Tribute to Mr. Samuel M. Buck
Camp Buck

grave marker

 
The grave marker of Mr. Samuel M. Buck. This photo was donated by the historian of Troop 149. Mr. Buck served our country as a Private in the 18th Regiment Infantry Band, during the Spanish-Amerian War.

Scouts Formed in 1914
by Knox Taylor and Samuel Buck

Taylor Wharton's interest in scouting for boys, since the movement began 30 years ago, is an example of the company' civic activity and interest in community welfare.

Knox Taylor Was Leader

It was Knox Taylor, president of Taylor-Wharton until his death in 1922, who introduced the idea of Boy Scouts in this ara. Taylor was enthused over the idea of scouting when Lord Baden-Powell first adapted his "military scouts" to a program for boys in England.

A local scout troop was formed by Taylor as early as 1914, when he secured the assistance of the late Samuel M. Buck as Scoutmaster for the group. This was four years after the Boy Scouts of America were incorporated and two years before the organization was chartered by Congress

"Beloved Sam Buck"

Beloved Sam Buck, who worked up from painter at T-W to works manager and director, gave almost 25 years to helping scouts in this area, until his death in 1937.

Taylor-Wharton, through the interest of Taylor and Buck, provided the first scout meeting place under the pattern shop of the plant.

Memorial to Sam Buck

Camp Buck now stands as a memorial to Sam Buck, who was a donor and trustee of the seven acre campsite near Hamden. He was awarded the "Silver Beaver" for outstanding service to boyhood.

Mr. Buck, and his family, lived for a while at 63 Church Street, in High Bridge. Jeanne and Sam Buck are buried together in Union Cemetery, Weatherly, Pa. plot 822.

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December 20, 2003