Scouting, Volume 82, Number 2, March-April 1994 Page: 48
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Flintlocks (from page 33)
vice clubs and community groups, but
we have never been successful in do-
ing that," he admitted.
That's about the only Flintlock lack
of success so far. "The Flintlocks have
several obvious values to the council,"
said Scout Executive Donald A. Watt.
"One is volunteer manpower, of
course. They do capital improvements
at our camps that wouldn't be done
any other way. The dollars are multi-
plied because we're not paying for
labor for construction."
When working at camp, the
gray-haired but energetic
Flintlocks belie their ages.
In addition, the Flintlocks help the
council office staff with such chores as
newsletters and fliers. Some serve on
the executive board and others help
with United Way relationships.
On work parties at camp, the Flint-
locks belie their years. Take, for in-
stance, Maurice Moran, the 80-year-
old former fire chief of Rahway, N.J.
Laying tarpaper on the roof of an ad-
dition to the shower house at Win-
nebago, he moved with the strength
and confidence of a craftsman half his
age. His secret of long-lasting youth
may be the fact that he has been con-
tinuously registered in Scouting since
1927 and was a Scoutmaster for 30
Working with Moran was 60-year-
old Bernard Zofrin, the only current
Flintlock who was never a Scout or
Or consider Paul Hahn, 78, retired
mechanical engineer, tool designer,
and mold maker. As leader of the
dock-making squad at Winnebago, he
clambered with sure feet and great
agility over the skeleton of a new
dock section on the edge of Durhan
Both at their camp work days and
at meetings in the council service cen-
ter, the Flintlocks continually swap
friendly insults. There are disparag-
ing comments about members' intelli-
gence, memory, appearance, tardi-
ness, work habits, and general
competence. The Rodney Dangerfield
treatment appears to be a rite of pas-
sage for even the most distinguished
newcomer, and a long-standing tradi-
tion among the veterans.
A1 Teufel laughed. "The guys who
come to Winnebago to work rarely
miss a day—because they're afraid
everybody will talk about them if
they do!" he said.
Alan Ebersole, another original
Flintlock, agreed, adding, "If they
didn't insult us, we'd be afraid they
didn't like us."
Ebersole, a retired New Jersey
Bell supervisor, is a member of the
council executive board. (For 30 years
he was Scoutmaster of Westfield's
Troop 172, which, in the late 1960s,
had 120 boys, including 23 active Ea-
"The Flintlocks are a council trea-
sure," he opined. But, he added, given
the ages of the present members, the
Flintlocks need to bring in new (if not
young) blood, including men who
were never in Scouting.
"It gives you a reason to get up in
the morning," Ebersole said. "Many
people are sitting home vegetating,
and they're the people we have to
reach out for."
The Flintlocks look chiefly to the
council's properties committee for
needed projects. As volunteers, they
are free to decline to do something
the members aren't interested in, but
they are not free to undertake a job
without the committee's O.K. And
they have a close liaison with the
committee—because four Flintlocks
are committee members.
The members use their own tools
at camp. Supplies are either donated
or paid for by the council's camp
maintenance fund, although the mem-
bers sometimes take care of small ex-
penses out of their own pockets.
The Flintlocks have an office and
workshop at camp. To handle major
tasks like digging latrine pits and
transporting heavy loads around
camp, they call upon Camp Ranger
Ed Riley. But the Flintlocks prize
their independence and ability to han-
dle most projects on their own.
For each work day, all supplies
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