SILVER CLAWs

What is a Silver Claw?

When one attends SWC, he or she receives a bear claw to verify attendance. Look around your district events and you will see Scouters wearing one or more. When one serves as Scoutmaster of the SWC, the claw that is presented to him or her is not a bear claw but a Silver Eagle Claw.

If a “has-been” is still a member of a Scouting Unit, he/she may still attend SWC as a participant in that unit’s patrol. However, many has-beens are often not actively connected in a Unit, but are still active in various other positions. So the has-beens formed the “Silver Claw” Patrol comprised exclusively of past Scoutmasters.

Origin of the Silver Claws

The transition to Silver Claws began as a way to keep the SWC Staff fresh and welcoming to new staffers. Before this policy, the SWC staff was close to being staffed by “old Scoutmasters” and not enough new Scouters. To prevent SWC from developing a “select” staff, a policy was made to restrict past Scoutmasters from ever serving on the SWC staff again (with the one exception of the last Scoutmaster serving in an advisory capacity the following year).

Being a Silver Claw at SWC

Silver Claws camp as a patrol if they have no other patrol ties. They do not compete for awards with the other SWC patrols but do join in many of the activities and games just for the fun of it.

Silver Claws are available for special service activities, if the current Scoutmaster needs assistance. Several members do perform services and camp with the Silver Claws at the same time.

Creating the Silver Claw Patrol has made freed up staff position opportunities for new Scouters and created a great patrol, deep with experience.

Membership grows by just one each year and is permanent, regardless of their active involvement in Scouting, relocation, change of districts or councils, or move on to that great Campground in the sky.

Since 1970, the Scoutmaster traditionally serves one year and returns the following year as “Advisor”. After serving as Advisor, he/she joins the Silver Claw patrol.

Silver Claw Patrol Roster

Past SWC Scoutmasters

  YEAR SCOUTMASTER
1 1968 Homer Powell *
2 1970 Homer Powell *
3 1971 Sieg Gruener *
4 1972 Elton Adams *
5 1973 Bill Craig
6 1974 Tom Ogletree
7 1975 Bill Barber *
8 1976 Jim Moody
9 1977 Hank Thornburgh
10 1978 Henry Branton
11 1979 Dave Lipscomb *
12 1980 Bob Claunch *
13 1981 Rob Roper
14 1982 Mike Fletcher
15 1983 Bill Hight
16 1984 Hart Gates *
17 1985 Malcom Bowles *
18 1986 Jim Vaughn *
19 1987 Ted Vinson
20 1988 Dan Worley
21 1989 Bill Collier *
22 1990 Eddie Gomez
23 1991 Cliff McMahan
24 1992 Bill Hill
25 1993 Bion Jones
26 1994 Steve Fisher
27 1995 Russ Parker *
28 1996 Bill Bass
29 1997 Don Prince
30 1998 Tom Sprayberry
31 1999 David Adams
32 2000 Sam Johnson
*deceased
  YEARSCOUTMASTER  
33 2001 Terry Nunn
34 2002 Dave Heusinger
35 2003 Ray Hopkins
36 2004 David Muller
37 2005 Pat Bonito
38 2006 Michele Parks
39 2007 Don Snyder
40 2008 Dave Parks
41 2009 Tom Morin
42 2010 John Keeshan
43 2011 Warren Wright
44 2012 Dennis Rowe
45 2013 Dan Wright
46 2014 Paul Fitzner
47 2015 Dave Schimmel
48 2016 Trent Trees
49 2017 Bob Higgins
50 2018 Audrey Taylor
51 2019 Sherry Wright
52 2020 Greg Knight
53 2021 Bill Jones
54 2022 TBD
55 2023 TBD
56 2024 TBD
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
*deceased
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