Local Scouting History (2)
George Washington Council
Quakerbridge Mall Show
Trentonian March 2, 1982

In the early 1930's the council purchased the 1,200 acre Camp Pahaquarra in Warren County for 19,00.
 
In 1937 the Trenton Council was changed to George Washington Council. Later the council area was enlarged to include Hunterdon County and most of Warren County . The council now serves Warren County, with the exception of the Phillipsburg area, Hunterdon and Mercer Counties and also Montgomery, Plainsboro and Cranbury townships and Allentown.
 
The George Washington, one of 416 councils in the Boy Scouts of America, is part of the Northeast Region, one of the six geographical divisions of the Boy Scouts of America.
 
Within the council, there are four districts, each with its own chairman, commissioner, professional scouter and volunteer organization to assist both existing and new units. The Exploring District serves high school students in the Mercer County area.

The professional staff of the George Washington council is made up of six men trained and approved by the Boy Scouts of America. This comparatively small but college trained group of professionals is under the leadership of Scout Executive Robert F. Filipski. One of the unique characteristics of the B.S.A. is the happy and effective relationship that has developed and is maintained by professionals and volunteers. The ratio is significant. There is, on average only one professional for 400 volunteers. This is what characterizes the scouting movement as being primarily volunteer.
 
The professional basically provides a guidance while the volunteer provides leadership and renders service. Each has separate and distinct responsibilities, and yet, in order to be effective they complement each other.

Mall Show, Introduction       Mall Show 1982, Page 1
 
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Rev: Sep 12, 1999