Charles Dickinson, 1930
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 22
Scoutmaster, Buckskin Council
Charleston, West Virginia

Charles DickinsonCharlie Dickinson joined boy Scouting in 1920 in Athens, West Virginia.  He was a member of the Beaver patrol and his Scoutmaster was Joe Walthall. 

"We converted the attic of a barn into a tremendous den.  Each boy had his own bunk and chair and we had the walls plastered with emblems, outdoor trappings, and other knick-knacks.  We studied our scouting there, but practiced it outdoors where all good Boy Scouts belong."

"Boy scouting is more important than ever in training of boys for citizenship and in learning how to take care of themselves.  It's the best organization for boys there is -- that's why I've stayed in.  A fellow never gets too old to enjoy Scouting."

Dickinson became an Eagle Scout in 1930 at the age of 22.  It was a thrill overshadowed only by the same high award being conferred on his son, Charles William, 23 years later.  Besides his own Eagle Scout rank, Dickinson has earned a total of 93 merit badges and holds the bronze, gold, and silver palms for his Eagle Scout rank.

"I haven't outgrown Boy Scouting in 32 years.  I don't ever expect to -- not while there are some merit badges left to get."

April 16, 1953, Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 13



John R. Wood, 1932
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 1, Comanche Trail Council
Brownwood, Texas

John R. Wood earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1932 while serving as Asst. Scoutmaster in Troop 1, Brownwood, Texas.  He was part of the Comanche Trail Council.  John was an enthusiast who learned about native American culture and reveled in teaching his Scouts what he knew.  John is a legend in the Comanche Trail Council and was awarded his Silver Beaver award in 1951.

To the right and below are a few pictures of John R. Wood from the 1950 National Jamboree where Wood served as the Asst. Scoutmaster of Troop 26 and another shot of Wood taking part in an annual parade in the Brownwood area.

For an excellent website dedicated to Scouting history in West Texas as well as Troop 26 and their participation in the Jamboree, please visit the West Texas Scouting History site at:

West Texas Scouting History Website


West Texas Scouting 1950 Jamboree




Masao Miyamoto, 1932
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 10
Kaimuki, Hawaii

Hawaiian Eagle Scoutmaster Has Incredible Legacy

Masao Miyamoto joined Troop 10 of Kaimuki, a small suburb of Honolulu Hawaii in 1927 when he was just 12 years old.  He earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1932 at the age of 19 probably as an Asst. Scoutmaster.

Miyamoto is a legend in Hawaiian Scouting and, by 1986, had not missed a Troop meeting in almost 60 years except for a few weeks in 1941 where blackouts associated with the bombings at Pearl Harbor virtually shut down Hawaii.  He guided Troop 10 through those years and became the Scoutmaster officially in 1946 after the previous Scoutmaster became Mayor of Honolulu.  Some 3,000 Scouts have come under his protective wing including a few hundred Eagle Scouts.  Miyamoto received the Silver Beaver Award in 1955 (before Hawaii was even a state).

NESA has awarded Miyamoto with the Prestigious Scoutmaster Award.  At the time of this award, there had been only 30 such awards ever made.

September 15, 1986, Lawrence Journal-World, (Lawrence, Kansas), Page 4



Charles P. Guice, 1933
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Field Commissioner
St. Albans, West Virginia

 Veteran Scout Leader To Get Eagle Honors

On May 22, 1933, Charles P. Guice became the first Charleston Area Council "commissioned" scout official to be awarded Eagle Scout as an adult.  By 1933, Guice was already a veteran leader having founded the very first troop in West Virginia, Troop 1 of Barracksville, on December 10, 1910 with an enrollment of 18 boys.

During his scouting career, Guice founded several Scout troops in West Virginia and earned a total of 30 merit badges working hand in hand with his Scouts.

Two years prior to his attainment of Eagle Scout rank, Guice had already received his Silver Beaver award.

May 14, 1933, Charleston Gazette (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 8
West Virginia Division of Culture and History



Glade Sanders, 1934
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23
Scoutmaster, Troop 133
Nephi, Utah

Glade Sanders joined Boy Scouting when he was 17 years old.  Calvin Coolidge was the president of the United States back then.  Glade became the very first Eagle Scout in Nephi, Utah in 1934 at age 23 while serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 133.

Sanders spent 29 years as an active Scouter and helped his Scouts through the Great Depression.  During that time, he also earned his Bronze and Silver palms and was awarded Scouting's Silver Beaver Award.

In 2012, Glade Sanders was awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).  At the time of his award he was 100 years old and was the second oldest Living Eagle Scout in the country.  Sanders passed away at the age of 101 in 2013.

March 13, 2012, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah)

     Glade Sanders 100 year old



Rev. Joshua H. Miller, 1936
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 70
Irwin, Pennsylvania

70-Yead Old Pastor Becomes Eagle Scout

Rev. Joshua H. Miller, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Irwin, Penn. earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1936 at the age of 70.  Reverend Miller had joined Boy Scouting just 5 years earlier.

Despite his advanced age, Miller passed all of the requirements as his younger scoutmates and participated fully in the Scout program.  As a youth, he had always enjoyed nature and the outdoors.  Even as an adult teacher, he often held his lectures out of doors whenever weather permitted. 

As a college student, Miller had once had the opportunity to save a classmate of his, O. R. Ebert, who had been swimming in a canal, become tired, and drowned.  Miller jumped in, swam to his classmate, pulled him to shore, and then revived him to the amazement of everyone there.  He and Ebert remained close friends until his friend passed away in 1934.

Miller felt it was important for the young men in his Troop to see him treated as an equal working side by side with them.  In that way they could learn that advancement was a natural process.  If their friends could get ahead through hard work, then so could they.

November 20, 1936, Monessen Daily Independent (Monessen, Penn.), Pages 1 and 2.



Manning Stires, 1938
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 32
Troop 183, Daniel Webster Council
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Scoutmaster Manning Stires, Portsmouth's Newest Eagle Scout

Manning Stires who received the Eagle Scout award this evening, is Scoutmaster of Troop 188, sponsored by the American Legion.  He is very active in Scouting and has a very active troop.  Becoming interested in Scouting when his son, Wilford, joined Troop 174, Mr. Stires made a study of scouting and from that study grew a greater interest and he became Scoutmaster.  Through his efforts the Legion troop has become one of the outstanding troops in the city, and received 47 merit badges last evening.

Mr. Stires is a painter and carpenter by trade and has lived in Portsmouth for a number of years.  He served in the World War, and has been active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.  Mr. Stires is 32 years old.

February 8, 1938, Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), Page 5



Frank A. Runkles "Chief", 1938
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29
Scoutmaster, Troop 22
Dublin, Texas

Frank RunklesFrank "Chief" Runkles was another of the dedicated Scoutmasters who help shape the history of Scouting in Western Texas.  Frank earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1938 as the Scoutmaster of Troop 22 in Dublin, Texas.  He was recognized for his contributions to BSA with a Silver Beaver award in 1948.

Runkles was well known for his research on Comanche traditions and portrayal in full regalia.  Each year, Runkles peformed a Taba'na Yuan'e (Sunrise Wind) ceremony, which predicts the outlook for the agricultural harvest in the coming year.  These ceremonies were popular, well attended, and surprisingly accurate.

Frank also served as the ranger at Camp Post, a South Plains Council Boy Scout camp outside of Post, Texas and was the founder of the Nakona Lodge in 1970.  Many in the South Plains area remember Runkles who would come to school in native garb to talk about native American traditions and recruit Boy Scouts.

For more information about Frank Runkles and his many contributions to Boy Scouting, please visit the following links:

                                     History of Nakona Lodge                            West Texas Scouting History Website

Frank Runkles HeadstoneEditors Note:  To the right is a picture of Frank Runkles headstone. 

 Isn't this the sort of volunteer we want attached to Boy Scouting? 



Herbert C. Erkenswick, 1939
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 22
Chicago, Illinois

Herbert ErkenswickHerbert C. Erkenswick was born in 1916 and entered Boy Scouting on September 1, 1928 at the age of 12.  While there is evidence the he earned some Scoutmaster training awards, it is not clear if Erkenswick was ever an adult leader.

It is not clear exactly what took Erkenswick so long to earn Eagle Scout but the timeline is established.  In a very public ceremony, Erkenswick received his Eagle Scout rank in 1939 from President Franklin D. Roosevelt personally with the King and Queen of England in attendance.  Erkenswick was 22 years old.

In Erkenswick's scouting career from the glimpse we have in 1943, he earned 106 merit badges, had attended 2 world jamborees and 1 national jamboree.  He appears to have spent part of his youth in North Carolina and was mentioned in at least 1 news story there.

Erkenswick also earned the rank of Ace Scout, the highest rank in the Air Scouting branch of Boy Scouts as well as the rank of Quartermaster, the highest rank in Sea Scouting.  Erkenswick also earned the Scouter's Training Award, Scoutmaster's Key, and received the Silver Beaver award.

February 7, 1943, Paris News (Paris, IL), Page 20

Editors Note:  I find this story a bit odd.  The record indicates that he earned his Silver Beaver at age ~26.  How does a 26 year old that spends so much time earning rank, merit badges, and traveling manage to put in enough time and service to youth at the council level to merit a Silver Beaver Award?



Lester Berndt, 1939
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 20
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 30
Clintonville, Wisconsin

Lester BerndtAssistant Scoutmaster Lestern Berndt, of Clintonville, Wisc., received his Eagle Scout rank from Troop 30 Scoutmaster Arlin Marquardt.  Berndt was 20 years old.

Troop 30 was a relatively new Troop sponsored by St. Martin Lutheran Church for 6 years in the Valley Council.  The troop was composed of 30 boys and under the leadership of Arlin Marquardt and his three Assistants: Lester Berndt, Herman Kautz, and Evan Kedtke.

January 26, 1939, Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin), Page 3
April 20 1939, Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin), Page 34
U.S. Census 1930, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

Editors Note:  Such awards are not rare in the annals of Scouting.  What is pretty rare, however, is that the Scouts of Troop 30 entertained their audience prior to the Court of Honor by putting on a boxing match featuring the Scouts themselves.  How cool is that?



J. E. Price, 1939
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 49
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 12
Abilene, Texas

J. E. PriceAmericanization School Principal Awarded Eagle Scout Badge

Troop 12, Boy Scouts of America, consisting mostly of students in the Americanization School, is made up of active scouters and ardent boosters of Scouting.  Robert Bassetti is Scoutmaster and J. E. Price, school principal, is Assistant Scoutmaster.

Last Monday evening, three Mexican boys and principal Price received their eagle Scout awards.  More than 10 Mexican fathers and mothers, teachers, and friends, braves a blustery norther and the worst sandstorm of the year to see Price and boys: Frank Arroyo, Frank Rodriguez, and his brother Lujerio Rodriguez  receive their awards.

February 27, 1939, Abilene Reporter (Abilene, Texas), Pages 1 and 9.
March 4, 1939, Abilene Reporter (Abilene, Texas), Page 15
West Texas History Website, Comanche Trail Council Eagle Awards