Remembering Smokey
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 Troop 14 began its existence in 1939. By the late 1950s, however, the Troop failed to re-new its Charter with the BSA. Essentially, Troop 14 was "out of business" for one year. By now, it would have been a distant memory but for the entry of Malcolm "Smokey" Elmer onto the scene.

Smokey had two young sons, Terry and Ron, and knowing the value of scouting, he along with his friend, Humphrey Roberts, succeeded in re-chartering the Troop. Smokey remained a driving force for decades and only recently retreated from his commitment to Troop 14 due to the infirmities of advanced years. Though in failing health, Smokey's interest in scouting never waned.




Smokey taught hundreds of scouts valuable lessons. He was also a true "character". He employed countless folksy expressions ("He could talk a dog off a meat wagon") to make his points.

Many of us will never forget colorful stories from his youth, like the time he and his older brother disassembled a manure wagon, secreted it into their high school and reassembled it. Oh, by the way, Smokey's Dad taught at his school! Eventually, he asked is son, "I know you guys did it, but HOW?"

We will also never forget the stories he told, often around a nighttime campfire, about his service in Europe during World War 2.

 Through Smokey, we learned the importance of sacrifice in the pursuit of ideals bigger than any one person.

Smokey loved camping. In particular, he enjoyed the Adirondacks and sharing part of his summers with the Troop at Cedarlands.

He also make two trips to Philmont, the national scout camp in New Mexico. He last trekked to Philmont in 1983. At age 60, he handled the demands of mountain camping and hiking as well as a man twenty years younger.

In many ways, Smokey fit the mold of a "John Wayne" character. He was a clear thinking, direct and decisive person. A scout would not have any doubts if Smokey was "correcting" him, as he could be verbally forceful (though never abusive).

Later, these corrections came to be known, rather fondly, as "Elmerizations". His scouts, including the present Scoutmaster, were all "Elmerized". We are all the better for it.



Smokey died at the age of 81 on May 30, 2004, the day before Memorial Day. In light of his service, it was fitting that he passed away during that very special weekend.

In recognition of his dedication to the Troop and the community, on October 16th we planted a tall, sturdy sugar maple tree in Chadwicks Town Park. Through this tree, Smokey's memory will endure. It is indeed a fitting tribute to our leader, mentor, and friend.





Godspeed,
Smokey