Acquisition No.: 2014-22
Title: Flag; Boy Scout Troop 77, Black Walnut Dist., Bonneauville, PA.
Item History:

Boy Scout Troop 77 of the Black Walnut District met in Bonneauville, PA. off and on for many decades of the 20th Century, as interest waxed and waned. Population, ecnomics, enthusiasm, and technological advances were among factors that effected membership. The ten cents per week dues charged to scouts in the mid 1950's was impossible for some members of the large Catholic community to pay. Job wages were low and many families included six or eight to sixteen children each.

Camp Conewago and Camp Tuckahoe were most frequented by the troop. The Boy Scout's Promise was: "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."

On 10/15/14 this flag was recovered from Saint Joseph's "Old School" where the group last held their meetings. It was surmised that the building, which is in deplorable condition, would soon be torn down. Father Rindos of the parrish had that goal in mind decades earlier. The first St. Joseph's Rectory was demolished in 2013 under the direction of newly arrived Father Peter DiTomasso. The Boy Scout Motto is: "Be Prepared."

Flag size: Approx. 32" x 58."

See Cat. No. 2014-21 for an interesting, newly found photograph of St. Joseph's School in Bonneauville as it appeared in 1938.

Note: This flag may be claimed by the official leadership of any newly formed Troop 77 group.

Location: Case IX
Acq. Date: 10/15/14
Acquired from: St. Joseph's School, ("The Old School") clean-up day. 10/15/14.
Price ($): gratas
Type: accession
Curator: ckrc