William “Bill” Black was a member of Troop 6 located in Turtle Creek Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh. Bill started his Scouting adventure on October 23, 1931 with the troop and completed his Tenderfoot Badge on January 21, 1932 according to his Tenderfoot card. On January 21, 1932 Bill started his Second Class advancement but unfortunately half of the card is missing. C.R. Prism was the Scoutmaster of Troop 6 under the auspices of East Boroughs Council. Later, John Stella was Scoutmaster and then Wallace Kerr. Bill earned his Eagle Scout award on April 24, 1934. Bill earned an impressive forty-four merit badges, which earned him his Bronze, Gold and Silver Palm Awards.
Bill was honored by his fellow troop members by being selected to join the Order of the Arrow. Bill was a chartered member of Anicus Lodge in 1933. Back in those days, there was only one sash, white with a red arrow. If you were an Ordeal member, you wore the sash with the arrow pointing up and over your right shoulder and if you received your Brotherhood, you wore the sash with the arrow pointing up and over your left shoulder.
Bill fondly remembered having Paul Siple as a guest at his Eagle Court of Honor. Mr. Siple was an Eagle Scout who in 1928 escorted Admiral Byrd on an expedition to the Antarctic (South Pole) and later in life, Mr. Siple distinguished himself as an explorer of Antarctica.
Bill was also a delegate to the 1938 National OA Meeting at Camp Irondale located near St. Louis Missouri. Two years later Bill was part of the Anicus Lodge hosts for the twenty-fifth anniversary National OA Meeting held at our own Camp Twin Echo.
After this time, Bill joined the US Army but on September 2nd, 1946, he received the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow from Anicus Lodge. His Vigil name was “Pa Yo’ Ta Po Ma’ca” which is interpreted as “One who returns.”
Bill has served in numerous Scouter roles during his adult years including Neighborhood Commissioner.
Bill attributed his Army career to the Boy Scouts. He fondly recalls the pup tents the Army used and attributed his skill to erecting them quickly due to his Scout training. Bill quickly advanced in rank due to his Scouting career and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC).
Bills Merit Badges included the following:
2. Animal Industry
7. Bird Study
15. Farm Home and its Planning
16. Farm Mechanics
17. Farm Records
19. First Aid
20. First Aid to Animals
25. Indian Lore
27. Life Saving
30. Mechanical Drawing
32. Path Finding
33. Personal Fitness
34. Physical Development
37. Public Health
42. Wood Carving
43. Wood Turning
Bill was an Eagle Scout all of his life - "Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle"
Explanation of how Eagle Palms are earned and awarded
Bill's ID from Camp Irondale near St Louis