Woodbadge sundancers, Heart of Virginia Council, BSA

March 6, 2013

This will make some Woodbadgers jealous:

Woodbadge stained glass, Heart of Virginia Council, BSA

Stained glass sundancers at an unnamed site, commemorating six Woodbadge classes in the Heart of Virginia Council, BSA.  Click image for better view at original site.

From a site which is, I presume, run by Heart of Virginia Council, BSA.  I have no details on this photo, location, time.  Please add details if you know them, in comments.


Scouts in stained glass: St. Barnabas Church, Heigham

June 16, 2010

Let the light shine through:

South aisle window by Alfred L Wilkinson, 1956, in St. Barnabas Church, Heigham, Norwich.  Photo from Flickr, by Simon K:

Scouts and Girl Guides, at South aisle window by Alfred L Wilkinson, 1956, in St. Barnabas Church, Heigham, Norwich. Photo from Flickr, by Simon K

The photographer has additional photos of window details at his Flickr site.

Just a reminder that 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouting in the United States.


Stained glass Scouting: Grand Canyon Council offices, Phoenix

February 11, 2010

Did I remember to tell you Scouting celebrates 100 years in the U.S. this year?

Stained glass Scout fleur de lis, Grand Canyon Council, B.S.A., offices, Phoenix (Decor to Adore photo)

Stained glass Scout fleur de lis, Grand Canyon Council, B.S.A., offices, Phoenix (Decor to Adore photo)

More photos of Grand Canyon Council, B.S.A., offices, at Decor to Adore.


Stained glass Boy Scouting: Torrington, Connecticut

February 8, 2010

In honor of Scouting’s 100 years in the U.S., I call your attention to the stained glass window in Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington, Connecticut, The Boy Scout Window:

The Boy Scout Window, Trinity Church, Torrington, Connecticut

Described at the church’s website:

This is one of Trinity’s most well-known windows.

It was dedicated on Boy Scout Sunday, 13 February 1966, a service of Morning Prayer that began with the hymn “We Thank You, Lord of Heaven.” The window was given “to the Glory of God and in living tribute to Troop 2 and Seymour F. Weeks on the 50th anniversary of the Troop, 1916-1966.”

Mr. Weeks had been scoutmaster of Troop 2 since 1934 and would continue to lead the troop until his death in 1967.

Troop 2 produced Torrington’s first Eagle Scout, Paul Pfistner, whose family donated another window at Trinity Church.

Behind the kneeling scout with the flag is the seal of the Episcopal Church and above that a hand raised in the scout hand sign. Flanking the Episcopal seal are the emblems of the First Class Scout and the Eagle Scout badge. The words of the Boy Scout oath form the background. The border is composed of ropes showing some of the knots Scouts must learn. In between the ropes are two of the Scout’s mottoes: Do a Good Turn Daily, and Be Prepared.

Obviously, this window does not follow the architect’s pictorial plan for a window here showing the Holy Family with Jesus as a child.

Although several of Trinity’s windows were made by Len Howard of Kent, CT, one of Mr. Howard’s former associates is nearly positive this window was not made by Mr. Howard. However, a current parishioner’s great uncle, who was on the vestry in 1966, recalls that the church was dealing with an artist in Kent, CT, and there were no other stained glass artists in Kent except for Len Howard. Until further proof one way or another, this window will be attributed to Len Howard of Kent.

To the best of my searching, Troop 2 appears to have vanished from Torrington.

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