|Title:||Boy Scouts of America, East Carolina Council Records|
|Creator:||Boy Scouts of America, East Carolina Council|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Records (ca. 1976-2004) of the East Carolina Council (North Carolina) of Boy Scouts of America include minutes of the Executive Board, photographs, issues of the Tarheel Scouter newspaper, and files pertaining to awards given to scouts.|
|Extent:||2.5 Cubic feet, 5 archival boxes, consisting of minutes, photographs, newspaper issues, and files|
July 31, 2012, 2.5 cubic feet; Records (ca. 1976-2004), including minutes of the Executive Board, photographs, issues of the Tarheel Scouter newspaper, and files pertaining to awards given to scouts. Gift of H. Ray Franks for the East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Boy Scouts of America, East Carolina Council Records (#1199), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner LIbrary, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Processed by Austin D. Bryan, July 2012
Scholars believe that Boy Scouting began around 1906 in England by General Robert Baden-Powell. He wrote a military guidebook called Aids to Scouting. The publication became extremely popular with youth. This prompted Baden-Powell to rewrite the guidebook in 1907 and test the philosophy of its contents with youth on Brownsea Island. This experiment was very successful, and Powell named the second published guidebook Scouting for Boys. Scouting quickly became popular worldwide and was brought to the United States in 1910.
The East Carolina Council was founded in Kinston, North Carolina in 1932. It was the eighth council to form in North Carolina, in which there are thirteen that currently exist. These include the Cape Fear Council (Wilmington, 1930), Central N.C. Council (Albemarle, 1937), Cherokee Council (Reidsville, 1923), Daniel Boone Council (Asheville, 1925), East Carolina Council (Kinston, 1932), General Greene Council (Greensboro, 1947), Mecklenburg County Council (Charlotte, 1942), Occoneechee Council (Raleigh, 1929), Old Hickory Council (Winston-Salem, 1942), Piedmont Council (Gastonia, 1924), Tidewater Council (Virginia Beach, VA, 1935, encompasses several districts which are in North Carolina), Tuscarora Council (Goldsboro, 1923), and the Uwharrie Council (High Point, 1923).
The East Carolina Council itself encompasses nine districts, which include the Blackbeard, Caswell, Croatan Trails, Neuse Basin, Pitt, Tar River, Tri-County, White Oak River, and the Wilson districts. The East Carolina Council also has a Venturing and Exploring unit.
The records of the East Carolina Council are divided into five series that consist of meeting minutes from the ECC board meetings (1994-2003), awards earned by scouts, photographs, and other printed materials, which includes the Tarheel Scouter newspaper (1994-1998.)
The first series includes the ECC’s meeting minutes for the Executive Board and Executive Committee (1994-2003.) The minutes include the agendas as well, and describe everyday activities and plans for each specific month. This series also includes a Council Nominating Committee and District Chairmen Meeting (which occurred unregularly) in 1997 and 2001.
The most voluminous series is series two which consists of the material related to various awards won by scouts and adult leaders in the East Carolina Council. This series is further divided into seven subseries representing the different awards given from 1979 until present. These include the Silver Beaver Award for adult leaders, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award for adult leaders, the General Lifesaving/Meritorious Action Award, the Heroism Award, the National Certificate of Merit, and the Good Shepard Award. Documentation in this series consists of nomination packets and press releases. Although the awards represented in this series are not the only ones that the East Carolina Council distributes each year, this series does reflect some of the most prominent and prestigious awards not only in the East Carolina Council, but in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization as well.
The East Carolina Council related printed materials series is one of the smaller series in the collection. This series includes correspondence, instructional information for scout leaders, an interview with John Bush (a veteran BSA Executive), the annual banquet programs, a budget presentation to United Way, two annual reports, and related printed materials from the national Boy Scouts of America organization (1976-1995.) The next series contains a large amount of photographs (1980s-present.) These are arranged by event documented in the photographs. Topics include general camping photographs, scouting for food, COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience), Order of the Arrow, Cub Scout Day Camps, Pinewood Derby, the Hardee’s Gold Tournament, ECC camp facilities, ECC adult leaders and executives, adult awards and youth award winners.
The last series in the collection consists of other printed materials. Included in this series are issues of the East Carolina Council newspaper, Tarheel Scouter (1994-1998.) This publication includes monthly announcements as well as brief articles about recognized scouts and adult leaders. The council currently sends the Tarheel Scouter to members via electronic mail.