The information contained in this article was obtained from copies of the original charter papers kept by the Syracuse Council, then Onondaga County Council, then the Onondaga-Cortland Council, and then the Onondaga Council, and then the Hiawatha Council. These papers were given to the Hillcourt Museum for historical preservation. Information was also obtained from and

Clinton Scofield Kirk was the first Eagle Scout in Syracuse, New York. He received his Eagle Scout Award in May 1916 while a member of Troop 15. According to a newspaper article, he earned 22 merit badges including: First Aid, Public Health, Personal Health, Craftmanship, Swimming, Lifesaving, Athletics, Carpentry, Masonry, Handicraft, Civics, Cycling, Automobiling, Camping, Pioneering, Bird Study, First Aid to Animals, Pathfinding, Physical Development, Penmanship (?) and Conservation. 

Clinton Kirk was born in Syracuse on 17 September 1899. His father was George Clinton Kirk, who was active in scouting and his mother was Julia M. Scofield Kirk. He had one sister, Marjorie Scofield Kirk. His father was a senior executive of the Kellogg Corn Flakes Company and was a 32nd degree Mason. 

Clinton Kirk attended Central High School in Syracuse and lived at 2011 South State St. According to his World War One Draft Registration he was of medium height and built with blue eyes and brown hair. He attended Syracuse University where he majored in Forestry. He was very active at school. The year book from May 1924 lists his school activities as: “Played Lacrosse (1,2), Asst. Business Manager, Empire Forester (3), Class President, Forestry (3). He graduated in 1925.


1930 found Clinton living at 86 East St. in Oneonta, New York. He was 30 years old and married to Florence G. Kirk, age 28 who he married in 1928. They have two children: John U, age 2 and Lois C, age 1. He is employed as a Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. He was still living at this same address in 1933.

Clinton moved to California sometime between 1933 and 1936. In 1936 he was living in Santa Monica. In 1940 he was living in Los Angeles. He was still married to Florence and now has 3 children, Robert, age 5 being the newest. His occupation is listed in the 1940 Census as “Partner” “Working on own account”.

In 1942 he is still living in Los Angeles. According to the Voter Registration files, he is a member of the Republican Party and he is employed as a forester. Unfortunately, on 30 May 1944 Clinton dies while living in Los Angeles at the age of 44. He is still married to Florence. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse along with his father, mother and sister.

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