First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1917

The Boy Scouts of America continued to grow, especially during World War I.  Many communities, that did not have Scouting before now, began to organized troops as literature and help became more available.  During World War I Scouts sold Liberty Loan bonds, War Stamps, and the equivalent of a hundred carloads of fruit pits used in gas masks.   The first winter camp was held by Chicago Scout.  Membership at the end of the year was 363,837.
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Llano "Floyd Leverett received the first Eagle Scout award presented in Llano on February 6, 1917."  Information from "Making a Difference Every Day, Ninety Five years of Central Texas Scouting, 1912-2007, 2007, page 32, researcher and author: Te Starr.
Longview On February 19, 1917, an application was made for a charter from the Boy Scouts of America.  The charter application was received by the BSA on March 6, 1917.  The Scoutmaster was B. H. Griffin, a druggist and two Assistant Scoutmasters were Harry Pouncey and Kirby Pouncey, who owned Pouncey Cycle Co.  Twenty-nine boys were registered originally.  Information from "A History of Troop 1 (201) Longview, Texas 1917-2002," 2002, by Paul A. Yater.
Ennis Dallas Morning News, March 5, 1917. "Special to The News.  Ennis, Texas, March 4 - "the Boy Scots observed last week as 'ten can week' and closed the week yesterday by hauling great piles of tin cans and other rubbish, pilling it near the City Hall, and city teams will haul it off.  the scouts were divided into eight patrols of eight each, and the Red Fox Patrol, consisting of Ed Horton, George Westmoreland, Dutch Horton, Tom Bland, Joe Rosson, Shelton Pitchett, Bob Pitchett and Mayland Creech, won the prize for the biggest pile of junk, the reward being ga free automobile trip to Dallas on Saturday, March 10, to see the zoo and other attractions."
Waxahachie Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 5, 1917. "Boy Scouts Reorganize. Waxahachie, Texas. March 5. - A Boy scouts' patrol has been reorganized in Waxahachie.  Rev. C. A. Chasteen has been elected scout master. The third floor of the Citizens National Bank building has been tendered the boys for a meeting place."
Greenville Dallas Morning News, October 10, 1917.  "Boy Scouts Hold Field Day Events at State Fair. Scouts from Waco, Greenville, Bowie, Waxahachie and Fort Worth arrived at the grounds early and paraded from the main entrance to the grandstand, headed by a brass band.  Lewis Shields of Greenville won the 50 Yard dash, his time being 05.4 1/2. In the 75- yard event Lester Logan of Greenville won in 8 4.5 seconds;  William Pierson of Greenville was third in the 100-yard dash.  Frank and A. McAllister of Greenville were third in the firemen's lift.
Bowie Dallas Morning News, October 10, 1917.  "Boy Scouts Hold Field Day Events at State Fair. Scouts from Waco, Greenville, Bowie, Waxahachie and Fort Worth arrived at the grounds early and paraded from the main entrance to the grandstand, headed by a brass band."
Goldthwaite A troop was located in Goldthwaite in 1917 and 1918.  The Reverend W. R. White of the First Baptist Church and later the Chancellor of Baylor University in Waco organized the troop.  He served as Scoutmaster and Fred Martin was his Assistant.  some of the members of the troop were Rex Clements, Millard Cockrum, Hulon Fletcher, Johnny Harper, John Jones, Wesley Linkenhoger, Raymond Little, Jack Rudd, Robert Steen and Jake Summy.  Information from "Ninety Years of Service, A History of Comanche Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1910-1999," 1999, page 7, by Frank T. Hilton.
Keller Dallas Morning News, November 2, 1917, "Special to The News.  Keller, Texas, Nov. 2 - Over $14,000 in subscriptions to the second Liberty loan was secured through the efforts of Ewell Bates and Dawson White, two Boy Scout of this town."
El Paso History of Region Nine, by Minor Huffman, page 104.  "Records in the council office set forth that the council was organized early in 1917 and reports of the National Council list it as a city council through the year 1923 and as a county council from 1924 through 1927."
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Last updated:  May 9, 2010

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