Boy Scouts of America, East Carolina Council Records

1976-2004, undated
Manuscript Collection #1199
Creator(s)
Boy Scouts of America, East Carolina Council
Physical description
2.5 Cubic Feet, 5 archival boxes, consisting of minutes, photographs, newspaper issues, and files
Preferred Citation
Boy Scouts of America, East Carolina Council Records (#1199), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner LIbrary, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

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.


Biographical/historical information

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.

All of the information above was obtained from Jeff Snowden's article on the history of the Boy Scouts of America and from the East Carolina Council's website. For more information please see citations below.

Snowden, Jeff. "A Brief History of the Boy Scouts of America." Adventure Troop 97 Scouting Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 July 2012.

Boy Scouts of America: East Carolina Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 July 2012.


Scope and arrangement

The records of the East Carolina Council 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 ECC's meeting minutes for the Executive Board and Executive Committee (1994–2003) include the agendas as well and describe everyday activities and plans for each specific month. Also included is the Council Nominating Committee and District Chairmen Meeting (which occurred irregularly) in 1997 and 2001.

Material related to various awards won by scouts and adult leaders in the East Carolina Council is divided into seven sections 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 Shepherd Award. Documentation consists of nomination packets and press releases. Although the awards represented are not the only ones that the East Carolina Council distributes each year, they 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 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).

Photographs (1980s–present) are arranged by the 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.

Printed materials includes 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.


Administrative information
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

Gift of H. Ray Franks, East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America

Processing information

Processed by Austin D. Bryan, July 2012

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1994
Box 1 Folder b Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1995
Box 1 Folder c Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1996
Box 1 Folder d Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1997
Box 1 Folder e Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1998
Box 1 Folder f Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1999
Box 1 Folder g Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2000
Box 1 Folder h Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2001
Box 1 Folder i Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2002
Box 1 Folder j Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2003
Box 1 Folder k Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1994
Box 1 Folder l Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1995
Box 1 Folder m Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1996
Box 1 Folder n Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1997
Box 2 Folder a Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1998
Box 2 Folder b Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1999
Box 2 Folder c Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2000
Box 2 Folder d Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2001
Box 2 Folder e Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2002
Box 2 Folder f Executive Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 2003
Box 2 Folder g Council Nominating Committee and District Chairmen Meeting, 1997, 2001
Box 2 Folder h Silver Beaver award recipients, 2000
Box 2 Folder i Silver Beaver award recipients, 2001
Box 2 Folder j Silver Beaver award recipients, 2002
Box 2 Folder k Silver Beaver award recipients, 2003
Box 2 Folder l Silver Beaver recipients and award, 2004
Box 2 Folder m Rejected Silver Beaver award nominations, 2002
Box 2 Folder n Rejected Silver Beaver award nominations, 2003
Box 2 Folder o Rejected Silver Beaver award nominations, 2004
Box 2 Folder p Silver Beaver award press release, 2002, 2001
Box 2 Folder q Distinguished Eagle Scout Award—James Acra Hackney Jr. Nomination, 1980
Box 2 Folder r Distinguished Eagle Scout Award—Nicholas Bunn Boddie Jr., 1990–1995
Box 2 Folder s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award—Paul Leon Chused, 1993
Box 3 Folder a General Lifesaving/ Meritorious Action Awards—Nominee (not recipent) David Barbe, 2004
Box 3 Folder b General Lifesaving/ Meritorious Action Awards—Nominee James Ashley Scott, 1992
Box 3 Folder c General Lifesaving/ Meritorious Action Awards—Nominee James Austin, 1997
Box 3 Folder d General Lifesaving/ Meritorious Action Awards—Nominee Justin Broome, 1999
Box 3 Folder e Heroism Reward—Recipents, 2003
Box 3 Folder f Heroism Reward—Nominees, 1991–1996
Box 3 Folder g Honor Medal—Nominee Thomas A. Vann, 2003
Box 3 Folder h Honor Medal—Recipent Frank Elliot Etheridge, 1995
Box 3 Folder i National Certificate of Merit—Nominee Justin Waddell Broome, 1999
Box 3 Folder j National Certificate of Merit—National Court of Honor Nominees, 1996
Box 3 Folder k Good Shepherd Award—Nominations, 1979
Box 3 Folder l ECC Related Printed Materials—Correspondence, 1987
Box 3 Folder m ECC Related Printed Materials—Instructional information for scout leaders, 1989–1993
Box 3 Folder n ECC Related Printed Materials—John Bush Interview, 1995
Box 3 Folder o ECC Related Printed Materials—Annual Banquet Programs, 1976–1982
Box 3 Folder p ECC Related Printed Materials—Budget Presentation to United Way, 1984
Box 3 Folder q ECC Related Printed Materials—Annual Report, 1988, 1995
Box 3 Folder r ECC Related Printed Materials—"Eagletter" bulletin of the National Eagle Scout Association, 1978, 1985
Box 3 Folder s ECC Related Printed Materials—Related scouting brochures and phamplets by outside organizations, 1988–1993
Box 3 Folder t General camping photographs, 1988–1997, undated
Box 4 Folder a Photographs—COPE, 1988–1993, undated
Box 4 Folder b Photographs—Order of the Arrow, 1988–1992, undated
Box 4 Folder c Photographs—Day Camps (Cub Scouts), 1988–1993, undated
Box 4 Folder d Photographs—Pinewood Derby, 1987–1988, undated
Box 4 Folder e Photographs—Hardees Golf Tournament, 2000
Box 4 Folder f Photographs—Facilities, 1998, undated
Box 4 Folder g Photographs—ECC adult leaders and executives, 1978–1998, undated
Box 4 Folder h Photographs—Adult awards, 1987–1993, undated
Box 4 Folder i Photographs—Scout award winners, 1998–2000, undated
Box 5 East Carolina Council "Tarheel Scouter" newspaper, the news bulletin of the East Carolina Council which includes in each issue the announcements for each month as well as brief articles about recognized Scouts and Boy Scout adult leaders, 1994–1998