Boy Scouts museum moving to New Mexico This March 18, 2016, photo provided by John Churchill shows Boy Scouts of America museum artifacts from the 1930s, including a sash with rank and merit badge patches, canteen, first aid kit, pocket knife, and flashlight, as well as a copy of the Third Edition of the "Handbook for Boys," featuring cover artwork by Norman Rockwell. (John Churchill via AP/AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Boy Scouts museum moving to New Mexico
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From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up. The organization plans to move more than a century of scouting history. The Scouts will take the artifacts to the wilds of northern New Mexico.
 
The organization will move its national museum. It will be taken from its current home in Texas to the Philmont Scout Ranch. The ranch has served as an adventure destination for generations of troops and their families.
 
Plans call for expanding the existing Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library to make room for a national collection. It includes more than 600,000 items. It also has reams of historical documents and photographs.
 
Construction is expected to start next year. The opening is planned for 2018.
 
Boy Scouts officials didn't say how much the project will cost. But they're committed to preserving the 100-year history of the scouting movement through the museum's extensive collection. They say all the artifacts, fine art and documentation provides a look at Scouting's influence on American culture.
 
The Philmont Ranch hosts more than 32,000 visitors each year. Officials say more people will get to see the national collection.
 
"We ... decided that relocating the museum to the iconic Philmont Scout Ranch best accelerates what the museum is trying to accomplish," Rick Bragga, chairman of the museum support committee, said in a statement.
 
The official museum of the Boy Scouts of America got its start in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1959. It was moved to the grounds of Murray State University in Kentucky in 1986. Then it was relocated in 2002 to Irving, Texas, adjacent to the organization's National Service Center.
 
The collection includes items from each of the national jamborees. In addition, it has rare merit badges, pocket knives and compasses. Historical records, speeches, photographs and dozens of examples of the artwork commissioned by the organization are included in the collection. These helped to deliver the Scouting message.
 
As for Rockwell, he was best known for his covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. They capture the spirit and popular culture of everyday American life.
 
In 1912, he was hired for his first gig as a staff artist for Boy's Life magazine. It is an official publication of the Boy Scouts. He went on to become the magazine's art editor. He later created 51 original images for the official Boy Scouts annual calendar.
 
In all, the decades-long partnership between Rockwell and the Scouts generated 471 images. They appeared in periodicals, guidebooks and promotions. The museum's collection includes 48 original Rockwell paintings as well as 11 studies and drawings.

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COMMENTS (8)
  • samanthas-1-ste
    12/19/2016 - 01:14 p.m.

    The Scouting has been around for a very long time. It teaches boys many different outdoor survival techniques in a fun way.

  • zakrym-ste
    12/19/2016 - 02:01 p.m.

    This is stupid. You do not need a museum for boy scouts. We need to teach kids to be tougher, not to get little pins on their girly sashes.

  • kaileew-ste
    12/22/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    The boy scout museum has moved from Texas, to New Mexico. The plan is to expand the exhibit. I never knew there was a boy scout museum.

  • hayleel-ste
    1/05/2017 - 12:41 p.m.

    Boy scout troops have been around for a very long time. It teaches boys the survival f the outdoors world and how to work together. All my uncles have been in it and now my cousins are working on their badges, it is a blessing and fun activity to have a family to be apart of.

  • jacklynt-ste
    1/05/2017 - 08:49 p.m.

    I think this is really cool. We have local boy scouts so I hope that every troop can be involved in some way. It would be awesome to hear about our local troops contributing to the move in some way.

  • tiffanyh-ste
    1/26/2017 - 12:03 p.m.

    In my local area we have a girl scouts group also. I think it's really cool that they're taught how to survive outdoors at a young age because what if they happen to be somewhere and get stuck without help for a few days. They can survive until someone finds them.

  • mirakler-orv
    1/26/2017 - 09:44 p.m.

    Scouting has influenced young men and boys how to take care of them selfs when something wrong happens. The same thing with girl scouts.

  • samr-bla
    1/27/2017 - 08:28 a.m.

    I dislike this idea I fell like they should either leave it in Texas or move to Kentucky because boy scouts had nothing to do with Mexico. so I full on disagree on the idea if Mexico had nothing to do with boy scouts then they shouldn`t move the museum to Mexico.

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