Arthur Frank Kolm, 1914
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Assistant Scout Executive, Queens Scout Council
Queens, New York

Arthur Frank Kolm was the Assistant Scout Executive of Queens Scout Council when he earned his Eagle Scout rank on
July 16, 1914.  Kolm had earlier served as an Assistant Scoutmaster in 1913. 

April 8, 1920, Grand Rapids Daily Tribune (Grand Rapids, Wisconsin).

 

Silver WolfDaniel Carter Beard, 1915   "Uncle Dan"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 64
National Scout Commissioner
Flushing, New York

Even before the founding of Scouting in England, Daniel Carter Beard was the founder of the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905.  After the incorporation of Boy Scouts of America in 1910, he merged his organization with BSA, became one of our first National Scout Commissioners, and served in that capacity for 30 years.  A prolific author and illustrator, Beard pioneered and published most of the concepts that make up the Scouting program today. 

Beard founded BSA Troop 1 in Flushing, New York.  He became an Eagle Scout on February 15, 1915, at the age of 64 while serving as National Scout Commissioner.

Beard was a giant among Scouters.  Prior to the creation of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Beard received the only "Gold Eagle Badge" ever awarded at the 2nd National Training Conference for Scout Executives in 1922.  When Beard died in 1941 at the age of 90, E. Urner Goodman, BSA National Program Director was in charge of his funeral.  An estimated 2,000 people lined the funeral route to the cemetery where 127 carefully chosen Boy Scouts served as honor guards and assisted with traffic control.  The entire Scouting nation mourned the loss of "Uncle Dan."

Memories of Dan Beard abound within Eagle Scouting.  A Boy Scout council is named after him as is a bridge in New York.  Many Boy Scout camps have buildings and campsites named after him.  It is hard to imagine what Boy Scouting would be like today without the influence of Daniel Carter Beard.  

June 4, 1941, New York Herald Tribune (New York, New York), Page 1
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Charles Daugherty, 1915 "Chic"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21
Special Field Scout Commissioner
Touring with Chautauqua series throughout Indiana in 1917

 Charles "Chic" Daugherty was a Special Field Commissioner appointed by BSA National Headquarters to promote the new Boy Scout movement throughout Indiana.  He earned his Eagle Scout 1915 at the age of 21. 

Prior to his involvement with Boy Scouting, Daugherty served for several years as the secretary to the Boys' Department of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).  He was referred to as a professor in multiple newspaper articles but it is not clear where he earned his degree.

The 1917 article referenced below is an advertisement for Daugherty's participation in the Chautauqua series.  Chautauqua was an highly popular adult education movement in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Chautauqua "assemblies" were common across America beginning in 1876 and continuing for several decades. Chautauqua brought entertainment, culture, scientific exhibits, educational speakers, debates, art, and a myriad of other topics to rural Americans. 

Similar to the religious tent revivals that preceded them and were still in vogue even in the early 1900s, a Chautauqua would move into an area for several days at a time and set up large tents in a field near town.  On the bill would be scheduled entertainment and presentations daily by experts in several topics, with time allowed for visitors to discuss topics.  The stamp below and to the right commemorates the 100 year anniversary of Chautauqua in 1976 and provides a sense of what it might have been like.

While it may seem odd to see Boy Scouting associated with such an event, it is important to note that the relationship had been established since at least 1912 when local Boy Scout troops would take advantage of the opportunity and camp on the Chautauqua grounds putting on their own exhibits for the visitors. 

The relationship was a very symbiotic one in that young restless young men could spent hours outside the big tent with the Scouts doing wholesome things while their parents were inside doing other wholesome things.  These Scouting demonstrations were an important way for the public to learn about Boy Scouting at a time when the term "Scout" did not the universal recognition and regard we have today.

April 5, 1917, Versailles Republican (Versailles, Indiana)  (Click to see the original advertisement)

 

J. Roy Zoeller, 1916   "Chief Woodpecker"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30
Assistant Scout Council Executive, Allegheny Boy Scout Council
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Roy Zoeller was an early Boy Scout leader in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.  In 1908, a full 2 years before the founding of BSA, Zoeller had read about the success of Boy Scouting in England and sent a letter to Robert Baden-Powell seeking information about starting a Boy Scout Troop.  In response, he received a book of rules and instructions.  In that same year, Zoeller founded the first Boy Scout Troop in the state of Pennsylvania and was an immediate success.  In 1910, Zoeller folded his unit into BSA.

Zoeller's early experience with Scouting was a huge benefit to the fledgling American Scouting movement.  He was soon offered a position as the Assistant Executive of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Boy Scout Council.  

Zoeller is mentioned in Boy's Life honor roll for earning his Star Rank in August 1915 and his Eagle Scout rank in 1916.  Zoeller was very popular with the Scouts in his Council and was a fixture in the local summer camp.  His nickname among the boys was "Chief Woodpecker".

Many decades later, in 1961, at the age of 75 and still an active Boy Scout leader, Zoeller had the honor to pin an Eagle Scout medal on his grandson, Gregory W. Moore, while his son-in-law (also an Eagle Scout) looked on.  The Zoeller/Moores became the first family in the history of John Morton District of Delaware County, Pennsylvania to have a 3rd generation Eagle Scout in the family.  At that time, Zoeller was the longest serving volunteer Boy Scout leader in BSA having been an active Scouter for 52 years.

August 1915, Boy's Life Magazine Honor Roll
March 1916, Boy's Life Magazine Honor Roll
March 25, 1916, The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
December 19, 1961, Delaware County Daily Times (Delaware County, Penn.), Page 20

 


C. J. Carlson, 1920
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 42
Scout Executive, Riverside California Council
Regional Scout Executive of Revion XII (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii)
Regional Scout Executive of Region VII (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin)

C. J. Carlson was raised in New England but somehow found himself living in California during World War I where he worked in a variety of different capacities including Grocer, Newspaper Man, Shoe Salesman, and Chief of Police.  It was approximately at this time that he completed his Eagle Scout rank probably as President of the Riverside Council.

We know that C. J. Carlson earned his Eagle Scout as an adult because of the birth year mentioned in the article to the right.  He was born in 1879 making him ~31 years old when BSA was formed and ~33 years old when the rank of Eagle Scout was created in 1912.  We believe it was awarded in 1920 making him approximately 42 years old.

Carlson appears to have been an incredible organizer with the experience to make his Scouting efforts successful.  He became the Scout Executive for the Riverside, California Council in 1920.  He was employed on the staff in Region 12 (California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii) for a year before becoming the Scout Executive in Long Beach, California.  In 1927, Carlson became the Regional Scout Executive for Region 12 serving there successfully for 11 years before taking on the post at Region VII in approximately 1938.  There is no question that he was Eagle Scout material.

January 8, 1942, Oak Park Oak Leaves (Oak Park, Illinois), Page 16
February 1921, Boy's Life Magazine, Page 26

Annual Boy Scout Meet 
on January 15

Oak Park - On Thursday evening, January 15, the adult members, their guests and friends of the Thatcher Woods Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, will have their annual dinner meeting and installation of officers at Proviso High School at 6:30 p.m.  The guest of honor will be C. J. Carlson, Regional Scout Executive of Region VII, comprising the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.  

Mr. Carlson, who is an Eagle Scout -- the highest rank in the Scout movement -- was born in Sweden on April 20, 1879 and emigrated to New England with his parents when he was still an infant.  He is the oldest of nine children, all living. ...

January 8, 1942, Oak Park Oak Leaves (Oak Park, Illinois), Page 16

   

 

 

Samuel D. Bogan, 1922+
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 24+
Scout Executive, Louis A. Fuertes Council
Ithica, New York

Samuel D. Bogan received his Eagle Scout rank in 1922 while serving as Scout Executive for the Louis A. Fuertes Council.  Genealogical records indicate he was born in 1898.  In 1922, he must have been at least 24.   

January 27, 1948, Bradford Era (Bradford, Pennsylvania), Page 3

 

Harry E. Frayer, 1924
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 31
Scout Council Executive, Altoona Council
Altoona, Pennsylvania

H. E. Frayer gets High Scout Honor

Degree of Eagle Scout is conferred upon Head of Altoona Council

At a Boy Scout court of honor held Saturday evening in the High School, Altoona Boy Scout Council Chief Executive Harry E. Frayer attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award in Scoutdom.  The honor was conferred upon him only after he had successfully passed the required tests.

In order to  obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, Executive Frayer passed the eleven required tests in subjects designated by the Scout program and, in addition, passed ten other subjects which were elective.  These tests follow: First aid, lifesaving, personal health, public health, physical development, athletics, pioneering, cooking, camping, civic, bird study, pathfinding, signally, handicraft, forestry, carpentry, conservation, marksmanship, and swimming.  

Prior to obtaining the highest award, Mr. Frayer was given the Life Scout badge and then the Star Scout badge, all these steps leading up to the latest achievement.  He is the third member of the Altoona council to advance himself to the Eagle honor, Robert Brua, a local Scout, and Jack Casselberry, former Scoutmaster of Troop 3, Juniata, each winning the coveted degree.

April 7, 1924, Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pennsylvania)

Comment:  Did you notice the reference in this newspaper article to Life Scout badge coming before Star Scout?  It seems odd but this was the correct order or ranks until 1927.  Please click here for more information about the Life/Star order.

   

Raymond J. Donovan, 1919-1924
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scout Council Executive, Piasa Bird Council
Indianapolis, Indiana

Raymond Donovan had early ambitions for the Baptist ministry but found himself traveling as a salesman for a wholesale grocery firm instead.  In 1919 he became associated with Boy Scouting in Indianapolis, Indiana as a Scoutmaster.  Some time before 1924, Donovan "pushed his way up to Eagle Scout rank" as an example to the boys under his leadership and his 2 sons.

After achieving Eagle Scout, Donovan decided to curtail his traveling and make Boy Scouting a profession.  He became a district executive where his sales experience was a huge benefit. By 1924 he was the Scout Council Executive in Harbor, Michigan Council where he stayed until 1927.  

In 1943, when Donovan became Scout Executive for the Piasa Bird Council in Indiana.

July 22, 1943, Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Indiana), Page 2

   

 

Walter Wingett, 1926
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23
Scout Executive, Spanish Peaks Council
Trinidad, Colorado

Walter Wingett joined Boy Scouts in 1918.  He became an Asst. Scout Executive in Kansas City, Kansas in 1923 and served in that position for 3 years before he was made Scout Executive of the Spanish Peaks Council with headquarters in Trinidad, Colorado.   In May 1926 at the age of 23, Walter Wingett became an Eagle Scout and received his Eagle Scout Badge personally from General Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, who was making a tour of the United States at that time.

December 2, 1930, Daily Tribune (Greeley, Colorado), Page 7.

   

 

Carroll J. Holt, 1927
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Field Executive, Oklahoma City Council
Scout Executive, Mt. Whitney Area Council

Carroll J. Holt was born in 1908 in Washington D.C. and entered the Boy Scout program in January 1920 at the age of 12.  He earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1927 at the age of 19.  BSA age restrictions were very different in 1927 and he was probably not considered a Scout leader even though he was old enough to be an Assistant Scoutmaster beginning at age 18.

A few years later, Holt served as a Scoutmaster of Troop 2 in San Marino, California for 10 years and as assistant Camp Director for 7 years in the San Gabriel Valley Council.  In 1937, Holt was the Scoutmaster in charge of the Pasadena-San Gabriel Council contingent to the National Scout Jamboree in his birth city of Washington, D.C.

Upon his graduation from the Scout Executive Training School in September 1938, Holt began a career as a Scouting professional as a Field Executive in the Oklahoma City Council.  In 1942, he transferred to Bryan, Texas and later became the Assistant Scout Executive in Sacramento, California.  In 1947, Holt took on the position of Scout Executive of Mt. Whitney Area Council in Visalia, California.  In 1955, his experience and success landed him a position as Assistant Scout Executive in the much larger and rapidly growing Kern County Council headquartered in Bakersfield, California.

July 1, 1937, Catalina Islander, (Catalina Island, California), Page 2.
January 10, 1955, Bakersfield Californian, (Bakersfield, California), Page 19.
1940 U.S. Census, Oklahoma City

   

 

 

Jack Brunberg, 1931
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 35
Scout Council Executive, Pecan Valley Council
Brownsville, Texas

In January 1928, Jack Brunberg came to Brownwood, Texas to help organize a new council.  Brunberg, six feet tall, with brown hair, came to Brownwood from Laredo, Texas where he was employed in Scouting.

The Council was named the Pecan Valley Council, a common name used for many organizations in and around Brownwood. Dr. Jewel D. Daughety, M.C. of Brownwood was elected as President.   An application for a charter for the new Pecan Valley Council was sent to the Boy Scout National office in New York in March 1928. Office space was provided in the old American Legion Hall in the basement of the Brown County courthouse.  Jack Brunberg was the first Scout Executive for Pecan Valley Council.

In 1930, Jack Brunberg completed all 21 merit badges and was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 35.  Shortly after the award, however, the depression was on and the Pecan Valley Council fell on hard financial times.  Jack Brunberg left the council's employment and moved on.

West Texas Scouting History Website.

 

Brice William Draper, 1931
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29
Scout Council Executive, Concho Valley Council
San Angelo, Texas

Brice William Draper served from 1927-1934 as the Scout Council Executive for the newly formed Concho Valley Council in Southern Texas.  Prior to 1927 he had been an executive with the Nueces Valley Council in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Draper completed the requirements for Eagle Scout and received his award as an adult in 1931.

Draper was an industrious Scout Executive with some novel ideas.  In 1927, Draper formed an "exhibition troop" of Boy Scouts who traveled to the towns around San Angelo, performed service projects, and allowed local citizens to and see the value of having a Scout troop in their community.  

For an excellent accounting of Draper and his "exhibition troop" on the West Texas Scouting History website, please click on the picture below.  This original research by Frank Hilton is interesting and very highly recommended reading.

1930 U.S. Census, Tom Green, Texas
http://www.charity-charities.org/Texas-charities/SanAngelo-1665614.html
http://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/award_eagle_cvc.html
http://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/other_exhibition.html
http://southtexasbsa.org/about-us/history/

1940 U.S. Census, Bexar, Texas

Photo of Exhibition Troop

 

John Jager Sigwald, 1933   "Sig"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29
Scout Council Executive
Alabama

John Jager Sigwald or "Sig", as he was known, began his professional Scouting career in 1926 as a Scout Executive in Alabama.  He earned his Eagle Scout rank as an adult professional Scouter in 1933 at the age of 29.  Records indicate that John Jager Sigwald was a large man with flaming red hair and an extremely outgoing personality.  He left a good impression on all who met him.

In 1934, Sig became the Scout Executive of the East Carolina Council where his leadership contributions were many.  He helped organize some of the first rural and African American Scouting programs in the country.  In 1936, Sig was honored as a member of the first American Wood Badge course held May 12-20 in Mendham, New Jersey.  This course was to become the blueprint for future courses and included Scouting great William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt.

In 1940, Sig left the professional Scouting ranks to pursue a career with the U.S. Army.  He was commissioned a Captain in the 77th Infantry Division and, while stationed at Fort Jackson, took on the task of creating a new method of classifying skills for new recruits.

John Jager Sigwald, 1904-1985 by Martin Tschetter
http://www.jackson.army.mil/sites/garrison/pages/542

   

Bernard William Ingli, 1931
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 25
Scoutmaster and Field Executive, La Crosse Council
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Bernard W. Ingli was a Scoutmaster with Troop 75 of Viroqua, Wisconsin.  He also worked part-time as a "field executive" in the district in and around Viroqua.  He earned his Eagle Scout in 1931 at the age of 25 while serving in dual volunteer/professional employee roles.   

In approximately 1932, William B. Soules became the La Crosse Council Scout executive and Ingli was offered a position as a full-time field executive.  Later, when Soules left the council, Ingli was chosen to fill his role.  Bernard Ingli served this role honorably and is noted multiple times in the La Crosse local papers for his excellent Scouting work.  Ingli also appears to have been associated with the Big Brother organization in the 1950s before retiring to Florida.

January 1, 1931, Evansville Review (Evansville, Wisconsin), Page 1
June 3, 1934, La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press (La Cross, Wisconsin), Page 23

 

Leo F. Lynch, 1943
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scout Executive, Berkshire County Council
North Adams, Massachusetts

Leo F. Lynch, Scout Executive of Berkshire County Council, was presented the Eagle Scout award at a dinner meeting of the Stanley Club in Pittsfield.  

October 2, 1963, North Adams Transcript (North Adams, Massachusetts), Page 12

 

Charles E. Meadows, 1945
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 26
Field Scout Executive, Marietta Council
Marietta, Ohio

Born in 1919, Charles Meadows was one of many volunteer Scout leaders who transitioned into a professional career in Boy Scouting as a Field Scout Executive. 

Prior to earning his Eagle Scout rank, Meadows served as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 15 in Charleston, West Virginia from 1938 to 1941.  He was also Scoutmaster of Troop 66 and probably well on his way to completing the 21 merit badges required when WWII began.  As did many young patriotic Scout Leaders of the era, Meadows joined the armed forces.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a bombardier in the 410th Bomber Group in the skies over Germany attaining the rank of second lieutenant.  He was on his way to the Pacific Theater when the war ended in early 1945.

After his discharge from the armed forces, Meadows returned to his civilian life and again became involved with Boy Scouting.  He quickly completed the remaining merit badges required for his Eagle Scout rank.  He accepted a professional position with BSA in Marietta, Ohio (about 90 miles from his home in Charleston, WV) and left to attend the BSA National Training School for Executives at Mendham, New Jersey on the very day of his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Meadows continued as a Scout executive in various councils until his retirement.  He remained a Boy Scout volunteer until his death in 2005 from Leukemia.

November 11, 1945, Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV), Page 22
May 31, 2005, Toledo Blade (Toledo, Ohio)

Scouts Will Honor
Former City Man

Charles Meadows, recently appointed field scout executive of Marietta, Ohio, and a former Scoutmaster of Charleston Troops 15 and 66, Boy Scouts of America, will receive the Eagle Scout award at a board of review and court of honor Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

November 11, 1945, Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV), Page 22

 

Lewis McCoy, 1947
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Field Executive, Black Beaver Council
:Lawton, Oklahoma

Lewis McCoy, local field executive for the Black Beaver Council was awarded his Eagle Scout badge at the annual Black Beaver council banquet held in the Chickasha, Oklahoma American Legion Hall. 

January 23, 1947, Lawton Constitution (Lawton, Oklahoma), Page 1.