Open Road Pioneers

The Open Road Pioneers was a club started in 1927 by The Open Road For Boys, a boys’ magazine encouraging the outdoor life that was published from 1919 to the 1950s.

The Club Undertakes

1) To acquaint each member with the spirit and ideals of the frontier

2) to encourage each member to adopt the principles of courage, self-reliance, honesty, sportsmanship, endurance, progress and co-operation.

3) To teach each member useful things about woodcraft and outdoor life.

4) To familiarize each member wit the natural wonders which are all about him

5) to enlist each member in helping to conserve and increase the fish, the game, the forests and the other natural resource of his locality.

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2 Responses to Open Road Pioneers

  1. Daniel Muchinsky February 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I remember my membership in the Pioneers’ Club and the magazine with immense pleasure. That, and a pile of old Field and Stream magazines (given to me by a neighbor) started a lifelong love of the outdoors, of fishing and hunting and dogs, woods, trees, woodland skills etc. I remember the feather awards and even some of the tasks I performed to earn them. I later joined the BSA but never forgot where it all started, and that was nearly sixty years ago.

  2. oldscout January 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I was a boyscout back in the 70s when someones Dad donated a box of old “stuff” he thought we might be able to use. Included was a tattered copy of the Open Road Handbook. I read it cover to cover “Cool! this looks like more fun than Scouts” It was also a lot harder, I was an Eagle Scout but never would have gotten farther than Woodsman. But, I could never find out any more about this group. You know the pre-internet days. I still have the handbook (scout troop folded) and read some of the tales to my children as bedtime stories, they all loved the one about going wildcat hunting and missing a “quill-pig”

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