On a previous visit to the Farragut State Park. I knew that it was up in , but I had not a clue about exactly. Who knew that I passed it several times while working. In an earlier post, when I was in Great Falls Montana, I found some great photos of the 12th on display. Being new to I had not realized at all what went on and what Scouts did. I also had no clue that there was a Mrs Baden-Powell. So, I read up and learned a lot about Scouting.
So, when I realized that Farragut State Park was so very close and the history contained with it and Scouts, I had to go.
After spending about an hour looking around, seeing some of the sites and realizing that Farragut State Park was first a Naval Training Center in World War II. This training center was created after the Pearl Harbor attack, and trained over 290,000 troops. With this history and Boy Scouts (even Girl Scouts), it would seem that there should be more going on here than what already is. If I were a Boy Scout in this area, I would think that using the BSA Merit Badge of Scouting Heritage would be a great for several of the parts of the badge. I would also think that maybe holding Scout Jams, Camporees, Webelos Woods or other Scouting activities. I would also think that maybe using this within a Ticket item for Wood Badge might be fun.
I highly suspect that at some point my family and I will camp here. It is actually on our way to where I grew up in Montana and where I return just about every summer. So, I will be back to enjoy this more. Overall, there is Scouting History right in my back yard.
(Note on first Video: I had the dates wrong…..)