Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Boy Scouts of America. Lake Huron Area Council Organizational papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Boy Scouts of America. Lake Huron Area Council Organizational papers
Creator: Boy Scouts of America. Lake Huron Area Council.
Inclusive dates: 1917-1976, and undated
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (in 3 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
Abstract:
The collection consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, photographs and negatives, publications, and newspaper clippings (copies) of units within the Council.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1543, 2612

Access Restrictions:

Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council Organizational papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Boy Scouts of America. Lake Huron Area Council Organizational papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Collection is organized by format, size, then alphabetically and chronologically.


History

Organizational History:

The Lake Huron Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was formed as a result a series of mergers involving various BSA councils in central and northern Michigan. The Bay City Council was chartered in 1917 and became known as the Summer Trails Council in 1929. The Valley Trails Council, chartered in 1944, merged with the Summer Trails Council in 1961 to form the Saginaw Bay Area Council. Finally, in 1971, the Saginaw Bay Area Council merged with northern Michigan's Paul Bunyan Council and part of the Scenic Trails Council to form the Lake Huron Area Council. As of 2000, this council served the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, and Tuscola.

Judge Ira W. Butterfield was a lawyer and an Executive Board Member of the Summer Trails and Saginaw Bay Area Councils.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, financial and membership reports, and meeting minutes relating to Summer Trails Council, Saginaw Bay Area Council, and Lake Huron Area Council. Much of the correspondence and related materials concerns issues related to the merger of Summer Trails and Valley Councils in 1961 and the consequent transfer of ownership of Bear Lake Scout Camp. Also included are copies of newspaper clippings regarding scouting activities, 1936-1976 (scattered) and a nearly complete run of Saginaw Bay Area Council Scouter (later Lake Huron Area Council Scouter) (newsletter), 1961-1972. The Articles of Incorporation for both Bay City (Summer Trails) and Valley Trails Councils are also included. There is also an entire box containing photographs of camp activities and buildings as well as of general Scouting events. Oversized photographs, which are glued onto cardboard for an exhibit, document the organizational meeting of the council on June 29, 1971 at Delta College.

Part of the pre-merger troops are documented in the records of the BSA. Paul Bunyan Council No. 259 (Midland, Mich.), which is also in the Clarke.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Boy Scouts of America. Lake Huron Area Council.
    • Butterfield, Ira WIlliam, 1915-
    • Boy Scouts--Michigan--Midland--History.
    • Boy Scouts--Michigan--Saginaw--History.
    • Youth--Michigan--History.
    • Outdoor life.
    • Bay City (Mich.)--History.
    • Saginaw (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Boy Scouts of America. Lake Huron Area Council Organizational papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Bay City Council (1922-1939) and Valley Trails Council, Articles of Incorporation, 1922, 1944; Camp Rotary Lease, 1957, 1922, 1944, 1957
    Box   1 F   2
    Summer Trails Council, Valley Trails Council, and Scenic Trails Council, Correspondence re: Transferring of counties to councils and the possibility of a separate Midland Council, 1939-1950
    Box   1 F   3
    Summer Trails Council, Bear Lake Camp, Dedication Information, Development Plans, and Brochures, 1949-1961, 1963
    Box   1 F   4
    Summer Trails Council, Bear Lake Camp, Miscellaneous Legal Documents, 1944-1961 (Scattered), undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Summer Trails Council, Bear Lake Camp, Tax Exemption Situation Materials, 1961-1962
    Box   1 F   6
    Summer Trails Council, Camping and Activities Committee Reports, September-October 1957
    Box   1 F   7
    Summer Trails Council, Correspondence re: Carter Miller’s Resignation and Council Realignment, 1947
    Box   1 F   8
    Summer Trails Council, History, 1917-1961
    Box   1 F   9
    Summer Trails Council, Miscellaneous Materials, 1937-1961 (Scattered), undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Summer Trails Council, National Jamboree Materials, 1960
    Box   1 F   11
    Summer Trails Council, Newsletters, The Scribe, 1920; Summer Trailer,1957-1959 (Scattered issues), 1920, 1957-1959
    Box   1 F   12
    Summer Trails Council, Trust Agreement, June 27, 1958
    Box   1 F   13
    Summer Trails Council and Saginaw Bay Area Council, Correspondence, etc., 1950, 1954-1959, 1961-1962
    Box   1 F   14
    Summer Trails Council and Saginaw Bay Area Council, Council and District Board and Committee Members Rosters, 1942-1959, 1961
    Box   1 F   15
    Summer Trails Council and Saginaw Bay Area Council, Eagle Scouts, List of, 1921-1961; Appreciation Dinner Programs, 1962-1966, 1921-1966
    Box   1 F   16
    Summer Trails Council and Saginaw Bay Area Council, Executive Board Minutes, 1957, 1960-1961
    Box   1 F   17
    Summer Trails Council and Saginaw Bay Area Council, Merger, Programs, Negotiations re: Bear Lake Camp Property, 1960
    Box   1 F   18
    Summer Trails Council and Saginaw Bay Area Council, Merger, Programs, Negotiations re: Bear Lake Camp Property, 1961
    Box   1 F   19
    Summer Trails Council and Saginaw Bay Area Council, Merger, Programs, Negotiations re: Bear Lake Camp Property, 1962
    Box   2 F   1
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Correspondence, etc., re: Ira Butterfield's Resignation, 1962
    Box   2 F   2
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Correspondence, etc., 1963-1964
    Box   2 F   3
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Correspondence, etc., 1966-1971
    Box   2 F   4
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Executive Board Minutes, 1962, 1966, 1968
    Box   2 F   5
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Membership Records, 1960-1963
    Box   2 F   6
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Newsletter, Scouter (includes a list of all missing issues between 1961 and 1972), 1961-1972
    Box   2 F   7
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Organization and Extension Committee Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1961-1962
    Box   2 F   8
    Saginaw Bay Area Council, Region 7 Directories, Newsletters, and Programs, 1944, 1968 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   9
    Summer Trails Council, Saginaw Bay Area Council, and Lake Huron Area Council, Financial Information, 1957-1975 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   10
    Summer Trails Council, Saginaw Bay Area Council, and Lake Huron Area Council, Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1936-1976 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   11
    Lake Huron Area Council, Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, 1972-1975
    Box   3 F   1
    Summer Trails Council, Miscellaneous Negatives, undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Summer Trails Council, Photographs, Camp, Activities (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Summer Trails Council, Photographs, Camp, Activities (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Summer Trails Council, Photographs, Camp, Buildings, Views, General, undated
    Box   3 F   5
    Summer Trails Council, Photographs, Camp, Buildings, Views, Cabin, undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Summer Trails Council, Photographs, Miscellaneous (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   3 F   7
    Summer Trails Council, Photographs, Miscellaneous (folder 2 of 2), undated
    F   1  
    Photographs, of organizational meeting of Lake Huron Area Council at Delta College, everyone is identified (1 mounted display), June 29, 1971