Scout Honor Societies

Order of the Solo Hiker - Founded in 1941 in the Alameda Council, it still exists there at Camp Stephen and Camp Cedarbrook. The group meets three times a year for social and business meetings. Since 1941 they have inducted a total of 191 regular members and 14 honorary members. The quest (ordeal) is a performance of scouting skills and hiking stamina. The actual quest that must be completed is quite emotional and somewhat challenging. Professional scouters are made ex Officio members. The group was founded by Council Executive Don Barley who learned about it from the then Council Executive of the Phoenix Council (a Mr. Young) where it apparently also existed in the 1930's. The first member was Gordon Miller who they refer to as "The Trail Blazer". There is no membership patch but their society symbol is a bear which appears on their neckerchief. Each member is given a bear claw which they make into a necklace to wear. Each member also receives a hat & T-shirt with the group logo. To become a member you have to attend their camp at least five years with two of them on staff or as a unit leader. The minimum age requirement has varied through the years but currently is 18 because of National Health and Safety factors. They have by-laws and elected officers.

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