First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1923

The international left handclasp was adopted.  Patrol leader conferences and training courses for Scout leaders were developed.  Membership at the end of 1923 was 5,87,578
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Wellington History of Region Nine, by Minor Huffman, page 56. "The first council organization in the territory now served by this council (Adobe Walls Council) was the second-class Wellington Council 'formed in 1922.'  In the 1923 report of the National Council, the Wellington Council is credited with one troop, 32 Scouts, but in the report for 1924 the report set forth that 'one troop 32 Scouts' had been dropped and no further mention of the council has been found."
Commerce Dallas Morning News, May 8, 1923.  "Special to The News.  Boys' Week at Commerce Is Successfully Closed.  Commerce, Hunt Co., Texas. May 7 - Boys' Week, under auspices of local Rotarians, was a big success here.  Events of the week closed with an athletic and field day.  A parade of 1,000 boys was a feature.  The Rotarians, 114th Infantry Band and Boy Scouts participated.  After the parade the Rotarians led the Boy scouts to the new hut built for the latter near Campbell Bridge."
Jefferson Dallas Morning News, May 27, 1923. "State Briefs. Jefferson, Texas. May 26. - the Boy scouts held an election Thursday night and elected Joe Hughes as scribe and Horace Walker captain of the baseball team.  Gussie Meisenheimer is coach and E. M. Wilder is their manager."
Fort Stockton Dallas Morning News, June 18, 1923.  "Special to The News. June 17. -  Dallas Boy Scouts Camp at Fort Stockton.  The Boy scout Pathfinding Company, consisting of sixteen first-class scouts and their leaders were in Fort Stockton the last week and camped at the large Comanche Springs.  F. L. Gllssion, secretary of the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce and local scoutmaster, assisted by members of his troop, aided in entertaining the visitors."
Terrell Dallas Morning News, June 18, 1923.  "State Briefs.  Terrell, Texas, June 17. - The Rotary Club of Terrell, assisted by local Boy Scouts, will clean off the American Legion grounds around the hut and the tourist camp grounds."
Denison Dallas Morning News, July 6, 1923.  "State Briefs.  Denison, Texas, July 5. - The Denison Rotary Club boys' camp, held for the last three weeks in Munson Park for the benefit of Denison boys, was closed Monday, and those attending are now planning the organization of a troop of Boy Scouts here.  The Rotary Club will sponsor the Boy scout movement, according to J. F. Tinsman, president, who said that about 100 boys have already identified their intention of becoming scouts."
Bryan Dallas Morning News, July 8, 1923.  "State Briefs.  Bryan, Texas, July 7. - An interesting feature in connection with the weekly Rotary luncheon was a sham battle put on by the Bryan Boy Scouts.  The British and Colonial soldiers of the 1776 were represented in the battle, the victory finally going to the Colonials."
Sanger Dallas Morning News, July 18, 1923.  "Special to The News.  Sanger Boy Scouts To Camp In Oklahoma.  Gainesville, Texas, July 17. - The Boy Scout Troop of Sanger, Denton County, Texas, passed through here Tuesday en route to Oklahoma on a four-days' hike to the mountains.  The troop will be joined at Ardmore by other scouts, and the first night will be spent at Turner Falls, after which the boys will go to Price Falls and then terminate their hike at Oil Spring.  Scoutmaster Claud Brown of Sanger and Scoutmaster Lewis Davison of Ardmore are in charge."
Bells Dallas Morning News, July 23, 1923.  "State Briefs. "Special to The News.  Van Alstyne, Texas, July 22. - Boy Scouts of Troop 1 of Bells, Grayson County, have just returned from a week's hike on the Pennington River in Oklahoma.  The troop is under the direction of Scoutmaster Eldridge Craig."
Spur Dallas Morning News, August 6, 1923.  "Special to The News.  Stamford, Texas. Aug. 5. - The Boy Scouts of Spur are camped sixteen miles east of Stamford, near Leuders, on the Clear Fork River.  Fishing, swimming, games and country scouting are engaging their attention."
San Saba Dallas Morning News, August 14, 1923.  "Special to The News.  San Saba County Fair Opens Today. San Saba, Texas. Aug. 13. - San Saba streets were filled with people and a busy scene prevailed througout the vicinty of the fair grounds Monday...The first day is San Saba, Bend, Lameto, Lampasas and Bertram Boy Scouts Day."
Lometo Dallas Morning News, August 14, 1923.  "Special to The News.  San Saba County Fair Opens Today. San Saba, Texas. Aug. 13. - San Saba streets were filled with people and a busy scene prevailed througout the vicinty of the fair grounds Monday...The first day is San Saba, Bend, Lometo, Lampasas and Bertram Boy Scouts Day."
Lampasa Dallas Morning News, August 14, 1923.  "Special to The News.  San Saba County Fair Opens Today. San Saba, Texas. Aug. 13. - San Saba streets were filled with people and a busy scene prevailed througout the vicinty of the fair grounds Monday...The first day is San Saba, Bend, Lometo, Lampasas and Bertram Boy Scouts Day."
Bertram Dallas Morning News, August 14, 1923.  "Special to The News.  San Saba County Fair Opens Today. San Saba, Texas. Aug. 13. - San Saba streets were filled with people and a busy scene prevailed througout the vicinty of the fair grounds Monday...The first day is San Saba, Bend, Lometo, Lampasas and Bertram Boy Scouts Day."
Bend Dallas Morning News, August 14, 1923.  "Special to The News.  San Saba County Fair Opens Today. San Saba, Texas. Aug. 13. - San Saba streets were filled with people and a busy scene prevailed througout the vicinty of the fair grounds Monday...The first day is San Saba, Bend, Lometo, Lampasas and Bertram Boy Scouts Day."
Covington Dallas Morning News, Ocober 20, 1923.  "Special to The News.  Denton, Texas, Oct. 19. - Twelve Denton Boy Scouts in charge of Scoutmaster Wardo Fouts, went to Covington Friday afternoon, where they assisted Friday night in organizing a troop of scouts."
College Station The beginnings of Troop 102 of College Station can be traced back to Troop 1 which was organized in October 1923 by a group of citizens.  Luther G. Jones was the first Scoutmaster with J. R. Hopkins, ASM.  There were 30 boys and five Committee Members. 
On May 15, 1931, an Application for Charter for New Troop was filed with the National Council in New York by a group of five citizens for Troop 1 to become Troop 102.  The Scoutmaster was H. E. Burgess and the Committee Chairman was F. L. Thomas.  For more information go to:
http://www.troop102.net/Scouts/Resources/ScoutHistory.html
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Last updated:  May 8, 2009

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