My son and I are trying to research information related to my grandfather and his involvement in Scouting. We are wondering if there are any sources to find out dates of Troop charters, Council organization, and Eagle Scout awards.
I wish I had had more conversations with him about Scouting when he was alive, but hindsight is 20/20. We have been piecing together information from newspaper clippings. A 1964 article covering his Silver Beaver award stated that he became a Boy Scout in 1917, earned Eagle Scout in 1922, and later went on to be a Scoutmaster. Another article from the 1960s mentioned his participation in a Court of Honor for Eagle Scouts, and it noted he was the second Eagle Scout in the State of Montana, and further noted another attendee as having been the first Eagle Scout in the state. But there's a huge inconsistency here, because the other fellow was later given the Distinguished Eagle Scout award, and on the list of DES recipients that is online, there's a ('27) behind his name. No way could he have been the first, if my grandfather received Eagle Scout in '22. We also found some clippings of Eagle Scout achievements in Montana from as early as 1921, pre-dating our 1922 date. Do I have any chance of finding any BSA documentation this old? My grandfather's troop is long since defunct, and pre-dates the early councils in Montana anyway.
Thanks in advance!