Jack J. Kohler

1920 - 1983


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JOHN J. KOHLER was a great Scouter who worked tirelessly for more than 50 years to keep the camping programs of Scouting strong and vibrant. Joining the scout movement in 1932, he served in many positions and had a positive affect on much of the best that scouting has to offer today.

During his tenure, Mr. Kohler served as the Chairman of Camping for Queens Council for more than 25 years. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Greater New York Councils Camping Committee. During four decades, Jack Kohler was the Advisor to Suanhacky Lodge #49, Order of the Arrow. He served as O.A. Area Advisor. At Ten Mile River Scout Camp, Jack held many positions over the years, including Reservation Wide Services Director, Director of Camp Kernochan, Director of Camp Keowa as well as long time Camp Scoutmaster.

Jack served his country, with the U.S. Army, in Europe, during WWII. After the war he returned home and started a career with the City of New York. No matter how busy he got at work, he always kept an active roll within Scouting.

In recognition of his sacrifices and service to Scouting, Jack Kohler was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, The Vigil Honor, The King George Award, Scouters Key, Medal of Merit, Order of the Arrow Founders Award, Citations from the Mayor of New York City, Governor of New York State, Queens County, the Congress of the United States and many other groups from within and outside of Scouting in the communities he served.

The friendships he built and the Scouts he helped over the years are countless. It is through the efforts of Jack Kohler and those like him that we still have Ten Mile River Scout Camps and the Order of the Arrow in the Greater New York Councils.