Chinatown Boy Scouts and Troop 150

22 October 2019
Assistant Scoutmaster Horace Eng teaching a group of five scouts how to tie knots, 1942, Courtesy Kenneth & Helen Chan, Museum of Chinese
in America (MOCA) Collection
助理童子军英负责人Horace Eng正在教五位童子军成员如何系绳结,1942年,Kenneth & Helen Chan捐赠,美国华人博物馆(MOCA)馆藏

In 1911, at the height of Chinese Exclusion, overseas Chinese students studying at Columbia University and the City University of New York founded the first Chinatown Boy Scout Troop. Unlike W.D. Boyce’s brand new Boy Scouts of America, which emphasized using outdoor recreation to build leadership in American youth, the students aimed to develop leadership skills while also utilizing the troop to foster American support for the new Chinese republic and improve the lives of Chinese living in New York. Like other associational groups in burgeoning Chinatowns, the Chinatown Boy Scouts adapted mainstream organizational structures to meet the needs of their own community.

Troop 150, pictured above, was established in 1914, officially chartered in 1917, and continues to be sponsored by True Light Church alongside Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Scouting remains a major social outlet for the Chinese communities across New York’s boroughs.

1911年,在排华高峰期,在哥伦比亚大学和纽约城市大学学习的海外华人学生建立了第一支唐人街童子军。与W.D. Boyce全新的美国童子军不同,他们强调进行户外娱乐活动来在美国青少年中培养领导力,而这些学生的目标是发展领导技能的同时,还利用这个队伍来培养美国对新中华民国的支持,以及改善在纽约居住的中国人的生活。就像在蓬勃发展的唐人街里的其他社团组织一样,唐人街童子军跟上主流组织结构,以满足他们所在社区的需要。

上图所示的童子军150成立于1914年,1917年正式获得特许执照,并持续得到真光浸信会(True Light Church)、女童子军(Girl Scouts)和幼童军(Cub Scouts)的赞助。童子军活动一直是纽约各行政区华人社区的主要社交渠道。

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