Huntington Beach Paxson Cabin's 100th Anniversary

April 22, 2024  •  2 Comments

April 20th 2024, Lake Park, Huntington Beach California.  Enter the cabin and join one of the oldest Troops west of the Mississippi in over 100 years of scouting and experience the Cabin holding 100 years of scouting traditions.

On this day, one of the oldest Boy Scout Troops had a celebration for the cabin that they have called home as far back as anyone can remember.   Troop 1 Huntington Beach was formed in 1917, and a few years later, the Lions Club, local community members, families of Troop 1, the carpenters union and log donations from the Edison Company built the cabin as a place for the scouts to use.  The Cabin was used during war times as a logistics center and a R&R location for soldiers returning from the fronts.  The state of the building slowly eroded and the building was condemned years after the war. Fortunately it was saved from the wrecking ball by the Troop, the community and members of the City that saw it as a historic site to be preserved.  The families of Troop 1, various volunteers and the Lions Club came together to rebuild the historic cabin and rededicated it in the name of Russ Paxson, a HB local that was an Eagle Scout, and served twice as Scoutmaster to the troop, hence the name Paxson Cabin.

Festivities for the day included a pancake breakfast provided by the Lions Club, who have always shown their support for local community events and to Troop 1; Entertainment by Sounds of Paradise, a Steel Drum and guitar Island Themed Duo; visits from City of Huntington Beach Recreation Coordinator Chris Cole, Huntington Beach Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark, California State Senator Janet Nguyen and BSA Chief Executive Scout for Orange County Council Russell Etzenhouser.

 

1933 Photo from Russ Paxson's photos.​​​​​​
 

A demonstration of a typical campsite from older times.  Canvas pup tents and wooden poles for tent support.
 

Typical modern camp site setup for Troop 1.  The green Eureka tents, a camp table that the scouts put together, and a patrol food box that is used to prep and cook meals during camporee and similar events.  Both these camp displays were put together with the leadership of Matthew Henricks and Michael Henricks of the troop.

 

 

Matthew Henricks, Albert Wang and Gordon Macpherson.  Scouting happens because of the help of volunteers like these gentlemen and their families.
 

If you were able to visit us this day, the history of the Troop and the Paxson Cabin were showcased as soon as you stepped in.  Photobook memories, plaques from past Presidents, Governors and Mayors, Boy Scout uniforms from previous decades, hours of photo slideshows from the 1930s to present, names of Boy Scouts that have earned the rank of Eagle, and everything to give you an experience of stepping out of the present and sometime into the past.

 

Meet our guests from the Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board.  Visit their site and visit a place that you probably have not seen before yet currently live in. http://hrbhb.org/
 

 

The Lions Club members along with Troop 1 Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Garrett Hay, getting ready to serve a few hundred stacks of pancake and sausage breakfasts to guests of Troop 1. 

 

Garrett Hay along with his wife, Janet, daughter Maeve (in the baby carrier) and HB City Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark in front of the Paxson Cabin and a structure put together by the scouts.

 

Starting the event the Boy Scout way, with a flag ceremony and The Pledge of Allegiance. 

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

 

Pancakes and Sausages anyone?  Served by the Lions Club.  These guys do so much for the communities they are involved with.  Refreshments served included coffee, lemonade, and Tang (if it was good enough for the Gemini astronauts, it is good enough for us!).

 

Troop 1 Scouts enjoying their breakfast.  A few of the scouts in the photo are Dylan, Jaxson, Tyler, Emrys, Sawyer, Mauricio and Nick.  Mauricio and Nick just recently earned the rank of Eagle.  
 

 

Here are a couple of previous Troop 1 scouts visiting us for the day.  Rod Megli (L) and Paul Howard (R) take a quick photo with Scoutmaster Garrett Hay.
 

Huntington Beach City Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark presenting Troop 1 with a plaque.  In the photo is Dominic Ureno (honor guard), Scoutmaster Garrett Hay, Mayor Van Der Mark, and Troop 1 Committee Chair Kyle Gurwell.
 

 

Senator Janet Nguyen was also present to show support for Troop 1.
 

 

Orange County Council's Chief Executive Scout, Russell Etzenhouser.
 

Specific Events Supervisor of the City of Huntington Beach, Chris Cole, who was also a scout in Troop 1 and is a leader in Troop 274 was also present to show support for the celebrations.

 

Here is a scouting family that has been with Troop one for two generations.  Dav Veylupek (Right) (1978) and his two sons, Keet (Left)(2012) and Alec (Middle) (2018).  Dav was a scout when Russ Paxson was the scoutmaster of Troop 1.   

 

A collection of former, current Scout leaders and families of the Troop!  

Phil Palmquist (former Scoutmaster and forever Quartermaster), Guy Buker (former Scoutmaster), Gordon Macpherson (former Scoutmaster), Dominic Ureno (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader), Matthew Henricks (former Committee Chair), Garrett Hay (current Scoutmaster), Johnny Dale Ethridge (former Scout and former Philmont Ranger). 

 

Towards the end of the day, we invited ALL previous scouts, adult leaders, and anyone that has had a hand in helping out the Troop, Scouting, and the Cabin for a group photo.  Paxson Cabin is here not just because of a few individuals, but because of so many members of the community who pitch in, volunteer hours of time and energy to keep Scouting alive!
 

What would a Troop 1 Event be without a Troop War Path yell for all scouts to partake in?

It was a memorable day.  Thanks to all that came out to support the Troop and the efforts for the Cabin.  The Lions Club, The Orange County Council, Mayor Van Der Mark, Senator Nguyen, all the current and former Troop 1 families.  Mr. Paxson's nephew, Sal Alvarez (Tim Alvarez' son), Brian Rue and family, Bill Prescott and his son Mason, the Veylupeks, the McHenrys, Joe Hartche, The Baumgartners, Rick Caruso, The Carlsons, The Ludwigs, Ken Curtiss, and a lot more families and faces that I can not remember or that were before my time but were still there to support Troop 1 and The Paxson Cabin.


Comments

Maggie Etheridge-Ureno(non-registered)
Wow great post! You're my hero for catching all of the Troop 1 warpath yell! :)
Jeannie Heptig(non-registered)
Had planned to attend but spentthe day in the emergency room. My husband took a fall getting ready to go. I went to Girl Scouts in the cabin during the 50's. And 4 of my brothers were scouts in the 40' s and the 50's. And now my grandson is in troop 1. So sorry I missed it.
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