Exhibit Area 2004 & Vision 1.0
Our exhibit area was set up using second-hand retail store glass display cases that were donated to the Museum. The displays were installed rather hastily (to be ready for the June 2004 grand opening) and for the most part were not updated for many years. We knew we needed to update these displays in the near future but we had to wait until 2012.
We also installed a special molding (called a picture molding) high on the walls from which we can easily hang things like flags and patch blankets. It is easy to rearrange the items on the walls, and there is no need to mar the walls with holes from picture hangers. By the way, picture molding is found in many old homes, but it is not easy to locate nowadays. A local millworks made it for us. Fortunately, the hangers are widely available by mail order from companies which cater to owners of old homes.
In October 2005 we purchased several male and female mannequins secondhand from Eastern Mountain Sports. The local Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils also donated a total of five mannequins. Several have already been fitted with period uniforms.
Lucent Technologies donated 3 bookcases to us, where we have started to assemble a reference library of older Scouting books and magazines. These are available for any visitor to browse.
The room where the museum is located is almost 1000 square feet in size. Most of it is used as exhibit space, 800 square feet. An office and artifact storage area occupies about one-sixth of the space. The furniture and metal storage closets were scavenged from the old council office when it closed in 2004.
Exhibit Area 2012 – 2016 & Vision 2.0
Many years later, 2012 – 2013, we got rid of all the old second-hand retail store glass display cases and other furnishings and purchase brand new 21st century modern first-class museum grade furniture and thus vision 2.0 was born.
Transition Years 2016 – 2020
In the spring of 2016 when we lost our physical museum space, we started planning on building our own building and thus vison 3.0 was born. The physical New Jersey Scout Museum was closed and its collections were moved to secure storage facilities. Some arrangements for displays at Quail Hill Scout Reservation and Camp Sacajawea so that Scouts and Scouters can enjoy glimpses of the history of Scouting during our transition was secured with Monmouth Council BSA.
The NJSM has spent these years in working out a suitable plan for a new building that both Monmouth Council BSA and the NJSM could agree to. In fact, we reached that agreement pretty rapidly but to both of our surprises it was rejected by the Monmouth County Parks System who represents the state of New Jersey in these matters because Quail Hill Scout Reservation, owned by MCBSA, is a Green Acres supervised property. It has taken several years to get past this impasse but was accomplished.
The Future 2020 – 2023, Vision 3.0
Over the years from 2016 forward the NJSM moved forward on our Vision 3.0 Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2023. This plan not only includes the new building but many other exciting changes and projects for our future.
A formal Capital Construction Campaign will be announced shortly for the construction of a new museum Building at Quail Hill Scout Reservation in Manalapan, New Jersey. Donations will be happily accepted now. If you want details first contact our Curator who is the Chair of the New Building Campaign.
The fall of 2020 we will be working with a General Contractor and others in the building field to secure accurate estimates for the project. We will continue fund raising through 2021. We hope to award construction contracts in the fall of 2021 and start the actual construction. The plan is to start moving in to the new museum building in the spring of 2022. During the spring and into the fall we will be outfitting the inside of the new museum building and creating and installing our new exhibits and displays. The Grand Opening is now planed for November or 2022.