Our Brother Harvey Harden has without a doubt had one of the longest and most rewarding scouting experiences of us all. He was born in 1927 and began his long scouting journey in 1939 when he was around 11 years after he joined his first scout troop. He was an active youth, but we unfortunately don’t have much information from his early years. We begin again almost 20 years later, when Harvey takes his first step into the Order of the Arrow by completing his Ordeal membership at Camp Geronimo in 1967 and in 1968 sealed his membership by achieving the Brotherhood Honor. He served as Scoutmaster for Troop 321 for a few years and in that time, served on his troop committee for four years, his district committee for six years and on the Council Committee for 3 years. In 1970, he was awarded with the highest honor the Order of the Arrow can give one of their members, the Vigil Honor, and was given the name Tumelia, which is translated into English meaning Hummingbird.
In that same year he also earned his Wood Badge beads and his Scouter’s Key Training award. In 1973, he attended NOAC as an Assistant Contingent Leader, as well as a Scoutmaster for the National Jamboree. Harvey served as a Contingent Leader for dozens of NOAC’s, including 1973, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996. In 1974. Harvey was awarded with many recognitions over the years, including his Wood Badge, Vigil Honor, Scouter’s Training Award, his Silver Beaver in 1974, the A ’la award in 1977, the Axe Award in 1983, the Founders Award in 1985, the Lifetime Service Award in 1994, the NAATAVI award in 1995, and even the prestigious Centurion award, which was only given to about 100 arrowmen in our lodge. In 1974, he served his first term as Lodge Adviser until 1976. He was an Associate Lodge Adviser from 1980 to 1986 and then was Lodge Adviser for a second time from 1987 to 1989. He also happened to be the Associate Section Adviser for W5A and W4C in 1989. Outside of the Order of the Arrow, he also served as a Contingent Leader for National Jamborees and two World Scout Jamborees. One of the last documented positions he held was a Chapter Adviser in 1995 for the Thunderbird Chapter.
Harvey was a very active scouter who cared deeply about his community and the youth that he served. This list may have seemed long, but I can assure you that there is more that our brother has accomplished that we will never know. Hundreds of anonymous good turns and donations for scholarships to NOAC that we will never have details of. Harvey had a loving family, a large group of friends and found a second family in Scouting and in the Order of the Arrow. Harvey spent almost 80 years in Scouting, which should prove to all of us now that no matter how long time passes, you can always serve willingly in cheerful service. We should all take this to heart as we serve the Scouting movement and should reaffirm to do our duties and good turns daily for the rest of our lives, just like our brother Harvey has.
Shortly after the passing of Mr. Harden, fellow Arrowmen Ben F. and Kyle W. decided to honor Harvey by nominating him to the Scoutmaster Honor Trail. The logistics of the matter are still being processed through the lodge, but more information will be provided soon.