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Craig McDaniel collection on Boy Scouts of America

Identifier: MSS 9230

Scope and Contents

Contains newsletters and other publications distributed by Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) at national and local Utah levels, collected by Craig McDaniel. Also contains other items from his collection, such as photographs, artifacts, and letters written or compiled by Craig McDaniel about the Boy Scout organization in Utah. Collection follows the developing administration and organization of the Scouting program in the Utah area, but also covers the various activities of Scouts, including awards and rank advancements. The Scout activity most represented within this collection is the National Scout Jamboree. Also contains papers regarding the various ceremonies carried out by members of the Tu-Cubin-Noonie Order of the Arrow Lodge (Utah). Materials are dated 1919-2019.


  • 1919-2019


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Craig Norton McDaniel was born May 10, 1952, in American Fork, Utah. He married Kathy Carter and attended Brigham Young University where he studied business management. Craig worked for Waxie Sanitary Supply as a salesman and sales manager, retiring in 2017. He was also extensively involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years. In the 1990s, he became the lodge advisor for the Tu-Cubin-Noonie Lodge of the Utah chapter of the Order of the Arrow. As advisor, he was awarded the Silver Arrowhead Award in 1998, and the Founders Award in 1999. He also received the prestigious Silver Beaver award in 1990 for his contributions to the Boy Scouts of America Utah National Parks Council. Craig passed away on September 29, 2020, in Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Scouts BSA, previously known as the Boy Scouts of America, was founded in the United States in 1910 by W. D. Boyce and Robert Baden-Powell, though Baden-Powell first began the movement in England in 1907. The organization was incorporated to teach boys "patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values." From the beginning, scouts were encouraged to serve their communities and participate actively in outdoor activities like camping and hiking. The program was granted a federal charter on June 15, 1916. Councils and lodges were later established all over the country. In 2018, the organization began accepting female scouts to the program, leading to the name change in 2019 from "Boy Scouts of America" to the more general "Scouts BSA".

Biographical / Historical

The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society for Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America). The Order of the Arrow was founded July 16th, 1915, by E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson at the Treasure Island Scout Reservation on an island in the Delaware River, U.S. Started as an experimental honor society at the reservation called "Wimachtendienk", meaning "Brotherhood" in a local native dialect, extensively borrowing traditions and rituals from the Masons, the program began expanding into several surrounding states.

In 1921, the society's name was changed to the Order of the Arrow and, since then, more than a million Scouts have participated in its activities and ceremonies. Several lodges, comprised of smaller units called Chapters, exist across the United States. Currently, more than 160,000 youth and adults are members of the Order of the Arrow all around the world.


32 boxes (16 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.6 linear ft.)

5 oversize boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Craig McDaniel collection of Boy Scouts of America newsletters, 1960-2019. 2. Craig McDaniel general papers on Boy Scouts of America, 1919-2013. 3. Craig McDaniel papers on Boy Scouts of America in Utah, 1924-2013. 4. Craig McDaniel collection of Boy Scouts of America letters, 1928-2011. 5. Craig McDaniel papers on Boy Scouts of America ceremonies, 1974-2009. 6. Craig McDaniel collection of Boy Scouts of America uniforms and insignia, 1927-2019.

Custodial History

Donated by Craig McDaniel in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Craig McDaniel; 2018.


20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana (Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history, II, B, 5, VI, 2016).

Processing Information

Processed; Andrew VanDomelen; 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Andrew VanDomelen; 2019-2022.

  • Photocopies, directories of scouts with photographs and personal information
  • Trail maps
Register of Craig McDaniel collection on Boy Scouts of America
In Progress
Andrew VanDomelen
2019 June 24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 01 February 2022: Added 15 letter boxes and 1 oversized box to collection. Finding aid reflects addendum. Andrew VanDomelen

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States