scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Jerold I. Lenrow Memorial Jamboree Scholarship Fund
Jay L. Lenrow (jlenrow@LKHO.COM
Wed Nov 10 1999 - 10:02:44 CST
I am proud to report that tomorrow night, November 11, 1999, in a
special presentation before the BSA National Endowment Tour at the
United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, my wife Ruth and I
will announce the creation of a National Jamboree Scholarship Fund in
memory of my late father, Jerold I. Lenrow, former Boy Scout and Navy
Jerold I. Lenrow grew up in Dumont, New Jersey and joined Troop 64 in
Dumont as a youth. He rose to the rank of Life Scout, falling two merit
badges short of Eagle. In 1937, as a 15 year old, he had what he called
one of the biggest thrills of his life when he was chosen to attend the
nation's first National Jamboree in Washington, D.C. in 1937.
Jerry Lenrow transferred his love of Scouting to me. He could not wait
until I was old enough to join Cub Scouts and he quickly became part of
the Pack Committee. When I joined Boy Scouts, he became the Troop
Treasurer, a position he held with the Pack. Dad was always there to
guide and counsel me and was there when I received my Eagle in 1966. He
also took delight in watching his grandson Adam go through the ranks of
Cub Scouts and join Boy Scouts in 1997.
In the summer of 1964, Dad accompanied me to the National Jamboree at
Valley Forge, my first National Jamboree. When I discovered that there
was to be a reunion at the 1997 National Jamboree of scouts who attended
the first National Jamboree in 1937, I sent his name to National. On a
warm July morning, Dad, Adam, and I, three generations of Scouts in
uniform, attended a special ceremony honoring the 1937 "Reunion Class"
and spent the day at the National Jamboree as guests of National.
Unfortunately, just seven months later, my father passed away.
In thinking of a special tribute to his memory, Ruth and I conceived of
a special scholarship fund which will initially send as many as ten
deserving Scouts to the 2001 National Jamboree. In the beginning, the
Fund will be restricted to the Baltimore Area Council. In time -- and
depending on its growth in resources -- we may broaden the pool of
deserving Scouts from other areas.
Jay L. Lenrow, Eagle Class of 1966
Scoutmaster, Troop 18, Owings Mills, Maryland
Council FOS Chairman, Baltimore Area Council
Vice Chairman for Administration, Arrowhead District
(Proud son of a Life Scout and father of a Life Scout)