Columbus, Ohio: Unknown Boy Scout Monument

All hail the Boy Scout so obscure that no one seems to remember him. His timber hitches have unraveled, his dutch oven is rusted to powder, and the old ladies he helped across the street are all dead.

Ohio State House

Address:
S. HIgh St., Columbus, OH
Directions:
On the east side of S. High St. just south of W. Broad St. A little plaque on a little rock in the planting area next to the entrance to the underground parking garage.
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Unknown Boy Scout Monument

The plaque in question (and the rock it is mounted to) was moved to the northwest corner of the Ohio Statehouse grounds, presumably during the extensive renovations that Capitol Square underwent between 1989 and 1993. It sits near the entrance to the underground parking complex on the corner of High and Broad.

[Paul Kownacki, 03/11/2009]

The Unknown Boy Scout was an anonymous British Scout who mysteriously appeared, guided superrich American William Boyce through foggy London, and refused to accept a shilling in payment. "Scouts do not accept tips for Good Turns." This inspired Boyce to bring Scouting to America.

Unknown Boy Scout Monument

The plaque designating the statue as being the 'Unknown Boy Scout' is no longer there. It's apparently been professionally removed, as there's no sign of a missing plaque (screw holes, etc) on the statue's pedestal. The base of the statue is inscribed "R.T. McKenzie 1937," although I'm inclined to think that's the sculptor's name, since it's hidden in back. I was going to ask in the Scout HQ about the 'Unknown Boy Scout', but it was early, and there was no one there yet. It's still a very nice bronze statue of a boy scout, if you like statuary.

[Marshall Woods, 06/15/2004]

This is actually a statue of the Ideal Boy Scout, of which there are duplicates in front of Scout HQs in Irving, Texas, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's nice that Columbus offers a choice of two different Scouts to visit.

Unknown Boy Scout Monument

The monument to the Unknown Boy Scout is located at 1901 E Dublin Granville Rd (sr161). It's in front of the headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America Simon Kentin Council offices

[Guy Orsini, 06/01/2003]

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