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

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
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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

Kept our display and sales simple at CTC this year.  Helped promote Sea Scouting - Ship 303 with a display and activity ...
10/28/2019

Kept our display and sales simple at CTC this year. Helped promote Sea Scouting - Ship 303 with a display and activity using nautical signal flags and brought a “boatload” of excess society stuff to sell.

Sea Scout Ship 303 and friends helping tarp the pride of Sodus Bay - the “Lotus.”
10/20/2019

Sea Scout Ship 303 and friends helping tarp the pride of Sodus Bay - the “Lotus.”

Work is progressing with the Scout fiction library. Our collection is looking great and another big lot was recently add...
09/12/2019

Work is progressing with the Scout fiction library. Our collection is looking great and another big lot was recently added by donation from AD Lord. Thanks Admiral!

After many months the merit badge book collection is processed. Thanks especially to Julie Cunningham and Moira Cunningh...
08/28/2019

After many months the merit badge book collection is processed. Thanks especially to Julie Cunningham and Moira Cunningham for all the help sorting as well as the HS members for moving them to the new room.

Our Seton Library is finally unboxed and on the shelves.  Highlights include first editions and an autographed copy of t...
08/14/2019

Our Seton Library is finally unboxed and on the shelves. Highlights include first editions and an autographed copy of the newer biography by Julie Seton.

Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council
06/28/2019

Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council

CONGRATULATIONS TROOP 2020 on your achievements and celebrating your first Court of Honor! Troop 2020, homeschooled families from across Monroe County celebrated their first Scout Court of Honor after 5 months of operation. In the first half of their inaugural year the first nine girls of Troop 2020 have already held 5 camp outs, 7 day events, and 20 troop meetings. Collectively the girls earned 18 ranks and a handful of merit badges with two of the girls already advancing to first class. The girls now prepare for two different weeks of summer camp at Massawepie Scout Reservation.

Anyone remember a Scouter named Bill Moon?  His granddaughter has contacted us looking for information on his Scouting c...
06/09/2019

Anyone remember a Scouter named Bill Moon? His granddaughter has contacted us looking for information on his Scouting career or any memories of him.

Good turn-out for the Trade-o-Ree
04/15/2019

Good turn-out for the Trade-o-Ree

Trade-o-Ree is tomorrow!  We have more than a dozen vendors coming, hope to see you there.Since it was sadly omitted fro...
04/12/2019

Trade-o-Ree is tomorrow! We have more than a dozen vendors coming, hope to see you there.

Since it was sadly omitted from the council calendar of events, details are as follows:

Seneca Waterways Council Trade-o-Ree
10:00 AM – 3:00PM (Dealer set-up @ 9:00 AM)
Seneca Waterways Council 2320 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road Rochester, NY 14623

Bear Grylls is preparing to lead a group of Scouts to camp on the ISS
04/01/2019
Bear Grylls is preparing to lead a group of Scouts to camp on the ISS

Bear Grylls is preparing to lead a group of Scouts to camp on the ISS

HIS TV shows have seen him travel all over the planet, which might explain why Bear Grylls’ next mission sees him out of this world. The survival expert’s new project is taking five Scouts to camp …

New display - all about the “Lost City of Tryon Trail” a fantastic hike for all Scouts.
03/01/2019

New display - all about the “Lost City of Tryon Trail” a fantastic hike for all Scouts.

Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council
01/25/2019
Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council

Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council

Seneca Waterways Council will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2019. Ten years of great Eagle Scouts. Ten years of memories at Summer camp. Ten years of fun, adventure and service. In honor of this historic benchmark, we want you, the Scouts, to propose a NEW Standard Council Patch or 10th Anniversary edition patch. A patch that will be traded and worn by Scouts and leaders for years to come! Just visit the link to learn about the contest details http://senecawaterways.org/patchcontest

A little trivia!  In season 1 episode 2 he joins Troop 999.  Who is he?
01/01/2019

A little trivia! In season 1 episode 2 he joins Troop 999. Who is he?

Be a good Scout this holiday season.  Not like this one!
12/25/2018

Be a good Scout this holiday season. Not like this one!

Grants are now available for youth to attend the National Scouting Historian Summit at Philmont in 2019.
12/09/2018

Grants are now available for youth to attend the National Scouting Historian Summit at Philmont in 2019.

Through the generosity of The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation the NSHS is able to award a limited number of grants to assist youth Scouts committed to attending the NSHS and serving the BSA in the important role of a local council/lodge/camp/troop historian!

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://historiansummit.com/youth-grants

Celebrating 40 Years of the Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society - 100 numbered sets produced - please h...
11/09/2018

Celebrating 40 Years of the Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society - 100 numbered sets produced - please help support us and purchase one of these amazing sets!

Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society's cover photo
10/23/2018

Seneca Waterways Council Scouting Historical Society's cover photo

Camp Babcock-Hovey BSA
10/23/2018

Camp Babcock-Hovey BSA

Camp Babcock-Hovey BSA
10/23/2018

Camp Babcock-Hovey BSA

Address

2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd
Rochester, NY
14623

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

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The Friends of Treasure Island (FTI) a registered non-profit offers your Order of the Arrow Lodge and Chapters the opportunity to camp for free on Treasure Island. FTI runs these selected camping weekends with a highly trained staff of registered Scouters. Treasure Island (575 River Road, Pipersville PA), established in 1913 and “the birth place of the Order of the Arrow” in 1915 is now a private camp. All Scouts BSA units’, Order of the Arrow Lodges, and Chapters camp free during these selected camping weekends. Email [email protected] for our 2020 dates and details.
Where to find the other SWC historical award please? Found Tryon but not the second one SWC has.
Found this in some old paperwork
Seneca Waterways Council is only $1200 away from our Friends of Scouting Goal! Please donate online or call 585-244-4210 before 3PM today (6/30) to help us get there! Comment when you pledge and Share with family and friends now! As a Friend of Scouting, you can help a child have life-changing adventures today that create tomorrow's memories. Your support of our annual giving campaign enables thousands of young people in our communities to have a high-quality Scouting experience that instills values, character and leadership and in other ways, prepares them for life.