March 01, 1924

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Queens Scout Leaders Hold Winter Retreat

On a weekend close to Washington’s Birthday in 1924, Queens Boy Scout leaders from the Queens Council gathered at Camp Matinecock, the council’s summer camp, for a remarkable winter retreat. Despite early snowfalls that week, the snow hadn’t turned to slush as it had at lower elevations. Instead, a heavy sleet had settled over the snow, forming a crust that allowed for exceptionally fast coasting and even the possibility of skating on the surface.

Sleds on the half-mile coasting course at the camp were able to zip from start to finish in a rapid 27 seconds, thanks to the ideal conditions. The scoutmasters, deputies, and officials in attendance found, however, that the icy crust made skiing and snowshoeing nearly impossible.

As evening fell, the attendees turned their attention indoors, engaging in intensive discussions and strategy planning for scout activities. A council fire on Saturday night brought everyone together in the “Libskoozeum,” which served as a combined library, school, and museum during the warmer months, but on this weekend, it became a cozy cabin for the scout leaders.

This assembly of scout leaders was held under the supervision of Assistant Scout Executive Theodore P. Thomas and Arthur F. Kolm.

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