FROM THE ALBUMS OF BILL SHAFFER – BEAVER PATROL

Beavers-Final
The first favorite photo of 2014 shows current Assistant Scoutmasters Randy McGuire and Joey Baumgartner, back when they were scouts and apparently Beavers. Others are Ray McKascle, Mark Cunningham, Robert Smith and Brent Berna.

FROM THE ALBUMS OF BILL SHAFFER – SPL BOLO

SPL Bolo - Final

One of the traditional parts of the Senior Patrol Leaders Investiture is the presentation of the Senior Patrol Leader’s Bolo. It was purchased in Alaska and was presented for the first time in 1999 to Hunter Neimi when he was SPL. Thirty outstanding Eagle Scouts have worn this bolo since it was first presented. Each of the thirty served a winter term or a summer term for a six month period of time. The bolo was chewed on by Matt Carney’s dog in 2004 which added personality to the object. It will be presented again in several weeks for the thirty-first time.

FROM THE ALBUMS OF BILL SHAFFER – RHINO FLAG

Rhino Patrol - final
 

Every Troop has an adult patrol.  Geezers, Old Timers, Old Fogies, whatever.  Troop 26 has the Gladiator Rhinos.  It has been our adult patrol name for years.  This photo is of the Rhino Patrol Flag, carried by former Assistant Scouter Jim Foutch.  The Gladiator Rhino attached to the top was carved by a former Assistant Scoutmaster George Lawhorn.

FROM THE ALBUMS OF BILL SHAFFER – RHINO FLAG

Add Rhino Patrol Flag Picture

Every Troop has an adult patrol. Geezers, Old Timers, Old Fogies, whatever. Troop 26 has the Gladiator Rhinos. It has been our adult patrol name for years. This photo is of the Rhino Patrol Flag, carried by former Assistant Scouter Jim Foutch. The Gladiator Rhino attached to the top was carved by a former Assistant Scoutmaster George Lawhorn.

From the Albums of Bill Shaffer – Scoutmaster’s Trophy

Scout Master's Trophy

 

The Scoutmaster’s Trophy.  A large golden eagle.  Presented for the first time to Eagle Scout Keith Forehand in 1983.  It was awarded to Eagle Scout Randy McGuire in 1984  The intention was to honor Eagle Scouts who continued to serve the troop, providing invaluable support, leadership and assistance.  The best of the best.  This photo was taken of the group of five Troop 26 Eagle Scouts who were presented with the Scoutmaster’s Trophy in 2005.  All these scouts are now grown men and each have become scouting legends and memories that I think of often.  Eagle Scouts  Jake Jorishie,  Andy Points, Charlie Spears, Daniel Rusco and Trent Wood.   We are today what they helped build in days past.  

From the Albums of Bill Shaffer – Old Church

Old Church

This is a really old photo.  Exact date unknown. Back in the middle to late 60s.   It was sometime before 1969 because this photo was taken in the basement of the old church at 11th and Sandusky.  On the left is Scoutmaster Bud Kunze.  The two leaders are, I think, Bob Moses and Earl Cox.  I may be wrong about that and, in fact, Bob Moses may have been the Scoutmaster.  I’m not sure when Bud took over from Bob.  Rick might know.  I can remember some of the young men on the floor but not all.  The boy on the left with his back to the photographer I think is Jeff Glanz.  The boy with his hand up pointing at the Advancement Chart is Mitch Dittus.  His little brother, Tommy, now Tom Dittis, was one of my first recruits in 1969, made Eagle Scout and later started the Blue Rose Cafe on South Peoria.  Mitch has passed away but when he grew up he was instrumental in getting the Tulsa Street School started on the site of my old elementary school, Franklin on 11th and Yale.  Right behind Mitch in the photo is Warren Peters.  The scout in the very middle with the different type of neckerchief on, I’m almost sure, is Rick Hayes.  Look at all those ribbons on the wall.  Look at all that perfect uniforming.  Troop 26 had a great history long before I got there.  

From the Albums of Bill Shaffer – Capital Building

Picture at the National CapitalThis was taken in Washington DC in front of the nation’s capitol. What a photo. The sky was so blue and the building and the clouds were so white. A great group of kids and adults. In fact, the best Scouts in America from the best troop in America. I am, of course, slightly prejudiced. I love this photo because the building reminds us of times gone by and the men who climbed these steps who helped build this amazing country. And the kids represent the future and the boys who will grow up and continue to build it. This photo makes me feel patriotic.