When I think of Paul Berkbigler, Shawnee District Scout Executive, I think of Norman Rockwell’s illustration of a Scoutmaster looking over his charges that graced the Scoutmaster’s Handbook. He was a man for whom a Scout uniform was made. I never heard him say a discouraging or unkind word to anyone, boy or adult, and he always had time to talk with any boy who came up to him. (Click on the photo to make it larger.)
This photo was taken at the 1963 pre-Camporee. I thought there would be all kinds of stories about his background and where he went, but Google popped up just three stories when I searched for his name. He wasn’t listed in the 1969 City Directory, so he may have left Cape by then. I hope someone can fill in the blanks.
Other Scout stories
I have scores of pictures taken of Scouts of all kinds: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Explorers. If they wore a uniform, I shot ’em. I’ll post more as I get them sorted out. Here are some Scout-related stories from the past.
- Cub Scouts at Arena Park
- Girl Scouts of the 1960s
- Scout uniform receipt from Buckner-Ragsdale
- Radioactive Girl Scouts quarantined
- Train trip to Philmont Scout Ranch
- Troop 8 group shot