Fred Poppe Scout Museum

Picture of Fred Poppe taken at the 1966 Troop 80 Wilderness camp

The Fred Poppe Scout Museum was formally authorized by Eighty Scouts, Inc. in February 1998 for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical scout artifacts and memorabilia relating to Troop 80 and Scouting in general.

Museum Mission Statement

The Fred Poppe Scout Museum shall collect and preserve materials relating to the creation, growth, and history of Boy Scout Troop 80, the Golden Spread Council of Boy Scouts of America and to a limited extent the Boy Scouts of America; to preserve those materials for the future that are representative and instructive of those organizations; to archive them; to display articles of public interest; to study them and make them available to serious students for study; and to use this knowledge in support of the continuing effort of Boy Scouts of America to instill in young men and boys the values and virtues of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

 Admission is free.

The Museum is open every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and by appointment; contact Walter Wolfram at 806-372-3449 or fax at 806-372-3324, email at

Directions on getting to the Museum

Click on the compass for directions on how to get to the Jack Bryant Scout Center, which houses the museum.

Click here to see a map to find out how to get to the Jack Bryant Scout Center
Jack Bryant Scout Center
1615 Bellaire Street
 Amarillo, TX  79106

Information on Fred Poppe

Fred Poppe's background in wood working has manifested itself over the years in beautiful wood carvings, many of which are displayed in the museum.  Fred has provided many Assistant Scoutmasters of Troop 80 with the famous "Turtle Bolos."

The true fame of Fred Poppe, however; is from his campfire stories.  He could hold the boys--and men--spellbound as he wound his magic.  His stories left him with moniker of "Uncle Poppe"

Fred Poppe currently resides in Aurora, Colorado where he indulges himself in music, theater, symphonies, operas, and concerts along with his beloved woodworking projects.  He has served 18 years as a volunteer in the Denver Museum of Natural History in the Anthropology Department, devoting two mornings each week.  Fred and his wife Ruth attended the 50th Reunion ceremonies in 2005.  It seems fitting that we have chosen to honor this man with the aiming of our museum after him in that he would have such a love and devotion to museum efforts.  May God continue to richly bless us in his contributions of his life and may He also continue to bless Fred Poppe and his family.

His son Rick Poppe was an Eagle Scout in Troop 80 and was Senior Patrol Leader of the Troop for 2 years.

The museum also has a trading post which sells scout memorabilia and other items.

Jack Bryant, First Troop 80 Scoutmaster, Display Jamboree Display Local Council Patches, on loan from Terry Slade
Antique Pack Totem Pole by Carl Johnson and others Norman Rockwell print.
Norman Rockwell prints. John Banks Library Display. Painting of original Midnight Canyon campsite.

Poppe Museum Trading Post

North end display cabinets. Retired patrol flag.  

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