1911 : Owasippe, Nation’s Oldest Boy Scouts Camp

July 22, 2018 all-day

It was 1911 when the boys from Chicago first climbed aboard a steamship to head into wilds unknown.

They were among a new breed who called themselves Boy Scouts, committed to being helpful, loyal, obedient and brave, among other virtues.

When the Boy Scouts finally disembarked in Whitehall, a world away from the bustle of city life, the townspeople lined the streets to greet them. Dressed in military-style uniforms, the boys paraded through town on their way to their new wilderness outpost on Crystal Lake about 3½ miles away.

There, among the pines, scrub oak and clear waters, they settled Camp Owasippe.

Camp Owasippe website

Owasippe Camp Reservation wikipedia entry

Owasippe Scout Reservation History

For the full article, see Lynn Moore, Owasippe, nation’s oldest Boy Scouts camp, celebrates 100th birthday, Muskegon Chronicle via MLive, July 22, 2011.

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