Look Forward to Summer Travel with Chapel Hill Girl & Boy Scouts

Six teenagers laying in a line on a sandy beach. They are all wearing bikinis, and several have on sunglasses and hats.
Girl Scouts at Sunset Beach, 1978.

More materials from Boy Scout Troop 835 and Girl Scout Troop 59 from Chapel Hill, N.C., are now available on our site thanks to the Chapel Hill Historical Society. This batch primarily includes photographs of the two troops’ trips during the 1970s.

Over the decade, the two groups did quite a bit of globetrotting, including visits to Newfoundland, Williamsburg, Sunset Beach, Philmont Scout Ranch, Camp Graham, Savannah, the New River, Fort Bragg, the Appalachian Trail, Glacier National Park, and Pisgah Forest, among others. Looking through these albums might make you want to set out on a summer adventure yourself.

A photo of the side of a low mountain covered in dirt and shrubs. At the base is a row of white tents. A lone scout in a red plaid shirt is walking in the foreground.
A scout at Philmont, July 1976.

One of the most iconic destinations is, of course, Philmont, which many former scouts would probably recognize. Located in New Mexico, the ranch has long been a testing ground for wilderness survival skills and troop bonding. Based on the camp’s photo archive, it doesn’t look like a whole lot has changed since these troops visited.

You can see the full batch of materials here, including photographs, certificates, a pennant flag, a scrapbook, and some artwork. You can also see previous batches of materials from Troop 835 and Troop 59 on the partner page of the Chapel Hill Historical Society. To learn more about CHHS and their materials, you can also visit their website.

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