Paul E. Wethern Eagle Scout Neckerchief Slide
For those of you new to Scouting or to the Three Rivers District, Paul E Wethern is someone you may not be familiar with. However, for those of us who remember him, he was an icon that defined the essence of scouting itself, and a symbol of unselfish devotion and charitable service. It is our honor to tell you his story.
Paul was born in November of 1899, and died in January of 1992 at the age of 93. He started his scouting career when he was asked to start Troop 168 in Champlin, Minnesota in November of 1930. (later changed to Troop 268). He remained in Scouting from that moment on.
In 1971 at the Scouting World Jamboree in Japan, Paul would have a chance encounter that would become the signature element that many of us remember him for. He saw an Eagle Neckerchief slide that was created at a local metal foundry. Immediately seeing an honor that he could bestow upon the Scouts of his troop, he purchased several hundred of them. This recognition became so popular, that within a couple of years Paul was attending the Eagle Courts of Honor for Scouts all over our entire District, telling each new young Scout in the front row, that if they wanted this Eagle Neckerchief Slide that he had ordered "all the way from Formosa", they had better get to work! During these presentations, Paul would always recite three poems; Mother's Poem to Mom, A Dad and his Lad poem to Dad, and The Bridge Builder to the audience. He did these presentations for over 20 years until his death in 1992.