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MR. SKIP'S NIGHT HIKE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014
CAMP HART - MUSSER SCOUT RESERVATION
REGISTRATION WILL START AT 6:00 PM ON THE DINING HALL BALCONY
BRING YOUR CUBS, LEADERS, AND FAMILYS
ALL WILL ENJOY THIS EXCITING OUTDOOR ADVENTURE,
AND EVEN LEARN A BIT OF HISTORY OF THE UNAMI VALLEY
FROM OUR INDIAN AND SETTLER INTERPRETERS
HOT DOGS, HOT CHOCOLATE WITH MARSHMELLOWS AND EVEN A PATCH
HIKING THROUGH THE RESERVATION AT NIGHT WITHOUT FLASHLIGHTS
(ALMOST FULL MOON)
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
SKIP BURKHARDT 610-326-3418 (LANDLINE)
TO SPEED UP THE REGISTRATION PROCESS
PLEASE COMPLETE THE ROSTER FORM BELOW AND BRING IT WITH YOU ALONG WITH $5 PER PERSON
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!
There is a large black granite rock hidden down by the lake at Delmont Scout Reservation with an inscription on it known to many older scouters as Wilbur Rock. All that was really known about this rock is that Dr. Bertram K. Wilbur, a chocolate maker, dedicated the rock to his mother, Mrs. Harriet Lawrence Wilbur.
The inscription on the rock reads:
“THE HARRIET LAWRENCE WILBUR MEMORIAL TRACT DEDICATED FOR NOBLE IDEALS AND STRONG LIVES TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF DELAWARE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES BY HER SON BERTRAM K. WILBUR. 8-3-18”
According to Michael G. Comfort from his book “A Whale Boat on the Unami”, Dr. Bertram Wilbur was the chairman of the Council Camping Committee. He purchased two tracts of land the council had been renting for the previous two years, 1916-1917, as a memorial to his mother. Delmont was formally dedicated on July 25, 1918.
“It is not a house made with hands but just an open space among the trees, walled by huge boulders and roofed with leafy canopies. The great rocks speak of unchanging eternities; the tall trees, arching high overhead, tell of that thin veil that hides from our eyes those unseen things above; ferns and wild green things speak of youth and spring and joyousness, the faint murmur of the rill nearby or the deeper muffled sound of the waterfall tells of the continuation of things, the ongoing events that make the outlook of youth so full of confidence and satisfaction. B. K. Wilbur
This was an entry in the Pennsylvania Society of New York Yearbook 1919:
Mrs. Harriet Lawrence Wilbur Memorial. Chapel of the great spirit for the Boy Scouts of Delaware and Montgomery Counties, the gift of Dr. B. K. Wilbur (member of Pennsylvania Society) in memory of his mother, dedicated by the Reverend Thomas J. Garland (Chaplain of the Pennsylvania Society) August 3rd. The Chapel is an open air space lending itself to the holding of out of door services, not a building.
This is a short history of Wilbur Chocolate:
1865 Henry Oscar Wilbur owns a hardware and stove business in Vineland, NJ.
He partners with Samuel Croft to form Croft, Wilbur and Company in Philadelphia making molasses and hard candies.
They expanded into chocolates with a second location in Philadelphia, PA.
1884 the two companies split, H. O. Wilbur and his sons, William and Harry name this new venture: H.O. Wilbur & Sons Co.
Business booms and they move to a third location in Philadelphia. At age 59 H. O. Wilbur retires, passing on responsibility to his two sons.
1894 The company develops a process for making chocolate into a solid shape that resembles a flower bud, the bottom of the candy is molded into a flower shape with the letters W-I-L-B-U-R embossed in each petal. They call it the Wilbur bud which pre-dates the Hershey Kiss by 14 years.
1900 Harry dies, a third brother Bertram K. a doctor working in Alaska returns to Philadelphia and assumes supervision of the chocolate plant.
The Wilbur family continues control of the company until 1926. In 1930 all manufacturing operations are consolidated in Lititz, PA. The firm has changed ownership many times since.
A photo from the 1920’s says it was called “Dedication Rock”, long gone are the days when church services were held at this place. All I can say is go there, see it for yourself and you will say “wow” just like I did 40 years ago when my scout buddies and I “discovered” it. This project was very fulfilling to me, the leaders and boys of Boy Scout Troop 129, Pottstown, PA.
We held a rededication ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2014 complete with prayers being made, a flag lowering and bugle. Thank you John Bickel, Camp Musser Program Director, for your help and for unveiling the rock once again to its former glory. I got goose bumps!
An Invitation to Scouting
Cradle of Liberty Council
Boy Scouts of America
To plan and operate a display of exhibits and hands on activities designed to promote interest in the Scouting Programs. The display needs to be flexible enough to quickly assemble, dis-assemble, and store between presentations. It should be available for display, with attendants, at community days in Pottstown, New Hanover Township, and the Upper Perkiomen Valley. It needs to be ready for display at the fall, 2014 events in these locations.
The display will be designed by a team of volunteers – adult and youth – who will meet periodically to brainstorm and plan the details. There should be items to attract the attention of both youth and parents,. The display should include information literature about Scouting involvement, history, etc., samples of Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing seasonal activities, (Klondike Derby Sleds, Pinewood Derby cars, etc.), demonstrations of Scout centered skills, (First Aid, Pioneering, Survival, etc.), Hands-on activities for visitors – both adult and youth,
Eagle Scout Display - history, projects, faous Eagles, etc.
Founders of Scouting
Boy Scout Camps
History of the Boy Scout Uniform
Map of district, showing location of existing (and planned?) units
Volunteers for planning and operation
Dates of events
Materials available through various unit, district and council sources.
Contact municipalities to communicate ideas, needs, as well as ways to help in return.
To contribute ideas or suggestions contact:
To be discussed further at the March Roundtable.
The Continental District’s 41st Annual Klondike Derby was held at Camp Hart on January 17, 18, & 19, 2014. Headquarters, Registration, and the First Aid area for the weekend, were located at the Camp Master’s Cabin. The Awards Ceremony, Church Service, and Staff meetings took place in the dining hall. Stations for the event were located trough the camp.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT MADE THIS YEARS EVENT POSSIBLE AND A GREAT SUCCESS
NEXT YEARS EVENT WILL BE JANUARY 9, 10, 11 2015
Additional pictures and videos will be posted as they are processed.
If you have any comments or suggestions please contact John Kelly, Mark Wylie, or anyone on the District Committee.
2014 Continental District Picnic June 11, 2014
As in previous years the June roundtable will be a picnic at the New Hanover Lutheran Church Picnic Groove. Hot dogs and Hamburgers will be provided. Please bring a dessert, beverage or side dish to share. All scouters, scouts and their families from the district are welcome. Please contact Mark Wylie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend. Arrivals 6PM - Dinner 6:30PM
George Steckhouse was not only the master of ceremonies but also received the Commissioner Award of Excellence.
Full versions of all the pictures and videos will be available contact Mark Wylie for a Disk
Continental District Recipients of the
1932 ADOLPH KEISER, 1932 C. CLEAVER ROOT, 1946 EARL KUMMERER, 1951 H. SCHELLENBERGER, 1956 ROGERT C. YODER, SR, 1957 ROGER S. FIRESTONE, 1957 J. RUSSELL GEIGER, SR, 1961 A. W. KOPPENHAVER, 1961 MELVIN L. FEROE, 1961 WILLIAM D. GLENNY, 1963 ROBERT G. WELLER, 1964 DELAINE E. STORY, 1966 FRED W. BIELER, 1968 GEORGE O. RHOADS, SR, 1968 HIRAMADANS, 1969 DONALD M. KASTLE, 1971 DAVID FRIEDMAN, 1972 MELVIN C. BORNEMAN, 1972 SELMA U. FRIEDMAN, 1972 GARNET C. NYE, SR, 1972 ELANORE O’CONNEL, 1973 GRACE BILLGER, 1974 DR. DONALD C. THOMPSON, 1975 WILLIAM N. SCHULTZ, 1976 THOMAS L. SMITH, 1977 ROBERT FULMER, 1977 ROBERT K. HARTZELL, 1978 ROY A. GEIGER, 1981 RAYMOND G. BURKHARDT, 1981 KARL WINSCH, 1981 GEORGE LIGHTKEP, 1982 WHITNEY KERCHNER, 1983 BARRY W. KERCHNER, 1985 DOUGLAS BROWN, 1990 FLOYD TREFFINGER, JR, 1992 FRED REIGNER, 1994 CHARLES FLICKINGER, 1996 KAREN DIEHL, 1998 PAT SARRO, 1998 LEE WESNER, 1999 GEORGE SMITH, 2001 RON RODENBERGER, 2001 WILLIAM ROBINSON, 2002 CURTIS FOUTS, 2002 CRAIG H. TOMLIN (Chuck), 2003 JOSEPH BROOKE, 2003 ALBERT JENKIN, 2004 LAWRENCE K. HOCKMAN, 2004 GLADYS E. HOCKMAN, 2005 JOHN GALAMBA, 2009 BRIAN K. BURKHARDT, 2012 WILLIAM HUNSBERGER, 2013 ALICIA TRYON, 2013 JEFFREY ASTER
Continental District Recipients of the
News: The Continental Chapter of Unami Lodge has elected a new Chapter Chief and Chapter Vice-Chief. Conrad Detwiler from Troop 108 has been elected the Chapter Chief, and Christian VanDyke from Troop 367 has been elected the Chapter Vice-Chief. Please congratulate these young men when you see them, and encourage your Scouts to attend the Chapter meetings at Roundtable.