Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 30 May 1994 13:16:52 EDT
(cleaning out my answer file, folks!)
Fred Rogers <fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM> writes:
>On Fri, 6 May 1994 08:19:26 LCL, Robert Fulton <robert.fulton@GIZMODE.UU.HOLONE
> .NET> writes:
>> Third, Troop 33 has participated in Waligazhus since 1926. A
>> Waligazhu is a scout skills contest among troops. I am sure there are scout
>> skill contests all over the world, but does anyone know the history of the
>> "Waligazhu"? Is it a local term? Bob Fulton. firstname.lastname@example.org
>I do not know the history of the term, but I do remember, when I was a
>scout in the 50's in Lousiville, KY, when had a "Walla-ga-zoo." Sounds
>like the same term with a different spelling. It was a chance for all
>the troops (either district or council, I forget which) to come
>together and show their skills in various areas of Scouting.
The first reference to a "Waligazhu" came from England in the 20s.
It was rumored to be a special gathering of Boy Scouts in a community
for skills, skits and fellowship. Many American communities imported
this "term" somehow, and we started to have them on a District AND
local Council basis (before the term "camporee" was coined). Later
onward, when the first National Jamboree was held, subcamps had
Waligazhus as part of their program (like our present widegame and
I came across the name as District Camping and Activities chair back
in the late 70s, when we were trying to come up with something
different to do at our Camporee. One of our Scouters was also a
Scouter in England and he related what a "wallygazoo" was (that's how
I have it in my notes I took at the meeting...I was too ashamed to ask
how he'd spelled it). I found it about two weeks ago, but things here
prevented me from posting what I knew until this morning. Sorry.
Our present Camporees done on a District/ Council/Division basis are
desencents of the Waligazhu.
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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