From Aarhus, to New York, and beyond …
… the remarkable story of how young Vilhelm Hans Bjerregaard Jensen’s encounter with a crate of WWI surplus semaphore flag poles changed the course Scouting in the United States.
But I had become a restless dreamer. The two world jamborees had stirred my blood. I had met people from around the world. I wanted to meet them on their home grounds. I arranged with my newspaper to be its roaming reporter on a trip around the world. I took off in September 1925, covered London and southern England, then settled down for a month in Liverpool to write another boys’ book. It paid my boat fare for New York, where I landed in February 1926.
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Julus Pahl says
I also enjoyed your piece on Bill. A lot of leaders do not know about the history of the Scouting Movement. I as well collect the older texts of Scouting but usually in digital form but was gifted a real copy of the 1959 edition of the Scoutmasters Handbook from a previous Scoutmaster from our Troop. Our history is important to know and use it to help support my ideals of a Truely Boy Led Troop! Thanks Clarke for the GREAT podcasts every week. You are reaching boys and guiding them all over the country without even meeting them, through your listeners. Now you just need to publish something in print so that I can wait in line for your Autograph! Maybe a Kyber Pass! I’ll be taking my camera everywhere I go at summer camp hoping to catch something outlandishly funny!
B A Scouter says
I thoroughly enjoyed this edition of the podcast. It is good to be reminded of where and how things come to be.
The story of Vilhelm illustrates the story of us all. Scouts and scouters alike. We all influence and touch so many other lives throughout this movement that the effects are not measurable beyond simply declaring they have an impact. We all go through our lives trying to do the right thing, to live up to the oath and law. Along the way we end up doing things that may change the course of history, certainly other people’s lives.
The personal tie in at the end is truly a gem, thank you for sharing. It really tied the magnitude of this one man’s influence in the movement across the ages and shows our relevance today.
Something to consider, You have met “Greenbar Bill”, he knew Baden Powell, I’m posting on your blog. The Degrees of Kevin Bacon for you are just 1, for me, just 2. That is a pretty cool thought!
Thanks and keep up the good work.
Larry Geiger says
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I remember the old, large format Boy’s Life and Green Bar Bill’s articles. I bought one of the new Fieldbooks (2nd edition) as soon as it came out. I took my fieldbook to college with me and have had it close by ever since. I left a bunch of other scouting stuff at home and my mom threw out my handbook 🙁 while I was gone. My wife is a little more tolerant of my Scouting and tree book collection (she’s a librarian 🙂 )
Wil Henzmann says
Great show Clarke, I really enjoyed the history lesson.
Bill Macfarlane says
Good podcast…I wish “Vil” was still around