Summit Bechtel Reserve is seeking photos of you as a Scout

Crack open the photo albums and grab that shoebox full of images.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia is seeking portraits of Scouts for a new exhibit at the Scott Visitor Center. These Scout portraits — spanning the years from 1910 to today — will form a permanent display at the new building, scheduled to open this October.

About 75 photos will be selected to represent Scouting’s past and its present, and one of them could be of you.

The team mostly needs photos from before the 1990s — aka the time you might have been a youth in Scouting.

Here are the details on how to submit:

Photo requirements

  • It should be a close-up portrait of a single individual, preferably from the torso up. In other words, not an action shot.
  • The Scout in the photo should be in uniform.
  • It should be from before 1990, but more recent photos will be considered.
  • You may send a lower-resolution image initially, but the photo should be available at a very high resolution.
  • If your photo is selected, the team will ask for a high-resolution image and may ask to borrow the original photo in order to make a scan of it. (Scanned photos will be returned.)
  • Photos should be submitted by May 5, 2015.

How to submit

Submit your images to and include the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Date of photo
  • City and state
  • Troop number

Note: Because of the volume of images expected, the SBR team can’t respond to everyone. Those who are selected will be contacted in the next few weeks.

Photo from Flickr: Some rights reserved by born1945


  1. You should make some specific queries. A couiple of photos of Jack Kilby as a Boy Scout exist. There ought to be a photo or two of John F. Kennedy as a Scout. Bill Bradley and Dick Gephardt should have photos. Who is beating the bushes for important photos?

  2. As a grand daughter of an Eagle scout, and the daughter of a Life Scout, and the step-daughter of a Life, their pictures are worth more to me than a picture of a president. Sure, the President is important to our American history, but it’s every scout, every Eagle that is, in my opinion, more important to the history of scouting! My pride is in my family, I’ll be submitting those pictures. 🙂

    • Good point Ed. Sounds like “scout” here is in the generic sense. Among those 75 should be a few Cubs, Sea Scouts, and Explorers to fill in the “family portraits”.

  3. I’ve got a photo of 10 boys of Troop 2 (and Scoutmaster) from 1932 all in front of the Hollister, CA American Legion Hall after getting their Eagles. This was back when adults could earn Eagle — thus Scoutmaster earning his as well.

    Too bad they don’t want group photos — of course it is very pre – 1990.

    • Hi Texas Scouter. Is there any chance I can get a copy of that photo and the details of the Adult Eagle Scout you are referring to? I research that particular topic and have identified about 700 Adults who earned their Eagle Scout. I would love to add him to my list. You can see some of them at The full list is coming to the Internet soon.

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