John F. Gardner - Troop 1 Asmara Eritrea
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Evangelical Primary School
Boy Scout Troop
Asmara, Eritrea -1955

Regretfully I cannot find any photos of the Evangelical Primary School or of the Scout Troop. Perhaps some day when I am looking in some old boxes I'll come up with something. Or someone reading this will have some photos and mail them to me at

It's 2010 and I am just getting around to writing up the story of my role as Scoutmaster at the Evangelical Primary School in Asmara Eritrea in 1955. I'll try and remember some things.
  • I was Scoutmaster of Troop 1 at Kagnew Station in Asmara at the time.
  • I requested permission to start a Scout Troop at the Primary School. (I can't remember how or way this came about.) But I did request permission from the Army Commander. It was granted.
  • For some reason I needed an approval to be an Eritrean Scoutmaster. That approval was also granted
  • The Principal of the School needed permission from the Eritrean Scout Commissioner and he got that.
  • I do remember the Principal warned both me and the assistant Scout Master (Phil Bohr) to be very careful with what we taught as his students would believe 100% anything an American said or taught.
  • I also remember that when we would enter the room a the school all the students would stand up and greet us. They also would stand up when asked any question. It was very formal
  • We also had to submit a weekly Troop agenda, which we did.
I did not remain Scoutmaster for very long as in the middle of everything I was transferred back to Fort Dix in New Jersey. Phil Bohr took over.

Some additional documents

History of Scouting in Eritrea

My invitation to the Year End Ceremony

Scouts Individual Achievement Card.

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