Buffalo Trail Council
Some forty-five Scouts from the Buffalo Trail Council attended the 1937 1st National Boy Scout Jamboree at Washington, D.C. The group won honors in camping and as part of a regional pageant they presented a portrayal of an old western wagon train. They also took many relics of the old west with them for display in their campsite. The council has pictures of its Scouts that were taken by national news agencies and sent all over the country. Ten of twleve Scouts from Sweetwater that went to the Jamboree were Jimmie Jay, O. H. Henry, John Palmer Leeper, John Simpson, Clifton Perkins, Billy White, Maurice Reich, and Joe Ben Lewis. Two of the Jamboree leaders were Garland Vinson, Scout leader, and Henry Rodgers, Jr., Sea Scout leader, both from Sweetwater.
For a photo of this group and a story that appeared in the Sweetwater Reporter, Wednesday, July 14, 1937, written by John Palmer Leeper, one of the Scouts who went to the Jamboree, go HERE.
For more information on Buffalo Trails trips to National Jamborees, click below.
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for photo and story on their trip
Information for this page and quotations were taken from West-Texas, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, by Olan B. Draper and other sources.
Last Updated: August 3, 2007
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