Scout Honor Societies

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Buckskin Men - Created by Dan Beard and used at the camps he maintained. Although not owned by scout councils, these camps passed boys on their scout ranks and were rather unique as far as camps go. Probably the most famous member of Buckskin Men was Howard Hughs (the billionaire) who attended one of Beard's camps in Hawley, Pennsylvania and passed Tenderfoot and Second Class ranks there in 1916. Howard received the camp's highest honor that year from Dan Beard himself. He agreed not to eat candy for a year as part of the investiture but temptation got the better of him at Christmas. Honor bound, he later sent the award back to Beard with an explanation and hope that he could return to camp the following year.





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