Owasippe, nation's oldest Boy Scouts camp, celebrates 100th birthday
Muskegon Chronicle - 7/22/11
By Lynn Moore
It was 1911 when the boys from Chicago first climbed aboard a steamship to head into wilds unknown.
They were among a new breed who called themselves Boy Scouts, committed to being helpful, loyal, obedient and brave, among other virtues.
When the Boy Scouts finally disembarked in Whitehall, a world away from the bustle of city life, the townspeople lined the streets to greet them. Dressed in military-style uniforms, the boys paraded through town on their way to their new wilderness outpost on Crystal Lake about 3½ miles away.
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