Eagle Scout to the Antarctic
The Longs Peak Council Heritage Committee’s third patch in the “Scouting Heroes” series features Dr. Paul A. Siple who, as a 19 year old Eagle Scout, accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd in wintering over in Antarctica in 1928. From this experience Dr. Siple went on to make additional trips to Antarctica including in 1956 heading the American team to be the first to winter over at the South Pole. Dr. Siple published several books pertaining to his experiences including: A Boy Scout with Byrd, Scout to Explorer, and 90o South. Dr. Siple was born in Ohio and grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he attained the Eagle Scout Award in Troop 24 and the Able Sea Scout rank in Ship Niagara. In 1947 he was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America, and in 1956 he was selected as Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year”.
The 2012 patch also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Sea Scouting in the United States. Sea Scouting was the first older boy program of the BSA and for several decades the only older boy program.
This year’s patches are available at the Loveland Scout Shop, and they will also be available this summer at the Armstrong Heritage Center and Museum at BDSR. All proceeds from the patch sales support the operation of the Scouting Museum.