Kenneth F. Hadermann
1925 ~ April 25, 2010
12 June, 2010
Pledge of Allegiance
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God & my country, to obey the scout law, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, brave, clean & reverent.
Presentation of the
Softly falls the light of day
As our campfire fades away
Silently each scout should ask
Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright
Can I guiltless sleep tonight
Have I done and have I dared
Everything to be prepared
Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well
God is nigh
If you have read the bio for Ken Hadermann in the book “For Joys …” then you know about his extensive experience and dedication to youth as a scouter, father, Guardian Ad Leitem, and an inspirational educator. Ken’s educational influence was felt from Evanston, IL. to White Plains, NY to Brattleboro, Vt. to Berlin, Germany to Hendersonville, NC to Camp Read and beyond.
Kens scouting adventure started when he joined White Plains Troop 20 at age 12, and continued in Evanston as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster and Provisional Scoutmaster and then back to White Plains where he was recruited by Joe Cooke to be a Neighborhood Commissioner. He went to Camp Read on Long Pond in 1937 and was persuaded by Joe in 1953 to be a Provisional Scoutmaster at Camp Read in the Adirondacks. Ken was on staff at Camp Read in 1951 and from 1953 through 1966. In addition to being a Provisional Scoutmaster, he served as a Campcraft Director and Reservation Business Manager.
Ken’s last year on staff was my first. It was 1966 and Ken was Campcraft Director for the first period. He taught us how to prepare our schedule and lesson plans for the next day and had us in bed, lights out, by 9:30. Ken told us that in order to do a good job you had to get a good nights rest. I learned many things from Ken including knot tying, pioneering, signaling, hiking and many other camp & handicraft skills. I am very grateful to Ken for getting me off on the right foot as a camp read staff member. John Farley was very impressed with Ken and stated that he (John) may have been the first Campcraft Director at Brant Lake but that Ken significantly raised the bar when he was in that role.
As Chris “Kit” Fearon tells it, in the fourth period 1958 Ken was appointed handicraft director. In that year, the handicraft area was moved from the damp cellar of the dining hall to the Butler building. Art Boland, who had a penchant for pinning monikers on people, gave Ken the title of the “Baron of Butler Hall” not just because of his place of work, but because of his German heritage and distinguished manner.
In addition to his gift as an educator, Ken was also an Adirondack Trailblazer and avid hiker who blazed many a trail to choice camping locations around camp that are still used today. Kens military experience in the Army Air Corp helped train him to serve as the “Commandant” of OD’s (Officer of the Day).
I can still visualize Ken on the retreat field pulling that long saber from its sheath attached to his scout belt and with a loud, resounding voice that could penetrate steel declaring “FOR THE GOOD OF THE CAMP”! He led many retreats and it was always an impressive sight to see him orchestrate them.
I can also visualize Ken leading “Master Musician” in the Tomahawk and Buckskin dinning halls. His intense facial expressions, bulging eyes and resounding voice reverberating off the walls as he lead that song with such enthusiasm is engrained in my mind forever. I still don’t know how he did it. It is such a physically demanding song to lead with Ken marching and skipping around the tables, up and down each aisle. I think he had in your face eye to eye contact with each of the 300 or so scouts sitting on the edge of their benches.
Like all great scouters, Ken lead by example and lived the scout oath and law. His positive influence lives on in us and in many around the globe. He dedicated his life to helping young people learn and grow. He orchestrated lessons and learning experiences in everything he did. Not just musically, but in many different ways, Ken Hadermann is truly a “Master Musician”.
Thomas A. Dietz
Camp Read Association