the age of 8, I joined Pack 33 in Milford. Our Pack meetings were
held at the Baker Elementary School on Union Street. I remember
walking home from a Den meeting held at Mrs. Smail's home on Washington
Street on the south side of Milford. We had carved animals out of
an Ivory soap bar. Later, I remember my mother being a Den
Mother. Pack meetings were held regularly and I advanced through
the ranks of Wolf, Bear and Lion. I then advanced to
Webelos. I remember learning how to cut a piece of wood with a
cross-cut hand saw. Mr. Parker was our Webelos instructor.
Sometime in early 1957, I attended a Winter campout at the Proud Lake
Recreation Area. The campout took place near the Boat Launch off
of Bass Lake Road. In the Spring of 1957 I joined Troop 33 in
The Troop meetings were held in the basement of the American Legion
Hall on Commerce Street. One of the first things we did was
take a First Aid class. The class was held at the Walled Lake
High School on Oakley Park Road.
I found my Second Class Record card and
in early June of 1957 I had completed the requirements for 2nd
Class. I did not find to much more about the events of
1957. I am sure that I was at least working on the First Class
requirements and hiked a couple of trails, the Wauseon Trail in
northern Ohio and the Freedom Trail that was between Adrian and Tecumseh
I know that in early 1958 I started working on my "God and Country"
religious award, once earned, given by the Methodist Church. I
was awarded that medal on Boy Scout Sunday in the Methodist Church in
Milford in 1959.
In the Spring of 1958 work began on the Chief Pontiac Trail. This
was designed as a two day hike on a trail that extended from the Chief
Pontiac Monument at the corner of Commerce Road and Indian Trail in
Orchard Lake to two different points in Kensington Park, depending on
which method you chose to transport yourself on the second day, more on
that later. In order to hike this trail on "Opening Hike" a scout
had to work 40 hours to help build it. After you had put in your
40 hours, you had earned your "Pioneer" patch. There were
addition requirements that had to be completed before you could hike
this trail. One of which was to research Chief Pontiac and write
a report. Another was to carry everything that you needed for the
second day hike on your back! Dad and I shared a pup tent made of
ponchos, each of us carried one and we tried them together and hung
them over a rope strung between two trees. The second day could
be hiked or canoed to the end. Upon completion of the hike, the
Scout was awarded a "Pioneer" Chief Pontiac trail medal.
I was called out for Vigil Honor
during the Noquet Lodge Summer Conclave and Ordeal on 20 August 2016 at
Silver Trails Scout Reservation, Jedo, Michigan.
I was presented with my "Chew Toy" at Roundtable on 8 September 2016 by our Pon-Man Chapter Advisor Cliff Dobrowski.
I completed the Vigil Overnighter on 23 October 2016. After the Vigil breakfast
I was presented with the Vigil Honor framed certificate by Tyler James.