Frank Fellows Gray

Teacher, Deceased Person

1863 – 1935

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Who was Frank Fellows Gray?

Frank Fellows Gray, also known as Uncle, was a pioneer of Scouting in America, teacher and musician. He was a personal friend of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell founder of the Scout Movement who on a visit to Montclair, New Jersey on February 2, 1912 bestowed the singular honor of "The Baden-Powell Troop" on Frank's Boy Scout Troop 4.

After having been educated at Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Frank was a teacher at Military Academies in Long Island, New York. While visiting Scottish relatives in 1907 he visited B-P at the first Scout training camp at Brownsea Island Scout camp and returned in 1908 as a participant. He is believed to have started the first Scout Troop in Glasgow, Scotland in 1908. Frank was the founder of one of the first Boy Scout Troops in the United States based on the Baden-Powell system of Scouting, Montclair, New Jersey, March 9, 1909 later to become Troop 4. Ernest Thompson Seton, Chief Scout, visited Montclair to address the scouts, December 9, 1910. Frank is believed to have organized the first real Boy Scout Camp in the United States on Dudley Island, Sussex County, New Jersey Summer 1911. Frank is one of the organizers of the Girl Scout Movement in the Montclair area, 1912–1913. He also founded, in 1914, the ‘Old Guard’, an honor society for preservation of ‘scout camping’. Frank awarded Montclair’s first Eagle Scout Award to Howard Utter, Autumn of 1915. After running Boy Scout Summer camps at various locations between 1913 and 1916 he was founder and namesake of Camp Glen Gray, Ramapo Mountains in Bergen County, New Jersey May 1917.

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Born
Dec 31, 1863
Syracuse
Profession
Education
  • Syracuse University
Died
Mar 8, 1935
Resting place
Mount Hebron Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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