A Salute to Jack

The 2023 summer program at Camp John J. Barnhardt ("Barnhardt Lumberjacks") was developed to honor our fomer Camp Director, Jack Kepley. Everyone knew him as Jack as opposed to Mr. Kepley so it was fitting to selete a theme with "Jack" in the title. Jack passed away during the summer of 2022 at the age of 98. Jack had attended a portion of camp every summer from our opening in 1966 until 2020. He was so integral to our camp, that our camp video ends with him announcing our camp's slogan: "This is my camp." 

To encourage Scouts to learn about Jack's contributions to our camp and Scouting, we designed a series of three special award patches tied to the badges he taught and the skills he loved. Throughout the 2023 summer, we added names to signage depicting how many have saluted Jack by focusing on those skills. Numerous scouts earned all 3 of those patches. Clink on the links below to see the requirements for each award-- and why those were selected. Troops enjoyed the special awards and tribute to Jack so much that they suggested we continue the program. As a result, we introduced two new Jack Legacy Awards in 2024. We plan to continue the tradition as long as troops enjoy the opportunity to go the extra mile at camp and make Jack proud.

To learn more about Jack's Scouting experience, you can read his book for free: Over the Next Hill

Past Jack Legacy Awards: 

  • 2024 basic award: "Uwharrie" The name was chosen based on some of Jack's early camping being at Camp Uwharrie. 
  • 2024 advanced award:  "Covered Wagon" This award title was fitting for the 2024 theme (The Moonlit Rodeo) and was taken from the name of Jack's patrol when he was a young Scout.  . 
  • 2023 basic award: "Scouting's Flame" During Jack's final year of Camp Director, he used the slogan "Scouting's Flame Burns Bright." 
  • 2023 intermediate award:  "Thunderbird" His troop used the thunderbird as a mascot during his leadership. 
  • 2023 advanced award: "Chieftain" This award title is based on Jack's legacy of carving indian neckerchief slides for his Assistant Scoutmasters and Scouts receiving awards. 

We hope you'll join us in our Salute to Jack program. 

File Name Description
Over the Next Hill Jack Kepley's Scouting Stories Download