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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a youth organization founded in 1910, held a National Scout Jamboree (NSJ) in Washington D.C. in 1937 and usually every four years since. Moraine State Park in Butler County played host to the 1973 and 1977 editions of the NSJ. The 8th NSJ was held in 1973 at two sites – on August 3-9 at Moraine and August 1-7 in Farragut State Park in Idaho – and attended by over 73,000 total Boy Scouts. The 9th NSJ was held at Moraine on August 3-9, 1977, and attended by 28,600 Boy Scouts. Pictured above is a Boy Scout Troop from Weymouth, Massachusetts, that attended the 1973 Jamboree. (1973) Full Size
The 16,725-acre Moraine State Park was opened in western Butler County in May 1970. The park is centered around 3,225-acre Lake Arthur, formed by the damming of Muddy Creek and other streams. The park played host to about 40,000 Boy Scouts in August 1973 and 28,600 Boy Scouts in August 1977. The 9th NSJ is remembered for the thunderstorms and heavy rains on Aug 6-7, 1977, that turned the Scout camps into muddy quagmires. The boys came to refer to the area as “More Rain” State Park. Unfortunately, the 1977 event is also remembered for the death of Cal D. Armstrong, a 14-year-old Boy Scout from Utah that was struck by lightning on August 6 and died four days later in Jameson Memorial Hospital. (c1980) Full Size
A typical Boy Scout camp at “Jamboree East” in August 1973 – held at Moraine State Park. (1973) Full Size
An overhead view of one of several campsites along Lake Arthur in August 1973. (1973) Full Size