Boy Scouts in Memphis

From the beginning of the 20th century to present day there have been active and thriving Boy Scout troops all throughout the Memphis and surrounding area. In this episode we’ll talk about Kamp Kia Kima, Camp Daniels and the day to day of a Scout in the early 1900’s. We’ll also discuss the integration of the Scouts and the future of the Scouting. 

Joining Mark & Joe are (l-r) Barry Moore, Duane Klink, Ed Provine, Elzie Rosebud, Andrew Schrack, Chuck Schadrack, Wayne Dowdy, Fred Morton.

We’re honored to be joined by a who’s who of Memphis Scouts including:

Barry W. Moore – Barry grew up in Whitehaven and has continued his active membership in Scouting to present since joining Cub Scout Pack 37 in 1965. At age 11, he joined Boy Scout Troop 48 and earned his Eagle Rank in 1973. In 1982 Barry became Scoutmaster of Troop 48 and served 13 years. He completed Woodbadge training in 1980 and has served on Woodbadge staff since 1987. He is the proud father of an Eagle scout son. Today he serves as a District Commissioner for the Eastern District in the Chickasaw Council. Barry retired from the Shelby County Government in 2010 after 30 years of service in the Environmental and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Programs. 

Chuck Schadrack – Chuck served as Scoutmaster of Troop 341 for 10 years and helped form Venture Crew 341. He is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow and a Silver Beaver recipient. He completed Woodbadge training as has served on staff for multiple Woodbadge Courses. In 2012 he was the director of the council’s National Youth Leadership Training course. Chuck and Duane Klink co-authored 100 years of Scouting, A Brief History of the Chickasaw Council, BSA. They both recently completed the initial National Scouting Historian Summit at Philmont. Chuck is a Product Application Engineer at ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

Fred Morton – Fred is a graduate of Princeton University and Duke Divinity School. He is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church having served as the campus minister and director of counseling ministries at Christ United Methodist Church. Fred is the author of From Memphis to Danang, A Tribute to Major James Edward Morton, about Fred’s brother (OKK Staff of 1954), a fatality of the Vietnam war. In retirement Fred is serving the community and urban ministries in Memphis and most recently as an activist in the Tennessee Poor People’s March. He served as Director of the Old Kia Kima Preservation Association, Inc. from 2011-2017. 

Ed Provine – Ed joined Troop 48 as a boy in 1950. He served three different periods as Scoutmaster of Troop 48 for a total of 18 years between 1964 – 2008. Ed graduated from Southside High School like many other boys of his generation who were members of Troop 48. He retired as an Engineer from ThyssenKrupp Elevator. 

Elzie Rosebud – Elzie Rosebud is the Scoutmaster of Troop 144, a position he has served in since 1994. His Troop is sponsored by the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis. He is the proud father of two Eagle Scouts. Elzie is employed by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

Duane Klink – Duane is an Eagle Scout from Memphis. He and Chuck Shadrack co-authored 100 years of Scouting, A Brief History of the Chickasaw Council, BSA. He recently completed the initial National Scouting Historian Summit at Philmont. Duane retired from FedEx as a process project advisor in disaster recovery. 

Andrew Schrack – Andrew is an Eagle Scout from Memphis and has been involved in Scouting most of his life. He served on staff at Kia Kima Scout Reservation for eight years and was active in the Order of the Arrow. Andrew successfully nominated Old Kia Kima to the Arkansas Registry of Historic Places and helped start the Kia Kima Alumni Association. His current project is digitizing local Scouting documents and photos and building an online archive. Outside of Scouting Andrew is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. 

Sorry about some of the background noise and table thumping!  – recorded in one of our favorite locations, the Memphis Room at the library.

1933 Troop 48 Cabin with Scouts
1934-07 Choctaw District Summer Camp @ Camp Currier
List of Scouts in the 1934-07 Choctaw District Summer Camp @ Camp Currier



Moderators: Joe Lowry, Mark White
Research Team: Joe Lowry, Barry Moore
Editor: Trish Gully
Producer: Mark White

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