Scout Honor Societies
Tribe of Manatee - Sunnyland Council, Florida. Started in 1931 at Camp Flying Eagle by their executive, Charles Wilson.

The founder of the group, Scout Executive Charles Wilson, came to the council in 1929 from Waycross, GA. It is unclear how long the group lasted. Wilson left the council in 1935. The OA came into existence in the council in 1942, when John L. Shutt, the District Executive for the Royal Palm (Ft. Myers) district sold the then Scout Exec on the idea. He had been in OA in Tennessee. I suspect that after Wilson left, since the council went thru quite a bit of change, such as absorbing the former Royal Palm Council, that the group might have fallen by the wayside and ended. This would have made it easier for the establishment of OA, in the absence of any other group.

Information provided by Michael Brown





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