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Former UNCP groundskeeper and Scout Master honoredBy Erica Vaught
Asst. Around the Town Editor
Books, pictures, uniforms and a beautiful Indian headdress represented memories of former Boy Scout Master Walter J.
April 14 was named Pembroke Boy Scout Reunion Day in honor of the late Pinchbeck, former Scout Master of Troop 327. It also marked the 30-year anniversary of Pinchbeck’s death.
Larry D. Freeman, director of the Physical Plant Department of UNCP, welcomed a crowd of about 30 people to the Walter J. Pinchbeck Maintenance Building.
UNCP Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, Mayor Milton R. Hunt and Committee Chair Mitchell Lowry welcomed everyone.
Hunt recalled when the original Boy Scout hut burned around the year 1975. He said that the community pulled together and rebuilt the hut. He said that a lot of the material was donated by local employers.
Pinchbeck said that her husband would have told everyone there that he did not deserve any of this. The former Scout Master was a humble man who believed in doing his duty for God, the country and the Scout law.
“I’m so glad they recognized Mrs. Pinchbeck,” he said. He also thanked her for all she did in the scouts.
Curt Locklear was recognized as the oldest living Scout. “He [Pinchbeck] was a great man. He was great to me,” Locklear said. “He meant the world to me.”
Each Scout that was recognized said their lives had been better because of their time that was spent with Pinchbeck in the Boy Scouts.
Cynthia Hunt, paralegal for the Indian Law Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina, said it is important to place the Boy Scout Hut onto the Register of Historic Places. According to Hunt, 2008 will meet the timeline requirements for registration.
She said that it was difficult to explain just the architecture of the building itself without speaking of the importance of its history to the Historical Society.
The Boy Scout Hut is a very important part of the tribe’s history because it represented the first Indian Boy Scout Troop, Hunt said.
She said that this information is used when speaking to Congress about the Lumbee tribe.
Editor’s note: An article by Erica Vaught also appears in the April 2007 edition of Native Visions magazine.