scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Gone Home: H.Cushman "Gus" Anthony
Mon Aug 07 2000 - 22:25:56 CDT
While at camp last week (Yawgoog Scout Reservation) I sadly learned the
passing of a scouting legend at age 96. Gus Anthony has a scouting career too
lengthy to mention here. Even later in live his presence was felt as he
founded the Yawgoog Alumni fund that I believe is now endowed at about
$750,000 and which only spend the interest to build building or rebuild and
other Yawgoog projects. As a scout in the early 1960s I have vivid memories
of Gus driving his Model A Ford into the Camp Three Point Dining Hall as a
stunt. His grin and wave (index finger and little finger) can only be
described by those that remember him.
I can't locate the length obit but here is bit about his life.
John Blanchard SM Troop 35 Narragansett Council
A Narragansett Council and Yawgoog Scout Reservation Icon has sadly gone home.
H. Cushman "Gus" Anthony
..."Mr. Boy Scout" in Rhode Island..."Gus", as he is affectionately known to
all, dedicated a lifetime to the youth of our community and even today is
giving of himself to aiding the elderly. Spent 53 years with the Narragansett
Council Boy Scouts of America, starting in 1915 as a member of the Third
Providence Troop, and rising to key scouting posts, including directing Camp
Yawgoog. He is a Brown University graduate and a very active member of his
When Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, opened in 1916,
Gus Anthony was among the first forty-five campers. Since that inaugural year
more than a half-million boys and men have passed through Yawgoog's wooden
gate, according to an article in the Providence Journal. Anthony, who became
Yawgoog's director in 1951, said the ideals of scouting have not changed.
"You have to believe in God", he noted.
Gus joined the Third Providence Troop in 1915. He was made an Eagle Scout in
1927 and retired from scouting in 1969. "When I was twelve," he told the
Journal, "there wasn't much to do. All the kids belonged to the Boy Scouts,
so when I was old enough, I joined."
Gus and the other former campers enjoy Alumni Reunions that include tours of
the camp, a trip to the rifle range, and a barbecue. In 1994, there was also
a celebration of Gus' ninetieth birthday and another in 1999 for his 95th!
Much has changed since Gus Anthony was collecting merit badges at Yawgoog;
scouts didn't ride mountain bikes or paddle kayaks then. But there remains an
important constant, Gus said: "Scouting still builds character."
Gus Anthony was inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame in 1985.