Ben Delatour Scout Ranch – Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
SUMMER 2018 OPPORTUNITY
A great opportunity to spend a week or more on 3200 acres of prime mountain property awaits those who would like to spend that time serving as a museum host. The Longs Peak Council Scouting Museum, also known as the Daniel Armstrong Heritage Center, is located at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The museum needs to be manned every week for the six weeks of camp. The museum host will interact with the many scouts and scouters hungry for knowledge about BDSR and it’s historical sites, the history of the Longs Peak Council and of scouting in general. Many who visit are from out of state or are foreign guests.
As a museum host you will serve for a week or more as unpaid staff. There are a few perks though. There is in house living quarters that includes a small fridge, a microwave, coffee maker and a comfortable single bed. As a host, all of your meals at the dining hall are included. The hours of operation are such that you will be able to enjoy hiking and exploring and all of the beauty and the nature that BDSR has to offer. Or you may just want to linger on the porch and enjoy the view of Corral Rock. At a certain time of the evening you will discover why that ‘rock’ is named so. The roll of ‘museum host’ is a very fulfilling experience. And fear not, there is a comprehensive guide book as well as a pre-camp meeting to help to bring you up to speed.
The weeks open and awaiting your service are as follows:
- Week 1 June 10—15
- Week 2 June 17—22
- Week 3 June 24—29
- Week 4 July 8—13
- Week 5 July 15—20
- Week 6 July 22—27
OF VERY SPECIAL INTEREST!!!
If you love scouting history please consider joining the LPC Heritage Committee.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Jack Alfsen, LPC Heritage Committee Chairman
970 356 1256
Museum Virtual Tour
The Armstrong Heritage Center, as a Scouting museum, opened in 2008 on the occasion of the 50th camping season at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch. The museum’s name honors Eagle Scout, and former camp staff member and university educator, Daniel Armstrong. The structure originally was constructed on the Pinecroft Ranch as a calving shed. Later in its Scout camp days it served as a storage facility, trail center, and – after a 1985 camp staff reunion service project – the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch administrative office.
The museum contains numerous displays related to Scouting history that include: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Exploring, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, Longs Peak Council, Kola Lodge Order of the Arrow, World Scouting, International Jamobrees, and collections of The Boy Scout Handbook (Handbook for Boys) and the Scoutmaster Handbook.
Flanking a map display case of the early settler trails and homestead history in and around the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch are uniforms of a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Explorer from the late 1950s time period. In addition, a display case of various Exploring program items, patches and publications is situated between the uniformed Scouts. Also located near this display are Varsity Scouting items, historical pennants, unit flags, and 1950’s and 1960’s recognition plaques.
A display of historical items from the early years of the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch and the Longs Peak Council presents a memory of early Scouters who made this camping facility possible. The case contains actual items which belonged to Ben Delatour, Jack Armstrong, Ben Gregg, George Weaver, and other notable early Longs Peak Council Scouters.
A display of Kola Lodge, Order of the Arrow, memorabilia includes member sashes, lodge flaps, event patches, and NOAC items. In addition, handbooks and conclave items highlight the display case. Nearby is another case displaying the collection of Boy Scout Handbooks (Handbook for Boy) from 1911 through current handbook publication.
At the exterior of the museum building can be found an old transport wagon, early pieces of ranch and farming machinery, and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. This statue once stood in a park on the eastside of Lake Loveland in Loveland, Colorado. It was placed by Scouts in 1950 on the occasion of the 40th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America, and it was upgraded with a new statue in the mid 1980s.
Located near the museum at the former site of the Weaver Ranch House is the Scouter Memory Grove. It is at this site that Scouting families and friends have planted Colorado blue spruce trees as a living memorial to their loved ones. Between the Memory Grove and the Armstrong Heritage Center can also be found a small picnic area comfortably situated in a shady grove of quaking aspen trees.
Heroes of Scouting
The Heroes of Scouting are featured on our new series of collector patches supporting the Armstrong Heritage Center and Museum at BDSR.
The 2012 patch has Dr. Paul Siple. A different patch will be issued each year through 2015.
The BDSR Historical Sites Brochure describes 11 historical sites at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.
Visit the Heritage Center
Make this year be a time “Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow” by having a memorable visit to the Armstrong Heritage Center. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, adult Scouters, and friends of Scouting are invited to visit. The museum is open during many weekend Scouting events, and on a posted scheduled basis during summer camp operations in June, July and August.
Support the Heritage Center
The Armstrong Heritage Center Museum is operated, managed, and staffed by volunteer Scouters from the Heritage Committee of the Longs Peak Council. Anyone seeking to make a donation or a contribution to the museum should contact the chair of the Heritage Committee through the Longs Peak Council Farr Service Center in Greeley, Colorado.