Joe Grow

Joe Grow (b. July 23, 1915 d. Jan. 24, 2009) was a long-time Scouter in Chattanooga since the 1970s, and in other councils before that.  He worked for many summers at Skymont Scout Reservation, and attended ten National Jamborees.


According to the book On My Honor:  The Hawk Mountain Council Story (1908-2010), in 1970 the Appalachian Trail Council merged with Daniel Boone Council to form the Hawk Mountain Council.  The Order of the Arrow lodges (Memeu and Minsi, respectively) also merged to form Kittatinny Lodge.  Joe Grow was a council commissioner of Appalachian Trail Council at some point prior to the merger.  Joe  was one of two members of the Program study group for the merger.  He directed a one-week Wood Badge course in 1970 (R-3-17) and received the Silver Beaver in 1959.


According to Francis L. Stahl, Tamaqua's Mighty Fortress Zion Church (1st ed. 2012), Troop 76, chartered at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Greenwood and Mauch Chunk Streets in Tamaqua, PA, held a 20-year reunion in 1980.  Joe Grow, Assistant Scoutmaster, received the Lutheran Lamb award at the reunion.  (The October 9, 1972 article shows that he received it then.)


In the Cherokee Area Council, Joe served as Woodbadge Scoutmaster for the following courses: SE-333 (1982), SE-403 (1985), and SE-458 (1987).  He was also on staff or served as an "adviser" for many other courses.


Joe received the Vigil honor in 2000 from Talidandaganu' lodge.


Joe was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania and attended Allegheny College and Pennsylvania State College.  He was certified as an engineer, spending most of his career in the munitions and aerospace industries.  His career with Atlas Powder Co./ICI Americus, from which he retired, brought him to Chattanooga.  


1970 Merger of Pennsylvania Councils

1970 Wood Badge Course Director

October 9, 1972 - Grow Wins Lutheran Lamb Award in Boy Scouting

1997 - Scouts Join Together at A.P. Hill

2005 - Scouting is Habit Forming

2005 - Ninety Year Old Gets Celebrity Treatment

2005 - Oldest Scout Full of Jamboree Memories

2008 - Grow Finds Fountain of Youth in Scouting

2009 - Memorial for Oldest Boy Scout

2010 - Cherokee Council Unveils Joe Grow Patch


Obituary 1

Obituary 2

Obituary Guest Book

1920 Census

1930 Census

1940 Census