Michael J. Clarke Museum

The Ozark Trails Council and the Dr. Michael J. Clarke History Museum of Ozarks Scouting are of particular interest to Boy Scout history enthusiasts. This council was home to the original Boy Scout Band from 1926 to 1947. The collection of the museum includes material related to this unusual and interesting fact.

Michael J. Clarke History Museum of Ozarks Scouting features a fine walking trail and exhibits that are changed on a regular basis. This museum is owned by the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting displays are usually rotated on a quarterly basis. Admission to the museum is free of charge and open during regular business hours of the Scout Center (Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm).

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New Exhibit Opens at Local Scout Museum January 16th 

A new exhibit entitled “Come Home to Arrowhead for the Time of Your Life” will open to the public on Saturday, January 16th at the Dr. Michael J. Clarke Museum of Ozarks Scouting inside the Scout Service Center at 1616 S. Eastgate in Springfield.  A reception will begin at 10:30 AM.  The exhibits’ focus is on Camp Arrowhead near Marshfield, Missouri, and features both a look back at some history of the camp as well as looking forward to current adventures young people can experience there today.  “It is my hope that both youth and adults coming into the Scout Center will be drawn to the exhibits and be inspired to sign up for camp.” said Curator Russ Lewis.  “Camp Arrowhead has so much to offer families and we hope to highlight some of those possibilities.” 

The reception will include an address by long-time Camp Arrowhead Director Hewitt Wiley and his son Dr. Kristofor Wiley at 11:30, followed by cake and time to view the exhibits.   An open-mic portion of the program is planned for the public to share favorite memories of their adventures at Camp Arrowhead.  Lewis added “If you’ve ever been to Camp Arrowhead or are interested in going, please join us for the opening of this exhibit.” 

The reception runs from 10:30 to 2:00 PM on Saturday January 16th, and will remain open to the public during the Scout Service Center’s regular operating hours, M, W, F 8:30-5:30, T, TH 8:30-6:30, Sat. 10:00-2:00, Closed Sunday.

Contact Info
For more information about the museum including how to get involved, send an email to mjcmuseumozarkscouting@gmail.com
You can also visit the official museum Facebook page