahame Richards was re-elected Council Commissioner. Vice Presidents elected included Dr. William Brantley, Kenneth Oliver, Thomas Darlington, William Iorio, William Hess, Dolores Hagerstrom, William Fell, and Albert Nahmias. Mary Vitray was re-elected Treasurer and Kevin Holleran, Legal Counsel.

The third Annual Camporee for Handicapped Scouts and Explorers was held this year at Camp Horseshoe. The event was sponsored by the Octoraro Lodge 22 of the Order of the Arrow. Lodge members helped in running the events for the Scouts and working with the Scouts. Sue and Bob Fisher along with others helped to make this a terrific weekend activity for the Scouts and the Lodge members who helped.

Camp opened that summer with Paul Owens at the helm. His experiences at Camp Ware and knowledge of the Camp Horseshoe traditions and programs served to make this an excellent camping season for our Scouts. C.W. Bruton at Ware held forth with excellent programs for Scout Troops and for the Cub Scout encampments. From the standpoint of the Council Staff, Frank Rissel was the manager. This year Allen Forssmark was honored with the Horseshoe Award for his exceptional service to the Camp. Following the Camp season and closing down of Camp, the traditional Staff Banquet was held. This year the "JB" Rettew award was presented to Mike Berkheiser for his service to the troops in camp. As a part of the celebration there was the traditional reading of the Staff's Will of items and instructions to those of the future camp year.

This was another strong year for the Philmont participation by our Council's scouts. 96 scouts traveled by air to Colorado and then by bus to Philmont. Stops were made at the Air Force Academy and at the Koshare Kiva in La Junta. Then it was on to the trails at the Scout Ranch. We also sent several crews to Florida's Sea Base and to the Northern Tier Canoe Base this summer. We were among the top 25 Councils in the country with our High Adventure participation that year.

The Wood Badge Training Course NE-IV-59 was held at Camp John H. Ware, 3rd this summer. Brian Bennett was the Course Director and "JB" Rettew was the Troop Committee Chairman. Hab Butler and Steve Baldwin were the Course Advisors. Staff members included Lyn Ziegler, Russ Neubauer, Joan Caracappa, Herb Wittmaier, Tom Myles, Bill Iorio, Butch Briskey, Drew McCausland, Neil Chippendale, Rich Johnson and Jim Klucar. There were 48 Scouters who took the Course, one of the largest held in the Council. There was a brief moment that was cause for concern. Brian had climbed atop of a pioneer project remaining from summer camp to dismantle it. It collapsed on top of Brian. There were anxious moments and Brian was sent to the hospital where he was pronounced OK with instructions to go home and rest. He showed up at the next weekend in good shape. He was read a "message" from his wife(?) instructing us to take care of him!

Wood Badge candidates that year, along with the Staff, will recall the haunting refrain of "Tom The Toad" ("O Tom the Toad, O Tom the Toad, why are you lying in the road?") introduced by Hab Butler and members of the Staff at the opening campfire. It also was presented at the final dinner of the Course...this time with a transparent toad that obviously had been lying in the road. A memorable skit was also provided by the Staff entitled "The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter" for the learners' benefit.

At Nottingham Park in the fall, the Council Camporee was held with plenty of fun for the Scouts. This year's theme was "Trees, Tracks, and Traces." The emphasis for the Camporee was exploring nature, orienteering, geology, tracks, environmentalism, fishing, and forest fire fighting. The Scouts learned about some of the area's geology and about the serpentine rock where the Park is situated from the US Forest Service, the US Soil and Conservation Service, the Department of the Interior, the PA Department of Environmental Resources and the Chester County Park service.

Meanwhile, a traditional event for Cub Scouts was happening - the annual Pinewood Derby! In competitions in Cub Packs around the Council the best home-made car would be selected in competitions run on a speed track. The cars had to meet certain weight and size requirements and be made by the boy with hands-off guidance by the parent. The Cubs really got worked into a frenzy at the competitions. The best cars were selected to go to run-offs held by the District.

Vigil Honor members of the Lodge traditionally went to Cape May Point each fall for a fellowship outing and eating! Ernie Heegard's families traditionally put up the Scouters in their homes. It was always a great event to look forward to...eating...antique shopping...fishing...or, just relaxing. in recent years, the Lodge members enjoyed watching Ernie's new home built by himself and others.

The Holiday Gala and Auction returned to the Brandywine Museum this December. Chairman for the event was "JB" Rettew and assisted by Dolores Hagerstrom, Vice President of Finance. "JB" spent the first part of the year building a Host Committee of prominent people and forming an Auction Committee led by Joan Snyder of the Chester County Hospital. The Host Committee Co-Chairpersons were Mr. and Mrs. N. Peter Jacoby of Chester Springs. They held a pre-event party for the Host Committee to spur interest in the Gala. Joan Snyder recruited a spirited committee who brought in many unique auction items including vacation homes, TV sets, original art works, dinners, etc.. Barry Pennell handled writing the elaborate Auction brochure and served as the Chief Auctioneer that evening along with Matt Christenson. Gary Lasher handled the procurement of key Sponsors for the event and Bill Iorio arranged for the printing of invitations and brochures. It was a great evening with over 150 people attending and raised $24,000 for the Council Scouting Programs.

As the year of Scouting closed, there were a number of Scouters who were recognized in Memorial Contributions to the Council. We noted the passing of Paul Morgan, Scout leader, Wood Badge member and Silver Beaver recipient; James M. Wait, Sr. former Council Vice President and Silver Beaver holder; John Pavlick, Silver Beaver holder; Robert W. Donohue, former Council President and Chairman of the Board, also a Silver Beaver recipient; and, Joseph Brinton. Joe Brinton was our first Octoraro Lodge Chief, a Camp Staff leader in Horseshoe's first years, an associate of Chief Charles M. Heistand and long-time friend of the Chester County Council. (Author's note: I made an appointment to meet with Joe Brinton along with Scout Rich Foot to discuss the history of Horseshoe; he called off the meeting due to illness and we learned of his passing the following week.) Their lives and good works have become an integral part of the fabric of Chester County Council.

1993 The 1993 National Jamboree at Camp A.P. Hill was at the top of the list for many Scouts this year. Its theme was "A Bridge to the Future." In the past year, leaders had been selected and we were fast filling all the spots in our Jamboree Troops from the Council. Bill Hess was the Council Jamboree Chairman. Selected as leaders were for: Troop 1 - SM Frank Brevoort and Assistants Neil Chippendale, Jeff Wallace, Eric Wilson; Troop 2 - SM Tom Myles and Assistants Paul Cleary, John Lesko and Tom Myles, IV; Troop 3 - SM Russ Neubauer and Assistants Ed Constant, Mike Mobley and Peter Tait; Troop 4 - SM Gary Schroeder and Assistants Lyn Ziegler, Jim Hart and Andrew Fernandes; Troop 5 - SM Keith Simonetti and Assistants Dan Eichinger, Jonathan Kravitz and Nathan Bedford; and, Troop 6 - SM Charles Vain and Assistants Phil Potter, Greg Shindledecker and Jake Carrigan. These men would lead 210 Scouts from the Council to the Jamboree.

Dick Vermeil (ABC TV Sports Commentator) and Corbin McNeil (President of Philadelphia Electric Company) served as Co-chairmen of the 1993 Council SME fund raising campaign. A kick-off party was held at the Great Valley Sheraton for the key givers and campaigners. Vice President Dolores Hagerstrom noted that the support of all was needed to provide funds for the Scouting Programs that had been set for the Council.

The Annual Council Dinner this year was held at the Festivities Restaurant. The guest Master of Ceremonies was Steve Colantano, QVC Show Host, who repeated the 12 Points of the Scout Law "off the top of his head" from his Scouting days as a youth. Honored were the Council's newest flight of Eagle Scouts. 22 people were given Extraordinary Service awards. Tom Myles, Scoutmaster of Troop 105 sponsored by the St. Philip and James Church, was recognized with the St. George Award which recognizes outstanding service to Catholic youth through Scouting.

There were four people singled out for the Silver Beaver award at that evening's ceremonies:

The first to be honored was Karen W. Morris. Her Scouting began in 1983 as secretary of the Troop 67 Committee of Charlestown. She then served on the Staff for Basic Leader Training from 1985 on. She also served as the first female Course Director of Basic Leader Training and as a member of the Council's Wood Badge Training Staff. At the Philmont Ranch she participated in training events. She also planned two successful Cub Leader Pow Wows. Karen had attended numerous high adventure programs including Philmont, the Adirondack Base and several trips to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. She was a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.

Herbert N. Wittmaier served Scouting for over 30 years in the Hawk Mountain and Valley Forge Councils and, most recently, in the Chester County Council. He is an Eagle and holds the God and Country Award. In 1956, Herb served on the National Junior Training Course at Philmont. He has been an Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Troop Committee member, District Commissioner, Council Executive Board member and is presently Chairman of the Council Training Committee. He was an active member of the Wood Badge Training Staff, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and a recipient of the Extraordinary Service award.

The next to be honored was Richard H. Miller. Dick had been an active Scouter since he became affiliated with Troop 45 of Devon. He had served as Scoutmaster of the Troop for 20 years. He led the Troop on 5 canoe trips to Canada and one to New York State. He organized and directed the Conestoga and Diamond Rock District Klondike Derbies for 13 years and served on the staff of numerous first aid meets and camporees. He was a member of Wood Badge and the Order of the Arrow.

The final recipient of the Silver Beaver was Council Board member Kurt Strauss who has served Scouting for over 20 years. He had provided leadership in his community for many decades before and since his involvement in the Chester County Council. He had been a leader in the area of fund raising for Scouting and through his efforts well over $50,000 had been donated to this program. He was recognized with the "Good Scout" award in 1984 for his outstanding work for the Council. For his service to the community at large, Kurt has been recognized many times. Most noteworthy of these are: Americanism Award from the Daughters of the American revolution, Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, B'nai B'rith Community Service Award, SERTOMA - Service to Mankind Award, West Chester University President's Medallion of Service and Mr. Republican of Chester County.

In February Scout month, Peter Caracappa and Sean Ziegler represented our Council at the County Board of Commissioners Meeting. They were presented with a proclamation that honored the Chester County Council for its nationally- recognized quality program and proclaimed February Scout month in Chester County.

During February, we learned of the passing of Silver Beaver recipient Thomas C. Stilwell who had been an active Scouter in Devon 50 and in the Chester County since 1935. In April, we learned of the tragic death of Dr. Elwood "Ossie" Spellman. Ossie had been one of the mainstays in the Council program since he was a Scout and on the Horseshoe Camp Staff in the early 1930's. He was a Silver Beaver recipient and a Distinguished Eagle Scout. His record of achievements in our Council are many and are reflected in the countless young men in whose life he had made a difference over so many years. His spirit lives on in the Council. The Trail Blazer read - "We'll long remember the legacy of "Ossie" as a man who constantly lived the Scout Slogan, "Do a Good Turn Daily."

The Trail Blazer reported on the Octoraro Lodge activities. There were 1060 Lodge members at this time. Through their efforts during that past year the Lodge had donated, through the work weekends, 16,300 man-hours to help maintain the Camps. The Lodge recognized Cynthia C. Smith of the Council office with the Extraordinary Service award that year for her help with the Lodge administration including work in behalf of the Council for Jamborees, Trail Blazer and Wulomac Newsletters and many other duties.

The Lodge Banquet attendees were treated to Indian Dances by the Ahtaquaoweh Dance Team from Willistown Troop 78. Jeff Balmat led the team in a number of dances, Also participating were Chip Childers, Chris Flipse, Brian Herb, Jon DeVirglio, Brian Williams and with Ernie Heegard playing the Indian drums. Joe Cattel was honored for his 1993 Jamboree patch design at the Banquet.

Two youth members were honored at the Banquet with the Founders' Award. Tom Evasew was cited for his support of the Lodge by not missing a Lodge weekend since his 1985 induction as well as others duties he assumed in behalf of the Lodge. Chief Tom Woodworth was honored for his work in increasing the number of members achieving Brotherhood and his innovative ideas in saving the Lodge thousands of dollars. The adult recognized was Dr. David Sherwood for his planning of Banquets, assistance on summer Camp Staffs and many other exceptional services to the Council. That evening's Vigil Honor calling-out ceremony included the first woman, Karen Morris, to be a candidate for the Vigil Honor. She became a Vigil Honor member later in the year.

Russ Neubauer headed the Council's Show-N-Do event that spring. This program provided Scouters with training and ideas that could be applied to their individual Troop Programs. On another front this spring, an "Open House" for Cub Scouts and their families was held at Camp Ware to introduce them to Camp and promote their attendance. The Order of the Arrow members along with Rich Johnson took an active part in this project. The results of this effort were realized when we had to add an extra week for Webelos Camp this summer.

Before Camp opened, the Handicapped Camporee was held at Camp Horseshoe again under the leadership of Sue and Bob Fisher. This project was also helped by the Octoraro Lodge 22 members. Camp Horseshoe had a new Director this summer who was Glen Runyon. At Camp John H. Ware, 3rd, Alfred Stoudt was the new Camp Director.

A better way to handle the administration of the Horseshoe operation that year. Because of the inherent complexities when checking campers into Camp on Sunday as the prior week's campers were departing, the popular noon-time Sunday turkey feast was shifted to an earlier time in the morning. In addition, for the first time in the Camp's history, the Council contracted with an outside food service to prepare and supply the meals. As a result of the many concerns registered by troop leaders, it was decided to do away with this arrangement in future years.

In spite of those happenings, Camp had another fine summer under the fine leadership of Glenn Runyon. Glenn had been a member of the Camp Horseshoe Staff for a number of years. He also had been a camper there when he was a Scout in West Chester Troop 14. "Moose" Winsch who was leader of out of Council Troop 108 of Green Lane and who spent 32 other days of his spare time at Camp this summer, made these recent observations -

"I got to be at Camp with my troop and another 32 days last summer (93). ..and see Glenn Runyon restore the traditions and values back to the way they once were...legend ruled the Camp. I just hope that I have become a piece of the Horseshoe history and that I have had a positive influence on the young staff members."

"Moose" and many other leaders like him from within the Chester County Council and from without, have made a difference in the quality of the Horseshoe experience for the boys and Staff over the years. They are a part of the intricate fabric that makes up the history of our Camp and the "Spirit of the Horseshoe."

In all, it was a good summer at the Reservation with top attendance at both Camps. Ware witnessed more campers, thanks to the Cub Scout promotional efforts and the success of the programs offered the Scouts. The "JB" Rettew award this summer went to Pete Horvath at Horseshoe. Announced later this year, was the appointment of Bill Hess as Reservation Manager to oversee operations at Horseshoe and Ware in the coming year. This move was well received by the Scouters having known the work Bill had done as a member of the Council Board on the Camping Committee.

The National Jamboree was especially memorable for the six Council Troops that attended along with their leaders. This summer Philmont also shared in the High Adventure experiences for the Scouts. Troop 6 of West Chester traveled to the Sommers Canoe base in Minnesota where they canoed the waters of Banery Bay and other wilderness spots.

Under the leadership of Vice President of Finance Dolores Hagerstrom this summer, the first "Dick Vermeil Invitational Golf Tournament" was held at the Penn Oaks Country Club to raise needed funds for the Council's Scouting Programs. Attending were many of the former Philadelphia Eagles Football players who Dick Vermeil had coached. They included Ron Jaworski, Frank LeMaster, Bill Bergey, Tom Brookshier and many others. The Tournament was an unqualified success in that it helped to raise more money than any previous golf outing the Council had.

"Return to the Summit of Scouting" was the title of a new book this year about the Philmont Scout Ranch experience. Its author was William Cass, the Council's High Adventure Committee Chairman. Bill had spent several years on the Philmont Scout Ranch Staff during his college days, and had returned as a Crew Advisor with his son, Will, on the Council's 1991 expedition. The first two-thirds of the book dealt with his Staff experience while the remaining portion was a narrative of Bill's 1991 return to the Ranch where their itinerary took them to Beaubien, Fish Camp, Mount Phillips, and the Tooth of Time Ridge. The book proved to be popular with Scouting audiences nationwide.

Events for the Scouts this fall included the Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds for both the Scout units' programs and those of the Council. The Scouting for Food drive was successful under the leadership of Council Board member Norman Phelps, Chairman and CEO of National Liberty Corporation.

"JB" Rettew again served as the Chairman of the Council's fifth Holiday Gala and Auction held at the Brandywine River Museum in December. Mr. and Mrs. N. Peter Jacoby again Co-chaired the Host Committee. Joan Snyder's Auction Committee out-did themselves this year. Jean Campanelli, Ellie Rettew, Perry Jeffords, Bill Cass and other members of the Committee did an outstanding job of collecting dinners, vacation retreats, show tickets and many other unique items. Barry Pennell's Auction Brochure contributed greatly to the success of the Auction. More than $20,000 was raised for the Council's Programs.

The 1993 Annual Report message from Brian Bennett, Council President, bespeaks the excellence of the Chester County Council Scouting Programs now being delivered to more than 10,000 Scouts. His message read:

"Our world, country and indeed our community are experiencing great challenges. Scouting has a major role to play at all levels. Our programs have never been more important. As advocates of youth, family, and God and Country, we must maintain and expand the values embodied in Scouting's oaths, creeds, promises, and laws. To maintain these values, it takes great dedication and labor. For those involved in Scouting, it is a labor of love."

At the BSA National Council meeting in St. Louis, Missouri this year, a number of our Scout leaders were called upon for presentations including Past President Hab Butler. More than 700 volunteer and professional Scouting were in attendance from all parts of the country. The following reports on that event:

"Among the themes of the meeting were development of the "ideal" Boy Scout troop, a troop which is large enough to offer a full range of activities and leadership potential, the one that every Scouting parent would like to have his son join. At the end of the presentation on troop

building techniques, one delegate was asked to step forward to relate how the quality of Scouting in his council is sustained by healthy troops.

Hab Butler, now an Area Four Vice President, was invited to the podium. In introducing Hab, several significant statistics were shared with the audience. Over 35% of Chester County Council's troops exceed the optimal level of 32 Scouts. The national average is 11%.

The national average for council quality unit status is 52%; in Chester County it is 80%. The national average advancement rate is 52% whereas in Chester County it is 66%.

In other important areas such as long term camping involvement and the percentage of available youth served by Scouting, Chester County Council dominated the statistics by wide margins. The "stats" were so strong, according to Norman Burkhalter, National Director of Boy Scout Programs, ' No other council in America has a program even close to Chester County's'."

This was quite a tribute to the Council but more importantly to the Leadership of our Council Board, Scout Executive Paul Beauregard and the thousands of volunteer Scouters in the Council whose daily work with the boys is so effective.