Scout Honor Societies

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Nani Ba Zhu - (Also known as the Order of the Black Diamond and also the Black Diamond Society) Created at Camp Gifford in Omaha, Nebraska in 1919, it lasted until 1939. Henry Fonda, the actor, was an early member of Nani Ba Zhu. I am told Nani Ba Zhu was reactivated in 1990 in Omaha using the Mic O Say program. Since 1990 they have inducted over 2,300 members into the "new" NBZ at Camp Cedars. NBZ reportedly existed at the following locations.
  Hutchison, Kansas
  Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  Tulsa Council, Oklahoma, became OA #138
  Fort Worth, Texas              
  Council Bluffs, Iowa
  Kinza Council, Kansas, became OA #321
  South Plains Council, Texas, became OA #150
  Buffalo Trails Council, Texas, became OA #141




Thanks to Michael Brown for the following info:

For more information on the history of Nani Ba Zhu see:

http://www.mac-bsa.org/camp_nani.aspx

Apparently a YMCA camp has an alumni group called Nani-Ba-Zhu, and its tied in with the camp's five year honor program, which they've had since the 20s. See, http://www.campedwards.org/about.htm and http://www.campedwards.org/nbz_update.htm.





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