Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society

Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society A page about the history of Scouting in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York and beyond. Maintained by the Seneca Waterways Council, BSA Scouting Historical Society located in Rochester, New York.
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The Seneca Waterways Council has a long and distinguished history which is faithfully documented and preserved by the Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society. The society meets monthly to review incoming donations and prepare new exhibits for display in the Strong Scout Shop atrium. The group also publishes The OCSHS Thread, an occasional newsletter.

Operating as usual

Five hours of cleaning and we finished both sides of the outer glass wall and the fronts of the cases.  Also cleaned ins...
05/01/2021

Five hours of cleaning and we finished both sides of the outer glass wall and the fronts of the cases. Also cleaned inside the right case which involved removing all the shelves. We reconfigured the shelves in that case and added about 40% more display space for our next exhibit!

Thank You Troop 341 for refurbishing the Butler marker on the Lost City of Tryon Trail this morning.  A Monroe County Pa...
04/19/2021

Thank You Troop 341 for refurbishing the Butler marker on the Lost City of Tryon Trail this morning. A Monroe County Parks Department employee stopped by and unlocked Ft. Schuyler so we could all take a look inside!

Breaking news - Space X leases field sports area of Massawepie - replacing model rocket 🚀 portion of the merit badge wit...
04/01/2021

Breaking news - Space X leases field sports area of Massawepie - replacing model rocket 🚀 portion of the merit badge with “the real deal.”

03/10/2021
Massawepie - The Great Adventure (Circa 1977 Camp Promotion Film)

Massawepie - The Great Adventure! Enjoy the next release from the vault - a Massawepie camp promotion film from approximately 1977.

Massawepie - The Great Adventure (Circa 1977 Camp Promotion Film)This circa 1977 16mm film was made to promote Otetiana Council’s Boy Scout summer camp in th...

03/03/2021
Rochester Council, BSA 1936 Events at Camp Three Lakes and the Port of Rochester

Enjoy the next historic film release from the vault of the Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society. This one has rare footage of Camp Three Lakes from 1936.

Rochester Council, BSA 1936 Events at Camp Three Lakes and the Port of RochesterThis 16mm film is one of the earliest in the collection of the Seneca Waterwa...

Check out the newest addition to the collection - the original artwork for the Otetiana Council Trail medal.  This medal...
02/19/2021

Check out the newest addition to the collection - the original artwork for the Otetiana Council Trail medal. This medal was awarded to Scouts who completed a number of tasks related to the former Erie Canal historic trail. Efforts are under way to bring back this trail as well as a new medal to recognize meritorious efforts by Scouts to preserve both this trail as well as the Lost City of Tryon Trail.

Did you know - the first three Eagle Scouts in Rochester were adults?  The fourth, George Batterson, was the first youth...
01/27/2021

Did you know - the first three Eagle Scouts in Rochester were adults? The fourth, George Batterson, was the first youth to receive the award. George went on to own a family moving company and also helped found the Antique Wireless Association due to his passion for the hobby since a young Scout. At the time of his death in 1993 he was the oldest Eagle Scout in the area. The AWA owns the wireless set that was used at our summer camp in the 1920’s - Camp Otetiana.

01/21/2021
Otetiana Council Sea Explorer Ship 110 Cruise to the 1965 New York World's Fair aboard SES Wichita

Otetiana Council Sea Explorer Ship 110 Cruise to the 1965 New York World's Fair aboard SES Wichita - In 1965 the Otetiana Council Sea Explorer Ship 110 – chartered by St. Martin’s Church in Webster, New York since 1960 – went on the cruise of a lifetime. They traveled from the Port of Rochester to New York Harbor in their flagship – the SES (Sea Explorer Ship) Wichita. The 38’ Dawn cruiser was obtained earlier that year and put to work. While in New York they attended the second year of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in Queens. The history is still a bit murky, but it is believed that shortly after this cruise, the charter of Ship 110 was assumed by the Webster, New York Kiwanis Club and re-numbered as Ship 303. The ship remained with the Webster Kiwanis Club until approximately 2018 when the charter was transferred to the Newport Yacht Club in Irondequoit, New York where, as of 2021, they continue to meet regularly.

In 1965 the Otetiana Council Sea Explorer Ship 110 – chartered by St. Martin’s Church in Webster, New York since 1960 – went on the cruise of a lifetime. Th...

01/20/2021
Rochester, New York 1956 Otetiana Council Scout Capades at the War Memorial Auditorium

Many Scouters talk about how incredible the council Scout Shows were "back in the day." Now we can get a glimpse of just how amazing they really were! Take a look at this fantastic original film that was discovered in the council archives and preserved by the historical society.

In 1956 the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America put on an incredible show at the War Memorial in downtown Rochester, New York. The show included h...

International BSA
01/08/2021

International BSA

80 Years ago Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout movement, was buried in Nyeri Kenya. He passed away on January 8th, 1941.

“Teach Scouts not how to get a living, but how to live” - B-P

12/25/2020
Congrats 🎉
12/22/2020
Teen poised to become first local girl to achieve Eagle Scout rank

Congrats 🎉

The road to becoming an Eagle Scout is long and challenging. Typically, it takes six years. But Kaitlyn Hoitt has done it in less than two. She walked into the Seneca Waterways Council on Friday to turn in the paperwork that will put her among Scouting's most elite. "I joined Scouts the first day th...

First step in getting our Sea Scouts back in action on a historic Schooner!
12/21/2020

First step in getting our Sea Scouts back in action on a historic Schooner!

Restoring an Icon: Neat scene this morning at Katlynn Marine in Sodus Point, NY as the historic 1918 Lotus is removed from the cradle and transported to Cayuga Wooden Boat Works to undergo a massive three year restoration. This boat sailed to Sodus Point from Ohio back on September 11, 1922 and has been a fixture here for ages. Will post more on this icon later, but the restoration process is underway as she gets transported this morning.

Fairport Cub Scout Pack 362
10/27/2020

Fairport Cub Scout Pack 362

On Saturday, as part of our Cubmaster's Challenge Hikes, 16 brave souls set off on a expedition in search of the Lost City of Tryon.

We started from what is now the parking lot of Ellison Park, but what was "a remote wilderness, having been secured for settlement by the Buffalo Creek Treaty less than ten years prior," 200+ years ago.

Although not much remains, we explored the area searching for the few clues left behind. We wondered if the trees remembered? Did the creek (Irondequoit Creek) remember its younger days when ships were sailed up it?

Did Native American's walk the very paths we were on? What was life like back then at Fort Schuyler?

To answer these questions and more, take a look at some of what we found and saw... Be sure to visit the Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society and the Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council website for more information on what truly was a fun time travel for the 16 brave.

Did you know that there is a cemetery with a Revolutionary War veteran’s grave located in one of our camps?  It was rest...
09/30/2020

Did you know that there is a cemetery with a Revolutionary War veteran’s grave located in one of our camps? It was restored as part of an Eagle project many years ago but has returned to a state of abandonment. Perhaps some future Eagle or a troop can adopt this site and bring it “back to life.” The cemetery was well-documented, but new technology such as ground-penetrating radar could be used to identify additional burials. Photos from September 26, 2020.

The Scouts
09/30/2020

The Scouts

We’re delighted to be joined by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge today, as she becomes Joint President of the Scouts, alongside HRH The Duke of Kent. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2S8fP9n

09/01/2020
Massawepie Scout Camp Radio Interview: July 16, 1952

Video Premiere Tonight at 9:00 PM EST!
Earlier this year, funds raised by the Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society were used to begin digitizing our unique and very much at-risk collection of audio tape and film. The most exciting audio tape saved so far was an interview recorded in the Camp Massawepie (Pioneer) Office by a staff member from WHAM on July 16, 1952. Amazingly, the fragile, nearly 70-year old audio tape was in fine condition and a clear digital copy was produced. I was able to use audio-editing software to convert the file to a format that could be shared online.
The recording is an exciting glimpse into the first few weeks of the camp’s very first season, and those familiar with camp will find that some of the activities described have been continued to this day.
Those interviewed include Dick Cordell (with an orphan Sparrow Hawk), Walt Hastings (Otetiana Council Executive), Bob “Parky” Parkinson (Camp Director), Joe Klein (Program Director), and Dewey Sawyer (Trail Camp Director).
Initially I had hoped to begin a special film screening series at the council office, where some background information on the film or recording could be presented, related memorabilia from the historical society collection could be displayed, and guest speakers could present talks, but the present situation has prevented that from becoming a reality. For now, sharing on YouTube will suffice.
I hope you enjoy this interesting little recording.
Rob Cunningham
Co-chair, Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society
https://youtu.be/fsGJ0kHtcF4
All Rights Reserved, Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society

Earlier this year, funds raised by the Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society were used to begin digitizing our unique and very much at-risk co...

08/17/2020
World Organization of the Scout Movement - WOSM

The World Scout Jamboree is 100 years old, check out the new video from WOSM.

The World #ScoutJamboree is 100 years old! 🎊 What started as a gathering of 8,000 Scouts in 1920, has grown to become one of the largest educational youth events in the world. 🌍
This year we celebrate the 100 years of unity, youth, friendship, learning and endless adventures that the Jamboree has given us this past century.
Tell us what is your favorite part about Jamborees 👇

This has been a big couple of weeks for old items from our council on EBay.  There are some serious collectors out there...
07/22/2020

This has been a big couple of weeks for old items from our council on EBay. There are some serious collectors out there!

More big changes may be coming.  Some mixed thoughts and feelings about this.  The 18-20 programs kept me heavily involv...
07/12/2020

More big changes may be coming. Some mixed thoughts and feelings about this. The 18-20 programs kept me heavily involved in Scouting during my college years and lead to involvement as an adult after graduation.

Had some fun re-writing a few campfire song favorites for 2020, any ideas for additional verses or songs?  Please share ...
05/27/2020

Had some fun re-writing a few campfire song favorites for 2020, any ideas for additional verses or songs? Please share in the comments or post your own re-written songs.

Tonight’s episode of MacGyver!  And wearing a Scout Me In NKC with a WJ friendship knot!
02/29/2020

Tonight’s episode of MacGyver! And wearing a Scout Me In NKC with a WJ friendship knot!

World Organization of the Scout Movement - WOSM
02/20/2020

World Organization of the Scout Movement - WOSM

Robert & Olave Baden-Powell championed youth empowerment all over the world, with Robert B-P named Chief Scout in 1920 and Olave B-P named World Chief Guide in 1930. The couple shared their passion for creating a better world, and they even shared a birthday: February 22nd 🎂

⚜ Feb 22nd is now celebrated as Founder's Day by the World Organization of the Scout Movement - WOSM and World Thinking Day by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts ⚜

Share your group's celebrations - and don't forget to tag us and use #ScoutFoundersDay!

Come enjoy our new display on the S.S.S. Lotus and Sea Scout Ship 303.
02/06/2020

Come enjoy our new display on the S.S.S. Lotus and Sea Scout Ship 303.

The Scouting origins of the Kansas City Chiefs
02/04/2020

The Scouting origins of the Kansas City Chiefs

Did You Know...

The NFL's Kansas City Chiefs were named in honor of H. Roe Bartle, who was a well-known lawyer and businessman, mayor of Kansas City, and a local council executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Through his involvement in Scouting, Bartle was known as "The Chief," of which the Chiefs took their name.

Coming soon- look for a new display on Sea Sea Scouts, Ship 303 and the council’s historic 48’ Schooner “Lotus.”  Photo ...
01/13/2020

Coming soon- look for a new display on Sea Sea Scouts, Ship 303 and the council’s historic 48’ Schooner “Lotus.” Photo by Cathy Contant

Wow
12/23/2019

Wow

Would you ever guess that this Christmas tree is made out of used water bottles? Scouts in Lebanon created this recycled Christmas tree by reusing 129,000 bottles of water. It's now a Guinness World Record holder! The scale of the project reminds us of the need to reduce plastic waste and of the beauty that comes from Scout spirit! 🌲 Check the comments for photos of the making of the tree. #SundaySuccess

Getting a few items polished for our upcoming display on Sea Scouts
11/07/2019

Getting a few items polished for our upcoming display on Sea Scouts

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Rochester, NY
14623

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Had a fun time exploring the lost City of Tryon today! ❤️
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Where to find the other SWC historical award please? Found Tryon but not the second one SWC has.
Found this in some old paperwork
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