Carry On!, the Joe Davis Biography

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Follow Joe Davis, the young Eagle Scout from New York’s Finger Lakes, on his camping adventures in the Adirondacks through his Cornell University graduation. Share in the excitement of spending a summer in the Idaho wilderness working for the US Forest Service and then fighting fires, conserving the environment, and directing public projects with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Western Maryland.

You will learn of his many accomplishments as a BSA professional serving councils in Philadelphia, Washington, and Chicago, and especially Roanoke where he bought a mountainous tract that is still the largest council-owned Scout reservation in the United States. Join Joe as he achieves national prominence as the Director of Camping at Philmont in the 1960s and 70s.

Meet the real man behind that unforgettable handshake.

Carry On! is the result of Joe’s own memoirs supplemented with many hours of research, interviews with his contemporaries, the contents of personal journals and letters sent home, and essays submitted by those who knew him best. Learn how the Baldy Country was developed, what happened to the “Ponil Men,” how “rock jocks” got their start, how Rangers performed in their “finest hour,” and just what it was like to be the first two female Rangers. You will discover how terrifying “The Great Flood” was at camps in addition to Fish Camp and Rayado, how the Conservation Department was started, and exactly what made Joe Davis the legendary leader that he was. And much, much more. Carry On! is the definitive history of Philmont Scout Ranch during those tumultuous years from 1965 through 1973.

PSA’s first biography.

Carry On! is PSA’s boldest book project to date with its quality printing, larger format, six dozen photographs, and easy-reading typography – worthy of the Silver Sage honoree it is about. And at $16, it is very much a bargain.
  • 192 pages.
  • 74 photographs, most from private collections.
  • Authoritative, personal accounts of one of Philmont’s most crucial eras.
  • ISBN: 978-0-9830497-0-8
  • $16 per copy or $15 per copy when ordering five or more copies.
The first 100 copies sold are autographed by the author, James E. Sundergill.

Author James E. “Jim” Sundergill captured many of the lifelong adventures of Joe Davis while Joe was visiting with Jim and his lovely wife Linda who is Joe’s niece. Jim has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Management from Frostburg (Maryland) State University. He is retired after 30 years with Bechtel Power Corporation. Jim has been an adult Scouter for over 20 years and has been to Philmont on two separate occasions.




Project Manager/Editor Bill Cass is a PSA national director and an old-time Philmont Ranger whose writing projects include two Philmont-related books, Return to the Summit of Scouting and The Last Flight of Liberator 41-1133. Bill was the project manager and editor of Carry On!, the Joe Davis biography.

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