Boy Scouts of America Lewis & Clark Patch
Earn a Lewis & Clark Patch
Several members of the Manitou Bluffs Chapter have a background in Scouting and thought that a Lewis and Clark patch would be of interest to Scouts. Their suggestion was met with enthusiasm by both the national organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America signed a Memorandum of Understanding to benefit both organizations in August 2007. This memorandum allowed individual LCTHF chapters to develop requirements for a Lewis and Clark Patch.
According to an article in the January-February 2008 issue of the Scouting magazine, “The agreement will promote programs of awareness, education and stewardship between local BSA councils and the Foundation’s 40 chapters throughout the country.” This agreement grew from efforts of the Lone Star Chapter in Woodlands, TX and local Cub Scouts. Members put together a program helping the Cub Scouts to earn activity badges and belt loops using the history of Lewis and Clark. A den leader from their pack is quoted as saying “I learned as much as my son did, and the adults were moved by all that Scouting has in common with the Lewis and Clark expedition.”
Manitou Bluffs Patch
The Manitou Bluffs Chapter of the LCTHF has developed requirements concerning the history, maintenance and stewardship of the trail for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts to earn an embroidered patch upon completion of a specified number of requirements. Choices include visiting local and national sites, reading books about the trail, attending chapter meetings, compiling period attire, attending period events, presenting Lewis and Clark history to schools, troops or civic organizations, performing environmental/conservation good turns, serving on Boy Scout summer camp staffs or District Camporee staffs, planning menus and preparing foods that would have been used at the time of Lewis & Clark. Since we are close to St. Charles, MO, we have included a visit to the Boat House and visits with any of the members of the Corp of Discovery as possible requirements. Since much of what we know is from the journals of Lewis & Clark, we have included a short written “journal” report as part of each requirement. For a full list of the requirements click here. To order form for the patches please email Janise Manchester.
Chapter members hope that this will keep a continued interest in the trail by Scouts and Scouters thus bolstering interest in both organizations. The help of the youth in preserving the history of the trail and keeping camping grounds and sites available along the trail will be invaluable in the future.