Be Prepared for the 21st Century


Camping when Truman was President: The slide show below shows Troop 37 on camping  trips in 1951, as well as the first inter-troop Ralley with Troop 19.  Whoever took the photos was good enough to lable the backs with the names of the campers.

Troop 37 v. Tay House: The historic rivalry between Troop 19, Tay House, and Troop 37, which originated when Jack Dailor and Al Hasselwander transferred to newly-created Troop 37 in 1947, was enhanced all the more when Troop 19 alumni Lou Langie Jr. took over as Troop 37 Scoutmaster. The two troops met in the first of many inter-troop rallys Dec. 26, 1951 (score: Tp. 37: 20, Tp. 19: 11). See slide show, below.

Last year at Eagle Island: Before there was Massawepie, there was Eagle Island, the tiny summer camp in Sodus Bay operated by Otetiana Council.  Troop 37 attended the last summer camp season there in 1951.

Winter Camping, December 1951 (from a newspaper article.) [Note: Camp Cutler was located, until 1965, in Webster.  It was then bought by the Monroe County Parks Department and is now Webster Park.  Otetiana Council used the sale proceeds to purchase a new Camp Cutler in the Bristol Hills]: Fine weather, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. When the beholder is a 14-year-old Boy Scout, the heavy snow and sharp cold that may irritate his parents promise an exciting weekend at Camp Cutler, in Lake Road, Webster. The campout began yesterday afternoon for 24 Scouts from Troop 37. After making up their minds in Medicine Lodge, the Scouts piled outdoors for favorite boy stuff like snowballing, tracking and rolling down hill. From behind snow-covered trees, some of the Scouts popped out to startle friends. "We got ambushed twice!" exclaimed one boy who had just returned from a nature hike. The boys said the nature part was limited to examining trees, since no animals were seen among the woodlot trails. The Scouts are supposed to rise at 7:30 this morning, breakfast and then tackle a scouting program arranged by Walt Huurman, senior patrol leader. A fox-and-goose game and a soccer match come first. After lunch, the scouts will track leaders who will "plant" scout woodcraft signs as well as their own prints. First aid, Morse code and the compass work will be woven into the game.

Don Corbett Jr., Eagle Scout (from a newspaper article in 1952): There's a mother behind at the achievement of every Eagle Scout. That's the tradition of the Boy Scouts. And 15-year-old Donald Corbett Jr. followed that tradition last night when he pinned a miniature silver Eagle on his mother, Mrs. Donald Corbett Sr., at a Court of Honor in St. John the Evangelist Church. A student at Aquinas Institute, Corbett became the third member of Scout Troop 37 to achieve the highest rank in scouting as Scoutmaster Louis Langie Jr. presented his Eagle award. A total of 27 advances in rank and 59 merit badges went to other members of the troop at the court of honor.

Carl J. Tallmage and Richard A. Corbett, Eagle Scouts (from a newspaper article in 1952): Two boys received Eagle Scout awards last night at the final Court of Honor to be held for the scouting year by Troop 37, which is sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Church in Humboldt St. They were: Carl J. Tallmadge, 14, of 81 Coniston Dr., Brighton, and Richard A. Corbett, 14, of 75 Browncroft Blvd. Approximately 250 persons were present in Church Hall, downstairs in St. John Church, as Louis A. Langie, Sr., member of the diocesan council for scouts, delivered the Eagle Scout Charge to the scouts to uphold the honors they have won. Scoutmaster Louis A. Langie Jr. introduced the scouts and the Eagle Scout badges were pinned on by their fathers, E. H. Tallmadge and Donald J. Corbett.

Camping in 1952:

Massawepie 1952: Troop 37 attended the very first season at Massawepie, camping at Camp Pioneer, the first camp opened.  The slides below may be the best available depictions of Massawepie its first year of operation: