108 – A Scout is Helpful

108 – A Scout is Helpful

Norman Rockwell
c. 1941
Cover illustration for Boys’ Life, (February 1941)
Oil on canvas

Cultural Connections

A Scout is Helpful appeared as on the cover of Boys’ Life and a 1941 Boy Scouts of America calendar illustration. It references the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Prior to the storm, it had been raining for several days so the soil was saturated and the rivers high, resulting in severe flooding.

Cover of Boys' Life

Boys’ Life, February 1941 cover

'Flood waters in Peterborough, NH

Flood waters in the town center of Peterborough, NH. Collection of the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 1938