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Boy Scouts circa 1968, Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas

The Scouts and their counselors in this picture are, from left to right: Neil Timmer, patrol leader; Pat Blackard, assistant patrol leader; Jack Pavlik, assistant patrol leader; Roy Hoffman, Jay White, Arthur Obrock, Ed Obrock, Russell Cline, Scott Moore, Terry Emerson, Senior Patrol leader; Frank Emerson, Mark Young, patrol leader; Bob Blackard, assistant patrol leader; Dennis Hill, John Blundell, Duane Parcel, advisor; John Zielke, Bobby Yadon, Harold Emerson, Patrol Dad; John Lehman, Scoutmaster.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.

The Scouts and their counselors, pictured above, are from left to right: Neil Timmer, patrol leader; Pat Blackard, assistant patrol leader; Jack Pavlik, assistant patrol leader; Roy Hoffman, Jay White, Arthur Obrock, Ed Obrock, Russell Cline, Scott Moore, Terry Emerson, Senior Patrol leader; Frank Emerson, Mark Young, patrol leader; Bob Blackard, assistant patrol leader; Dennis Hill, John Blundell, Duane Parcel, advisor; John Zielke, Bobby Yadon, Harold Emerson, Patrol Dad; John Lehman, Scoutmaster.   Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.


Local Boy Scouts Take 56 Mile Hike

Eighteen Boy Scouts took part in a 56 mile hike from Coldwater to Camp Houston, Okla.

Enroute they visited Bat Caves, did a little fishing, some swimming and collected a numerous amount of different animals. They encountered many various varmints, such as scorpions, land turtles, water turtles, and non-poisonous snakes. They even killed a rattlesnake on their journey.

They marched through the rain one day and one morning the fog was so thick, they had to use their compasses to keep on their course.

The Boy Scouts left Coldwater Thursday, May 22, at 2:30 and returned Monday, May 26, at 2 p.m. They hiked five different days and camped four nights. They camped on the ranches of Claude Bramlett, Dan and Neill Jackson, Harry Lohrding, and Joe Free of Freedom, Okla. They reported wonderful camp sights at each place.

The boys carried packs that weighed around 20 pounds including their bedrolls and personal gear every foot of the way.

The Scouts and their counselors, pictured above, are from left to right: Neil Timmer, patrol leader; Pat Blackard, assistant patrol leader; Jack Pavlik, assistant patrol leader; Roy Hoffman, Jay White, Arthur Obrock, Ed Obrock, Russell Cline, Scott Moore, Terry Emerson, Senior Patrol leader; Frank Emerson, Mark Young, patrol leader; Bob Blackard, assistant patrol leader; Dennis Hill, John Blundell, Duane Parcel, advisor; John Zielke, Bobby Yadon, Harold Emerson, Patrol Dad; John Lehman, Scoutmaster.

John Black and Leroy Zielke hiked with the group. They were visited overnight by Joe White, Bill Young, and Karel Pavlik. Junior Cline was in charge of transportation and made a trip to the camp site each day, helped move equipment and brought supplies. No serious injuries were sustained on the hike.

(Undated news clipping)


Construction of a Lookout Tower by the Coldwater Boy Scout Troop, February 1968, at the farm of Dr. Ronald McCoy.

Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.
Boy Scouts Build During Campout
Photo courtesy of Rhonda (Cline) Nickel.


The Western Star, February 29, 1968.

Boy Scouts Build During Campout

Seventeen Boy Scouts and their Scoutmaster, Dr. Ronald McCoy, went on an ovenight campout last Saturday afternoon at Dr. McCoy's farm southeast of Coldwater. They slept in their tents and sleeping bags during the night.

Besides constructing a monkey bridge made out of rope, they got a good start toward building a lookout tower, as shown in the above picture, using long poles they had cut and trimmed and lashing the tower with its cross bracing, using ropes.

Later the tower and bridge will be taken down and constructed at a Camporee in Barber county. The rope bridge will span a creek.

(Photo by Scout Bob Butcher)


Thanks to Rhonda (Cline) Nickel, sister of Russell Fay Cline, for transcribing and contributing the above news articles and scans to this web site!

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