articles from the colorado papers on the jamboree held north of colorado springs. 55,000 boy scouts attended that event, including our troop.

many scouts view their first rodeo
-by w. t. little
rocky mountain news writer colorado springs, july 25 -
thousands of boy scouts from throughout the nation and 31 foreign countries saw their first rodeo monday.
top hands of the rodeo world 'staged two thrilling performances at the boy scout jamboree. they are the same riders, ropers and bulldoggers who will perform at cheyenne frontier days.
the two shows were staged in =a specially built arena and included trick riding, r o p i n g and 'other acts.
results in the rodeo were: bareback riding-don mayo of grinnell, iowa, first; rod frary of broom, colo., and art allen of olney springs, colo., tied for second and third; bill williams of clarksville, tex., fourth.
saddle bronc riding-jim wise of laramie, wyo., first; marty wood of alberta, canada, second; winston bruce of calgary, canada, third; jim polk of flagstaff, ariz., and chuck kibler of colorado springs, tied for fourth.
bull riding-grahame fenton of orange, new south w a 1 e s, australia, first; carl mafzger of aulton, tex., second; bus thompson of hugoton, kan., w. n. rice of waco, tex., and jerry bishop of tucson, ariz., tied for third.
steer wrestling-tom nesmith of bethel, okla., first, 7.7 seconds; wilbur plaugher of prather, calif., second, 9.5 seconds; dwaine hennigh of laverne, okla., third, 9.7 seconds; jim miller of sulphur, la., fourth, 10.8 seconds.
calf roping - clyde fort of lovington, n.m., first, 11.6 seconds; tom nesmith of bethel, okla., second, 11.9 seconds; randy moore of omaha, tex., third, 13.8 seconds, and tater decker of clayton, n.m., fourth, 13.9 seconds.
nesmith was named all-round cowboy, taking home $893 in prize money with him.
the topflight entertainment also included the sons of the pioneers and the jody drill team of lackland air force base, tex.
tuesday, the lennon sisters of the lawrence welk show will sing for a campfire program.
scouts will also view precision flying by the blue angels navy team.

25,000 visitors at jamboree site
by fred baker
denver post staff writer
colorado springs, july 25. - more than 80,000 persons jammed the 2,000-acre site of the 5th national boy scout jamboree 8 miles north of colorado springs sunday as 25,000 visitors, in addition to the 55,600 scouts, roamed the area.
so great was the influx of visitors that several times sunday afternoon traffic was backed up more than a mile on u.s. 85-87 towards colorado springs from the jamboree gate. sunday was the only day of the jamboree, which ends thursday, in which visitors were allowed on the grounds throughout the day. usual visiting hours are from noon until 10 p. m.
religious services occupied the scouts sunday morning as members of the various faiths attended their services. largest crowds was at the united protestant service, where 30,000 scouts gathered in the main arena for worship.
dr. edwin t. dahlberg of st. louis, mo., president of the national council of churches of christ, delivered the protestant sermon. he urged the scouts to "hear christ and obey him."
"wherever you go with christ it will be high altitude religion," he said. "he went up into mountains to conquer his temptations. he went up to a mountain to preach the sermon on the mount to his disciples. he went up to the mount of olives and the garden of gethsemane to pray for strength to meet the cross. he carried his cross up mount calvary, and on that green hill far away, died for our sins.

rodeo shows

"wherever you go with christ you will have the experience of high altitude religion-a clean heart, a clear vision and a spirit close to the will of god," he said.
thirty thousand scouts watched_ the first of two rodeo performances monday morning in a special rodeo arena near the main amphitheater. another 30,000 are scheduled to see a repeat performance monday afternoon.
the rodeo is being produced by the beutler brothers of elk city, okla. the specialty acts, rodeo stock and many of the contestants are the same that will appear in the pikes peak or bust rodeo at penrose stadium, colorado springs, august 9-13.
led by jim shoulders, 1959 world cowboy champion from henryetta, okla., more than 200 contestants are taking part in the scout rodeo.
scouts from 12 of the jamboree's 39 sections will take part in scoutcraft competition monday. events include log-rolling. obstacle courses and pioneering. finals in the competition will be held wednesday morning and national champions will be crowned at that time.
the three skill-o-rama areas will be in operation from 2 to 5 p. m. monday, with scouts from all parts of the nation demonstrating their proficiency in varied fields, including leather work, basket making and indian sand painting.
campfire programs for odd numbered regions will be held monday night. about 4,500 scouts will attend each of the six campfire sessions. entertainment will include group singing, special stunts prepared by the scouts, inspirational talks and educational features.
tuesday the scouts will follow much the same routine as on monday, and even numbered regions will hold their campfires.
one of the highlights of the jamboree is set for 7:45 p. m. thursday when the traditional rededication and closing candlelight ceremonies will be held in the arena. the entire jamboree population of 56,000 persons will attend.

apostolic delegate celebrates mass for 12,000 scouts
some 12,000 catholic boy scouts attend mass sunday at national jamboree. at altar is the most rev. egidio vagnozzi, apostolic delegate to the united statues.

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scouts from jamboree visit ft. carson scouts bob mattingly (left) and jim wittenberg, from cudahy and wauwatosa, wis., respectively, learn about the honest john rocket from pfc. william w. davis, at ft. carson sunday. some 5,000 scouts from jamboree visited exhibits at nearby army camp.

scouts list tuesday events
colorado springs, july 25. the official schedule of events for tuesday at the fifth national boy scout jamboree
9 a. m.--flag raising ceremony, general headquarters.
9 a. m. to noon-competitive scoutcraft sessions for 12 sec-tions.
9:30 a. m.--launching of model rockets, model site b.
1:00 p. m. demonstration by blue angels, precision jet team, of l7. s. navy.
1:30 p. m.-launching of model rockets, model site b.
2 to 5 p. m.--demonstrations! at skill-o-rama locations.
7:15 p. m.--- retreat. ceremony, general headquarters.
7:45 p. m.--campfire programs for even-numbered regions. electric light bulbs in new york city's subway system are screwed in counter-clockwise as an antipilfering defense. regular light bulbs go in clockwise.

scout jamboree alive with color.
colorado springs, july 25.-kit carson-and his indian friends might turn over in their graves if they saw some of the brilliantly colored, off-beat tents sprinkled along the hillsides at the national boy scout jamboree north of here.
the most spectacular tent colonies are occupied by scouts from oklahoma and texas. these are using orange and whiteiped parachutes discarded as surplus by the u.s., air force.
they are the shape of an indian teepee and enough color to shame a sheik from araby. the gulf coast council (texas) has an encampment of 128 such tents for its 330 boys the nylon parachutes, gifts from the quartermaster at laredo air force base, are waterproof proof and fireproof. each parachute is cut in half to make two tents, supported by 13-foot-high metal poles.

competitions slated
navy jets perform at jamboree

by fred baker denver post staff writer colorado springs, july 26.-a display of precision jet flying by the navy's blue angels highlighted the entertainment program tuesday at the fifth national boy scout jamboree here.
the four navy airmen, flying grumman tigers, were scheduled to give an hour-long demonstration over the jamboree site so all 56,000 scouts and leaders could see them.
monday the scouts got a taste of the old west when they watched a rodeo produced by the beutler bros. of elk city, okla. two performances were presented to about 30,000 scouts each. many of the contestants who competed for $4,000 in prize money will be in cheyenne, wyo., tuesday to take part in frontier days.
most of those attending the jamboree will get down to pure scouting tuesday in scoutcraft activity competitions and in the skill-o-rama areas.
in the competitions, 460 patrols of eight men each are competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in a three-event program.
the patrols will compete in three fields: the loggers, which include a two-man crosscut race, wood-chopping relay, log raising and peavy relay; the personal fitness, which features an obstacle course, log-rolling event, tent peg relay and fitness relay; the pioneering, based on a log-hauling event, flag pole raising, roman chariot race and bridge-building race.
sectional competitions will be completed tuesday and winners in the events will meet wednesday for the jamboree finals at which national winners will be selected and medals awarded.
skill-o-rama activities continued on a full-scale tuesday. in these demonstrations scouts from all over the world show a, variety of skills associated with scouting. many of those participating will show activities which are closely associated with their own states or countries.

campfire program

the second session of regional campfires will be staged tuesday night with even-numbered regions conducting the cere-monies. the odd-numbered units held their campfire programs monday night.
the jamboree will be open from noon to 10 p. m. tuesday for visitors and the same hours will be in effect wednesday and thursday.
officials caution visitors planning to attend the closing ceremonies thursday night that all roads will be closed to traffic at 6 p. m. so that scouts can march to the arena on the roadways.

you can't tell a boy scout by his uniform at the jamboree denver
one of the most eye-catching sights on the teeming grounds of the national boy scout jamboree is this group of hawaiian scouts. dressed in thatched hats,

schedule set for wednesday at jamboree
denver post special
colorado springs, july 26.-the official schedule for wednesday at the fifth national boy scout jamboree:
9 a.m.-flag raising ceremony, general headquarters
9 a.m. to noon-finals in competitive scoutcraft events.
noon-gates open to visitors.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.-skill-0-rama demonstrations.
3 p.m.-program in arena, by foreign scouts attending jamboree.
4 p.m.--scout officials make official greetings to foreign; scouts, administration tent, general headquarters. ,
7:15 p.m.-retreat ceremony, general headquarters.
7:45 p.m.-friendship campo fires throughout campsite.
10 p.m.-area closed to vistors.

camping event called best ever
denver post special
colorado spring, july 26.-a top boy scout official said monday that the fifth national jamboree, which closes thursday at colorado springs, is the most successful ever staged.
"the jamboree is running very smoothly, and we are proud of the scouts and leaders here who are making it so successful," charles h. heistand ,chief coordinator of the jamboree, said.
heistand said officials were particularly pleased by the large number of visitors at the site sunday. he estimated that more than 50,000 persons will have visited the jamboree by thursday night.
he paid particular tribute to the various programs being offered scouts at the jamboree, pointing to the skill-o-rams events as one of the greatest exchanges of ideas ever developed for youth.
"this is the type of thing," he said, "that encourages scouts to learn new crafts to take back home."

dr. arthur a. schuck, left, national boy scout executive, confers with gen. bruce clarke, continental army commander, during an inspection of the jamboree boy scout encampment near colorado springs.-rocky mountain news photo.

scouts meet general, watch navy filers
by al nakkula rocky mountain news writer
jamboree city, july 26 -the 56,000 boy scouts attending the fifth national jamboree had distinguished visitors from two branches of the military tuesday.
the scouts who saw the passing sedan bearing four stars, and its distinguished passenger, gen. bruce clarke, continental army commander, were impressed.
but they seemed to get a bigger thrill out of the appearance of the blue angels, the famed acrobatic flying team o1 the navy.
all activities stopped in this sprawling encampment, nine miles n o r t h o1 colorado springs, as necks craned skyward to watch the blue angels put their swept-wing fllf-1 tiger jets through 20 minutes of precision flying. speed of sound
flying at nearly the speed of sound, four o1 the team's crack pilots put their planes through breathtaking formations of wingtip flying, breaking away to rejoin again.
cmdr. zeb v. knott, who heads the navy's precision flight demonstration team, emphasized the maneuvers made by the blue angels are not "stunts," but tactical maneuvers taught all navy fighter pilots and perfected to the finest precision.
gen. clarke visited camp because of the role the reguar a r m y a n d military reserves have played in establishing and operating the encampment and because of his own personal interest in the scouting movement. after visiting with dr. arthur a. schuck, chief scout executive, lunching with brig. gen. harold c. leuth, commander of the vast medical establishment here, and inspecting the encampment, gen. clarke said:
"i'm just amazed i'm really amazed at the organization that has been done here to bring 56,000 boys together.
"i'm very proud to see how the army has played such an active part in this jamboree and we are pleased to have been given the opportunity."

personal interest
pointing out his personal interest in scouting extends back 50 years, gen. clarke said, "i have boys who have been to these encampments.
"my youngest boy who now is a cadet at the air force academy was an eagle scout," said the general with pride. he was referring to his son, gordon m. clarke, a senior cadet at the nearby academy.
before leaving the encampment, the general stopped to visit with troop 77 of the tidewater council at newport news, va. he explained "these are boys from my home town." gen. clarke is stationed at ft. monroe, va.

but it's no form of poker game
although it looks like a new form of poker game is being played here, it isn't that at all. the serious faces belong to boy scouts at the national scout jamboree involved in a very serious business. they are gathered around a table in one
of the encampment's trading tents, displaying their own "swaps" goods and studying the other fellow's. the atmosphere is more quiet and serious than the floor of the stock exchange as they swap souvenirs to take home.
-rocky mountain news photo by dick davis

brotherhood 1st with scout's
by pasquale marranzino
jamboree city, july 26-yoram ben-moshe is 21, tall, blond and has blue eyes. he is the leader of a contingent of seven israeli boy scouts among the 56,000 young men encamped at the scout jamboree near colorado springs.
for a year, yoram has been a scoutmaster at a collective farm operated by scouts in israel. for two years before he had served as a combination farmer and soldier because his farm is right on the israeli-jordanian border.
international work
on occasion, when there was necessity, he dropped his pruning fork, his plow, his hoe and shouldered a gun to beat back jordanian raids on the frontier.
by coincidence, one of his wards on the scout encampment is little shafic kassem. shafic is 13, stringy, dark skin, dark eyes and a shock of very black hair. shafic is an arab. a moslem. his people live in jordan.
this is an example of the kind of international work accidentally being accomplished by the jamboree.
on monday night yoram heard shafic tossing and moaning in his sleeping bag. they are bivouaced with a host troop-52 of pocatello, idaho. yoram asked what was wrong. he spoke arabic because shafic knows very little hebrew and less english. yoram speaks all three fluently.
shafic said he had a very sore throat. he was feverish. yoram gave him water and piled blankets on the little arab.
when morning sick call came, yorum carried shafic to the medics. they took one look at his inflamed throat and sent him to ft. carson hospital.
"we are very worried about poor shafic," yoram said. "he is a little boy and he has been lonely. think of what it must be in that hospital where he knows no one and can speak to no one.
"there is a rule in the camp that we cannot leave. won't you see if something can't be done so that i can visit the poor boy at the hospital?"
we passed the information on to the press tent and there were assurances that yoram would be at the side of his little friend from the same arab nation yoram was fighting a few months ago.
there are 303 foreign scouts from 28 different countries. canada has another 350 on hand. the largest denomination from abroad comes from japan-125 trim looking japanese scouts wearing berets and flashing strange looking badges.

badges at premium

the foreign badges are at a premium in this scout city. each tent area has a little marketplace where the scouts gather all day and haggle over "swaps." they bring everything to swap-knives, carvings, beadwork, leatherwork, ceramics, etched metals, swords, kerchiefs-and badges.

but the badges from troops in bengal, in korea, formosa, sweden, norway, finland, rhodesia-these bring the big premiums.
the first scouts who traded with foreign troops got their trades even. then the black market for the strange badges went to work. and some of the badges command fantastic swap rates.
yoram, who speaks english well -it is compulsory in all israeli schools - tells the scouts about his country - its customs, origins, geography and their schools, churches and cities. then they sing hebrew folk songs, perhaps do a folk dance.
the aussies throw boomerangs, the japanese do ceremonial dances, the koreans chant war songs.
this is a small part of the swapping that goes on in the minds of the scouts at the big jamboree.

jamboree ending friday
scouts cheer as president tours camp
by fred baker
denver post staff writer
colorado springs, july 28.-thousands of boy scouts lined the roads of the fifth national jamboree site near here thursday to catch a glimpse of and wave a greeting to their most famous guest-president eisenhower.
the president, who came to denver wednesday afternoon for a visit with his ailing mother-in-law, arrived at the site about 9:30 a. m. thursday after the drive from denver. he made a motor tour through the jamboree area, packed with cheering scoots, before heading back to denver.
scout officials had invited ike to visit the jamboree several days ago, but the president's decision to make the tour was announced only a few hours before he arrived.
after the president's visit, the scouts returned to their preparations for breaking camp friday morning and starting a three-day schedule of departures.
about 30,000 are due to leave the region friday, another 15,000 will leave saturday and the last will depart sunday.
the closing ceremony of the jamboree, an official birthday celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the boy scouts of america, will be held in the jamboree arena thursday night. all 56,000 scouts at the jamboree will attend the ceremony and officials expect as many as 10,000 visitors.

champions picked

national champions in three scoutcraft events were crowned wednesday after elimination contests that had been running since saturday.
the viking patrol of troop 52, section 17, under scoutmaster peter sheridan of lakewood, ohio, won the pioneering event. members of the patrol from the rocky river, bay village and lakewood, ohio, area were warren miller, mike wilson, james janning, ross wilson, dave hertel, adrian krudy and nelson riddle.
the loggers event was won by squiggles patrol of troop 71, section 36, of cramford, n. j., headed by scoutmaster herb sjursen. members of the patrol were brian conley, charles evans, john roth, jim zachary, bob morgan, phil brubaker, bob know and rick linnell.
the personal fitness competition was won by the flying eagle patrol, troop 50, section 33, of san rafael, calif. scoutmaster dr. g. william magladry led the patrol to the national championship after a tie with the buffalo patrol of troop 57, section 23, of peoria, 111.
members of the winning patrol were gregg hobbs, bill andrewsen, rick tegler, ron straithirn, ed hobbs, lee wagner, bob magladry and john mckinnon.

conservation exhibits studied by most of jamboree scouts
denver post special
colorado springs, july 28.-nearly all of the 56,000 scouts attending the fifth national jamboree here have visited the elaborate conservation exhibits at the camp.
this series of exhibit was designed to teach that scouts the value of conservation and various means that should be used to promote good conservation practices

conservation exhibits studied by most of jamboree scouts
denver post special
colorado springs, july 28.-nearly all of the 56,000 scouts attending the fifth national jamboree here have visited the elaborate conservation exhibits at the camp.
this series of exhibits was designed to teach the scouts the value of conservation and various means that whould be used to promote good conservation practices. demonstrations by forestry crews include methods used to fight forest fires, proper use of forest and range lands, the part weather plays in conservation, and proper camping methods.
displays by the lumber industry point out the thousands o£ uses for paper products and stress the great need for proper forest management to provide the wood for paper manufacture.
the 10 wildlife conservation exhibits have been conducted by the staff from the u.s. dept. of the interior and units of the colorado game & fish dept. these exhibits range from a display of mammoth bear traps used in the northern woods to an aquarium showing a wide range of game fish.
one of the popular exhibits is an area in which scouts can use a geiger counter to search for uranium samples scattered among plain rocks. scouts finding "pay dirt" are allowed to keep the samples as souvenirs of the jamboree. scouts attending the full schedule of demonstrations in the conservation area are given official credit toward the jamboree badge to be awarded at the close of the session to those youths who have participated in all required activities of the jamboree.

usa map

the map above shows by the direction of the bus our route july and august 1960.


in july 1960 boy scout troop 13 left the parking lot of the first presbyterian church for a 5,100 mile 26 day long bus trip throughout the west. this page is dedicated to a few memories of those special days and a 50th reunion in 2010.

here are the known names of all who were on the trip: danny aiken, david aiken, mike bash, darby blackwood, scout master, richard clemens, dwight fraze, gil hanie, mox irmscher, allen johns, michael levy, james denny mahuren, jim pinter, john sell, richard stamats, bill sweet, bill valor, doug welch, barry wormon, rusty wormon & doug welch's & danny aiken's parents. names that were not in the picture, but on the trip: david aldrich, bob bartel, peter briggens, ray howell, tom robertson, & jim stone

below are historic documents and news reports of this particular trip july 22 - august 16, 1960 and events at the boy scout jamboree held north of colorado springs in july 1960. if you wish to contribute to this ongoing work please send an email rstamats@gmail.com. a new addition is the text from the article in the fort wayne journal gazette written by phil bloom outdoors editor on july 8, 2007 and follow-up article july 29, 2007.


scouts leave on western tour in own school bus
   twenty-five boy scouts of troop 13 headed west at 4 a.m. today in a red and silver bus, paid for and painted by the boys, for a 5,100 mile, three-week trip.
   the group, sponsored by the first presbyterian church and lead by scoutmaster darby blackwood, will visit the national scout jamboree at colorado springs, colo., the grand canyon, salt lake city, yellow stone national park and the badlands of south dakota.
   the trip was a year in preparation and the scouts held paper drives during the winter for funds to buy a used school bus and equip it. the boys then repainted the bus, inside and out under the direction of the leaders.
nine adults and their families accompanied the troop. two physicians, nevin aiken and arthur aiken, are among the adult' chaperones. the group plans to be back in fort wayne aug. 13.
   scouts on the trip are arthur aiken, nevin aiken, albert aiken, douglas welch, max irmshere, jr., dwight fraze, william sweet, barry worman, russell worman, davis aldrich, paul pinter, gilmore haynie, mike levy, thomas robertson, richard clements, alan johns, james mahuren, john sell, richard stamats, jim stone, william valor, michael bash, robert bartel, ray howell and peter briggins.
   adults and families on the trip are: mr. and mrs. darby blackwood; mr. and mrs. howard welch; mrs. elsie douglas; kent westley; dr. arthur aiken; dr. nevin aiken and minor botts, sr.

travel schedule - july 13, 1960

1960 grand canyon trip - troop 13, ft. wayne, ind. council, b.s.a. c/o first presbyterian church, wayne & webster st's ft. wayne, indiana

day date route & overnight stops miles

friday, july 22 assemble all equipment including all personal gear except small handbag. pack bus & cars and get everything ready to go. sleep at home.

saturday, july 23 departure time: 4:00 am - cdt us 24 to chenoa, ill. - stop en route for illinois state inspection of bus; us 66 to springfield, ill.; us 36 to hannibal, missouri. camp at mark twain cave - 2½ miles south of hannibal on rt. aa 391

sunday, july 24 us 36 to st. joseph, mo.; us 59, sr 4 & us 75 to topeka, kansas; us 24 to near manhattan, kansas. camp at pottawatomie lake #2 state park. 316

monday, july 25 us 24 goodland, kansas. swimming available in municipal pool. campsite at goodland. 300

tuesday, july 26 us 24 to colorado springs, colo.; us 85/87 to scout jamboree and private campsite. camp at w.e. higby ranch on southwest side of monument lake, monument, colo. 195

wednesday, july 27 at jamboree - closing day ceremonies. side trip to denver possible (approx. 120 mi. rt) mail -

thursday, july 28 leave jamboree about noon. us 85/87 to walsenberg colo.; us 160 thru mountains to monte vista, colo. camp at golden age center, homelake (monte vista) 193

friday, july 29 us 160 to mancos, colo. cross continental divide at wolf creek pass (10,850 ft.) camp at mancos which is about 8 miles east of mesa verde national park. 162

saturday, july 30 us 160 & us 666 to gallup, new mexico. all day thru navaho indian reservation. side trip (40 mi. - 80 mi.rt) possible to aztec indian ruins. camp in gallup which is in heart of the indian area. mail 182

sunday, july 31 us 66 thru petrified forest nat. mon. to flagstaff, arizona; us 89 to cameron & sr 64 to grand canyon, ariz., (south rim) along the east rim drive. mail alternate route: thru jadito, oraibi & tuba city to cameron - poorer road but may be more to see - check locally in gallup. camp at south rim of canyon. 292

mon., tues., wed., august 1, 2 & 3 grand canyon hike - boys & leaders hike across canyon, with guide & burro(s) if necessary. bus goes to north rim to meet them. mail (mail at both no. & so. rim of canyon) (214)

the trail hike across grand canyon is 21 miles (3 fu11 days available) take so. kaibab trail (7 miles & 4750 ft. down) to river and fully established phantom ranch camp. cross river on bridge. take no. kaibab trail (14 miles & 5650 ft. up) to bright angel point. there are plenty of campsite en route, the trail is well established and heavily traveled, and there are frequent emergency telephones along the way. [jim pinter added these comments: we went down the bright angel trail to the river instead of taking the south kaibab trail. this means it was a total of 24 miles rim-to-rim instead of 21.]

wednesday, august 3 illinois, bus & cars all get together again at bright angel point on the north rim, and camp there. mail

thursday, august 4 sr 67, us 89 & sr 12 to bryce canyon national park. if time permits, drive thru zion nat. park. camp at bryce canyon park. 161

friday, august 5 us 89 to salt lake city, utah. camp at fairmount park right in the city. make local arrangements for a swim in the great salt lake. mail 270

saturday, august 6 us 89 thru idaho to north side of grand teton nat. park, wyoming. camp at coulter bay in grand teton park. swim 280

the better part of 2 days are available to see grand teton & yellowstone parks - break it up as you wish at the time.

sunday, august 7 us 89 to yellowstone - camp in the park at otter creek near canyon village. mail 75

monday, august 8 leave yellowstone by the east entrance and pick up mail on the way out. us 14 (buffalo bill trail) to cody, wyo. 'camp' in high school gym in cody - see museum and evening rodeo 91

tuesday, august 9 us 14 & sr 24 to devils tower nat. mon., wyoming. camp at established site at base of tower 330 [jim pinter added these comments: the bus breakdown near devils tower delayed us by about 3 days.]

wednesday, august 10 sr 24, us 85 & alt 85 to mt. rushmore, so. dakota. see the sculpture and drive on (us 16 & alt 16) to & thru badlands nat. mon. camp at east camp in badlands mail 242

thursday, august 11 us 16 to luverne, minnesota. stop on route to see the corn palace in mitchell, s.d. if time permits. camp at mound springs state park near luverne. swim. 320

friday, august 12 us 16 to preston, minn.; us 52 to beyond monona, iowa & sr 13 to strawberry point, la, camp at backbone state park near strawberry point* swim 329

saturday, august 13 us 20 thru rockford, ill; interstate 90 & 294 (toll rd) to hammond, ind,; us 41 & us 30 to ft. wayne. unless there is a real need, it is suggested that the bus unloading and the like be left till sunday afternoon 401

please note that advance reservations are all set for most of the above places but that not all national parks will accept reservations, so and we can not be dead certain that there will always be a place in these parks. most of the locations above have running water & flush toilets; all have approved drinking water; some others not shown as swimming spots do have showers or swimming or similar bathing facilities.

total trip miles: 4744 probable actual speedometer miles: 5100

mailing addresses to reach troop 13 on grand, canyon trip:

note: be sure to allow plenty of 'lead time' for any letters you mail to your boy. the mail may be slow in getting to some of these locations.

address all mail: boy's name, ft. wayne troop 13, hold for arrival

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arrival date: address:

july 27 c/o w. e. higby & sons, monument a colorado

7/30 c/o general delivery gallup, now mexico

7/31 grand canyon nat. park grand canyon, arizona

august 3 c/o general delivery north rim, rural route, fredonia, arizona

8/5 c/o general delivery - main p.o. salt lake city, utah

8/7 c/o east entrance, yellowstone national parka wyoming

8/10 c/o cedar pass lodge, badlands national monument, interior, south dakota

telephoning: it will not be easy to reach the trip by telephone. in the event of a real emergency, make the call person to person and try thru the state police, the local police or sheriff in the area where the trip is scheduled, or the superintendent or forest ranger in the park or camp area scheduled. if you wish to be able to talk to your boy to see how things are, we suggest that you make advance arrangements with him to have him call you collect form some of the loss remote e p aces: gallup, n.m.; grand canyon, ariz., salt lake city; cedar pass lodge at badlands. some of the other campsites may be several miles from a phone which your boy can conveniently use, please be assured that if there is a real emergency on the trip, the church will be notified and will in turn get in touch with the parsons concerned. this trip has been well planned, the bus is in excellent shape, there will be a doctor along on the trip, and there is no reason for any undue apprehension. let us all proceed on the thought that 'no news is good news.'

w. l. sweet, 13 july, 1960


fort wayne journal gazette 7/8/07

july 8, 2007, 8:47 a.m.

boy scout troop 13 members assemble beside their bus before a 1960 trip that included a rim-to-rim hike of the grand canyon. they are, from left to right, front row: michael levy, barry worman, richard stamats, dwight fraze, danny aiken, allen johns, david aiken, dough welch and john sell; back row: gil haynie, mike bash, dennie mccuron, max irmscher, rusty worman, bill sweet, richard clemens, bill valor, jim pinter and scoutmaster darby blackwood.

boy scouts from troop 13 hike the north kaibab trail during their 1960 rim-to-rim hike of the grand canyon. some members of the troop are trying to track down other members for a reunion hike in 2010.

published: july 8, 2007 6:12 a.m.
scouts planning grand reunion
troop 13 members want to revisit 1960 canyon hike
by phil bloom
outdoors editor
looking for scouts

jim pinter and richard stamats would like to get in touch with members of boy scout troop 13 that went on a western trip in 1960 that included a rim-to-rim hike of the grand canyon.

contact pinter by e-mail at synergy1@compuserve.com and stamats by e-mail at rstamats@gmail.com

main article

scouts planning grand reunion
troop 13 members want to revisit 1960 canyon hike
by phil bloom
outdoors editor

his hair is edging toward all white these days and his skin is tanned and weathered by the sun, physical indications that jim pinter is probably on the mark saying he’s made about 21 hikes into the grand canyon.

“i kind of lost track there for a while,” he said. “i didn’t think it was important to number these things, but now as i’ve gotten older i kind of wear it as a badge of honor and started keeping track again.”

it was during his last grand canyon hike in february that pinter began thinking how much he’d like to share the experience once more with the same guys who were on the first trip into the massive hole in the arizona desert.

it happened 47 years ago this month.

on july 23, 1960, pinter and two dozen other boy scouts from troop 13 at first presbyterian church embarked on a 25-day trip in an old school bus that was hand painted silver with red trim and a back window decorated with a poster of mad magazine’s alfred e. neuman and his catchphrase, “what, me worry?”

they traveled through 13 states with stops at the national boy scout jamboree in colorado springs, colo.; petrified forest national monument in arizona; bryce canyon, grand teton and yellowstone national parks; devil’s tower in wyoming; and mount rushmore in south dakota.

“but the highlight of our trip was the hike across the grand canyon,” pinter said.

starting from the south rim, the scouts and their adult leaders descended bright angel trail, dropping almost 4,200 feet in just under 10 miles to spend the first night camping on a beach where pipe creek spills into the colorado river. the next morning they hiked to phantom ranch and over the next few days eventually made it to the north rim via the north kaibab trail.

“we ended up hiking a total of 24 miles,” pinter said.

decades later, memories remain vivid of a grueling experience, especially for a pack of young boys.

“it was hot and hard,” said doug welch, who now lives in churubusco. “coming out was the roughest part.”

temperatures in the canyon shot well past 100 each day, eventually forcing the scouts to hike at night to avoid the oppressive heat.

“we were all spread out across the bottom of that canyon,” said gil haynie, now a fort wayne attorney. “everybody was just walking to survive.”

everyone did, but it required some resourcefulness.

“most of the kids were so distressed in the heat and by the ordeal itself that they started leaving things behind like sleeping bags and cameras,” pinter said. “i had one of the biggest packs, an old army rucksack with an external frame.

“that meant i had to carry all the camp cook gear because i had the only pack big enough to hold the nesting pots. other people got saddled with no. 10 cans of dried eggs and all sorts of camping food. at the time i hated eggs, and powdered eggs were the worst.”

to this day, richard stamats said the slightest whiff of powdered eggs cooking and “i’m immediately transported back to that point in time.”

food became the focal point of the outbound trek.

stamats remembers hiding from the group to take a nap and finding himself alone by a stream eating from a 5-pound brick of velveeta cheese and 5-pound bag of sugar to restore his energy. welch’s mother, doris, one of the adult chaperones, said other scouts resorted to scavenging the discarded lunch boxes of mule-train riders.

“all i could think about that last 4,000feet or so was a hamburger and a tall coca-cola because we knew there was a soda fountain at the top,” pinter said. “we got up there so late it was closed.”

doris welch says that before the hike she advised one of the adult leaders, a doctor, to just keep singing “the happy wanderer.”

four days later, as the man emerged from the trail, she was there to greet him and the others after helping shuttle vehicles the 220miles around the canyon to the north rim.

“the first thing he said was, ‘doris, all i could think to sing was ‘nearer my god to thee’ because i thought i was going to die,’” she said.

as arduous as the hike was, it was a transformative moment for pinter, who was smitten by the west. after graduating from north side high school in three years, he hopped in his world war ii jeep and drove – at a top speed of 45 mph – to arizona for college and eventually a 30-year career with the u.s. department of agriculture in phoenix.

decades later and now retired, pinter found himself walking the same trails in february and wondering whether any of his fellow scouts would share his interest in a reunion hike.

almost simultaneously, stamats was sifting through a stack of old pictures at his photography studio in colorado springs and found one of troop 13 lined up in front of the silver bus. putting names to the faces took some effort, but with each connection came a memory.

“i thought, ‘here’s a good sign,’” stamats said. “then out of the blue jim contacted me. it was like, wow.”

as pinter and stamats stitched together anecdotes from their 1960 adventure, what once seemed like drudgery to a group of kids took on a nostalgic tone for a pair of adults interested in reconnecting with their past.

a 50th-anniversary hike in 2010 was the answer, especially since it will coincide with the 100th anniversary of boy scouts of america. pinter is promising a less strenuous spring hike that follows a shorter route to phantom ranch.

“i thought it would be fun right off the bat,” doug welch said when he heard of the plan.

tracking down the rest of their fellow scouts, many of whom they’ve not seen in years, is the next challenge, but the larger challenge may be persuading them to come along.

on a recent visit to fort wayne, pinter and welch were telling a friend who didn’t go on the first trip about the reunion plans.

“his wife said she couldn’t believe we were doing this,” pinter said. “‘look at you,’ she said, ‘three old men.’

“well, i don’t think of myself as old. in my mind, i still consider myself a 13-year-old boy.”


follow-up report

published: july 29, 2007 6:00 a.m.
canyon hike reunion spurs 1960 scouts
phil bloom

• a few weeks ago, we reported on a boy scout troop from fort wayne that hiked the grand canyon from rim to rim in 1960.

at least some of the scouts want to do it again in three years, commemorating the 50th anniversary of their hike and the 100th anniversary of scouting in the united states.
jim pinter, one of the planners of the reunion hike, e-mailed last week with an update.

three scouts who weren’t in the group picture that ran with the article but were on the trip have reconnected with pinter and richard stamats. others have indicated an interest in strapping on the boots for another hike.

“so the article is having the exact effect we had hoped,” pinter said.

another former scout, jim stone, drove from dayton to fort wayne recently to visit friends, some who had been on the trip, and to celebrate their 60th birthdays.

pinter said stone was thinking on his own that a rim-to-rim repeat was on his list of “things to do before he dies.”
when stone arrived for the party intent on convincing the others of his idea, they handed him a copy of the journal gazette article.

“now he’s decided to go with us as a group,” pinter wrote. “another timely coincidence.”




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